Alissa Chohan

Sharanya Sivarajah

Vice President Education

About Me

Hi everyone! I’m Sharanya, your Vice President Education. I can’t wait to ensure that your academic experience at Royal Holloway is just as rewarding as mine has been. 

This year, I will make sure that your education is prioritised and supported as much as possible by the SU and University. I will work with both to improve the monetary and non-monetary means of support that will ensure you excel in your studies.

This year I aim to:

  • Increase the amount of financial aid that is available to you, so that financial hardship during the cost-of-living crisis does not impact your studies.
  • Organise frequent, and diverse career fairs that cater to each academic School – giving you more knowledge on internships and graduate schemes that are available to you.
  • Utilise our position as a University of London to hold networking events with our neighbouring London universities.
  • Develop outreach programmes and summer schools for prospective students who are part of underprivileged demographics.
  • Arrange the practice you need in tackling psychometric and aptitude tests within the job hiring process. 

This year's incredible Sabbatical Officer team and I will work hard to make your time at Royal Holloway the best it can be. I’m so excited for the year ahead! 

The Role

Not only is the Vice President Education the Deputy President of the Students’ Union but they also sit on a number of high level committees including Academic Board where the academic strategy of the College is decided.

Alongside this, VP Education sits on the Union’s Board of Trustees. They work on campaigns aimed at improving the academic experience on campus and have a real impact on the academic rep system, empowering students to make change on their courses and within their departments.

What I'm Working On

Latest Blogs

Preparing for the Spring Term Assessment Period

Wed 29 Nov 2023

Exams are just around the corner so we thought we’d update you ahead of the Spring Term Assessment Period.

Sabb Update - 24/11/23

Fri 24 Nov 2023

After another busy week, we caught up with your Sabbatical Officer team to find out what they've been working on to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

Bright Ideas Update: Library Opening Hours

Thu 23 Nov 2023

After 242 votes on a Bright Idea to open the library 24/7 and countless Speak Week responses, we took your feedback to the University's Senior Leadership team and the Library Services team. Here's an update from VP Education, Sharanya on our discussions!

Sign Up for the Summer Skills Placement Programme

Wed 15 Nov 2023

Nisha (VP Wellbeing & Diversity) and Sharanya (VP Education) talk to you about why you should get involved in the Summer Skills Placement Programme!

Your Sabb Update - 10/11/23

Fri 10 Nov 2023

Photo of Hannah, Alastair, Sharanya and Nisha by Founder's Building

From working on campaigns to attending University meetings, your Sabbatical Officer team have been working hard to make student life better at Royal Holloway.

Meet the Education Executive

Thu 09 Nov 2023

The Executives are committees chaired by one of the Vice Presidents and are made up of student representatives responsible for the development, scrutiny and maintenance of policy and plans in their area, as well as where work needs to happen! In this blog, we're getting to know the members of the Education Executive.

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