Whilst studying Oceanography at Bangor University, Piers has been deeply involved in representing the disabled student voice for the last 5 years, culminating in being elected by disabled students to represent them as their Disabled Students Officer for NUS during the 2019-2020 term. Piers’ previous experiences include collaborating on the UNCRPD inquiry, voicing disabled student experiences within the APPG for Assistive Technology, and helping to shape the Student Mind’s Mental Health Charter. Further they have helped co-found such organisations as Gwawr Dawn, a disabled people’s collective, and the Further and Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group.
Ensuring the lived experience of disabled students shape and support the decisions made about disabled students is a key priority of Piers’. They are hoping this new Disabled Students Commission increases the adoption and integration of the social model principles, champions the importance of lived experience, and creates an environment of progress towards holistic inclusion for disabled students across the sector. Piers believes disabled students deserve equitable access to the entire experience of education and hopes this new commission will help achieve that equity - from quality provision of DSA, to extracurricular opportunities.