1 March - 5 March 2021

It’s finally here – the biggest event of the academic rep calendar!

Throughout the first week of March, we’re shining the spotlight on big topics that are being discussed in the Higher Education sector including Tuition Fees, Race and Diversity at universities, and moreWe want to give you the opportunity to share your experiences and generate ideas on how we can make education equal for all and lobby the University to make impactful change.

There are three different events, and some supplementary activity, that will engage you in learning about the experiences of others, as well as understanding the impact of these big issues at Royal Holloway and in Higher Education. If you’re passionate about your education and want to play a role in changing the provision at Royal Holloway, this isn’t one to miss. Come along to have your voice heard!

These events are open to all students and you do not have to be an academic rep to attend!

>> An Introduction from VP Education Alissa Chohan

The nature of this academic year has revitalised Higher Education sector debates that have been reoccurring year on year, one of those being tuition fees. One of the most common questions I have received this year is ‘why am I paying over £9000 for an online experience with no facilities?’ The conversation around tuition fees and value for money has heightened massively this year, with further questions around quality of education in a wholly online environment, what role the government plays in Higher Education, and who should be responsible for compensating students for this wildly different experience? We’re delighted to be joined by Jim Dickinson (WonkHE) to discuss this very subject – it’s going to be a really interesting and valuable talk!

There’s no denying that the student experience has been massively different this year, but that doesn’t mean that problems that already existed have been changed radically by the current approach in providing education. The experience of Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities is one such area and it is about time that the University and the Students’ Union ramp up their work and actions to create a more inclusive, safe and assuring environment for all students from all backgrounds. We must look to build trust that they are part of a supportive community, that not only promotes but genuinely cares, supports and embraces the cultures and difficulties that students from different backgrounds face.

The experience of Joint Honours students is often something we know little about with the huge variations of subjects students can opt to take, from PPE and PIR, to Music and English or History and Philosophy. But what are the challenges that come along with being a Joint Honours student? From confusing switches in referencing, to assessment bunching, contradicting coursework feedback and a lack of communication between your two disciplines, this is an area that needs to be delved into further. I am launching my Joint Honours Student Insight Report this academic year and will be hosting a focus group during Conference week to gain a more detailed insight into the experience of Joint Honours students. Do you have issues with your joint degree that are yet to be resolved? Then this is an event not to be missed!

I hope you can join us across the week to learn or contribute to our sessions and drive forward change at Royal Holloway!