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Economics Course Representatives Triumph at Royal Holloway's First Ever Course Rep Awards

Posted on 19/06/2013

Dean of Management and Economics Bob O'Keefe awards PhD student Tanya Wilson with the Course Rep of the Year award.

Students of the Department of Economics shone at the Royal Holloway’s very first Course Rep Awards organised by the Student Union. Held at the Founder’s Picture Gallery on the 11th June 2013, three of the awards handed out on the night went to students of the Department of Economics. The award ceremony celebrates the efforts that course representatives have demonstrated over the academic year. Student representatives were nominated by their department, who were shortlisted and selected by the Student Union.

Emma Gavala (BSc Economics) won the award for Student Engagement. Emma maintains a popular rapport with her peers and through constant engagement is able to get a great deal of feedback for the department, which she enthusiastically and confidentially reports during the regular Student Staff Liaison Committee meetings. Emma has been passionate about having a community environment within economics and has pushed the idea of getting the whole department together for a social event, which has led to the first ever Economics Autumn Ball taking place this October which has received acclaim from students, with Emma making the idea slowly into reality. Furthermore Emma always shows her interest in the department by constantly volunteering for departmental events such as her efforts throughout the recent RES conference, and is also an ambassador for the South American Business Forum which explores topics of global and economics relevance, which she has campaigned through the department in an attempt to encourage students to get involved in.

One of the five recipients of the Gold Contribution awards went to BSc Economics student Matteo Frattini. Matteo’s determination for the betterment of the department has been demonstrated by his attendance and promptness to act within the SSLC meetings. His honesty and diplomatic approach to suggesting change has made a real difference to the department. Matteo has been integral in the department’s decision to replace the calculators used in exams which has proven to have a positive outcome with students. Matteo demonstrated a great understanding of the viability of certain academic issues and as one of the elder students of the SSLC, he acts as a brilliant arbitrator between the academics and students, often resolving complicated issues with ease.

Economics PhD student Tanya Wilson received the award for the Course Rep of the Year which was the only award of the night which is completely nominated and voted by students. Tanya has been instrumental in liaising with the department in the set-up of the resources for PGR students, including setting up IT resources, overseeing room layout and fitting and canvassing the views of fellow students. As a result, the resources for PGR students have been met with a near universal level satisfaction. Tanya is always considered the ‘go to person’ for the department when it comes to visitors, prospective students and academic staff, as the department is rest assured that they will get a full welcome and a comprehensive run down on what it’s like in the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway.

The course representatives continues to be integral in bringing in departmental changes, and this has been consolidated not only by the number of awards won, but also by the number of recent developments made within the department, including but not limited to:

  • The opening of the Economics Undergraduate Hub specifically for economics undergrads.
  • The introduction of Economics undergraduate events programme, hosting departmental talks, lectures, and events including the summer barbeque and autumn ball.
  • Doubling the departmental library budget, and increasing the number of core textbooks available.

We would like to congratulate all the winners on the night, and thank the three Economics Department students for their hard work and efforts which have most certainly contributed to the betterment of the Department.


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