Make Your Voice Heard
NIALL CHRISTIE

NIALL CHRISTIE

SRC CHAIRPERSON

On Thursday 25th September, less than 1 week after one of the biggest decisions in recent political history, you, as a student at Dundee, have the chance to vote to make a difference at your own University. The DUSA-run Student Representative Council (SRC) lobbies on your behalf to bring the views and opinions of all students forward to improve and maintain your overall experience here.

The SRC Chairperson, elected solely by students, is responsible for maintaining the high level integrity and fairness of the SRC at all meetings as well as working closely with the Student Executive to ensure that you are not only being represented the best you can be, but also that all goings-on at the SRC are communicated fully to the student body.

I, Niall Christie, promise to strive to maintain these values that the SRC, and DUSA as a whole, pride themselves on by ensuring that all meetings of the SRC are run smoothly and in the most effective and just manner possible. As a 4th year student I have been active in student politics for over three years now, contributing to a number of student societies, sitting on the Executive of 2 over this period, as well as leading a (successful) campaign in the 2014 DUSA Referendum.

Speak with the voice you want to hear! Vote Niall Christie for SRC Chairperson on MyDundee between 9am Thursday 25th and 3pm Friday 26th September 2014!

KIRA CHAN

KIRA CHAN

LEARNING AND TEACHING REP

Provision of quality education and academic rigour is the foremost important in the University life of a student. I believe that in being elected for the position of Learning and Teaching Representative I would ensure with sure assiduity, to represent the views and concerns of my fellow students in order to improve the learning experience across campus. My aim is to work with the University’s schools to offer a more open and comprehensive route into getting students ideas and concerns heard across the University. I am proactive and dedicated to see students get the most out of their studies with a high teaching standard and positive learning experience!

DOUGLAS YOUNG

DOUGLAS YOUNG

LEARNING AND TEACHING REP

My name is Douglas Young, I’m a fourth year History &; Politics student, and I hope to be your Learning &; Teaching representative this year on the SRC. Having worked with DUSA since my first year in a largely media capacity, I am keenly aware of the effects student governance can have on the student experience. As a final year student that initially struggled with understanding the full extent of the help and resources available, I realise that access to clear information, and having points of contact for academic issues can be vital. As a Learning &; Teaching rep, I hope to use my considerable knowledge of both the University’s academic structure, and my experience of working within DUSA when carrying out the role.

During my initial years at the University, I sometimes was unsure of the full extent of what journals and other electronic resources were available to use, despite the excellent work of both the library and departmental staff. I will work to highlight the sheer number of electronic resources that can potentially be of benefit to students’ academic coursework. Additionally, I hope to expand the number of E-books available to students; although the range is currently superb for many subject areas, many in-demand texts are only available in print. Finally, I hope to increase the number of “Buddy” initiates by working with School Presidents, as part of an effort to foster greater links between the staff and students of the University.

ADELAIDE GRIBBIN

ADELAIDE GRIBBIN

LEARNING AND TEACHING REP

The learning and teaching representative is probably the most important and influential role an undergraduate student can have. Done well it can make a big difference in the relationship between the students and their lecturers as well as the quality and shape of the education itself. I’m a naturally studious mathematics undergrad, I believe that both my discipline and my hunger for perfection make me an ideal candidate for this role. Maths is one of the more objective subjects one can study and it gives me a pragmatic edge over other potential candidates. I really love Dundee as a University and while I enjoy studying here I have noticed a few problems regarding the organisation of the lecture rooms; lecturers not having workable board pens, computers switched off prior to lectures and an overall lack of communication between the lecturers and the Dundee management team. As a learning and teaching representative I can close this gap between the two important bodies while voicing the concerns of other students. My approach would be an open mind to new ideas while listening to the ideas of others. I’m a very friendly and approachable person and with this role I hope to help Dundee Uni retain it’s status as a great university to study by putting a strong ethos around education

PIEREPAOLO DISANTO

PIEREPAOLO DISANTO

SERVICES AND FACILITIES REP

My name is Pierpaolo Disanto and I am an International student doing my fourth and final year towards a bachelor degree in Financial Economics.
As your ‘Services and Facilities Rep”, my mission will be to make the university’s services fit your student lifestyle. I want to bring it to a whole new level, and this is how:
1. Use my BIG BRAINPOWER: I will devote my MENSA-certified High IQ brain to improving student services and facilities.
2. Utilize my BIG EXPERIENCE: As a committee member of the International Society at the University, I have been identifying barriers to active social lives, and break them down. This inspires and motivates people!
3. FACE CHALLENGES: I am also a Student Support Assistant in the university halls. Thus, on a daily basis, I deal with the sort of challenges that the SRC faces at present.

As a student myself, I know that life can be hectic and demanding. You need services and facilities that understand that. Therefore, if you vote for me, I will campaign for earlier and later hours of operation at the ISE gym and library, and more efficient services on and off campus.

Let’s make our university’s services be at your service!

Vote for me!

ANDREW STEWART

ANDREW STEWART

SERVICES AND FACILITIES REP

My name is Douglas Young, I’m a fourth year History &; Politics student, and I hope to be your Learning &; Teaching representative this year on the SRC. Having worked with DUSA since my first year in a largely media capacity, I am keenly aware of the effects student governance can have on the student experience. As a final year student that initially struggled with understanding the full extent of the help and resources available, I realise that access to clear information, and having points of contact for academic issues can be vital. As a Learning &; Teaching rep, I hope to use my considerable knowledge of both the University’s academic structure, and my experience of working within DUSA when carrying out the role.

During my initial years at the University, I sometimes was unsure of the full extent of what journals and other electronic resources were available to use, despite the excellent work of both the library and departmental staff. I will work to highlight the sheer number of electronic resources that can potentially be of benefit to students’ academic coursework. Additionally, I hope to expand the number of E-books available to students; although the range is currently superb for many subject areas, many in-demand texts are only available in print. Finally, I hope to increase the number of “Buddy” initiates by working with School Presidents, as part of an effort to foster greater links between the staff and students of the University.

KALINA MARINOVA

KALINA MARINOVA

INTERNATIONAL LEARNING AND TEACHING REP

My name is Kalina Marinova and I have just entered into my 3rd year of ‘Business Management’ studies here at The University of Dundee. Originally I am from Bulgaria and being an international student myself I fully understand a small portion of the problems one may experience while studying here. What is more, I strongly believe that our university has what it takes to be one of the leading educational institutions in the world. But in order to be one, it has to constantly invest in its most valuable asset – the student body. If given the opportunity to become an International Student Representative for Learning and Teaching I promise to always run that extra mile in order to ensure that your voice is being heard. I will exercise great care and diligence when dealing with any issues because I know how important it is for international students to receive the support they need when they are far away from home.

NIKITA AHUJA

NIKITA AHUJA

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES REP

I’m Nikita Ahuja, Im an international student from India studying my final year in MA Business Economics with Marketing. Being an international student representative for services and facilities will be a great opportunity for me. Being an international student myself, I understand the struggle students have when getting to move to an unfamiliar country and how important it is to get to know people and adjust in the new culture. I will make sure that all international students are as homely as they can and every issue they have is dealt with as soon as possible. I was the vice president of the Indian society last year and have met many international students and made sure to organise events which helped them keep their culture alive and they felt at home even when they are far away from their country.I will also make sure to have constant interaction with all international students and be at their service.

ESTHER HAARMANN

ESTHER HAARMANN

INTERNATIONAL SERVICES AND FACILITIES REP

My name is Esther Haarmann and I am originally from Germany. Currently I study Politics and International Relations in my fourth year. As an International student, I know the difficulties foreigners can face when coming to a different country to study. I will ensure that all your interests, questions and concerns are represented in the SRC council. I gained a lot of experience and knowledge working with DUSA. I participated in different society comittees and sports clubs and represented the society council in the SRC last year. I will try to establish new forms of communication for International students to raise their ideas to improve university life and make the best of their time at university. If you have any further questions, ideas or suggestions please get in touch with me (e.c.z.haarmann@dundee.ac.uk).

 

NIKOLAY FILIBEV

NIKOLAY FILIBEV

FIRST YEAR LEARNING AND TEACHING REP

DUSA’s Executive are the students’ main representatives in the representation structure of the university. Alongside with the 7 Exec positions, the Students Representative Council is no less important, as it comprises the functions of a parliament for the students. The position of 1st year Learning and teaching rep is crucial, because it allows first year students’ voices be heard. One major complaint is the small amount of e-books. Especially during exam week. If I get elected for 1st Year Learning and Teaching representative I will press the corresponding authorities for a greater number of e-books so that everyone has access when needed. Another issue that is present and I will stand for is that all e-books be available for download. Not everyone lives on campus and has internet on their mobile devices, so downloading their book may save that person some precious time. I will promote the DUSA- led Academic Skills Week in week 6 of this semester. The Academic Skills Week is important, because it provides Year 1 students with the skills needed to complete their transition from high school to university. Vote for me and have all of the above fulfilled.

ALEKSANDAR VLADIMIROV

ALEKSANDAR VLADIMIROV

FIRST YEAR SERVICES AND FACILITIES REP

Ever since my first arrival here at Dundee University couple of weeks ago, I have noticed that in some of the facilities of the University and especially the school accommodation people tend to leave the illumination switched on even if no one is present in the particular room at that time. By sticking posters around the campus to remind the students and staff to switch off the lights after leaving the room, the University is going to save a lot of money and is going to help out the world by cutting the toxic emissions of carbon dioxide. If I get nominated for the position of 1st Year Services and Facilities Representative of The Student Representative Council, I will do my best to inform all the electors about the current problem and hopefully, if I get elected for the position, I will do my hardest to accomplish this task. Besides this I will do any other campaigns which students will approach for me, related to university’s services and facilities.

JACKIE HERRERA

JACKIE HERRERA

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY REP

As the Environmental and Sustainability Representative, I will first of all promote sustainable practices within the University, like facilitating recycling on campus and improving the heating system where possible (don’t you get sick when it’s cold outside and you enter tropical Tower building or IT suites?). The installation of heat monitors/thermometers could allow students and staff to redefine the temperatures within the buildings and parts of buildings.

My strong interest lies in encouraging all students and staff to cook their own meals. For that, I would like to set up a space with tables and microwaves, where everyone could heat up their homemade lunch. A healthy mind in a healthy body starts with FOOD!

I also think that cycling is a very good way of going to uni for off-campus students. It keeps you healthy, it’s faster than walking, cheaper than the bus, and it is less polluting then cars. That is why I want to provide additional parking spaces for bikes, to encourage this means of transport.

Last but not least, I want communication to be easier between students and the DUSA Executive. Therefore, I will increase my accessibility by being very present on campus and meeting with societies regularly.

Thank you for reading, and please vote for me!

KEVIN BURNS

KEVIN BURNS

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY REP

I’m Kevin Burns, a 3rd Year Law student from County Down, and I’m campaigning to become your Environmental and Sustainability Rep at DUSA. The E&S; Rep position does exactly what it says on the tin; I hope to make sure that our University and our Union only gets more green, more ethical, and more efficient.
As your SRC Environmental and Sustainability Representative, I will work hard to:
1) implement a comprehensive Ethical Procurement Policy at DUSA through the SRC, ensuring that the goods and services that DUSA sells and uses are ethnically sourced by companies that comply with and respect Fair Trade standards, human rights, and international law.
2) Work closely with the University’s Environmental and Sustainability Officer to ensure that Campus Buildings and Halls are well-insulated and energy efficient, working to keep those winter class rooms snug.
3) Campaign with DUSA to keep our campus clean: Nae Litter Bugs!
4) To liaise with Halls representatives to make sure that the accommodation students live in remains up to scratch, and to voice any concerns of student tenants may have in this respect.
5) To amplify the voices of students and societies on Campus concerned with environmental issues, both within the university and out in the big bad world.
Thanks an awful lot for your attention, and please; geez a shneaky wee vote.

SIMONE KORTUNG

SIMONE KORTUNG

EQUALITY AND WELFARE REP

For a fair and compassionate representation of everyone on our campus, no matter their ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

University is where diverse individuals from all over the world come together to have a good learning experience. I wish to become part of a system that encourages this diversity and helps prevent discrimination in order to ensure that everyone can enjoy their student life.

ALBERTO SACCO

ALBERTO SACCO

EQUALITY AND WELFARE REP

Dear comrade,
we all know that inequality is a nasty snake slithering through our university, assuming various unexpected forms. It can be the lack of campus services for a particular category of students. It can be the increase of bureaucracy for international students. It can be the decrease of assistance for disadvantaged or disabled students. You name it.

It is then our duty to find this sneaky beast, by all means, wherever it conceals, and kill it.
We need a strong presence in the SRC to ensure that each proposal benefits everyone equally.
We need strong arguments to defend and improve our welfare.

I am a 4th year Economics and History student, and I believe that when it comes to protecting equality and welfare, we must firmly stand our ground. No compromises.
If you have the same convictions, lace your boots, raise your bayonet and join me in this democratic struggle. If you believe that these important issues should be treated with steadiness and care, vote for Alberto Sacco for Equality and Welfare Representative, and be part of the fight.

For our university and for our community.
Join up and shatter inequality.

MEGAN BIRTILL

MEGAN BIRTILL

EQUALITY AND WELFARE REP

Since being at school I have always felt that student representation is vital in order to succeed within academia. More importantly unless this representation is an equal reflection of the student body, decisions cannot be made which ensure the needs of all students are recognised.
Equality is a vital issue that needs tackling, especially within our leadership teams, as your Equality and Welfare rep I will ensure that all students are represented by ensuring that students from all background are represented to create an effective SRC, in order to achieve this I will spend time to reach different groups of students to gather their views and opinions. I will also highlight any issues regarding Equality around campus and ensure that they are dealt with by the SRC.
In terms of welfare I will ensure that this is at the forefront of any decision making. I will make sure that welfare issues never cause your academic progress to falter. Through working closely with the VP Student Welfare I will ensure that the campaigns promoting student welfare are effective and have a high profile on campus. As Student Support is vital I will work closely with the Student Support Services on campus and ensure that the services provided fit the needs of the students. To ensure all students have easy access to support around campus and can readily access information surrounding these services.
“Equality and Welfare are vital to ensure that, you the students not only achieve but succeed at University.”

MARINA AKOPJANA

MARINA AKOPJANA

EQUALITY AND WELFARE REP

Hello! My name is Marina Akopjana and I am pursuing my 4th year in International Business. This year I decided to run for Student Representative Council and I am very interested in the position of Equality and Welfare Representative.
I strongly believe that I have a lot to offer for this post as I have always been involved in the life of the campus. I work as Student Ambassador as well as I am an active member of various societies such as photography, bartending, debating and currently I am the Vice President of International Society. I personally believe that I can represent students from various backgrounds with different interests and origin. I am delighted to work alongside with the Vice President of Student Welfare as I have personal interest in some of her campaigns, such as the provision of Sexual education on campus and the rise in alcohol and cultural awareness. I enjoy the daily interaction with students and I am very approachable and friendly.
I would like to strengthen the relationship between the Students and the Student Services. Also I would like to raise awareness and spread the word about the various events and workshops that these Services have to offer to Students.
I will really appreciate every vote, so let’s make this happen!

 

OMAR MOSTAFA

OMAR MOSTAFA

EQUALITY AND WELFARE REP

I dream of freedom and equality so please give me the chance.
I have lived my whole life fighting for freedom. I was born in a dictatorship regime where everything you say can end up getting you in prison. I never knew what freedom. Until I participated in the Egyptian revolution and the Arab spring on 2011. I was in tahrir square from day one; I stood with my fellow brothers and sisters with our naked chests in front of bullets. We were chanting for freedom and equality for all people. It was a global march of change. After the revolution, I didn’t stop I joined campaigns to raise political awareness, organized campaigns to help people in Syria, gaza, and many other places in the world, and became politically active.
I have dedicated my whole life for helping people and fighting for their rights. As a law student I would like to like to specify in international law and work for the United Nations as an ambassador for peace and human rights .I believe that the experience I have will help me as a representative to ensure the maximum equality and welfare for all students at the university of Dundee, wherever they come from and whatever they believe in.
I do understand it’s a huge responsibility but all I am asking for is a chance to prove myself and use the experience I have. I know utopia does not exist but let’s contribute….

EMMAN MCCLENAGHAN

EMMAN MCCLENAGHAN

DISABILITIES REP

As a student within the University’s disability services myself, I have a good existing understanding and strong foundation of knowledge with which I could apply to the role as Disability Representative.

I have proven my commitment to the University through frequent involvement in campus socials and charitable events, as well as being a President of a DUSA society for two years. Before my student life in Dundee I was elected chair of the Youth Council in Belfast, highlighting my passion for giving back to the community.
Three primary areas i would like to address are:
-To ensure the University can give all the appropriate facilities and support needed to students.
-To suggest a way in which the disability services could be incorporated in other areas of the campus so that students do not feel isolated in one building.
-To aim for the disabilities computer suite to be open 24 hours during exam time, in the same way as the main library to maintain equal opportunities for all students.

I plan to bridge the gap between students and staff to allow the best possibilities for enhancing the disabilities services. For a fair student society where your voice is heard vote for Emma-Jane McClenaghan as your Disabilities Representative.

KAYLEIGH WATSON

KAYLEIGH WATSON

MATURE REP

Hi! Im Kayleigh, I am a 3rd year mature student, experienced SRC member and an engaged campaigner of the improvement to student experience at Dundee.

As mature students, most of us already know how the basics on living away from home, we’re probably not still taking our laundry back home at the weekends and we may have more than pot noodles in our cooking repertoire; but like many other mature students, I have faced many unexpected challenges throughout my time here. Apart from the obvious age-gap, I have struggled with finances, catching up with academia and adjusting to life away from my established friend and family networks.

Like many of you, I chose to come to university to better myself. Whether you’re re-inventing yourself or just improving upon your existing career choices, Dundee University can help you with that journey.
Over the last 2 years I have been able to personally and professionally identify the key areas for improvement, which will enable us all to get the best from our university experience.

My Aims for 2014/2015 are:
Ø I am hoping to build on my existing strong connections with both DUSA and the Student Services to promote greater visibility of mature student issues on campus.
Ø Create social opportunities and more events aimed at mature students and families
Ø Design and distribute a welcome pack, for new and returning students, with relevant support and guidance information; and a One-Stop-Shop booklet for information mature students may need
Ø I would like to secure access to a university sponsored space for Mature Undergraduate & Postgraduate students for use as a study space, common room and meeting point.
Ø Unlike other universities in Scotland, we do not have a Mature Student Society. Due to my course I have found it difficult to meet other students my age. I would like to start a DUSA society to bring together mature students to share information, experiences and opportunities.
Ø I would also like to campaign the Careers Service to seek out more suitable placement opportunities for those with existing work experience.
I am already very committed to improving campus life for mature students. During the summer I had started my above aims, meeting and discussing at length, the creation of a society and attempting to secure a place on campus for students.

I would love to continue this work officially in the 14/15 academic year and would ask that you elect me as your Mature Students Representative in the SRC Election on 25th & 26th September. Thank you and I hope to work with you all soon.

 

JB FYFE

JB FYFE

COUNCILLOR WITHOUT PORTFOLIO

Student Representation needs a Voice.
I have proven time and time again that I am willing to stand up for students even against the tide.
As an SRC Councillor (without portfolio) last year, I expanded the SRC representation on satellite campuses: a project I want to further so that all students voices are listened to by their councillors.
Last year I also submitted the paper on 24 hour library access, a point I wish to similarly expand (where possible) to other campuses. I then ran an SRC Healthy Study Campaign with the One Water Dundee Society, providing useful advice to exam-time students with the Academic Skills group along with freebies.
If re-elected I will strive to continue to encourage debate in the SRC and develop further representation of the student body.
Give your student body a voice, vote for me.

THARA PACKIAHRAJAH

THARA PACKIAHRAJAH

COUNCILLOR WITHOUT PORTFOLIO

As I am going into third year of my History and Politics degree, I have learnt about many different methods and ways in which the people’s voices and opinions are being heard by their representatives. This is why I am interested in running for the SRC Councillor position. To have your voices heard, to bridge the gap between students and their representatives, to make as many positive changes towards a better campus and to take action for what matters to you. I’m outgoing, easy to talk to, very approachable and open to any matter that concerns you. Help me to help you! Vote for Thara!

LAURA GLASGOW

LAURA GLASGOW

COUNCILLOR WITHOUT PORTFOLIO

As a former SRC member of 2013/14 I feel that I have learned a lot about what is expected from the role and how I can help support the students in improving their time at Dundee. I feel as though there are a lot of issues that the SRC need to tackle this year on behalf of the students and I am committed to lobby for the students best interests. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the SRC 2013/14 and was rewarded for my efforts by being nominated for Best SRC councilor of the year. I hope to continue my enthusiasm through the next academic year if I am re-elected

 

HARIS RASHID

HARIS RASHID

COUNCILLOR WITHOUT PORTFOLIO

My name is Haris Rashid, I am a 3rd year Dental student and I am running for the position of being an SRC councillor (without portfolio). I have been involved with a number of societies and campaigns trying to bring about positive change on campus, reflecting attitudes of the majority of students on issues since starting my time here at the University of Dundee. Therefore, I think I am well-positioned and have the experience to fulfil this role on the SRC effectively.

I strongly believe this position suits my qualities best and that I will be able to accurately represent the views of the student body as well as being able to carry out the responsibilities that come with this role to the best standard. In my opinion, engagement in student politics is vital to a successful and thriving campus therefore I want to be part of a student union that is actively gathering the attitudes of its students and reflecting them in the policies that they set.

My main aims as an SRC Councillor will be to ensure that the Council is run in the best interests of the student body. I will make sure that the SRC is organised in a fair, effective and democratic way, effectively meaning that the DUSA Executive and University are being held to account.

Recalling the achievements of the SRC last year, I feel that we can really build on these to enhance the student experience here at Dundee and I look forward to the exciting successes ahead!

GULRAIZ SAEED

GULRAIZ SAEED

COUNCILLOR WITHOUT PORTFOLIO

I firmly believe I can contribute greatly to the Student Representative Council through the experiences I have gained in my first year. My short time has included becoming a committee member in the international society-throwing several well attended events. I am also a part of the Dundee University Pakistani Society as an executive member. Being involved in said societies has allowed me to come into contact with people from varying backgrounds and build good working relationships with the ultimate aim to have as much inter cultural events and gatherings as possible to overcome pre-existing stereotypes as well as creating open dialogue. Our events have received positive feedback and enjoyed huge success amongst the students. This interaction with people of different backgrounds has meant that I am more aware of the problems they face and I have ideas to solve these issues which I wish to table at the meetings. Being part of an active society as well as keeping up to date with my studies and working Part time has also taught me to better manage my time therefore allowing me to make sufficient time for the demands of this position. My Interactive skills have been polished over the period I have worked in the locality. I can guarantee my complete attention to the Student Representative Council if I am successful in attaining a place as a Councillor.

 

 

KALOYAN TSILEV

KALOYAN TSILEV

PRESIDENT OF GRADUATE SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES, LAW, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT

My name is Kaloyan Tsilev and I am running for the position of School President for the Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management.

Through holding different committee positions and starting a society from the ground up over the past few years I learned what working with students for students is like. I trust I’m able to employ the skills I’ve learned in way that benefits all students and will help to make our School, but also the University of Dundee as a whole, a better place to develop student potential.

I’ve always had the desire to participate in student politics and work for the students. I believe I have the willpower and skills to work hard and represent students. I want to help build upon and improve the level of communication between students and University staff members. I am interested in working alongside other schools to compare the effectiveness of policies, thus allowing development and progress. I would like to see our School more integrated in the social and cultural life on campus, bringing our knowledge and experience to the wider student body who can benefit from it.

As a school president I look forward to hear students’ needs, problems and issues and I am ready to dedicate time and effort to make sure that there is effective communication and cooperation facilitating a close working relationship between the students and the university.