DASADundee and Angus College Students’ Association

Congratulations on being accepted onto your course at Dundee and Angus College!

When you come to Dundee and Angus College, you automatically become a member of the Dundee and Angus College Students’ Association (DASA). We are here to ensure that your voice is heard. You are represented by your elected officers who campaign on your behalf and aim to improve your student experience.

The elected officers sit on all committees and groups relevant to the student experience and work day-to-day to provide advice, sign posting and support to all Dundee and Angus College Students.

The Students’ Association is here to support and represent you and your fellow students throughout your time at Dundee and Angus College. Helping to add even more value to your college learning experience through volunteering, social activities, building confidence and adding skills to your CV.

Your DASA team alongside reps from each class and department ensure your voice is heard on matters that affect you, your course and experience while at college. We use the class/lead rep system to continuously gain feedback, ideas and help solve issues where ever they arise.

You are an expert in your own learning experience and we welcome everyone to take part in the Students’ Association to make Dundee and Angus College the best place to learn. As a student-led organisation the Association aims to respond to the needs of its members promptly and effectively and to openly welcome and encourage their contribution to the working of the Association.

The team also organise lots of fun social activities such as clubs, charity events and social media content to help you meet other student’s from other courses and from all backgrounds. We always take suggestions and ideas for any activities directly from the Students.

We have an open door policy at each of our campus offices, our space is your safe space. Each of our offices also has a microwave, toaster and kettle free for you to use. So come in and say hello and we’ll pop the kettle on.

We also run a number of activities, social events and entertainment on our social media.  Please come and join in…

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/DAStudentsAssociation/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DAStudentAssoc
Students’ Association Emailstudent-association@dundeeandangus.ac.uk

Meet the team…

I am delighted to have been re-elected as Student President again this year because I am so passionate about improving the student experience for all our students at Dundee and Angus College. Last year as President, I worked tirelessly to make sure that every voice, no matter how little, was listened to! I hope my passion and determination for positive change has shown you how serious I am about making Dundee and Angus College the best place for students to study!

I have a commitment and dedication to keeping students at the forefront of everything we do at the college. I promise to promote and support your voice across the College as a whole. My main aim is to bring people together! After all, what is a students’ association without the voice of the students?! I will listen to the students and make sure that you are involved as much as possible.

I like to be out and about all the campus’s interacting with you all, getting to know you and letting you get to know me, and I am not a person to be sat in an office! I would love to make us more of a community where you leave college feeling like you were part of something really special and valued as a student! We can change so much for the better if we work together and we are really making a difference together already!

With all of you behind me, we really could make Dundee and Angus College the best place to study for students no matter what your background! My office door is open for you anytime even if it is just for a chat and a cup of tea.

Don’t be afraid to come and say hello, I love to see new faces! I want every single person to feel included, it’s the D&A way!

Cher

Contact: c.meldrum@dundeeandangus.ac.uk

My name is Amy Monks, I am a single mum of two, I love cups of tea and can usually be found covered in glitter/paint. I’ve been a student at Dundee and Angus College for 3 years, studying in the Hair and Beauty department at the Arbroath Campus. I have one year left of my studies and from there I want to become a lecturer. I have loved my time at college and feel passionate about students having a positive and valuable student experience.  

Having been involved with the Students’ Association for 2 years I know how big an effect our student voice has within the college and beyond. We take feedback, concerns and praises to the decision makers, those who shape our education and experiences here at D&A College. We look to resolve issues you are faced with, but to also shout about your successes and achievements.   

Our student body has people from many different backgrounds and cultures, with varying support needs and personalities. It is hugely important to me that we work continuously to be fully inclusive in providing what the students need, as individuals, as classes and as an entire college.   Everyone is different but everyone’s voice will be equally heard whether it is confidently spoken in a group, whispered in private conversation or handed to me on a scrap bit of paper.    

I plan to do this by asking questions, listening and being active in finding solutions. With my creative nature I like to find new and fun ways of engaging with students. I am very dedicated in my Vice President role and I will continue to be throughout my second year.  

My aims as Vice President are:  

  • Make all students feel valued, safe and accepted for who they are while at college.  
  • Work with the College and lecturers to ensure we each graduate knowing we have been delivered a quality education that will lead to employment/on-going education. 
  • Organise and promote activities to help build confidence, support mental health and offer additional opportunities to add to our learning experience and our CVs. 

Contact: a.monks@dundeeandangus.ac.uk

My name is Levi and I am a health and social care student. 

I have worked with Students’ Association since September 2019. Since working alongside the Students’ Association I have attended meetings and helped out at events as a Class Rep also during this time I have had my own and many other students voice heard with any issues, problems and praises no matter how big or small.

I have first-hand experienced and witnessed the amazing and purely student focused job the association do and I am delighted to be a main and an important part of this.  I will push myself to the best of my ability to make Dundee and Angus College a happy and friendly environment for all learners and staff.  

As a student, I have faced many barriers before coming to college and I have had a huge amounts of support to overcome.  The opportunities I have had through working with Students’ Association are second to none and would like to see as many students as possible reaching out for these opportunities and achieve pride in themselves and pursue their goals and dreams. 

I am passionate about doing what’s right for people no matter what their background or situation is and I will help and support you to make sure your voice is heard!

My aims as Vice President are:

  • Break down barriers for students (financial, carer responsibilities, confidence, lack of support, mental health, past background)
  • Encourage and support Lead and Class Reps to ensure student voices are heard
  • Interact with organisations for external opportunities, support and information for students (drop-ins, workshops)
  • Encourage and support students to reach full potential and make their College experience the best it can be

Contact: l.hunt@dundeeandangus.ac.uk

I began working at the College in October 2017 and have spent time working on growing the visibility of the Students’ Association and developing positive relationships with students and staff across the College.

I work across all three campuses and our outreach centres to support your elected officers and encourage participation and engagement with the Students’ Association. Student engagement with the Students’ Association for me is about building a culture across the College to ensure that our students feel they can have their voice heard by key decision makers, have students work alongside the Students’ Association and the staff across the College to enhance the College experience for everyone.

There are a number of ways that you can get involved with the Students’ Association such as; Class Representative, Lead Representative; leading clubs or simply volunteering some of your time to our events, feedback opportunities or campaigns. Keep an eye on our website and our social media for ways in which you can become involved and gain valuable experiences and recognition for your hard work and dedication through the College Attributes Scheme. Some of our students from last year went on to win the Principals Award and other Cross College Awards for wider achievement for all of their volunteering and taking part.

We always welcome you to pop in for a chat at any time and we welcome your thoughts and opinions on everything at the College from the price of the bacon rolls to the way that you are taught in your subjects. We want the good, the bad and the ugly! The kettle is always on and the door is always open so pop in and see us, even if it is just for the cuppy and chat!

Contact: sarah.rennie@dundeeandangus.ac.uk