I'm Amy, your Vice President Education and Welfare (Uxbridge and Aylesbury) and also a BNU student currently finishing my Adult Nursing degree at the Uxbridge Campus. Throughout my time as a student, I have been heavily involved with the Students' Union. It all started when I was made a student rep for my course group, and I stayed as their elected student rep for three years, which introduced me to everything the Students' Union has to offer.
As a mature student living at home with a family, The Big Deal offer meant I had so many opportunities to become involved. I was able to take my children on day trips, spending quality time together and that really mattered as time was precious due to being at the university for theory and attending placements. Watching Frozen in the West End and visiting LEGOLAND were my top highlights, it was all free which was amazing as this didn’t affect me financially and I got to enjoy a break from my studies and a brilliant day with my children.
In my first year the Nursing Society had no committee members continuing, so myself and a few other stuents brought it back to life. I became the society Chair and stayed chair for my entire three years. It was a brilliant opprtunity and as a society we offered study sessions, events, an open space to talk and more importantly, make friends. We became an accredited society in my first year as Chair and were nominated for two awards at the Union Awards. I took on a few more leaership roles during my time including, Nursing and Midwifery School Officer for two years, student trustee, bucks buddy, freshers' helper and was even the executive officer for both mature students and students with a disability.
Being involved with the Students' Union gave me the opportunity to support and meet many students and instilled a passion in me for representing others. I especially wanted to support students who attend placement areas so I decided to put myself forward for the sabbatical role of Vice President Education and Welfare (Uxbridge and Aylesbury) as I felt I could understand students concerns, focus on their wellbeing, and represent them well with their current and future education.
I'm really looking forward to my first year in office and you'll be seeing a lot more of my when term starts in September and my own course placement comes to an end.
- Amy Pile, Vice President Education and Welfare (Uxbridge and Aylesbury)