Radhika Thiagarajan

VP Communities

Radhika Thiagarajan

Tell us a bit about your journey here at Queen Mary so far?

Post-grad law at Queen Mary is highly ranked in the league tables, that’s why I applied to Queen Mary! I started at Queen Mary in the lockdown, so have not had a chance to do many societies. However, I was actively involved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society in Law and really enjoyed participating in Negotiation Competitions! Highlight of my Lockdown!

I was a course rep before I started as the Vice President Communities and I felt like I was making a positive impact and changing lives! I wanted to continue that, and this motivated me to run for the Vice President position and have been enjoying the role since I started! Being a brown, foreign kid myself, I felt that there was no adequate support for students belonging to different communities and this encouraged me to run for this position, to create a better environment for students from different communities.

Favourite spot on any of our campuses?

Graduate Centre Library ! (Library with a view!)

What would be the first thing you'd recommend to first years to try out?

If you are new to London, there is a lot to do! Start exploring!

What’s your go-to order for Drapers or The Griff?

I have never eaten at these venues! Sadly! Once I try, I will let you know!

What’s your favourite non-campus place in East London?

Black truffle clothing store in Broadway Market! Best place to shop!

If you could tell the incoming students one piece of advice, what would it be?

Try to get involved in as many societies as you can! Education is not about just going to the library and back! It is also about trying new sports, trying chess or trying musical instruments and meeting people from around the world! You only live once, so live your best life!

As one of the new Executive Officer positions, how are you going to interact with the schools in your faculty to improve the experience for students?

My position is very student facing and I get to talk to and interact with students a lot, which is what I love about my role. I think my idea is to essentially gather inputs from students directly, on how the university services can be improved and to lobby the university to incorporate these inputs!

What is your ideal day out in London?

I am excited about going to Winter Wonderland! Love rollercoaster rides!

If you could be on holiday anywhere right now, where would you be?

I would love to go to Japan!

What movie character best represents you?

Princess Jasmine from Aladdin

What’s your useless/hidden talent?

I know all kinds of superstitious beliefs and really do not believe in any of them (or rather try hard to not believe in them)!