Romit unlocks the psychology of HE success

Romit unlocks the psychology of HE success

Former Access to HE Diploma (Social Sciences) student, Romit Laud, has been accepted as a representative on the QAA Access Recognition and Licensing Committee.

The ARLC, which is responsible for the operation and development of the Recognition Scheme for Access to Higher Education, safeguards standards and improves the quality of UK higher education, thus ensuring that students working towards a qualification get the higher education they are entitled to expect.

The committee includes representatives from further and higher education and recently welcomed Romit as its newest Student Member currently still in higher education. The committee is celebrated in the education sector for positively impacting its students and enabling them to actively contribute to broader societal goals such as employment and economic growth.

Romit completed his Access to HE Diploma in Social Sciences at Stockport College in 2019 before progressing to Durham University where he is in the second-year of his psychology degree. While studying towards his Diploma, Romit was selected to provide the College with feedback on the delivery of Access to HE. This experience sparked his interest in education policy and governance, leading him to apply for the role on the ARLC.

Romit was educated in India, UAE and UK, giving him a unique perspective on different teaching approaches and their effectiveness in driving results. On graduating, Romit hopes to enrol in a law conversion course.

He commented, “Due to the HE faculty at Stockport College being so approachable, the transition into HE has been smooth. More so, the length of the course is ideal for people who want to accelerate their progress into HE.

“The course also prepares you well for independent learning and to meet the academic writing requirements of research-led universities. It gave me a new thinking hat and geared my intellectual curiosity in an empirical manner.”

Romit’s tutor, Adam Stone, said, “It pleases me greatly to hear that Romit has been accepted as a representative on the QAA Access Recognition and Licensing Committee. I had the pleasure of teaching Romit Sociology and Criminology on the Access to HE Social Science Diploma course, and I also acted as his personal tutor.

“He was, as the saying goes, a gentleman and a scholar - he was both a high-performing academic and a very fine and pleasant human being. I could see then, that his intelligence, insight and ambition would take him far, and I really admired the fact that he gained entrance to Durham University. Congratulations to one of my most memorable students!”

Programme Leader for Access & HE Health, Andy Stott added, “From the moment he enrolled on the course, it was clear to his tutors that Romit was a particularly enthusiastic and dedicated student. This role with the QAA is clear recognition of his commitment to boost awareness of Access Diplomas, and to help others follow in his footsteps.”