The first 2018/19 RH100 Panel took place last week which discussed our digital future and the synergies between teaching and research. We recently caught up with Chloe Humphreys to see how the panel went, her role within the Student Engagement team and to find out more about the Student Opportunities Fund.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How long have you worked at Royal Holloway?
I studied at the College, graduating with a Music degree in 2014. Subsequent to graduating I moved to North London taking the role as a support worker in a Sixth Form College. This is where I gained an interest in student voice and widening participation. I then took a year out to travel before returning to Royal Holloway in October 2017. It’s so encouraging to see how far the College has come in the three years I was away and I’m excited to contribute to the life of the students now studying here.
2. Can you tell us a bit about your role within the Student Engagement team?
My overarching role in Campus Engagement is to encourage and promote Student Voice within all projects. I work primarily in three student focused projects – the RH100 panel, the Peer Guidance Scheme and the Student Opportunities Fund (previously known as the Alumni Fund). My passion is to engage students in higher education strategies outside of academia and to involve students in the development and improvement of their student life at Royal Holloway.
3. The first RH100 Panel took place last week. What was covered and how did it go?
It was very exciting seeing the students in the auditorium ready to make their contribution to improving student life – the atmosphere was buzzing and the students were keen to share their opinions on the two topics. For this panel we discussed Digital Futures, where the panellists put forward ideas on new and emerging technologies which could improve the student experience as well as contributing on how students believe the relationship between research and teaching at the College should be developed.
4. We hear that the first Student Opportunities funding has been approved. Can you tell us more the fund?
The Student Opportunities Fund is an exciting opportunity for students (individuals and groups) to apply for funding for new start ups, projects and initiatives that have the potential to enhance the student experience. We’re looking for students with bright and bold ideas to apply for the funding to help develop their project!
5. What do you enjoy the most about your role at Royal Holloway?
I enjoy how varied my day-to-day working life is. I’m also fortunate enough to work closely with groups of students such as the Peer Guide Leaders and it’s rewarding to see them develop their skills, build in confidence and contribute to life at Royal Holloway.
6. Outside of work do you have any interesting hobbies or interests?
I’m a huge rugby fan and currently captain the Windsor Ladies rugby team (for whom a few of our colleagues also play!)
7. What would you say has been your proudest moment over the last year?
Over the past year I’d say my proudest moment has been the development of the RH100 Panel. The team have ensured we received feedback about the content, structure and materials for the panel from both student and staff stakeholders to improve all aspects of the panel. It’s also encouraging to see other HE institutions such as King’s College and Keele take a keen interest in the RH100 and also start to develop their own version of it.
8. You may have seen our latest recruitment campaign, ‘Find your why’. We are interested to find out what Royal Holloway has helped you to discover about yourself…
My why is to encourage students from all backgrounds to apply to and succeed in Higher Education.