Meet the Whitelands Team

Below you'll find information on the staff and elected officers that work hard to help run Whitelands College. Feel free to contact them with your questions or arrange a meeting with them to discuss any issues related to Whitelands College, they will be more than happy to help you.

If you have any doubts on who to contact then you can always drop your email to Steven Taggart at and he can point you in the right direction.

College Staff

The staff of the college work for the University of Roehampton to support students, create a community amongst students and staff at the college and be on hand to support in their various different ways.

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Head of College, Dr R David Muir

The Head of the College oversees the development of the College from a strategic level and takes part in formal events and happenings throughout the year. David also oversees any disputes and disciplinary action that takes place within the college grounds. If you'd like to meet with David then please contact the college office to arrange an appointment.
Contact David
Office: G046 – G047, Right off main reception opposite the cash machine

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College Life Development Officer, Steven Taggart

As the College Life Development Officer, Steve works with all members of the college team to help coordinate the work of the college and logistics of its running day to day and its special events. He also supports the development of their work and helps to communicate what they do to the students, staff and alumni of Whitelands. Steve is often the first point of contact if you need help with anything such as college clothing, college events, or if you'd just like a locker. If you're not sure who to ask then get in contact with Steve and he can point you in the right direction.
Email Steve
College Office Phone: 020 8392 3511
Office: G047, Right off main reception opposite the cash machine.

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Sudent Wellbeing Officer, Gloria Williamson

Based in each of our four Colleges, our Student Wellbeing Officers (SWOs) are friendly, supportive staff who can help you with anything from difficulties settling in to dealing with specific personal issues. Gloria is the Student Wellbeing Officer for students living on Whitelands and commuting students studying at Whitelands college. Student Wellbeing Officers are your first port of call for any problem you might have, providing a confidential service where you can discuss any issues or concerns that are affecting your wellbeing and be sign posted or referred to other internal and external services that may be able to offer further support. This could range from advice and support for personal safety, including harassment and assault, or advice on accessing other support services, including Counselling, Disabilities Service, Student Finance and Mental Health Advisers. SWO’s are also someone you can go to if you just want a friendly, supportive conversation. You can arrange an appointment by contacting Gloria on the details below.

Email: or call 020 8392 3502

There is also a daily Wellbeing Drop-in where you can speak to a SWO for a short, 10 minute appointment for initial information or support. The drop-in is 1-2pm Monday to Friday during term time, do contact Gloria for more info on how to access. Office: G045, Right off main reception opposite the cash machine.

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Chaplain, Dr Daniel Eshun

Daniel is Whitelands local chaplain who is there to support you with any faith related needs you might have. He comes from the Church of England himself, but is happy to discuss all faiths and beliefs with anyone, and he can also easily put you in contact with one of the many other chaplains that Roehampton has across campus. Drop him an email below if you'd like to make an appointment to see him, or find him the College Chaplaincy. 
Contact Daniel
Phone: 020 8392 3516
Office: Chaplaincy Office, Left off main reception then left again.

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Muslim Chaplain, Sabiha Iqbal

Sabiha is the Muslim Chaplain to Whitelands College, and the wider university. She is based in Southlands College (LS002) but regularly frequents all the Chaplaincy spaces and Prayer rooms across campus; including G042, the Islamic Prayer Room at Whitelands College.

The university has a multi-faith Chaplaincy team, who work closely together to provide a safe and welcoming experience for all students and staff. The Roehampton Chaplaincy team is here for those of faith and none, whatever college you are part of and whether you live on-campus or commute in.

Sabiha organises activities and events for all members of the university, as well as specifically for Muslims. Past activities have included; The Coexist Café (a time for student to gather over a hot drink and learn a skill, or just chillax!), the International Food Bazaar, an Eid Special Community Lunch, talks on Ramadan and Fasting (with top tips about how to balance commitments to academic work and Ramadan), Women’s Only Workouts (including yoga and badminton), and much, much more!

If unsure about how Sabiha can support you, drop an email to or call on 020 8392 3185

College Warden

Our College Warden is the out of hours welfare support for students that might need it past normal working hours. The college warden is contacted and brought into situations by the university security team if they believe a student might need a bit of extra support in a situation on campus. They also work with the College team to develop a range of postgraduate activities at the college and can be contacted by getting in touch with security.
Call Whitelands College Warden on 020 8392 3140.


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Senior College Warden, Shai Danmole-Ellis

My role as Senior College Warden is to encourage positive behaviour and responsible citizenship on campus. I work closely with your Flat Reps to make sure people are living together well in College accommodation- looking out for each other and following the rules. I also work closely with your core College team on any wider behavioural and community issues. Please do contact me if you have any concerns about behaviour on campus, either in a flat or elsewhere. I also work closely alongside your core College team on disciplinary and wellbeing issues, to ensure everyone has the best experience possible of University. My team of College Wardens are available overnight and on weekends to respond to emergencies. You can contact the Wardens by calling Security on ext. 3333 using an internal phone or call directly on 020 8392 3333. Download the Roe Wellbeing App and you can use that to call Security for a College Warden as well!
Contact Shai
Call 020 8392 7297 or email:

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Badger R.I.P

College Cat 2005 – 2020 

We were sad to announce that last year, in the middle of August, our beloved College cat, mascot and friend passed away after 15 long years living on campus, having helped to keep its staff and students entertained and protected under her watchful eyes. She was cared for by both the staff and students. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed and remembered as the heart and soul of Whitelands College. 

Student Elected Officers

The student elected officers are elected by the students of Roehampton to represent them in various ways and to help build and develop the community at Whitelands in partnership with the RSU and College staff.

College President and May Monarch 

The Whitelands May Monarch is a unique position to Whitelands, and their duty is to raise money at the College for their nominated charity for the year. The position is elected each year in December time and they begin their reign in May.

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May Monarch, Sana Siddique  

Hey Whitelands! I'm Sana Siddique, the 140th May Monarch, studying Biological Sciences in my 3rd year. I’m also the President of the Photography Society, Vice-President & Treasurer of the Life Sciences Society and the RSU Muslim Students' Officer. I currently live off-campus and have done so since I joined Roey. The annual May Day ceremony is a Whitelands tradition where each year a student who studies or lives on-campus can be voted to become May King or Queen. Each monarch chooses a charity or charities to raise money for through events and fundraisers; my chosen charities are the Heart Research UK and the St. George’s Hospital Charity.  

After this crazy year we’ve had, stuck at home due to the global Covid pandemic, we’re finally back on campus and definitely deserve an awesome year with amazing events which I will be hosting throughout the coming year! I’m so excited to meet you all throughout the year and if you see me around campus, please feel free to come and say hi and have a chat. 


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Student President, Jai Hiteshbhai Patel 

Hello fellow hominids, my name is Jai (pronounced like the letter J) and I am your Whitelands College President for the 21/22 academic year! I am a third year Anthropology student with a keen interest in the environment, politics and Star Wars. I am also chairman of the men's rugby team here at Roehampton. If you ever have any questions or just want to chat about something, please just shout me, I always have to time for conversations.