Policy Inquiries

In 2019, the Students’ Union reviewed its approach to how we develop proposals that lobby for improvements to the student experience. Part of this introduced the concept of a Policy Inquiry – an in-depth, research-informed process that generates a high-quality Student Voice Report on a particular topic. Involving students in investigation and deliberation, the end goal is a range of recommendations presented to the College that will have a substantial and long-lasting positive impact on the student experience at Royal Holloway.


President Kate Roberts has launched a Policy Inquiry into student housing to better understand the issues students are facing in University halls, private halls, and rented accommodation in the local area.

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Latest Updates

Student Housing Survey: Have Your Say!

In the next stage of her Policy Inquiry into student housing, President Kate Roberts invites you to complete a short survey to tell us about your experiences.

 
House Viewings: Know What To Do

Next up, for our mini-series of blogs in celebration of Housing Week, we'll be giving you all the tips and tools to help you work your way around house viewings, ensuring you're treated fairly and know what questions to ask, whether you're the one viewing the house, or the one expecting viewers in your current home.

 
Policy Inquiry: Student Housing

"If you could change one thing about your housing experience, what would it be?" As we kick off Housing Week, President Kate Roberts is launching a policy inquiry into student housing to better understand the issues students are facing in University halls, private halls, and rented accommodation in the local area.

 
Student Voice Report: Careers Support

Following a year of extensive research and engagement with students, we've published our recommendations on how the University can build careers support that is cutting edge and accessible for all.

 
Student Voice Report: PGR Student Experience

After a year in the making, we're delighted to bring you our first-ever piece of PGR-specific research and lobbying work – the PGR Student Voice Report! From your feedback, we've proposed recommendations for both the University and the Students’ Union that we hope will have significant and long-term positive impact on current and prospective postgraduate research students at Royal Holloway.

 
 
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Careers Student Voice Report

Published: 17/06/2020

This Student Voice Report examines the current provision of careers support at Royal Holloway across professional and academic departments, the Careers & Employability Service, and the Students’ Union.

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PGR Student Voice Report

Published: 20/05/2020

This Student Voice Report marks the culmination of our efforts to engage with the postgraduate research community over the past ten months. It presents an in-depth analysis of our ongoing discussions with students, and highlights both their positive and negative experiences at Royal Holloway while undertaking a research degree.

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BAME Student Voice Report

Published: 29/01/2020

This Student Voice Report on the BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) Inclusive Student Experience presents our work over the last two years, and examines the issues negatively impacting the higher education experience of BAME students in a national context as well as at Royal Holloway.

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How Policy Inquiries work

Policy Inquiries can be raised one of three ways:

  1. A simple majority of a Student Executive
  2. A simple majority of the Officer Group
  3. The President, on receipt of a verified petition of 500 student members

The structure and terms of reference for each Policy Inquiry is determined by the Officer Group or appropriate Student Executive, including timeframes, but will usually incorporate work within the following areas:

  1. Education and information: using research and insight to help Royal Holloway student members to fully understand the issue under consideration.
  2. Identification of solutions: determining the full range of options that might be pursued, including working with student members to create new ideas for consideration.
  3. Evaluation and options: an open discussion of student members regarding how these options should be judged.
  4. Decision-making: an interactive process that should involve discussion, debate and deliberation, and ultimately a vote.

A Policy Inquiry may recommend policy, contemporary resolutions, plans, recommendations to the Board, and constitutional changes as appropriate.