Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) is the legal representative and charitable organisation for matriculated students of the University of Dundee.
As a charitable organisation, we exist to serve our members – the students of the University… YOU! This is achieved in a variety of ways; helping you find private accommodation, funding student societies, providing reasonably priced catering and ensuring you have a safe venue to enjoy an affordable night out in any one of our four bars and nightclubs.
We work closely with the University to ensure that have the best possible experience whilst you’re a student. The seven democratically elected students who make up your Student Executive are based on Level 4 of The Union. They are responsible for the overall management and administration of DUSA, liaising with the University at every level, running campaigns, creating opportunities for you to become more involved with the academic community and much more.
And of course, when it comes to running the “commercial” aspects of DUSA – our bars, shops, nightclubs and what you’ll collectively refer to as “The Union” – we’re lucky to have an expert team who work hard to ensure you have the services which represent your needs. And you’ll be pleased to learn that not only is DUSA the #1 students’ union in Scotland, we’re also rated as the best value student venue in the UK, meaning not only are we the best, we’re also the cheapest in all of Great Britain.
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Iain is the President of the Students’ Association. A lot of his role involves behind the scenes work within the University and DUSA, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. He is the lead representative for every student on campus at a local, national and international level, and will stand up for your rights whenever he can.
Iain is a member of a lot of committees and meetings on campus, including the highest governing body – University Court. It’s his job to make sure that our voices are heard and Uni doesn’t forget that students are the most important asset of the organisation.
Iain’s also in charge of making sure everyone else in the Exec is doing their job correctly, he’s pretty much their boss despite what they might say. They’re supposed to do what he says, but they rarely do.
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Jade is your Deputy President here at DUSA. One of her biggest roles is to run the entire representation structure on campus. This means she ensures that your voice is heard whether it is through Class Reps, School President’s or the SRC. She provides support and training for those who engage in these roles, and luckily for you she is so loud that there is no-one left on campus who hasn’t heard her booming voice!
Coinciding with this Jade is responsible for running the elections that occur throughout the year. Working tirelessly to engage with students Jade encourages students to run for different positions during our SRC elections in September, and our Executive elections in March. In fact don’t be surprised if she is running around campus telling students how important these two levels of representation are!
So whenever Jade isn’t shouting to create positive change for students, she also fights to help students get back into University. Academic appeals are an unfortunate situation some student’s find themselves in after failing resits, however Jade is always ready to help in any way possible, to give students another chance.
She, along with the rest of the Exec, are your advocates and whilst we have individual roles we work together for all of you. Aside from this Jade has many other duties, plotting the President’s assassination so she can take over the world definitely not being one of them…
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Tim is in charge of the disciplinary procedure in DUSA. So when you get caught misbehaving in the Union its Tim who will be in contact with you. When he isn’t fighting for justice over campus Tim studies Politics, while maintaining a job of supplying the population of Dundee with pizzas. If he wasn’t busy enough he also convenes the SRC, which is your voice on campus for all issues that affect you.
This year Tim is concentrating on being an active force on campus letting you know what is happening in the issues that affect you, this ranges from money problems to the matters raised in the SRC. So I hear you ask, what does he do in his precious spare time? Well Tim enjoys long walks along the Tay and across the bridge, he also dibble dabbles in cricket (even though he is in Scotland?!) and is always open to a loving relationship.
Call him maybe….
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Doug is the Vice President of Student Activities at DUSA. He is responsible for any and all activities that you would like to take part in around The Union or in other areas of the University whether that be as an individual, part of a group or as one of the many societies there are.
He is in charge of the societies affiliated with DUSA and helps them out with the organisation of certain events on campus. Doug sits as the chairperson of the Societies Funding Council that helps decides how much money some of the University’s societies can get.
Doug also heads up DUSA and the University’s efforts for the Raising and Giving (RAG) Campaign. This involves rallying a group of different students, staff and others and organising events where the proceeds go to a specific designated charities or charity local to Dundee.
Whether you are homesick, struggling with money, just wanting a bit of banter, looking to help out or are looking to get involved with volunteering or something to build up your C.V. then come and have a chat with Doug and he will point you in the right direction.
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Zuchaela is in charge of DUSA’s communications strategy and ensures that important information is accessible both on and offline, by working closely with all of DUSA’s media outlets, to get the message of DUSA and all that we do across to the students. Zuchaela also runs a number of vibrant cultural and political campaigns throughout the year to encourage debate. “So what exotic land does someone with a name like Zuchaela come from?” I hear you ask. None other than the glamorous Northern Ireland! That’s right Zuchaela is the girl from Northern Ireland with the big hair (with some suggesting bees may even harbour up in there) who’s name came about as the result of her dad having fallen off an amusements ride, breaking his jaw and mispronouncing a name in a baby book (true story). In her spare time Zuchaela likes to go out cruising the roads on her motorbike. This is not a joke! And yes sometimes the hair does just spring back up into position after having the helmet on.
So if you fancy getting involved in any campus debates or student media, don’t hesitate to get in touch with this wacky lady!
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Stefan is a fourth year Economics and Politics student. He comes from Bulgaria and is the only overseas student in the Executive. His involvement in the top level DUSA shows that the voice of the international students is loud and is heard on campus.
Stefan’s role is to motivate students to do extracurricular events while being at University. He is doing that via campaigns, which aim to show student engagement in various areas. His primary task for the year is to promote all kinds of student projects and activities. Stefan also helps the Deputy President to ensure student representation has been achieved on all University levels and the VPSA to increase involvement in societies on campus.
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Katie is in charge of welfare and welfare campaigns on campus. She is also the lovely lady who is in charge of all the free condoms DUSA gives away. So whether it is sexual health, money problems or you just want to chat Katie is therefore you. This year she will be working on Sexual Health, Mental Health and encouraging Healthy Body Healthy Mind attitudes. Katie is also running a number of one off events such as Students vs Zombies during the year. Feel free to give her an email, phone or drop in.
Office hours Monday: 11am – 6pm
Tuesday: 8am – 6pm
Wednesday: 8am – 1pm.
Vice President of Student Activities
Vice President of Communication and Campaigns
Vice President of Engagement
Vice President of Student Welfare
Your Rector – Brian Cox
Brian Cox was elected as Rector of the University of Dundee in February 2010 by over 60% of students voting. Brian is a Dundee native and has had an incredibly successful acting career. He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and more contemporary films such as the Bourne Identity and X-Men 2. Brian was re-elected to the position in 2013 to serve a second term in office.
As your new Rector I would like to welcome you to the University. I grew up in Dundee in the post-war period. It’s a city that has gone through horrendous acts, horrendous times and come out the other side with a much stronger personality.
This is an exciting time to be in Dundee; and the University and DUSA have gone from strength to strength in recent years. I am your representative to the University and guarantee that I will defend you at every turn. Given the current climate and political changes we have seen in the past year, it is important to remain vigilant in a time where many higher education institutions consider restructuring.
While it is important that the University comes out the other side of any strategic review intact, I will oppose any cuts that could affect the student experience here. One of the most effective ways of protecting student rights at the University is through representation.
Valuable structures have been put in place and expanded in the past few years to ensure that your voice is heard and your rights are protected at every stage. I encourage you to use this website as a tool in identifying your student representatives and how you might resolve problems.
I have great faith in this year’s DUSA Executive. I know they will provide great leadership for students and will endeavour to support them whenever necessary. Get to know these people, and the entire student representation structure. It will be important in your time at the University.