About Us

Find out more about Dundee University Students' Association.

About Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA)

At DUSA, everything we do is designed to improve the lives of University of Dundee students.

We make it our duty to know what our students want and need from us, and seek to exceed their expectations.

We do this by providing bespoke products and services, excellent recreational facilities and employment opportunities, which produce lasting memories of a first class student experience.

Who We Are

Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) is a not-for-profit registered charity, independent from the University of Dundee. We are led by students and supported by volunteers and Association staff.

Everything we do is with and for the Students of the University of Dundee; as we seek to ensure that everyone’s time at the University is the best it can possibly be. All University of Dundee students automatically become members of DUSA upon matriculation – a vibrant, diverse, global community.

Members are entitled to access all our services and opportunities, including societies, volunteering, advice, support, and representation; retail and food and beverage services; events and nightclubs.

Whatever you are interested in, it could not be easier to get involved in DUSA – we have something for everyone, and everyone is welcome.

DUSA has a zero-tolerance policy and is committed to ensuring the highest standards of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.

If you have a suggestion, comment, complaint, or compliment please get in touch. We are always happy to hear feedback and consider new ideas which help us to serve students better.

The DUSA Executive

Your lead representatives here at DUSA and the University of Dundee

Dimitris Vidakis

Dimitris Vidakis

President of Dundee University Students' Association

Dimitris is your lead representative covering everything on campus. He sits on a number of University committees to make sure you are having the best experience possible.

phone: 01382 386002
email: president@dusa.co.uk

Zechariah Laari

Zechariah Laari

Vice President of Academia

Zechariah is responsible for ensuring the student voice is heard in all Learning and Teaching matters, as well as striving to improve the academic experience.

phone: 01382 386007
email: vpa@dusa.co.uk

Catherine Coyle

Catherine Coyle

Vice President of Student Wellbeing

From supplying the students of Dundee with contraceptives and sexual health advice, to providing information and support about mental health. Wellbeing is all about YOU!

phone: 01382 386040
email: vpsw@dusa.co.uk

Samantha McElhinney

Samantha McElhinney

Vice President of Representation

Samantha oversees all student representation on campus and also organises the elections in both September and March. She also facilitates the Disciplinary panel to ensure safety in The Union.

phone: 01382 381084
email: vpr@dusa.co.uk

Josh Sutcliffe

Josh Sutcliffe

Vice President of Student Activities

Josh is responsible for everything non-academia in your student life. Drop by if you want to find out more about a society, get involved, or start your own!

phone: 01382 386005
email: vpsa@dusa.co.uk

Laura Van Overbeek Crusells

Laura Van Overbeek Crusells

Vice President of Community

Getting you involved in politics and supporting your campaigns. Laura’s all about engagement. Come and meet her and you will take the first step to change the world!

phone: 01382 381118
email: vpc@dusa.co.uk

Megan-Rose Birdsall

Megan-Rose Birdsall

Vice President of Fundraising

Every year DUSA fundraises for a local charity – we call this RAG! Megan-Rose is here to get you involved and help you support this charity.

phone: 01382 386005
email: vpf@dusa.co.uk

DUSA In Depth

Our Constitution

The constitution of Dundee University Students’ Association

Our Bye Laws

The rules and regulations which govern DUSA

Student Voice and Representation Agreement

DUSA and the University’s representation commitment

Student Partnership Agreement

How DUSA and the University of Dundee work together

Our Gender Pay Gap Report 2020

Read more about how we’re tackling the Gender Pay Gap

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Our Zero Tolerance Policy

DUSA’s commitment against harassment and discrimination

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Our Culture Statement

Creating a welcoming, safe and valued physical and virtual space for our members.

Board of Trustees

Our Objects and Purposes

DUSA is governed by the Board of Trustees, a group consisting of fourteen individuals – the seven annually elected student executive (commonly known as ‘the Exec’) and seven external trustees:

  • Olaf Ziegler (Chair of the Board),
  • Marcus McKay,
  • Peta Dunkley,
  • Tracy Wilkinson,
  • Neale Laker,
  • and Campbell Donaldson.

Also present in a non-voting capacity, are the DUSA Senior Managers to advise the Board and the chair of the Student Representative Council (SRC) to observe.

The board meets at least every two months to ensure DUSA is operating effectively and following its charitable objectives set out in the Constitution and Bye Laws. The duties and powers of the trustees are lengthy, but include such items as ensuring DUSA is ‘acting as a good employer’ and ‘ensuring that Association finances operate efficiently and effectively’. The day to day management and administration of DUSA is delegated to the Associations’ Chief Executive Officer.

The Association’s objects and purposes are to:-

  • Advance the arts, culture, education, science, heritage and sport by providing amenities and supporting activities for the members;
  • Prevent and relieve poverty and advance health by providing advice and welfare services for members and potential members and;
  • Promote and advance citizenship amongst the membership through democratic structures for student representation within the Association, the University, associated organisations and in society in general.