About Us

The best students’ association in Scotland! Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) is the legal representative and charitable organisation for matriculated students of the University of Dundee.  

About DUSA

Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) is #1 in Scotland for student experience. As the legal and charitable organisation for matriculated students of the University of Dundee, we exist to promote and represent the interests of our members – the students of the University. The Association aims to provide the highest level of social, recreational, advice and support services to all members irrespective of age, gender, background or beliefs.

The Association aims to assist its members to enhance their experiences of being a university student and assist in gaining the

highest possible quality of education by providing opportunities to volunteer and make valuable use of their free time to help benefit themselves and others. The Association’s recreational facilities are designed to offer its members a wide variety of facilities in which to relax and socialise. As a student-led organisation the Association aims to respond to the needs of its membership promptly and effectively and to openly welcome and encourage their contribution to the workings of the Association.

Sean O’Connor

President

Sean is your lead rep about everything on campus. He sits on loads of University committees to make sure you are having the best experience possible.

Responsible for:

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

School of Medicine

Contact:

01382 386002

president@dusa.co.uk

Ellen Brooks

Academia

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

Responsible for:

School of Science and Engineering

School of Life Sciences

Contact:

01382 386007

VPA@dusa.co.uk

Caroline Goodliffe

Student Welfare

From supplying the students of Dundee with contraceptives and sexual health advice, to providing information and support about mental health. Welfare is only about one thing – YOU!

Responsible for:

School of Education and Social Work

Contact:

01382 386040

vpsw@dusa.co.uk

Alex Muir

Representation

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

Responsible for:

School of Dentistry

School of Humanities

Contact:

01382 381084

vpr@dusa.co.uk

Ana Ranceva

Communications and Campaigns

Ana manages and promotes all our campaigns, communications & student media.

Responsible for:

School of Art and Design

School of Social Sciences

Contact:

01382 386003

vpcc@dusa.co.uk

Sofia Skevofylaka

Student Activities

Sophia 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!

Contact:

01382 386004

vpsa@dusa.co.uk

Toni McKinney

Engagement

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

Contact:

01382 381118

vpe@dusa.co.uk

Ezichi Ekpe

Fundraising

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

Contact:

01382 386005

vpf@dusa.co.uk

Board of Trustees

Our Objects and Purposes

DUSA is managed, administrated and developed by the Board of Trustees, a group consisting of fourteen individuals – the eight annually elected student executive (commonly known as ‘the Exec’) and six external trustees: Denis Taylor (Chair of the Board), Professor Dame Sue Black, Barry Simpson and Sarah Johnston. Two new trustees will be appointed shortly. 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’, ‘ensuring that Association finances operate efficiently and effectively’ and ‘carrying out the management and administration of the Association’.

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.

 

Denis Taylor

Denis Taylor

Chair of the Board

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Denis Taylor has over 20 years of experience in leadership positions with internationally successful private and public sector organisations. He areas of experience include General Management, Supply Chain, Sales & Marketing, Operations Management and Economic Development. He graduated in Physics from the University of Strathclyde and began his career in CAT Scanner research with EMI Medical in London. He then moved to Dundee to join Ferranti Microwave and then NCR’s ATM division – both in engineering roles. His career developed internationally in the USA and Europe with NCR, AT&T, Dell, and the Scottish Government’s economic development agency – Scottish Enterprise. Notable position held included, • Foreign Investment & Trade, Director – Scottish Enterprise. (Glasgow) • Solectron Europe, MD & Vice President – (Dunfermline, Amsterdam) • World Wide Procurement, Vice President – DELL (Texas) • Operations & Quality, Vice President – AT&T (Minnesota) • Quality and Engineering, Director – NCR (Ithaca, NY) Throughout his career he has demonstrated an unrelenting passion for delivering continuous organisational improvement and in 2009, he established his own company, the Hidden Office ltd, a consultancy dedicated to helping organisations release the full, latent potential of their people. Independently of his DUSA role, he is an external member of the University of Dundee’s Court – its governing body. Denis is married with two grown children and while born in Aberdeen he has long since “adopted” Dundee as his home. 
Sue Black

Sue Black

External Trustee

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Professor Dame Sue Black is Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and also Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee. She is a forensic anthropologist who has worked extensively for police forces and governments both in the UK and overseas.
Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston

External Trustee

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Sarah Johnston is Local Fundraising Manager at Cancer Research UK, whose pioneering research delivers breakthroughs which prevent, control and cure cancer. Sarah works closely with the charity’s local individual supporters, committees and corporate partners, creating innovative partnerships to achieve fundraising ambitions. She also works across departments to maximise and grow regional and national opportunities.

Prior to joining the Third Sector, Sarah worked at Abertay University for over 10 years, developing, implementing and evaluating marketing strategy to increase brand awareness and participation in programmes and events. She built on and seeked out new partners in the games industry across the UK to develop an industry mentoring programme. Sarah was also involved in planning and delivering events of various scales including Scotland’s biggest video games festival with audiences of up to 13,000.

Sarah has a BA (Hons) in Marketing from Edinburgh Napier University and is a keen traveller and charity volunteer.

Barry Simpson

Barry Simpson

External Trustee

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Barry is a Fifer, a Dundee University graduate and a retired director of Finance and Corporate Services. (If pressed he will admit to being a qualified accountant.)

He had a varied career with distinct threads running through. He worked in the Police, a Police Authority and ultimately the Independent Police Complaints Commission, where he became Acting Chief Executive. He also sat for ten years on a UK disciplinary committee for the accountancy profession.

Young people featured strongly in his working life. He was a director at the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, and at Brook, the sexual health charity for young people. Outside work he was a trustee for Home Start providing support for families with young children.

A major focus of his work was helping organisations bring about transformation. He was a strategic planner for a county council, and a key player in the start-up of both IPCC and SCRA and in the merger of 16 separate Brook charities into a single national body. Along the way he played a lead role in employee relations and negotiating major deals.

After retiring Barry and his wife moved to Lundin Links to enjoy the sea views along the Fife coastal path, rejuvenate a neglected garden and spend time with their grandchildren. He hopes one day to have time to do all that.

DUSA's Constitution 2016/17

The constitution of Dundee University Students’ Association

DUSA's Zero Tolerance Policy

DUSA’s stance against harassment, discrimination & threatening behaviour.

DUSA's Bye Laws 2017/18

The rules and regulations which govern the organisation.

DUSA Gender Pay Gap Report, April 2017

Read more about our Gender Pay Gap.

Student Partnership Agreement 2017/18

DUSA and the University’s relationship

Rector – Mark Beaumont

Throughout my career, I have always been driven to commit to potential, of challenging my teams.  You can see that I have never broken a World Record by a small margin!  This ‘blueprint’ for how to plan major projects works for major expeditions, but it can also work in any walk of life, including education.  My role as Rector is to represent the student voice, and I hope my experiences over the past decade since I was a student will allow me to help guide ambitions.  And hopefully I am still young enough to closely relate to undergraduates!  It was the students who welcomed me back as Rector, and through continuous communication and collaboration, it is the students who I intend to help develop this thriving and ambitious University.

Dundee is undergoing a transformation, and certainly quite a lot has changed. There is an emergent vibrancy, and an impressive pace of change being adopted by both the city and the University, which I believe provides an ideal opportunity for them to advance together. With the waterfront development beginning to take shape and the V&A Museum of Design emerging at its heart, these next few years mark an important milestone in Dundee’s legacy, and will provide an even more exciting experience for Dundee students.

DUSA News

The latest from your Student Executive and SRC.

Student Led Teaching Awards 2017/18 Shortlist

In May DUSA will celebrate the lecturers who help make our university one of the best in the world, at our annual Student Led Teaching Awards. With over 200 nominations this year, shortlisting those nominated by our student body was no easy task for our panel. Each...

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DUSA’s Annual Awards Shortlist

Each year in May, the DUSA President hosts the President’s Dinner & Annual Awards, an event to recognise the achievements our students and give thanks to those who have been of great service to the association. Our students submitted dozens of nominations, which an...

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If You Are Renting a Property, You Should Read This

How the new tenancy arrangements will work. As the implementation date has drawn nearer, The Scottish Government has published explanatory guidance, which has made things a bit clearer on how the new tenancy arrangements will work. Any new...

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