You may recall back in November we launched our Policy Inquiry into student housing, which was one of my manifesto aims when I ran to be President last year (before we had even heard the word coronavirus!) The next stage is to hear from you about your experiences.
The aim of this Policy Inquiry is to better understand the issues students are facing when it comes to your housing experience, whether that be University halls, private halls or rented accommodation in the local area. I am pleased that this work is still ongoing despite the other issues that have arisen across the year, and I am looking forward to engaging proactively with students on this issue.
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So far we have engaged with numerous key members of staff across the University to get an in-depth understanding of the current processes and where there may be gaps that need to be addressed. We are also engaging with a number of landlords and estate agents in the local area over the next few weeks to get their involvement in the process and better understand the current provision when it comes to private housing for students.
There is less we can directly do to influence this area, but developing a good relationship between our Advice Centre and local landlords and estate agents will help us know what support you need when it comes to your housing.
Most importantly, we are now turning to you as students because we want to hear first-hand about your experience with housing at the University, with private residences in the local area, and London Intercollegiate Halls, both pre-pandemic and during the current pandemic climate. We have put together a short survey for you to complete to give us your views on what works well and what could be improved. It will only take ten minutes of your time so please do fill it out and let us know about your experience!
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Once we have collated all of your views and thoughts on housing, we will produce a Student Voice Report which will include recommendations for the University and the Students’ Union which will positively improve access to support services, provide better facilities, and improve your overall housing experience while at Royal Holloway.
We hope this Policy Inquiry will have a lasting impact on the housing experience for many years to come.
If you have any immediate concerns or queries about your housing, you can get in touch with our Advice Centre at email@example.com who will be able to support and advise you further.
I am really excited to look over all of your responses and work out how we can improve your experience. If you would like to discuss housing or the Policy Inquiry in more depth, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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