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

Sabb Update - 09/04/24

Tue 09 Apr 2024

It's been a few weeks since our last update, so we're back with some news from your Sabbatical Officers!

Get Ready for Grad Week

Fri 01 Mar 2024

VP Education Sharanya is excited to announce the launch of Grad Week: Next Steps (11-15 March). We’ve got a week packed with development sessions - keep reading to see what we’ve planned!

Sabb Update - 23/02/24

Fri 23 Feb 2024

As we reach the halfway mark of Term Two, it's time to catch up with your Sabbatical Officer team!

Highlighting LGBT+ Trailblazers

Thu 22 Feb 2024

From Christine Burns to Laverne Cox to Lord Michael Cashman, VP Education Sharanya celebrates the incredible trailblazers who have worked tirelessly to defend the LGBT+ community.

LGBT+ Rights: Past and Present

Wed 21 Feb 2024

For LGBT+ History Month, VP Education Sharanya walks us through the barriers that the queer community has faced through a timeline and provides an overview of the LGBT+ Equality Movement.

Get Involved in LGBT+ History Month!

Fri 02 Feb 2024

This year, we're celebrating the national theme - Medicine #Underthescope to recognise the work and life of LGBT+ people who have made significant contributions to the field. It's an opportunity to shine a light on the discrimination and inequalities that LGBT+ people have historically experienced in healthcare settings, and still face to this day.

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