Student Representative Council

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The Student Representative Council is a body elected by you, the students. As one of the highest levels of student representation within the University the Council meet every three weeks to take action on the issues you care about . The SRC lobby the University and hold the University and the Executive accountable for their actions.

The newly elected SRC will meet on the following dates and all students are invited to attend:
• 24-09-13
• 15-10-13
• 05-11-13
• 26-11-13
• 14-01-14
• 04-02-14
• 25-02-14
• 18-03-14
• 07-05-14

Minutes

Who sits on the SRC?
The SRC Councillors, elected by the students, are as follows:

  • • SRC Chairperson
  • Learning And Teaching Representative
  • 1st Year Learning And Teaching Representative
  • Postgraduate Student Learning And Teaching Representative
  • International Student Learning And Teaching Representative
  • Services And Facilities Representative
  • 1st Year Services And Facilities Representative
  • Postgraduate Student Services And Facilities Representative
  • International Student Services And Facilities Representative
  • Environmental And Sustainability Representative
  • Equality And Welfare Representative
  • Disabilities Representative
  • 3 SRC Councillors Without Portfolio
  • Mature Student Representative
  • School Presidents
    • Psychology School President
    • Computing School President
    • Engineering Physics and Maths School President
    • Humanities School President
    • Law School President
    • Nursing and Midwifery School President
    • School of Environment President
    • Life Sciences School President
    • Business School President
    • Education, Social Work, Community Education School President
    • Medicine School President
    • Dentistry School President
    • Graduate School of MDN President
    • DJCAD School President
    • GSNRLPM President
What Do SRC Councillors Do?

SRC Chairperson

The Chair will be expected to chair all full meetings of the Council in a fair, honest and effective manner. They will, in conjunction with the Honorary Secretary, be responsible for setting the agenda and ensuring appropriate time and weight is given to matters arising. The elected Chair will liaise with the Deputy President, The Honorary Secretary (who convenes the SRC) and the Vice President of Engagement on all aspects of their position. All will try to facilitate the needs of the Chair as is possible.
The post holder will be the figure head of the SRC and as such will be expected to fulfil certain duties such as attending the DUSA Board of Trustees as an observer. The Chair is also expected to attend all meetings of the Council and all its sub-committees, as well as attend the University Academic Senate, as the Council’s representative.
The Chair will ensure a vote is taken on motions and policies proposed by the Council, as well as ensure the minutes and motions of the SRC are publicised within DUSA and around campus.

Learning and Teaching Representative

The Learning and Teaching Representative will ensure that the student voice is heard on any matters relating to Learning and Teaching within the University, and encourage feedback on matters pertaining to academic quality and Quality Assurance Framework within the University. Along with the Deputy President, the position holder will ensure all significant Learning and Teaching issues as brought to both the SRC as well as to the correct academic department.
The post holder will promote and support other Learning and Teaching Representatives with their roles as well as work with the Chair on any issues which arise at the University Senate.

1st Year Learning and Teaching Representative

Along with the Deputy President, the 1st Year Learning and Teaching Representative will ensure all Learning and Teaching issues are brought to the attention of the SRC and the Learning and Teaching Sub-committee. The post holder will pay particular attention to and keep themselves up to date with Quality Enhancement Themes relevant to the first year experience with the support of the Deputy President.
The representative will, along with the 1st Year Representative for the Services and Facilities, ensure that the contact with 1st year class representatives is maintained.

Postgraduate Representative for Learning and Teaching

Along with the Deputy President and Vice President of Engagement, the Postgraduate representative for Learning and Teaching will ensure that all issues pertinent to postgraduate studies are brought to the attention of the SRC and the SRC Learning and Teaching sub-committee. The post holder will pay particular attention to and keep themselves up to date with Quality Enhancement Themes relevant to the postgraduate experience, with the support of the Deputy President.
This representative will ensure regular interaction with Postgraduate students, with support from the Vice President of Engagement, and encourage feedback on the teaching experience.

International Students Representative for Learning and Teaching

Along with the Deputy President, the Vice President of Student Activities and the Vice President of Engagement, the International Students representative for Learning and Teaching will ensure that all issues relating to the international students is brought to the attention of the SRC and the SRC Learning and Teaching Sub-committee. The post holder may occasionally liaise with the University International Support and Advice service, and any other relevant bodies within Student Services. The representative will work closely with the Vice President of Student Activities and the Vice President of Engagement in a bid to reach out to international students on both a professional and social level.

Services and Facilities Representative

The Services and Facilities Representative will ensure that the student voice is heard on any issues relating to services and facilities and encourage feedback on matters pertaining to University and DUSA facilities as well as attending the subcommittee meeting. The representative will have a degree of responsibility in ensuring that any services and facilities issues are raised at the correct platform at University levels and student feedback in encouraged. The post holder will support and promote other Services and Facilities Representatives with their roles and encourage feedback from all parties. The post holder will work closely with the Hall of Residences Representative, in order to ensure that University residence issues are addressed.

1st Year Services and Facilities Representative

The 1st Year Services and Facilities representative will ensure effective communication of any issues relating to the Services and Facilities pertaining to 1st year students to the SRC and the Services and Facilities sub-committee. The post holder will liaise with the Services and Facilities Representative regarding any issues relating to the Library and Information Services Committees (LISC). The post holder, along with the 1st Year Learning and Teaching Representative, will ensure contact with the 1st year class representatives is maintained. The representative will maintain contact with the Halls Representative, in order to ensure that University Residence issues are addressed.

Postgraduate Services and Facilities Representative

The Postgraduate Representative for Services and Facilities will attend the Services and Facilities Sub-committee. They will also be responsible for actively seeking out the needs and necessities for postgraduate studies in relation to services and facilities and to raise these concerns at both the SRC and the SRC Services and Facilities sub-committee. The post holder will liaise with the Services and Facilities Representative regarding any issues relating to the Library and Information Services Committees (LISC). The representative will work closely with the Deputy President and the Vice President of Engagement, who will ensure all needs pertaining to their role are facilitated.

International Students Representative for Services and Facilities

Along with the Deputy President, Vice President of Student Activities and the Vice President of Engagement, the International Students Representative for Services and Facilities will ensure that all issues relating to the international students is brought to the attention of the SRC and the SRC Services and Facilities Sub-committee. The post holder may occasionally liaise with the Services and Facilities Representative regarding any issues relating to the Library and Information Services Committees (LISC). The post holder will liaise with the University International Support and Advice service, and any other relevant bodies within Student Services. The representative will work closely with the Vice President of Student Activities and the Vice President of Engagement in a bid to reach out to international students on both a professional and social level.

Environment and Sustainability Representative

The Environment and Sustainability Representative will sit on the Services and Facilities Sub-committee of the SRC. They will have regular contact with the Vice President of Student Activities and the Vice President of Engagement on any matters relating to their role. The post holder should ensure that any environmental issues arising at the University are reported to the SRC and that appropriate action is taken. The post holder should liaise closely with the Vice President of Communication and Campaigns on any relevant environmental campaigns. They will endeavour to help further DUSA’s Fair Trade Commitment, working closely with the Vice President of Student Activities.

Equality and Welfare Representative

The Equality and Welfare Representative will sit on both the Services and Facilities and Learning and Teaching Sub-committees of the SRC. The post holder should be aware of any issues of equality and diversity on campus and report such problems to the Council, ensuring effective action is taken, with support from the Deputy President and Vice President of Student Welfare. They will be actively involved with any welfare campaigns by the University and DUSA.
The Equality and Welfare Representative should ensure that the advice and support provided by Student Services is of the highest standard and should encourage student feedback on this. They will work with and be available to the DUSA Executive, School Presidents and other representative in order to seek advice on any matters arising.

Disabilities Representative

The Disabilities Representative will sit on both the Services and Facilities and Learning and Teaching Sub-committees of the SRC. They should be aware of any issues with disability provision on campus and report problems to the Council, ensuring effective action is taken. They will work closely with the Vice President of Student Welfare in helping raise the profile of disability campaigns and the Universities Disability Services.
The Disabilities Representative will ensure the advice and support provided by Student Services and Disability Services are both of the highest standard and should encourage feedback on services. They will work with and be available to the DUSA Executive, School Presidents and other representative in order to seek advice on any matters arising.

SRC Councillor without Portfolio (x3)

These representatives will primarily be responsible to sit on the SRC and all its sub-committees, invigorating debate and proposing motions in the best interests of the student body. The SRC Councillor is mandated to ensure that the Council is run as a fair, effective and democratic body effectively holding other Council members, the DUSA Executive and University to account. These councillors, as well as all others, will be encouraged to hold surgeries, with support of the DUSA Executive, to listen and consult with students on issues affecting them.

Mature Students Representative

The Mature Students Representative is required to attend both the Services and Facilities and the Learning and Teaching Sub-committee. They should regularly consult with and encourage feedback from mature students. Where pertinent issues arise, they should raise them at SRC and ensure appropriate action is taken. They will be supported in their role by the Vice President of Engagement, who will work with the post holder to encourage greater participation and engagement of students with DUSA on both a professional and social level.

School Presidents

Students elect a President who serves as a figurehead for those in their School. This role has become more prominent and important in recent years. School Presidents liaise with key figures within the School, such as the Dean and School Secretary, to represent issues affecting students. The School President not only sits on the Staff Student Liaison Committee and SRC, making sure that any concerns are resolved as efficiently as possible.
Co-opted positions

Society Representative (x2)

The Society Reps will ensure that the voice of societies is represented on the Council. They will be elected from the Societies Council. The post holder will liaise with the Society Council and bring any relevant issues to the Council’s attention. The post holders will be sit on the Services and Facilities sub-committees of the SRC and will work closely with the Vice President of Student Activities to provide support and representation for the affiliated societies at DUSA.

Student Staff Representative

The Student Staff representative will act as the voice for the Student staff employed by DUSA and to ensure there is a safe working environment for all student staff. Their role is to liaise and bring any issues which are relevant to the student staff experience to the attention of the Council. The post holder will sit on the Services and Facilities sub-committee of the SRC and will work alongside the Vice President of Communications and Campaigns in relation to any campaigns occurring within the building. The representative may be asked to represent fellow student staff during disciplinary hearings and is responsible for liaising between Human Resources and the Council.

Halls Representative

The Halls Representative will act as the voice for any issues which may occur with students in University Halls of Residence. The representative will sit on the Service and Facilities sub-committee and work closely with the Deputy President to ensure that University residences are meeting there expected standard of the students. The post holder will liaise with the 1st Year Learning and Teaching Rep as well as the 1st Year Services and Facilities Rep to ensure that the 1st Year issues are being dealt with.

Media Representative

The Media Rep will act as a voice for the media groups while still maintaining the interests of the students at large. The post holder, unlike most of the co-opted members will not sit on any sub-committees but can attend if an issue is relevant to that sub-committee. The representative will liaise with all media outlets on campus and take their views forward to the Council.

What Can The SRC Do For You?
With around 50 elected councillors, who meet once every three weeks, students can be assured that whatever their concern at University, there will be a representative on the SRC they can turn to for help. Whether you have an issue relating to your time spent in Halls of Residence, have concerns with something going on with your School, or feel your tutors could be doing more to help you, the SRC are there to represent your voice. The SRC is not just about dealing with issues and concerns. It plays an important role in quality enhancement by sharing areas of good practice, as well as contributing to University developments to enhance the student experience.
In recent years this has included a campaign for extended library opening hours and consultation during the library’s refurbishment. During 2012-13 members of the SRC worked tirelessly to improve the service provided by the University with regard to timetables and reading lists. The work the SRC does affect the student population as a whole and should, hopefully see great improvements in these areas.
What Is the SRC’s Position in DUSA?
The SRC is responsible for setting DUSA policy and holding the Student Executive and Board of Trustees to account, making sure that your students’ association is run for your benefit. The SRC keep DUSA on the right track and bring important issues occurring within the University to the Association. They are an important tool in the democracy of DUSA; ensuring students are represented at every level.
Does the SRC Have Any Influence On the University

The SRC will lobby the University on any issue that affects students. Furthermore as School Presidents sit on SRC this provides an opportunity for issues concerning either single Schools or multiple Schools to be heard and debated. Due to the diverse nature of the SRC all areas of student representation are covered meaning that any issue regarding the University can be brought to the SRC’s attention.

Who Is My School President?
Please see the University page on Representation for a list of School Presidents

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/qaf/studentrepresentationoverview.htm

How Do They Fit Into My Representation Structure?
School Presidents are the figurehead of representation within their School. Often the School President will chair the Student-Staff Liaison Committee or at least hold an influential position in organising class reps and involving them in representation processes.

The School Presidents also sit on the Student Representative Council (SRC) and can embody concerns of students within their School through the most influential student representation body on campus.

What Is My School Presidents Position Within The University?
School Presidents sit on School and College Board alongside staff representatives and senior University management. The School President can take your views to the highest levels of management within the University. They also work closely with the DUSA Executive who sit on University Court and Senate. The DUSA Executive will facilitate the needs of School Presidents and ensure they are used as an important tool in representing the views of every student to the University.

Student Representation involvement in quality assurance is a joint venture between DUSA and the University. Please click here for the joint statement on representation.

The DUSA Deputy President and the Academic Affairs department work closely together in assuring quality enhancement through the School President role.

Become a School President
Do you think you have what it takes to be a School President? Elections run in September and the Deputy President works closely with the Schools concerned to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get involved.