Gather student input for your project
The RH100 Panel is a large focus group made up of 100 student panellists from across Royal Holloway. The RH100 Panel help to ensure that a range of views are considered in relation to developments at the College and on campus.
Since its inception in 2016, the Panel has inputted to various projects, such as academic representation, sports facilities investment, the graduate employability journey, learning and social spaces on campus, and 'Digital Futures'.
Colleagues from across the College are welcome to submit topic discussions for a project with a clear plan and direction. As part of the application process, you will be asked to to consider the strategic direction of your project and how the panellists can provide input and make actual change. Topic discussions also require a Senior Management team member sponsor.
Our FAQs below outline how colleagues can gather student input for projects through the RH100 and further explain the criteria and process for proposing discussion topics.
Find out more about how the RH100 works
The RH100 Panel is a large focus group made up of 100 student panellists from across Royal Holloway. The Panel helps to ensure that a range of views are considered in relation to developments at the College and on campus.
The Panel is made up of roughly 100 currently enrolled students and is reflective of the demographic of the student body. Around a quarter of the Panel each year is made up of returning panellists. Being a panellist is a paid role – students are employed as casual workers and work approximately once a term for two to four hours.
The RH100 Panel's main aim is to ensure students are consulted on the implementation of strategic change projects across the breadth of the student experience. The panel has adequate representation from all degree levels and departments as well as different student groups, including mature, commuting, joint honours and international students.
The Panel is not intended as a feedback mechanism for academic departments or professional services, nor is it a student representation group. Instead, the panel is challenged with providing their views on areas which the College is looking to develop. For example, in 2018/19 the Panel gave their views on scholarships and cross College courses. The feedback has directly informed thinking and influenced decision making.
Please note that the RH100 Panel may not always be the best mechanism to suit your purpose and an alternative platform may be a better fit. For example, for specific academic consultation, your best port of call would most likely be via the Academic Representation System.
RH100 is operationally delivered by the Student Engagement & Sport Department within the Academic Services Directorate, who work closely with the five elected Sabbatical Officers from the Students’ Union.
The lead contact for any enquiries is Jack Wright (Student Engagement Officer).
Student voice is an aspect of higher education that is of increasing importance with the recent establishment of the Office for Students and the emphasis on third-level institutions having to demonstrate value for money. With NSS results being a crucial indicator of student experience at an institution as a whole and a key factor for recruitment, gathering student voice both in terms of feedback and input at all levels and for all services provided is critical.
At Royal Holloway, gaining student feedback and input is crucial in ensuring the continuous development and improvement of services, resources and initiatives. Feedback can be used to improve all services, both academic and professional, to ensure the highest standard, holistic experience for all students no matter their background.
Gaining student input via the RH100 Panel for your project can:
- foster a sense of belonging and engagement within the department, service and institution.
- ensure any changes made to projects/initiatives reflect the needs of the current student body – we should not assume that we know the needs/requirements of students.
- enable staff to educate students on restrictions and reasons why issues may not be able to be resolved, or put forward alternatives to the issue. For example, through the RH100 Panel discussion topic ‘Spaces on campus’ facilitators were able to educate students on alternative spaces to study on campus when the Davison Building was at capacity.
During the academic year 2018-19, the RH100 Panel discussed a number of topics ranging from the Cross-College courses to the Volunteering strategy. All discussion topics should have long-term strategic goals and must require input from the panellists rather than feedback. Any topic which has a positive impact on the student experience at Royal Holloway will be considered for discussion.
You can find out more about former panel discussions on our reports page.
The panels usually run with two discussion topics, each lasting 45 minutes to an hour. As the content of each topic is varied, the delivery of the session can be altered depending on the complexity of the discussion.
For each discussion topic, RH100 Panel input is gathered in three ways:
- Pre-work: Topic leads are asked to give the panellists pre-reading and tasks prior to the panel itself. This may include an online survey or a character profile that students should familiarise themselves with. This helps to make panellists aware of the discussion topic beforehand and allows them to focus their research and opinions. This also enables topic leads to have 100 separate opinions on their subject as the panellists' pre-work (or agenda) is collected at end of the panel.
- Group discussions: At the panels, panellists are separated into smaller groups to discuss a task related to their pre-work. The input given by the smaller groups is collected at the end of the panel and collated by the RH100 team
- Presentations and open discussions: Each group is asked to present back their key points in a clear and succinct manner. If there is capacity following the presentations, panellists are encouraged to discuss the topic openly and raise any points that may not have been shared. This contribution is video/audio recorded for the topic lead.
In order to run a discussion with the RH100 Panel, we ask each topic owner to fill out a proposal form which will be taken to the Student Experience Committee for approval. Colleagues are asked to consider the strategic direction of your project and how the panellists can provide actual input and make change. The proposed topic also requires a Senior Sponsor – the named Senior Management team member who is supporting the relevance of the topic.
Where possible, we encourage colleagues to submit discussion topics ahead of the next acdemic year. Summer term is often a good time to start this process as many departments carry out their business planning at this time.
If you have any questions about the form or the Panel, please get in touch with the RH100 team.
The RH100 Panel asks for topics that require student input rather than feedback so that students can make an actual change to the project itself or the direction it’s taking. This in turn can help to shape College life to benefit the student body.
Ideally, student input is gathered for your project once a project plan and direction is put in place. However, we do recognise that it helps your project to gather student voice and input sooner rather than later – as part of the application process, you will be asked to to consider the strategic direction of your project and how the panellists can provide actual input and make change.
We produce annual reports on each year's discussion topics. You can find out more on our report web pages.
Colleagues who have been involved in the previous panel discussions have shared their perspective after each panel. You can learn more about recent topic discussions on our staff case studies page.
The RH100 Panel gives students an exciting paid opportunity to leave their legacy at Royal Holloway as well as honing valuable skills that will prove beneficial in the modern workplace. These include presentation, decision-making, negotiation, organisation and leadership skills.
The Panel is made up of students from across the breadth of the student experience, with panellists from all degree levels and departments, as well as different student groups, including mature, commuting, joint honours and international students. Recruitment takes place at the start of autumn term and students can register their interest to join the next panel at any stage throughout the academic year.
Colleagues who work with students are encouraged to make them aware of the opportunity to join the panel. You can find out more on the RH100 web pages on the student intranet.
From the new skills they learn through their involvement in the panel, to the legacy students feel they are leaving for future students, you can gain an insight into the experiences of the panellists on this student case studies page.