In 2011 DUSA introduced the Student Led Teaching Awards to Dundee University. These awards celebrate the teaching staff within the University allowing students the opportunity to highlight not only the great work the staff do, but recognise those that go above and beyond the call of duty. It is my pleasure to say that this year we received over 300 nominations, surpassing the number of nominations received last year.
I can honestly say the panel faced some difficult decisions, the quality of nominations received certainly added to this as only three nominees could be shortlisted for each award! A new initiative that has been introduced this year was for each nominator to receive a small token of recognition in the form of a customised mug. So even if they haven’t been shortlisted your lecturer will still know that someone (or people) have taken the time to nominate them!
So without rambling on any further here are this year’s nominees.
Best Advisor or Personal Tutor
Stuart Cross – School of Law
Jean McEwan-Short – School of Education, Social Work and Community Education
Paul Smith – School of Nursing and Midwifery
Best Teacher for Assessment and Feedback
Matthew Graham – School of Humanities
Alistair Nicolson – School of Nursing and Midwifery
Marion Spöring – School of Humanities
Most Innovative Teaching
Daniel Cook – School of Humanities
Liz Lakin – School of Education, Social Work and Community Education
Sarah Morgan – Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Most Inspirational Teaching from Graduate Tutors
Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar – School of Business
Martin Laidlaw – School of Humanities
Blair Smith – School of Humanities
Most Inspirational Teaching of Postgraduates
Rami Abboud – School of Medicine
Susie Schofield – Centre for Medical Education
Janeth Warden-Fernandez – The Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management
Most Inspirational Teaching of Undergraduates
Ali El Wahed – School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
Edwin Janssen – Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Alyson Leslie – School of Education, Social Work and Community Education
That is all you’re getting from me now, except to say that it sure to be a wonderful evening and we will let you know who the winners are after the 24th May when the event is held.
As you will be aware the DUSA Exec isn’t just made up of full time paid positions; there are in fact three non-sabbatical positions – the Vice President of Student Welfare, Vice President of Engagement and of course the most important one the Honorary Secretary, which is my position.
So what do I do in an average day you say? Being a non-sabb means that much like you I am still trying to get that all important degree, and for me I am in my third year of my Politics degree and also have exams coming up. Though Honorary Secretary doesn’t have the word ‘president’ in it; it still is a vital position on the Exec.
My role boils down to two main functions. The first is that I organise and run all the disciplinary procedures within the building. The Union is the safest night club in Dundee and one of the safest in Scotland and I like to think that the process that I oversee is a big part of it. If you ever do anything against the code of conduct then there is process where you are judged by a panel of your peers.
The other half of my job is convening the Student Representative Council which is one of the highest forms of representation on campus. The SRC talks about issues that directly affect you. For example the recent 24 hour access of library was a direct result of lobbying from the SRC.
The worst thing about this job is that to make sure that I fit everything in, I am up at half seven nearly every day. Every student’s nightmare! With the job comes an office, which has become not only a place of DUSA work but has also been a great place when it comes to studying.
So as you can imagine I am in the office a lot of the time. Sometimes more than the sabbs! This has helped fuel a dangerous habit. Air food has become a staple in my diet where some days I am having breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s more of a testament to the quality of the food more than anything else though!
Every year at a glitzy event hosted here in DUSA, we present students and societies with a whole host of prizes to award them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.
After receiving nominations from all across the University we’re happy to announce the nominations for this year’s awards. The people and groups nominated blew us away, and it really was a challenge to pick just three nominations for each, and only one winner. The awards span everything from our student media outlets, our student representatives and our student societies.
So without further ado, here’s this year’s nominees!
SRC Councillor of the Year
Craig Donoghue, Laura Glasgow & Felix Reimer
This year’s SRC has included a fantastic mix of students from across the University. The three nominees have all been incredibly hardworking through their roles on the Council, taking part in the lively discussions, presenting motions, sitting on committees and helping out at events across campus.
School President of the Year
Martin Bell, Harley Freemantle & Nirmal Shah
As with the SRC Councillors, it was really hard to pick just three nominees out of such a strong group of candidates. Those nominated worked incredibly hard both within their Schools but also as part of the SRC to ensure that the students they represent have the best possible experience whilst here at Dundee.
Best Media Newcomer
Rich Cahill (DUSA Radio ), Alex Nicholson and Craig Morrison (The Magdalen), Dominic Younger (dusamedia.com) & Susanna Zimnoch (DUSA TV)
This year DUSA Media have improved immensely on the work of their predecessors. Those students nominated are all newcomers to their respective outlets, but they have proven to be incredibly valuable assets. Chosen by the Media Managers who run their outlets, their impressive work has been recognised by those who lead their teams as great examples for those who will come next year.
Best Media Contributor
Campbell Logan (DUSA TV), Leona Reid (The Magdalen), Rebecca Shearer (dusamedia.com) & Jonathan West and Kevin Hart (DUSA Radio)
These nominees’ work with their outlets has been beyond impressive. They have worked extremely hard to see them go from strength to strength and have been recognised as some of the hardest working student volunteers on campus. Without them, their respective outlets wouldn’t be as great as they are today, and their nominations from their respective Managers thank them for that dedication.
Best Society Newcomer
Physics Society, Sexpression, Shelved
This year has seen DUSA’s ranks swell with an influx of societies covering all sorts of areas. The three societies nominated stood out from the crowd thanks to the scope of their work arranging events, signing up members, raising money and more.
Most Active Society
Diplomats@Dundee, Islamic Society & Model UN
As always, this was one of the hardest winners to choose as our societies have been incredible this year. Those nominated for the award are just a small selection of the amazing amount of work put in by all our societies, but they stood out in a very strong crowd thanks to their tireless efforts throughout the year.
Most Progressive Society
Geography & Environmental Science Society, History Society, Music Society
These three societies have come on leaps and bounds this year, improving exponentially on their work in previous years. That’s not to say their work in the past wasn’t impressive, but the improvements they’ve shown in this past year have made them all more than worthy of winning this year’s award.
Best Society Event
Indian Society for Holi, Islamic Society for Charity Week, Swing Dance for The Great Gatsby
With a whole host of events for us to choose for, it was really difficult to narrow it down to just three nominations. But the three events chosen, which show the spectrum of events our societies organise, all went above and beyond the norm. The amount of commitment which went into making them all a success impressed the panel enormously.
Society Achievement Award
Mohammad Elsedawy , Leia Farnan, Jill Hardacre
This award is given to the individual society member who the panel believed has put in the most effort this past year in improving their society and their campus as a whole. Last year our very own Vice President of Student Activities Douglas Schreiber was nominated for this award (and didn’t even win!) so you’re all in great company.
Islamic Society, Model UN, Oxfam Society
The big award for the societies; Best Society. So many societies on campus would have been worthy of being nominated for this award, but we had to pick just the three for nominations and only one winner. Which one will it be? You’ll have to wait until the night to find out.
Being Scotland’s largest free animation convention, Dee Con attracts visitors and anime enthusiasts from all over the country, with attendance numbers growing exponentially year on year. We rose to the challenge of making this year’s event bigger and better than ever before by securing a number of exciting, big name speakers from the animation and video games industries. The video games area (The Liar) was developed significantly to include more tournaments running throughout the day and a variety of retro consoles and games for visitors to try. We also teamed up with The University of Abertay’s School of Arts, Media and Computer Games, who showcased the work of some of their most promising students. The evening section involved a variety of live music, performances and the After Show Party, starring DJs Kureigu & Nanashi Dansu
The day itself took months of work and all involved dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to make it a success. We have been planning the Dee Con 2014 since early November, with weekly meetings to discuss progress and setbacks. The success of the day relied upon the input and hard work of all DUSA departments, volunteers and most importantly, the 4th Year Animation Students. DUSA is hugely proud of Dee Con and how it has progressed since its inception, affirming our status as ‘Scotland’s Best Students Association’ in the National Student Survey 2013. This year, we significantly exceeded the attendance numbers achieved last year, giving ourselves the very difficult task of topping this next year. We have a few ideas as to how we can do this, meaning that the planning process will be starting all over again very soon.
We have great news Dundee University has been rated 4th in Superdrug’s NEW SEXUAL HEALTH REPORT CARD
Superdrug have rate UK University’s against each other in a Sexual Health Report Card and we have come 4th. Beating all the other Scottish Universities and even some of the top University’s in the UK. The University’s had to meet nine criteria in relation to their sexual health provision and were rated accordingly.
In all, seven UK Universities each received the highest ‘First Class’ accolade for their efforts in providing a broad range of sexual health services, with half of the 50 universities researched achieving a grade of 2:1 or better.
Only the Universities of Bristol, Nottingham and London’s St George University outmatched Dundee.
For the first time ever, DUSATV entered into the National Student Television Association (NaSTA for short) and travelled down to Loughborough for their first award ceremony. With DUSATV Being a young station, they were up against some of the oldest and most technologically advanced student stations in the UK but this didn’t fathom them one bit. In fact it only motivated them to do more, put in more hours into filming and slave away for days in front of a screen editing the work, and boy did it pay off. DUSATV put Dundee on the NaSTA map this year and brought home the “Best Drama” of 2014 Award.
Campbell Logan, DUSATV’s Technical officer said, “I couldn’t believe it, none of us could! When our name was announced we were all stunned and looked at each other before the euphoria of winning kicked in. I don’t think we’ve ever cheered so much in our lives!” He also added “From here on in things will only get better, this award has motivated us so much as a station and we plan on returning and winning more awards for Dundee. We plan on putting ourselves up in the ranks of the big station’s such as GUST! It will take time, but its certainly achievable”
Check out the moment DUSATV won in this clip from the award ceremony.
As from the 31st March your Library went 24/7 to help you out during the busy exam period. This has come about from direct action from the YOUR SRC who voted in a motion supporting the idea. Now you have the chance to literally do an all-nighter! However it’s important to remember that even though it can get extremely stressful during this time you must remain healthy. If you do see yourself staying for lengthy amounts of time in the library remember to drink lots of water and take plenty of breaks. This 24hr access has been provided to maximise your revision period but remember to not let it all go to waste by burning yourselves out!