Please note: the role definitions have changed slightly for 2017/2018, and as such, the description of the roles might be slightly incorrect. This will be updated soon, but for more information get in contact with the DSU President directly, or the Union Rep for Aidan's.
The Durham Students' Union is the representative body for all Durham students. As the primary student body independent from the University, the Union's main role is to voice student concerns to the University. It also provides a student bar and café in Dunelm House, vital welfare support, over 150 societies to get involved in and several other student support services (e.g. the 'Housing Service' who will check though your contract before you sign it).
In a similar manner to the JCR, the Durham SU is a democratic organisation run by students for students. It’s managed by its Student Representative Council, which meets every 2 or 3 weeks. Anyone is welcome to attend and voice their opinion there. When it comes to a poll, Aidan’s is allowed an amount of voting cards that is proportional to its students. The Union has a team of Sabbatical Officers elected at the end of February whose job is to make sure the Union is carrying out what the student body at Durham needs.
Contact the Aidan's Union Rep for more information about the Durham Students' Union. The current team of SU Sabbatical Officers consist of:
The President is responsible for getting more students involved with, and participating in, the Union. They are the lead student representative; chief spokesperson and figurehead of the Union. They are the primary liaison with the University, Common Rooms, and the National Union of Students.Email: email@example.com
The Undergraduate Academic Officer represents undergraduate student’s academic interests, support for student representatives and encourages undergraduate students to participate in academic evaluation. At the times of the election candidates for this role must be studying as undergraduate students, or if in a sabbatical role, have been undergraduate student's when elected to that role.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Postgraduate Academic Affairs Officer represents undergraduate students on education-related matters to ensure that their education is meeting their expectations. This can range from the quality of the teaching or research itself to learning support services such as the library. They also support the Academic Reps, making sure that the course and faculty representative system is running successfully. Finally, the Academic Affairs Officer oversees academic evaluation projects including the National Student Survey and Quality Assurance Agency audits.Email: email@example.com
The Opportunities Officer makes sure that student groups (societies, fundraising groups, volunteering groups and student media) run effectively. They support student groups in the organisation of certain events and activities, ensuring that student groups have the resources that they need. They also campaign for more resources where it is necessary and make certain that resources are allocated fairly. Opportunities Officer generally helps student groups measure how effective they are, offering advice and support to help them become more successful.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Welfare & Liberation Officer promotes student health and wellbeing. They work to improve non-academic facilities within the University for students and champion equality and diversity. They also support and coordinate associations, liberation and rights campaigns. The final role of the Welfare & Liberation Officer is to help make student accommodation (college and private) better, and to champion the Union’s work in the community, which includes student charity fundraising.Email: email@example.com