Who are the SRC?


The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) is a forum that ensures the student voice is heard on campus and works to improve your education, facilities, environment and right to a quality University experience. This September stand for election to the SRC and make change happen.

The SRC meets once a month throughout the academic year to discuss issues that matter to our students whilst developing solutions and answering the big questions on our campuses. Being a member of the SRC not only looks good on your CV, it helps your personal and professional development and can be applied both at University and in your future career.

The SRC is part of DUSA’s  governance model with its voice being highly influential at the University. Being elected allows you to:

 

  • Work with your fellow students to influence important changes on our campuses
  • Work with fellow students and staff to create a better University experience
  • Expand your network and enhance your employability
  • Gain experience of running campaigns and creating policies
  • Have a chance to meet and work with members of senior management team of the University

This year we are working on optimising and defining what the modern SRC at our University will look like. We have set the foundations, now you can get involved in developing a modern Student Representative Council that can help you in your University career and enhance the student experience for our students.

I am very excited to work with you all, and empower our students to become the very best that they can be. Join me on this journey developing solutions to issues raised to us by our students, and see our hard work pay off as we see change around our University.

Anyone can sign up, so why not take the first step to a new University experience for you and nominate yourself today. Let your ideas come to life.

Olaf

Vice President of Representation, DUSA The Union

Step 1: Choose a role & get endorsed

You can run for only one position so choose wisely – you will find descriptions of each role on this page. Once you have chosen, you can begin the nomination process where you will need the matriculation numbers and names of at least two UoD students to support your nomination. 

Step 2: Download the Nomination Pack

The Nomination Pack contains all you need to know about running your campaign and the election process.

Step 3: Submit your nomination

Once you have read the nomination pack you can fill out the online form found here. You will need to provide a picture of yourself (square image of at least 500×500 pixels, on a white background), your campaign poster, three campaign policies (this is separate from your statement and provides your specific policies) and a candidate statement.

SRC roles and remits


Please find information on some of the key roles that each position is responsible for. You can only run for one so please read carefully and contact Olaf for more information about the roles VPR@DUSA.co.uk

Learning and Teaching Representative
  • Focus on improving learning and teaching provision across campus
  • Work closely with DUSA’s Vice President Academia (VPA), Vice President Representation (VPR), School Presidents and UoD Vice Principle (Education)
  • Provide student feedback on key changes to learning and teaching at the University

The Learning and Teaching Representative takes steps to improve the quality of learning across the University and is dedicated to ensuring that student voice areas such as teaching, assessment and feedback is heard. Through working with the VPA, VPR, School Presidents, as well as the Vice Principle (Education), the Learning and Teaching Representative can address the needs of students and ensure efficient and effective learning by bringing forward policy and campaigns which enhance the learning experience for all students.

Facilities Representative
  • Work with the Library and Learning Centre (LLC) and Estates and Buildings (E&B) to improve student learning and recreation facilities
  • Feedback student views, concerns and needs to help enhance the quality of learning and recreation facilities 
  • Work with the DUSA Executive to improve student facilities in the Union

Do you think students have good access to facilities on campus? Do you want to help improve the facilities we  have? The Facilities Representative works closely with the LLC, E&B, as well as DUSA’s Vice President Student Welfare, Vice President Student Activities, President, School Presidents and key SRC Councillors to ensure all University facilities are of a high standard. This role provides an opportunity to address concerns and problems not only within the Dundee campus, but also in Kirkcaldy and Ninewells.

First Year Representative
  • Focus on improving services and facilities for first year students
  • Feedback on student issues to key DUSA and University leads
  • Work with key University services to tackle 1st year academic and welfare issues

Starting University can be overwhelming and challenging. Due to this the 1styear Rep role has been developed to help students transition into Uni life and aims to ensure that students have the best experience possible. This includes helping inform first years about the facilities and services available to them throughout their time at University. This individual will work with the Vice President Academia, Vice President Student Welfare, Vice President Student Activities, Vice President Engagement and the Enquiry Centre in making sure the University is doing all it can to help students enjoy and settle into University life.

International Students Representative
  • Work with DUSA Executive and University services colleagues on improving international students experience
  • Collate and feedback student views on the welfare, recreational and academic services international students receive
  • Help develop campaigns to make international students feel welcome and at home

As the University of Dundee is a multi-national and culturally diverse institution, the SRC wants to ensure that international students who have moved to Dundee have a strong voice.
The International Representative is the link between the University and these students, and by working closely with DUSA and UoD support services you can enhance the international student experience at the University.

The International Rep will work with the Vice President Academia, International Support and Advice service, UoD – Internationalisation Committee as well as student societies that caters to international students.

 

Taught Postgraduate Representative
  • Provide a voice and feedback from Taught Postgraduate students
  • Work with a range of welfare and academic services to meet student needs
  • Support and organise events which grows the postgraduate community 
  • Work with DUSA and University services leads to improve the Taught Postgraduate experience

The University isn’t just made up of undergraduate students; there are a large number of postgraduate students that have made the transition to a taught postgraduate qualification. The needs of these students can be different from undergraduates when their course becomes more demanding and increasingly challenging. The Taught Postgraduate Representative will ensure that these students get the best learning experience while studying in Dundee. By working with the DUSA Executive, fellow SRC members and University services colleagues, this individual can ensure that Taught Postgraduates are receiving the support they need for their studies.

This role also involves working with the DUSA President and Vice President Academia to organise and run Postgraduate reception events.

 

Research Postgraduate Representative
  • Ensure that Research Postgraduates voice and feedback is heard
  • Work with a range of welfare and academic services to meet student needs
  • Support and organise events which grows the  postgraduate community 
  • Work with DUSA and University services leads to improve the Research Postgraduate experience

Our research student community is an important part of our student community. Research students contribute to the diversity and make an important contribution to the student experience be it teaching undergraduates or carrying out research. 

The Research Postgraduate Representative focuses on bringing our research students together to ensure their needs are being met and that they have a strong and supportive community. This individual will work with DUSA Executive, fellow SRC members and University services colleagues to look at how PGR experience can be improved. 

This role also involves working with the DUSA President and Vice President Academia to organise and run Postgraduate reception events.

 

Mature Student Representative
  • Work with SRC members and DUSA to ensure mature students feel part of the wider student community
  • Collate and feedback on Mature students’ needs to relevant DUSA and University colleagues about their University experience 
  • Work with DUSA and University services to improve student experience
  • Working with PGT and PGR representatives tocreate and facilitate a network for mature students

Our community of mature students is growing on a year to year base. From those who are progressing through their University career or those who are simply coming back to University to improve their lives, this is a diverse group of students who require a strong voice to help meet their needs.

The Mature Representative will work with the Postgraduate Taught and Research Representatives as well as Learning & Teaching Representative and other Councillors to improve the learning experience for mature students and has the opportunity to work with the DUSA Executive and University service colleagues to identify areas that mature students require to be improved. 

 

Equality, Diversity and Welfare Representative
  • Work with DUSA and SRC representatives to make sure equality and diversity is at the forefront of and embedded in our work 
  • Collaborate with the Vice President Student Welfare, equality,diversity and welfare leads at the University and DUSA to develop campaigns which promote wellbeing, inclusion and diversity
  • Collate and provide feedback on issues and problems to University and DUSA services and work with colleagues to enhance the services provided to students

The diversity of the student body and its experience is something we are proud of here at the University of Dundee, and we want to ensure that all students have equal opportunities. In addition each student’s wellbeing and welfare is vital to ensuring that we provide the best University experience possible. Today, students are facing a range of challenges and the Equality, Diversity and Welfare Representative will work closely with the Vice President Student Welfare, the Vice President Academia and other SRC members to ensure all students on campus are aware of and have equal access to the range of services and facilities which help them achieve the best student experience possible. In addition this individual will work closely with DUSA and University service colleagues to develop a range of actions and campaigns which promote student wellbeing.   

Black & Minority Ethnic Representative
  • Work with DUSA leads and fellow SRC members to engage BME identifying students to ensure they are aware of the services and support available to them
  • Capture the views and experience of students who identify within the BME community and bring that to key DUSA and University decision makers
  • Work with University and DUSA to improve service provision for BME identifying students
  • Help promote engagement events which celebrate BME culture and builds a strong student community

The Black & Minority Ethnic Representative takes a lead in ensuring that students who identify with the BME community have a strong voice and ensures that DUSA and University services are aware of their needs. The individual plays an important role in helping to create events and campaigns which connects BME cultures with the wider student community and works with University student groups, societies, the staff network to advise and recommend lasting changes to improve representation on our campus.

LGBT+ Representative
  • Work with DUSA leads and fellow SRC members to engage students who identify with the LGBT+ community  to ensure they are aware of the services and support available to them
  • Capture the views and experience of students who identify as LGBT+ and bring that to key DUSA and University decision makers
  • Collate and represent the views of students who identify within the LGBT+ community
  • Work with University and DUSA to improve service provision for LGBT+ identifying students
  • Help promote engagement events which celebrate LGBT+ culture and builds a strong student community

The LGBT+ Representative takes a lead in ensuring that students who identify with the LGBT+ community have a strong voice and ensures that DUSA and University services are aware of their needs. The individual plays an important role in helping to create events and campaigns which connects LGBT+ students with the wider University community and works with University student groups, societies, the staff network to advise and recommend lasting changes to improve representation on our campus.

 

Disabilities Representative
  • Work with DUSA leads and University colleagues to raise awareness of services and support available to disabled students.
  • Engage and collate the experiences of students who identify as having a disability, and work with DUSA and SRC members to provide a strong voice for students to effect change.
  • Help promote engagement events which raise awareness of disabled students’ needs and also celebrate these students experience and place in our community

The Disability Representative is responsible for engaging with students who identify with having a disability, and ensuring they have a strong voice at the University of Dundee. The University ensures that all students have their needs met but this Representative is dedicated to holding the University accountable for this. By working with the disabilities services, this individual will be able to understand more about what services are available as well as feedback back to the SRC issues and concerns of these individuals, campaigning for equal opportunities for all.

 

Employability Representative
  • Collaborate with the Vice President Student Activities, Vice President Engagement, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Careers Service to develop events and other opportunities to enhance students employability
  • Help promote and engage students in extra-curricular activities which improve their employability
  • Work with the Vice President Fundraising to encourage and engage students in fundraising activities and events

Employment is a daunting challenge for any student. Whether it is part-time work during studies or looking to start your career getting access to opportunities to make yourself more employable is vital. The Employability Representative has the opportunity to work with DUSA and University services to develop a range of events, campaigns and activities to allow students to advance their skills and experience to help them find their next steps.

 

Housing Representative
  • Work closely with the University Halls Representatives to gain student views on accommodation on campus and ensure students feedback is provided to key leads in the University Housing and Sanctuary
  • Work with Halls Representatives, DUSA and University services to foster a strong community in campus halls
  • Work with DUSA to identify challenges which students living off campus are facing and work with the University and local services to address concerns and improve community relations.
  • Help raise awareness to students of DUSA housing services and aid the development of housing specific campaigns and events

By working closely with the Vice President Academia, Vice President Student Welfare and Student Legal Advisor, the Housing Representative will raise issues in relation to student housing on and off campus. This representative will also work closely with the Halls Representative to help create a strong student community in Halls and communicate challenges and difficulties to the University and Sanctuary.

Environment and Sustainability Representative
  • Work closely with DUSA, SRC members and the University Estates & Buildings to identify new ways for the institution and DUSA to become more environmentally sustainable
  • Create and lead environmental and sustainability events and campaigns to raise awareness and challenge environmentally damaging behaviour on campuses
  • Collate feedback from students and direct this to key decision makers at DUSA and the University  

The Environment and Sustainability Representative is in a position to affect positive change across the University to ensure that it continues to contribute to environmental sustainability. This individual works closely with estates and building, University leaders and members of DUSA senior management team to ensure the University and DUSA are doing all they can to ensure a better environment on campus.

General Representatives x3
  • Identify and engage in SRC projects and campaigns which require additional support and assistance to complete
  • Identify areas of enhancement which are not being tackled and develop motions, campaigns and events which improve DUSA and the University

General Representatives have the opportunity to support a variety of areas of SRC business or focus on a topic which isn’t being tackled. It does mean that the individual does not have a defined portfolio or a particular area of student life but allows them to get involved in a lot of different types of operations, events and campaigns. There are 3 positions available. The General Representatives also have the opportunity to sit on a number of SRC sub-committees to help the council work efficiently.

Important dates for your diary:

  • 26th August 9:00 – Nominations Open
  • 17th September 9:00 – Nominations Close
  • 20th September 17:30 – Candidate Briefing
  • 23rd September 9:00 – Voting opens
  • 27th September 9:00 – Voting closes
  • 27th September 18:00 – SRC elections results party
  • 1st October 18:00 – Meet and Greet
  • 10th October 18:00 – SRC First Meeting, DUSA Meeting Rooms

Nominate Yourself Now


You can nominate yourself for any role now. Before you begin, ensure you have read and understood all documents within the application pack.

Please ensure you have read and understood these documents.

Complete the online form to nominate yourself now!