Meet your 2017/18 SRC Candidates!

Contested Positions

Rumanah Patel

Rumanah Patel

Employability Representative

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Hi, my name is Rumanah Patel, a final year English Literature student at the University.

I deserve your vote as the Employability Representative because I embody the confident and tenacious attitude required to turn words into actions. As a fourth year student who has worked in various sectors alongside my studies I can guide and advise fellow students based on personal experience, preventing them from facing the same complications I did.

Influenced by prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs like Lord Sugar and Oprah Winfrey the world of employability is a wave of frenzy with employers searching for the best students to aid their companies and training programmes. My campaign hopes to provide students with best training and practical skillset to embrace the world of employability with the confidence to succeed in a competitive market with interview help, aptitude training and employer talks.

My commitment to representation and student welfare not only led me to take an active role as the Equality, Diversity and Welfare Rep last year, but encouraged me to act as a Welfare Officer within UDIS this year, and play the role of Associate Humanities President.

VOTE RUMANAH!

Policies

  1. Encourage students to attend 1-1 meetings to discuss potential career options and opportunities with both professionals in the respective trade and the careers service.
  2. Confidently work alongside DUSA, business based societies and the careers service to develop student skillsets to give them the best opportunities in the working world.
  3. To draw attention and alienate exploitation in the workplace by educating students of their rights and preventing misendeavours
Rebecca Johnston

Rebecca Johnston

Employability Representative

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I am running for Employability Representative as I understand the difficulty for many of finding a part time job and the complications that come with working and balancing other commitments.
Last year I was elected as Business Management Class Representative and Social Representative of the Business Society and within both of these roles I have had to work closely with other students, voicing their concerns and communicating issues with academic staff to solve problems.

Policies

  1. Enable students to find relevant work experience to build CV as well as to help them financially
  2. Help smooth the transition from school to university by helping younger years find suitable employment
Kate Mathers

Kate Mathers

Environment and Sustainability Representative

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Hello! I’m a second year PhD student studying molecular microbiology at the School of Life Sciences. I’m passionate about making our university a more sustainable and environmentally friendly place to live, work and study. I’ve been involved with environmental campaigns in London and Edinburgh and am now an active member of Friends of the Earth Tayside. One issue that I want to address is the university’s £2.5million investment in fossil fuels companies. So far, 54 UK universities have committed to divest from fossil fuels, and I think that Dundee should be next! On a more positive note, the university is taking part in the Green Impact environmental accreditation scheme, which promotes sustainability in both laboratories and office environments. I want to make sure that as many people as possible take up this great opportunity to get involved with creating a more sustainable campus. If elected, I will also push for more ambitious environmental policies, which cover everything from reducing energy consumption and increasing recycling to the sustainable development of new buildings. So if you share my vision of a more sustainable and environmentally friendly university, vote for me!

Policies

  1. Campaign for divestment from fossil fuel companies.
  2. Promote the Green Impact scheme across the campus.
  3. Push for more ambitious environmental policies.
Rumana	Kapadia

Rumana Kapadia

Environment and Sustainability Representative

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Hello! I am Rumana Kapadia, a Level 3 Biological and Plant Science student, and I am running for the position of Environment and Sustainability Representative on the Student Representative Council. I have always had a keen interest in environmental sustainability and am wishing to pursue this by caring for and improving the pocket of biodiversity that our university sustains. I am a highly committed individual that is willing and able to put time and a continued effort into improving the engagement of students in their own and the university’s environmental impact. We have made a great start in improving our carbon footprint, through the use of solar panels and a large increase in recycling, but it is not enough and I truly believe that we can do better. Students are some of the most innovative people in our society and I am keen to listen to all of your ideas and push for the changes that you want to see. If you wish to see a more sustainable future for our university vote for me, Rumana Kapadia, on MyDundee.

Policies

  1. Reducing plastic waste produced by the union and the campus shops.
  2. Push towards the use of reusable bags and paper bags in all campus shops.
  3. Increase the usage of the Recycle & Reward Scheme.
Kieran Pannell

Kieran Pannell

Environment and Sustainability Representative

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Hello, I am Kieran. I am 19 and I am from the distant land of Angus (where the beef is from). I am a supporter of Swansea City AFC. I like music by Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead. As you may be aware I am hoping to be elected to The Student’s Representative Council as the Environment and Sustainability Representative. I hope I can rely your support.

I feel I would be good in the role as I am aware of how the SRC operates because I was the First Year Representative 2 years ago and would like to further improve University life. I believe that ÔGreen groups’ in the Tayside area should unite under a non-partisan banner in order to make our voices heard. I can see this come to fruition due to how much work I have done with Stop TTIP Dundee and setting up Young Friends of the Earth Tayside and Fife (YFOETF). The contacts I have at each of these groups will allow me to branch out to other like-minded groups.

I also believe that we need to get the University to support a ‘Just Transition’ from Oil and Gas based energy to renewable energy through retraining of workers and investment in renewables to create sustainable jobs for NE Scotland for the years to come.

Many Thanks Kieran

Policies

  1. 1) Get the University to support a ‘Just Transition’ from the Oil and Gas Industry. We all know climate change is going to change life as we know it. We need to address our contribution to this before its too late. If elected I hope to get the University and the SRC to publicly support a ‘Just Transition’ from Oil and Gas to renewables through retraining and investment in renewables.
  2. 2) Unite ‘green groups’ in the City and in the wider Tayside area.
  3. Boost accountability of SRC.
Anzal Baig

Anzal Baig

Equality, Diversity and Welfare Representative

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Why do these policies matter?

Creating an equality clinic

Reporting of discrimination is devastatingly low in universities. It is my hope that by encouraging reporting and providing a comfortable space to talk freely about issues and how to tackle them, we can try to change this. I also hope to make this space a place for venting and comfort, not just reporting and advice.

Online presence

This is to allow students easy access to their rights, what issues they might face that could be of concern and the options they have in terms of taking actions. I hope to make this available to those who want to understand their own rights or are considering taking some form of action but want to avoid the pressure of sharing experiences that might be uncomfortable.

Equality officers

One of the simplest ways to help reduce discrimination and bias is to make apparent how such biases could exist in a specific context and having officers that do so at events, society meetings etc can be a way to achieve this. Moreover having a direct point of contact can also take the stigma away from reporting and make it easier to address issues in a specific context.

Policies

  1. Create a clinic in which concerns related to equality, diversity and welfare can be addressed and if the concerns are serious, resolved or advised upon.
  2. Ensure that there is information and access online regarding the issues related to equality, diversity and welfare that students might face, what options they have, opportunities to provide feedback and specific queries.
  3. Encourage officers in societies, schools and all events who explicitly deal with issues of equality, diversity and welfare.
Stella Rooney

Stella Rooney

Equality, Diversity and Welfare Representative

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Hi, I’m Stella Rooney and I’m asking you to vote for me as your SRC Equality, Diversity and Welfare Rep. I have experience of organising and running campaigns and am passionate about making our university a better place. I believe that all students should get the best out of their university experience and as your rep, I would do my best to listen to and advocate for the needs of all.
I will work with the Zero Tolerance campaign, the Women’s Network and societies to tackle sexual harassment on campus. I would also like to work with organisations out with the university such as Rape Crisis and WRSAC to make university a safe place for all. I also plan to support the work of Athena Swan and encourage more women in STEM subjects.
Our university is diverse, and this should be reflected in academics. If elected I will campaign to increase the amount of lecture material written by women and people from different religious backgrounds.
If elected I will seek to increase support for students on low incomes, and also campaign to decrease the cost of university. I will also oppose the “counter terrorism” Prevent strategy which instead treats students as suspects.

Policies

  1. Promote equality: Work with societies, the women’s network and organisations out with the university to tackle sexual harassment and sexism on campus.
  2. Celebrate diversity: Campaign to diversify our the material from our lectures and reading lists to be more representative of women and people from different religious backgrounds. Work closely with the LGBT and BME reps to promote equality.
  3. Support for all: Advocate to decrease the cost of university and increase support and funding available for students on low incomes.
Fabio De Rosa

Fabio De Rosa

General Representative

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Hello everyone! My name is Fabio De Rosa and I am running for the position of a General Representative of the Student Representative Council. I want to play an active role in the ongoing improvement of our University and its many facets. I see the position of a General Representative as an excellent way to be a part of a team that is involved not only in the current students’ lives, but also the bigger picture of providing a better place for future students. After previous work experience in working on campus and helping fellow students, I would like to have the honour of representing the students at Dundee. If elected I would make it my goal to get more students involved in what goes on at our University and I would like to create more interaction between the SRC and students on campus in both campus life matters, and social and financial matters. Above all, I would like to have the opportunity to get to know what students really want from our University and make it happen.

Policies

  1. Improve parking facilities for on and off campus students;
  2. Create more interaction between the SRC and students;
  3. Allow to recent graduates to use the Careers Service and JobShop websites even after their graduation.
Thomas Waldron

Thomas Waldron

General Representative

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I’m Thomas Waldron, a third year politics student and originally from Newcastle. Over the past two years I have sat on the SRC and worked tirelessly to further student representation. During my time as Housing Rep in first year, I worked to expand the horizons of DUSA Housing, giving support to any student with issues outside the boundaries of student halls. In my second year I was Chairperson of the SRC. Although I had to remain objective and impartial during SRC meetings, I was an observer member of the board of trustees, updating them on matters of the SRC and supporting the then VPR’s proposals for an SRC budget, allowing your elected reps to invest within your best interest. I also resided on a representation committee, championing the implementation and maintenance of SRC online, fast streaming any ideas you may want to voice directly to the Student Executive. After a year of impartiality, I’m yearning to get back to the frontline of student politics, promoting positive reform, aiming to hold lecturers to account, push for a more environmentally friendly university and, to modernise the assessment process, preventing a reliance on too much coursework or examinations.

Policies

  1. Accountability: hold lecturers to account in regards to missed lectures and the late return of coursework; seeing it contradictory that students suffer penalties for either.
  2. Sustainability: enhance ‘green’ initiatives, such as solar energy and reusable hot drink cups. I will strive to ensure that savings made from ‘green’ initiatives will be reinvested to benefit all students.
  3. Modernised Assessment: move beyond the reliance of old-fashioned exams that are a memory test and adapt the balance between coursework and exams to best test students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
Kieran Bisset

Kieran Bisset

General Representative

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Hello, I am a fourth year history and politics student, and I am running to be one of your new general representatives on the Student Representative Council (SRC).

I have been involved in student politics and campaigning every year that I’ve been at Dundee, however never as the candidate! I’m currently the depute station manager with Tay Productions, the student video productions group. I plan to run on three simple policies.

Policies

  1. Promotion of progressive policies alongside other representatives, including equalities, LGBT, and environmental reps.
  2. To continue with my role in student media to promote societies and student involvement in media production.
  3. Provide a point of accessibility for students to contact their representatives and to provide awareness of both the SRC and its activities.
Stuart Murphy

Stuart Murphy

Housing Representative

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Hi, I am Stuart Murphy and I am campaigning to be your Housing Rep for this year. Over the last year I was privileged enough to be on the SRC council. During, this year I helped establish the University safe room. This is a safe place for students to go to on Tuesday nights if they need a break or are anxious on a night out (now being piloted). I want to listen to what you the students want so together we can fight for change in DUSA. My three policies for this campaign are:

Set up a student housing committee – which would assist the student body with their rights. It would also give students advice for finding good safe homes in the city.

Lobby the university and the council to provide more affordable and safe housing. Including setting up a survey and then publishing the findings to ensure that students get the best possible deals in terms of housing.

Halls – to work and listen with students in Halls this year. I will strive to work closely with flat reps from each respective halls to ensure that University accommodation is the best it possibly can be.

I would truly be honoured and thrilled if you voted for me. Together let’s fight for change.

Policies

  1. Set up a student housing committee – which would assist the student body with their rights. It would also give students advice for finding good safe homes in the city.
  2. Lobby the university and the council to provide more affordable and safe housing. Including setting up a survey and then publishing the results to ensure that students get the best possible deals in terms of housing.
  3. Halls – to work and listen with students in Halls this year. By working closely with flat reps from each respective halls to ensure that University accommodation is the best it possibly can be.
Calum Murray

Calum Murray

Housing Representative

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Hello, my name is Calum Murray am a 3rd year history and politics student and am running to be your next Housing Representative on the SRC. These are some of the policies I would like to bring to the SRC to make sure your experience of housing both on and off campus is best it can be.

Expanded welcome pack.

When moving into halls students should receive a welcome pack. It should include items such as, condoms, tampons, unisex razors and shaving foam and a leaflet outlining DUSA’s zero tolerance policy in the Union.

Student lead valuation of city letting agents.

Having been in Dundee for 3 years I’ve dealt with bad letting agents. We as students should be able to rank our experiences of letting agents in an easily accessible way which ranks them on student experience. By doing this we can see which landlords are better for the student body and which to try and avoid.

Increase the scrutiny of accrediting letting Agents.

From my own experience with letting agents I know that they can be exploitative. The university should increase its scrutiny these landlords face so future students can have a better experience than I had.

Policies

  1. Expanded welcome packs for student halls to include a range of items do with student health and hygiene.
  2. A student lead survey and valuation of the quality and experiences students receive from letting agents in and around Dundee so students can be better informed on which letting agents to go with and which to avoid.
  3. Campaign to increase the scrutiny letting agents face in order to become university accredited so only the best agencies have the backing of the university.
Julian Benz

Julian Benz

International Students Representative

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As an international student myself, I know many of the challenges that arise when starting university in a foreign country with a foreign language and not being able to rely on the support of family and friends back at home.

I believe I am well equipped to represent all international students, due to my experience as a class representative for 3 consecutive years, and having studied a semester abroad, applying other universities methods of making international students feel welcome.

In times of BREXIT, there are many uncertainties facing especially EU students (like myself) and I am committed to making the transition for international students into post-EU Britain as smooth as possible by providing you with first-hand information not just from the government but also from the university councils. I myself have a great interest in lobbying the university in further supporting international students studying in Dundee as I am approaching my postgrad degree and will be affected by the changes coming toward us. If you have any questions or concerns (which you will have, believe me) I will do my best to find the answer and solution for you!

Policies

  1. Providing you with all available information concerning changes for international students arising from BREXIT
  2. Lobbying the university to keep its commitment to a growing international student body
  3. Becoming the link between your concerns about the future and the executive of the university
Pawel Stachyra

Pawel Stachyra

International Students Representative

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Hey Folks,

My name is Pawel and I came from Poland in 2013 to study in Dundee. I fell in love with this place and the people here immediately.

An amazing part of life at this university is getting to meet all the people with their different backgrounds and perspectives. It

It is a huge leap for all of us to leave our homes and go live on our own – especially so if home is another country. It is a rewarding period of self exploration and learning but also a stressful one.

University of Dundee and DUSA both offer an amazing extent of support. Unfortunately often we are not aware of it. Working with Student Services and Peer Connections I have gained a good knowledge of our support network. If you trust me with your vote, I will work to help international students connect to them.

Other than this I believe, that even though the public dialogue became very sensitive recently, we should cherish and share our cultures freely. I will try to use my experience with student societies to organise engaging events for both overseas and home students.

Also I will try to get everybody free Haggis.

It’s Happening

Now, give me your vote!

Policies

  1. Raise awareness: I want to make sure international students are well filled in with all the support that is already available to them. I will try to work with DUSA media and the Enquiry center to better advertise support services to students.
  2. Encourage intercultural dialogue: I will work with societies to organise and coordinate events and try to get some DUSA assistance involved.
  3. Promote local Culture: Scotland is beautiful and some of us do not get to enjoy enough of it on our 1 year exchanges. I will try to encourage promotion of Scottish cultural events at DUSA.

Uncontested Positions

Mary Alatise

Mary Alatise

Black & Minority Ethnic Representative

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As some who identifies with the Black & Minority Ethnic Community, I have many personal experiences and those of other ethnic minority people to know and value the importance of having a good representation. I was thrilled to know that the university added a BME rep role onto the list of representatives and was even more honoured to have been the university’s first BME rep. I have already worked alongside other representatives to improve the quality of student life for BME students and integrating them into University community. I have also managed to have a motion passed that can take off properly if I am re-elected, which would be crucial in establishing a legacy for BME students and other students outside of the BME community. My knowledge of what the role entails serves as an advantage to get things started immediately from election and perfecting policies and agendas over the academic year.

Policies

  1. ENSURE equality and inclusion is extended to the BME community, to provide an equally enjoyable student experience for BME students.
  2. INTEGRATE all societies within the BME Community, to encourage networking.
  3. ESTABLISH a strong support system between DUSA and students from the BME community that want to start up a society or social events.
John Mckenzie

John Mckenzie

Disabilities Representative

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Hello again, colleague!

Last year, I had the honour – nay – privilege of being your Disabilities rep on the council. This year I’m running for the second time for this position.

The responsibility I had last year was not one I took lightly by any means: whilst holding this position, I was studying part time and living over 100 miles away from campus – commuting in each week for classes and making special effort to come down to SRC meetings, missing as few as humanly possible.

During my tenure I managed to represent disadvantaged students of all creeds – whatever the disadvantage be it a physical difficulty, mental health issue, learning difficulty, or lack of means otherwise. On occasion, hassling the rector of the university over his attitude towards staff and facilities, and the budget cuts’ effects on our university’s population with specific access, where so many of our students – myself included – would have been affected.

I also launched an anonymous call for concern for students with access needs to fill in – the list is now rather sizeable.

Should you all chose me to be your new disability rep (again), my desire is to continue with the dedication and furore as before but this time, armed with the demands, input and needs of many more students than ever before.

Do feel free to keep in touch and I hope to count on your support.

All the best with your studies and wish me luck!
Johnny

Policies

  1. Pressure the University to increase mobility in the older buildings around campus
  2. support students with learning difficulties to have their opinions represented in the src
  3. Improve the living standards and representation of all students on campus
Caitlin Kavanagh

Caitlin Kavanagh

Facilities Representative

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My name is Caitlin Kavanagh and I am running for the position of Facilities Representative within the Student Representative Council. Being a member of the Council involves hard work and takes up a lot of your time, time and dedication I am willing and able to commit to this role. I wish to take an active role in the ongoing improvement of our university’s facilities to make it a better environment for studying for us all. Over my last two years of being a student here, I have taken part in many areas of our university’s community, however, I believe that this has not been enough and would like to offer more to our university by being a part of the SRC. Overall, I would endeavour to improve the day-to-day experience of the students of the University of Dundee by continuing the work of the Student Representative Council of 2016/2017 as well as lobbying for improvements across the campus to make the University of Dundee a better university to come to everyday. So, whether this be your first time voting in the any university based election or you vote every year I encourage you to log onto MyDundee between the 21st and 28th September 2017 and vote for me.

Policies

  1. To improve the facilities available to students at the library, especially during exam periods.
  2. Work with Estates and Buildings to increase the amount of green energy produced on campus grounds.
  3. To enhance communication between students and the DUSA executives, in the hope to improve the student experience.
Ethan Jones

Ethan Jones

Learning & Teaching Representative

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Our university faces a huge challenge and the students have a right to know how their elected leaders are going to respond. We as a university need to come together to heal the divisions between students and staff. I pledge to uphold my polices and work within the SRC to help provide democratic and fair council. One clear message from last the elections last year, is that many of the student body feel shut out of a representation system within the university, a feeling that ripples from political decisions made all over the country. However, to create a university for the students we need to elect councilors that will work with and for the student body. By collaborating with school presidents and other SRC members I will enhance the communication between each school as well as enhance the learning experience for all. This will provide a closer community of students, all working towards protecting the teaching standards of the university.

Policies

  1. Enhance the communication between Schools
  2. Protect the Teaching Standards of the University
  3. Collaborate with School Presidents and other Representatives.
Victoria Castillo çvila

Victoria Castillo çvila

LGBT+ Representative

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I’m Victoria Castillo çvila and I want to be your LGBT+ Rep at the SRC. During my 3 years as a student I’ve constantly strived to hold UoD and DUSA accountable. So far, my only tool has been student journalism. Now it’s time to move on to bigger things. Through an awareness of intersectionality, I will endeavour to create a firm support network for students that meets the needs of our diverse LGBT+ community. My policies include:

LGBT+ STUDENTS AND STAFF NETWORK. I will investigate extending the pre-existing LGBT+ Staff Network to allow student involvement. It will act as a means of peer support, as well as a safe environment to raise concerns and seek confidential advice.

QUEER-FRIENDLY CAMPAIGNS. I will ensure that all DUSA campaigns and merchandise, including their Valentine’s Day promotions, etc., are LGBT+ friendly and committed to challenging stereotypes.

CHAMPIONING MENTAL HEALTH on campus by raising awareness of the services available and encouraging further training and diversification of counselling staff.

I am required to inform you that I am not permitted to vote, discuss, or influence votes/motions/policies that concern DUSA Media, due to a Conflict of Interest.

Policies

  1. LGBT+ STUDENTS AND STAFF NETWORK. I will investigate extending the pre-existing LGBT+ Staff Network to allow student involvement. It will act as a means of peer support, as well as a safe environment to raise concerns and seek confidential advice.
  2. QUEER-FRIENDLY CAMPAIGNS. I will ensure that all DUSA campaigns and merchandise, including their Valentine’s Day promotions, etc., are LGBT+ friendly and committed to challenging stereotypes.
  3. CHAMPIONING MENTAL HEALTH on campus by raising awareness of the services available and encouraging further training and diversification of counselling staff.
Elias Zigah

Elias Zigah

Taught Postgraduate Representative

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Hi, I’m Elias and I’m willing and very committed to serving your best interest as your Taught Postgraduate Representative at DUSA.

Why Am I Vying for this Position?

I have a strong passion for serving people and innovating new ideas to improve the lives of others.

Through my interactions with both current and new Postgraduate (PG) students, I discovered the following challenges:

1. Most PG students feel disconnected from DUSA because DUSA’s activities or events are not attractive to PG students.

2. Getting internship placements for PG students to gain professional experience has been very challenging and frustrating.

3. Getting summer jobs to earn few incomes too is very challenging as well.

The above challenges also represent some of the expectations of some of us the new Postgraduate entrants. Being motivated by these challenges and expectations, I am committed to bringing my experiences in student leadership on board to work with DUSA SRC to find practical solutions to some of these challenges and to meet the expectations of you my fellow colleagues. Hence my reason for vying for the position of Taught Postgraduate Students’ Representative.

Policies

  1. To make DUSA very attractive to postgraduate (PG) students by organising events under the auspices of DUSA specifically for the professional and personal development for PG students.
  2. 2. To work closely with the career service centre to facilitate quick internship placement for PG students.
  3. To create and promote a PG webpage on the DUSA website which will serve as a platform for connecting with PG students on issues regarding academics, getting updates on PG specific events, sharing blogs, as well as getting feedback and ideas from PG students.
Amelia Johnston

Amelia Johnston

School of Medicine President

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I am a fourth year medical student currently undertaking a BMSc in Anatomy.
Having spent the past three years studying in Ninewells every day, I am really excited to have a year on campus. Already it is a different experience; meeting new people, studying much closer to where I live and becoming involved in new societies.
This is why I have decided to run for the position of SRC School of Medicine president. Courses such as medicine and nursing aren’t based on campus; however we are as much a part of the University of Dundee as any other course and decisions made by the SRC affect us all.
As school of medicine president I would use my time-keeping and organisational skills to co-ordinate a smoother transition between off-campus courses and campus-based decisions.
Making every student’s voice heard, no matter where in Dundee they study.

Policies

  1. Reform the SRC and open it up to include the concerns from non-campus based courses such as nursing and medicine. Each and every student’s voice should be heard.

Important dates for your diary:

  • Wednesday 13th September 2017 5pm – SRC Nominations Close
  • Wednesday 15th September 2017 12 midnight– Med. Pres. Nominations Close
  • Wednesday 20th September 2017 TBC – Candidate Briefing
  • Friday 22nd September 7pm – Election Launch party, at DUSA Air Bar
  • Friday 22nd September 7pm – Voting opens
  • Thursday 28th September 2017 4pm – Voting closes
  • Friday 29th September 2017 7pm – SRC elections results party
  • Tuesday 3rd October 2017 TBC – SRC Training workshop
  • Tuesday 10th October 2017 TBC – SRC First Meeting, DUSA Meeting Rooms

Voting Opens on MyDundee on 22nd September 7pm

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