DITSU on Hand to Help

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The DITSU 2013 team – L:R –Will Meara, Glenn Fitzpatrick, Fiachrá Duffy and Rebecca Dempsey

03 September 2013: DITSU’s team is on hand to help incoming students and is now staffed by four sabbatical officers instead of three.

The split of the Education and Welfare role into two separate roles came about after students voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new Constitution for the Student Union in 2012.

This will allow for far greater attention to detail in policy development and in the running of campaigns.

By virtue of being a DIT student, you automatically become a member of DIT Students’ Union. DITSU is recognised by DIT’s Governing Body as the sole, independent representative of the students of the Institute. DITSU wants students and families to know that it is on hand to help with issues that arise, whether it’s a lousy landlord or your social life that needs sorting out.

Elected by the student body, DITSU’s political leadership consists of the Union President, three Vice Presidents in the areas of Education, Welfare and Events, six part-time officers spread geographically across the Capital and a Postgraduate Officer.

The Union represents the student perspective at every level in a democratic fashion, with policies and positions decided by the Union’s Student Council. DITSU also facilitates the election of c.600 Class Reps on an annual basis.

The President of DITSU for 2013/14 is Glenn Fitzpatrick (president@ditsu.ie), Rebecca Dempsey is Education Officer (education@ditsu.ie), William Meara is Events Officer (events@ditsu.ie) and Fiachrá Duffy is Welfare Officer (welfare@ditsu.ie).

Glenn Fitzpatrick, DITSU President, says, “We need to be there every step of the way in college life, both inside and outside the classroom. We’re here because students need to be engaged, informed and represented. We also cherish the student experience and believe in doing all we can to enhance it and make it as rewarding and enjoyable as possible.

“There’s not a whole lot that we can’t get sorted out if we are made aware at an early stage. The key is for students to remember that we are their Union, there for them and no one else.

“We offer advice and assistance on everything to do with student life through our highly trained officers and professional frontline staff and I would strongly encourage all students to familiarise themselves with their local SU office.”

DITSU also seeks to provide students with real opportunities to gain real life experience in hand-on roles. The Union’s ‘Ents’ Crew operates the Union’s social occasions, ranging from onsite entertainment at lunchtime to the pillar events of the year such as the Freshers’ Ball and RAG (Raising & Giving) Week.

The Welfare Crew run campaigns geared towards positive mental, dietary, physical and sexual health.

DITSU members are also automatically members of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), which spearheads national campaigns on everything from higher education funding to marriage equality.

DITSU says that the next few years are going to be monumental for DIT but students should rest assured that there is a Union representing their interests and pushing their opinions and concerns to the fore.

For more info on the DITSU, visit http://www.ditsu.ie/.

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