In response to the proposed changes to maintenance grants for University students who come from low-income families, Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) raised its opposition to the budget announcement from The Chancellor, George Osborne. For RUK students in Scotland this could result in £12,000 of debt on top of the debt already incurred in maintenance grants and tuition fees.
The President of DUSA, Tim Hustler stated that, “As a student, having the opportunity to choose the right University and right course for your future is an essential element to the student experience in the UK. The Chancellor’s announcement today puts into question whether, for those from the lowest-income backgrounds in England and Wales, will have the chance to build a new future through Higher Education. Dundee has a large amount of students from the rest of the UK and they add to both the life and culture of both the City and campus. These new proposals will be detrimental to students from other parts of the UK if the decide to study in Dundee. Ultimately prospective students do not wish to incur huge amounts of debt early on in their life. This will have a huge knock on effect to their credit rating and financial stability especially if they wish to get a mortgage further down the line. I urge the government to reconsider these proposals for the benefit of Higher Education, which should be a right and not a privilege.”
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This year DUSA Media launched their first ever DUSA Media Awards Ceremony.
Traditionally the hard work of our student media channels has been recognised via the two media award categories presented and the President’s Annual Awards Dinner.
This year it was felt that given the progression and development of DUSA Media as a whole, the outlets warranted their own ceremony and rather than stick to the traditional award titles, DUSA Media decided to have a little fun and put their own spin on things.
Despite a number of comical award titles, it is apparent that year on year DUSA Media is excelling and none of this would have been possible if it hadn’t been for the hard work of the wider DUSA Media team so congratulations to you all!
The winners of this year’s DUSA Media Awards are;
The Magdalen | Student Magazine
Award for Prolific Prose presented to Kate McAuliffe
For consistently varied and high quality writing and contributions to the magazine over the year.
The Newstatesman Award presented to Euan Forbes
Awarded for not only outstanding editing and commissioning of the Current Affairs section but also a dedicated approach and skilled application to The Magdalen.
The Cutest Couple of the Year presented to Francesca Reid & Patrick O’Donnell
Whilst in part in jest, this award was presented to the most consistent double act and hard-working collaborators within the contributing team.
Jack of All Journalism Award presented to Lori Petrie This was awarded for a diverse and consistently humorous style of writing throughout the last year which has let to a very strong and trustworthy column ‘Stuff of the Month’.
The Last Man Standing Award presented to Leona Reid
For our veteran, hard working and dedicated Deputy Editor Leona Reid, whose previous Fashion section went from strength to strength.
The Foulmouth Award presented to Cameron Rathie
This award was presented to one of our more controversial yet nevertheless crucial contributors this year. With the ability to convey serious messages in a humorous and engaging manner, it is suffice to say The Magdalen 2014/15 wouldn’t have been the same without his contributions.
The Lifestyle Legend presented to Kate Lakie
This award celebrates the dedication and commitment of another long-standing member of The Magdalen team whose Lifestyle section has been invaluable.
DUSA Media Online | Website
The Couple of the Year Award presented to Niall Christie & Timothy Hustler-Wraight
Awarded for a great double act and comedic blog following the exploits of the Student Representative Council.
The WTF of the Year Award presented to John-Bruce ‘JB’ Fyfe
This was presented to commemorate a stunning 3000 views on the single article written by JB regarding Kate Hopkins. Flawless and opinionated as ever.
Best Series of the Year presented to Harrison Kelly
Awarded for his engaging series ‘Couch Potato’, this celebrates not only Harrison’s evocative style but also his long-standing dedication and commitment to DUSA Media as a writer, Deputy Editor (of The Magdalen) and contributor.
The Get Some Fresh Air Award presented to Iain MacKinnon
Presented for continuous dedication to the DUSA Media site with weekly film reviews. Probably too many.
DUSA Radio | Digital Radio Station
Best Newcomer to DUSA Radio presented to Fiona Scott
Fiona may have only been a member of DUSA Radio for a few months, but has quickly proven herself to be one of our most enthusiastic and ardent presenters.
Best Themed Radio Show presented to Grant Carpenter&Charlotte Campbell
As described by the presenters themselves, Geekly Radio is two hours of gooey geekly goodness that will help you get your fill of video games, television and film.
Most Original Music presented to Edward Woods
For an hour each week Edward provides us with a show like no other, straying from the mainstream chart toppers and instead treating us to his own mix of electronica and world
Best Weekly Features presented to Matthew Carter
Each week something new is brought to the table with Level4Live, trying new and perfecting old features as the show goes on.
Veteran Award presented to Chloe Divers & India Divers
Chloe and India joined Discover Radio towards the end of 2011, and have since seen the evolution into DUSA Radio. We’re grateful for their commitment to helping the radio go from strength to strength over the last four years, and thoroughly deserve the recognition.
DUSAtv |Award-winning TV Station
Most Views on a Regular Show presented to DUSA Fashion.
Award for Special Recognition presented to Jonathan Rose
The award for Special Recognition went to Jonathan Rose for all the work he does behind the scenes in DUSA TV: fixing equipment, archiving projects and volunteering as crew.
Double Act Award presented to Jenny Boram & Jenny Thomas
Jenny Thomas and Jenny Boram were named as the Best Double Act as they have shown that they work exceptionally well together in every project they take part in.
Lifetime Achievement presented to Doug Young and Joseph Black
The two Lifetime Achievement Awards went to Doug Young and Joseph Black for their four years of service to DUSA TV and to acknowledge the hard work and the long hours they have put in during that time.
Best Newcomer presented to Andrew Stewart
Best Contributor presented to Jenny Thomas
Most Naps on the DUSA Media Sofa presented to Timothy Hustler-Wraight
The ‘Leaving Facebook On’ Award presented to Jenny Boram.
On Saturday 16th May we hosted our DUSA President’s Dinner and Annual Awards Ceremony. It was a fantastic evening which commended the hard work of all our societies, media outlets and SRC Councillors. Congratulations to all those nominated for an award and a special congratulations to all the winners!
SRC Councillor of the Year
Winner – JB Fyfe
School President of the Year
Winner – Shauna Donaldson
Media Contributor of the Year
Winner – Jenny Boram & Jenny Thomas
Media Newcomer of the Year
Winner – Dimitris Kalogiros
Best New Society
Winner – Mental Health Society
Most Progressive Society
Winner – OpSoc
Most Active Society
Winner – International Society
Best Society Event
Winner – Charity Week Islamic Society
Winner – Physics Society
Society Achievement Award
Winner – Thalea Turowski
Volunteer of the Year
Winner – Mohamed Elseedawy
This year the DUSA Executive introduced a new and very special award which won’t be awarded annually but instead will only be given if there has been a student who has been particularly impressive during their time involved in DUSA. This award is to recognise an individual who has went above and beyond in their commitment to the organisation and is for an individual who has not just been involved in a society, media outlet or the SRC but someone who has actively been involved with all aspects of DUSA.
This year the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to DUSA award is Niall Christie.
On Saturday 28th March DUSA TV was awarded the title of Best Broadcaster 2015 at the 42nd NaSTA awards conference in Preston. Up against forty-four other national stations, including Glasgow University Student Television (GUST) and Leeds Student Television (LSTV), DUSA TV won the final and most prestigious award of the evening.
In addition to this they also scooped a highly commended for their animation submission. Thier success is a real testament to the hard work of the team and winning this award has proven that they are among the top Student TV Stations in the UK.
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Your DUSA President Iain MacKinnon has released the following statement after the SRC passed a motion to ban all legal highs from The Union.
Yesterday evening the Students Representative Council of the University of Dundee voted to ban legal highs within the DUSA building. Although instances of legal high use are extremely rare within DUSA the proposer believed that the use and sale of these should be covered by DUSA’s disciplinary bye laws due to the inherent risks associated with many of these substances.
Members of the SRC wanted to ensure that those found under the influence of these substances were not harshly punished; instead the emphasis was on those distributing the substances, so an amendment was made to the motion to this effect. Similarly, an amendment was made to ensure that members who have been prescribed these substances are not penalised for this.
The motion was passed by an overwhelming majority of the members. DUSA has pledged to run an information campaign to raise awareness of the new rules.
One of the most exciting things about starting university life as a student is finding out where you will be living, but don’t be put off by thread-bare carpets and chipped paint! It’s important to make a room feel like your own space, and feeling comfortable is a great way to quell the homesickness pangs. Living away from home for the first time can be daunting, so it is important to bring a little bit of home with you.
So, how do you decorate a small, tatty space so that its feel like home?
Make it Your Own: Use posters that you want to look at and pictures that make you smile. Use a colour scheme that appeals to you; choose bedding in your favourite colour and add bold curtains in similar hues to add more colour splashes and keep the light out. White walls are another excellent example of how you can add your favourite colour in your room. Hang colourful pictures or create a feature wall by applying funky wallpaper on it to make it the focal point of the room.
Decorate with Photos: Having photographs of your friends and family back at home is a great way to help to make a bleak hall of residence feel more like home. You can stick them straight on the wall with blu tack or pin them on a notice board if you want to spare yourself from having to clean up the walls when you leave the room.
Keep it Tidy: It’s vital to ensure you de-clutter your room, as a small area filled with magazines and empty noodle packets will soon start to feel claustrophobic. Making the most of a small space can be done by using clever storage systems as well as handy gadgets such as wall-mounted lamps rather than desktop lamps.
Let the Light in: Natural light can instantly lift your mood and make you feel refreshed and ready for the day, so open the curtains and take down any nets that are blocking the light. If you find you do a lot of studying at night, make sure you have lamps with bright bulbs to lift the overall mood in the room.
Use Unique Décor: Customising your room is a fun way to make your room really feel like your own and you can show off your personality by adding your own quirky belongings. Use wall stickers as a cheap way to decorate, be creative and use a coat hanger to hang your ‘sunnies’ and keys on, put flowers in your old beer bottles and hang some fairy lights to give your room an edgy look.
Making your student room as awesome as it is comfortable is a great way to ease yourself into student life. Bringing a little bit of your home into your room is a good way to make you feel more comfortable, and living like a student doesn’t mean you have to live in a dark, cluttered, bare room.