Natasha Neal

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Each year, elections are held for our three sabbatical officer positions. The three sabbatical positions are full-time and form our sabbatical team and help deliver the student experience that we are so passionate about.

Vice President Education and Welfare

 

Hi I’m Tash, your Vice President of Education and Welfare. I work alongside two other Sabbatical Officers, Tom and Tamsin, to represent all students and make life better at Bucks.

My main role as your VPEW is to represent the student membership in University meetings to make sure that all your voices are heard and that you get the most from your academic experience. I also work closely alongside the Advice Centre and the Representation team to campaign for improvements to benefit your welfare. My involvement with the Students' Union really improved my graduate experience and I am keen to support doing the same for others.

I began my involvement with the Students' Union in my first year where I became a Student Representative for my course, Psychology and Criminology. During my first year as a student I became more aware of the many diverse roles that the Students' Union has to offer. In my second year I became a School Officer for the Human and Social Sciences cohort, where I learnt of different issues that students faced over a variety of courses. Through my involvement with the Students' Union it spurred my interest into higher representation roles. I went on to be elected as a Student Trustee in my third year, where I learnt how the Union strategises and plans to improve facilities and opportunities for its students. These opportunities lead to my interest in becoming a Sabbatical Officer and how I could improve both the educational and welfare experiences of the membership. I am very honoured to be elected into this role and I look forward to making life better for students at Bucks.

I believe in an open door policy so please come and say hi when we are back on campus or send me a message on Facebook if you have any concerns. We are all open to new ideas as well so please feel free to let me know if you have any!

 

Priorities this year

 

  1. To improve the social facilities for students who may not be directly involved with the Students' Union already through setting up a TimetoTalk facility where students can meet up and discuss different challenges on an informal basis to boost wellbeing.
  2. Develop a section in the student newspaper where students can anonymously ask questions in each edition where the sabbatical officers can answer any issues that students may not want to ask in person.
  3. Provide more opportunities, in particular for Nursing students at the Uxbridge campus.
  4. Campaign around acknowledging sexual health and understanding the importance of having open conversations about it.