Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a “Be a Good Neighbour Campaign” event at Dundee University Students’ Association.
DUSA invited relevant organisations to come along to the event to give information and advice in order to encourage a better community spirit between residents and students. Those invited included Dundee City Council (including Environment, Landlord Registration and Anti-Social Behaviour teams) as well as Shelter Scotland and others.
It was a great, well-attended event and here’s a photo from it below :
Yesterday, I had a very useful meeting with the Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) President, Deputy President and Vice President (Representation).
We discussed a number of DUSA initiatives including its involvement in various community initiatives in the local area and also discussed the parking problems in the West End and possible ways of improving matters.
Its good to see such a committed and enthusiastic DUSA Executive and its activity in the community is welcome, particularly its landlord accreditation scheme.
Earlier today, University of Dundee Rector Brian Cox officially opened a new advice centre for students on campus – see right.
Situated at DUSA, adjacent to Campus Green and the Union shop at the foot of Balfour Street, the new Enquiry Centre will henceforth be home to the university’s Student Services team and relocated to the new premises at DUSA from today.
The University has updated me as follows :
“The prominent facility at the heart of campus will act as a first-stop drop-in centre for students requiring assistance but unsure where, what or who to ask for help. The team can help with all types of enquiries including travel, accommodation, finances, study support, health and careers advice. If they are unable to help they will put the student in touch with the appropriate service.
Enquiry Centre Manager Margaret Wyllie said, “We are delighted to be making this move to premises fitted out precisely for our purposes and excited to be able to improve the service we offer students.
“Having such a prominent presence at the heart of the University means all students will know where to find help if they need it. The new Centre will also mean we can enhance the range of activities on offer and, with the assistance of Student Services colleagues, we will arrange workshops, events and activities aimed at helping students develop the personal skills required throughout their academic career and after they graduate.”
The Enquiry Centre will also maintain a regular presence at the Ninewells and Fife campuses and make information leaflets available at strategic points throughout the entire University estate. If required, Citizen Advice Bureau appointments can also be arranged on main campus each Tuesday afternoon during the academic year.”
DUSA is having a further Wednesday Cleanup this Wednesday to pick up litter from campus. Volunteers are gathering at the Campus Green area in front of the Union.
There is free soup provided for the people participating in the litter picking up. Prizes for the most collected litter and the most unusual object which is found during the day. Litter bags are provided. Just turn up if you can help.
The prizes of these cleanup are provided by DUSA and Estates and Buildings. They include tickets to The Union on the Saturday of the week.
If you wish, you can sign up in advance on the event’s Facebook page here.
Earlier today, along with Daniel Coleman MSYP, Chair of Dundee Youth Council, I held a surgery for University of Dundee students that took place at Dundee University Students’ Association. This was part of a series of surgeries at DUSA with local elected representatives.
Here’s me and Daniel at DUSA today – see below: