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Interview with William Mohieddeen

William Moheiddeen speaks about his journey into university; his reasons for standing for Student Association President; the successful campaigns against the proposed merger of the higher educational institutions in Dundee; the benefits of university education to him in that campaign and his future career. His opinion on the benefits of university education and the need for widening access.

0.00 Interview starts
0.13 At first wanted to be a civil engineer (family expectations) but he enjoyed doing PE and ended up studying coaching and development
2.16 Getting experience at his old school, making students enjoy PE; got the opportunity to enrol at Abertay and started University in 2006
2.48 Why he became the president of the students association, to make the University better, to have an impact, provide better student experience; the story about the union building and the nice football atmosphere and how to improve it
4.51 Set up the society, joined the union and found out what the SA did
6.28 Possibility of providing more services for what students wanted, after getting a degree giving something back to the University and the students
6.40 Nice experiences of meeting people from all around the world and wanted to do something for them
7.07 Why he protested the merger, it was a collective reaction of executives and others to the idea of a forceful merger
8.58 Why Abertay was so important, distinct university with certain resources (its size, the community, the relationships between staff etc.)
10.37 Abertay as great at accommodating students from working class backgrounds and the need to celebrate and defend the university’s qualities
11.40 Keeping in touch with people he meet through Abertay (friends, work colleagues), social media very helpful as he moved all over Scotland
13.29 He was the captain of the Gaelic football club, very important experience
13.42 Lecturers who stood out for him, especially his dissertation supervisor (Andrea Cameron), emphatic, supportive and understanding
15.29 Skills developed in university not just as part of the degree, lecturers played an important role in his development as a person
16.13 How being the president of the SA helped him after university, still working with SAs, supporting others to change the society and the environment (students have a voice, make degree and the experience as a student better, get the needed support)
18.23 Why he began his speech in Gaelic, emphasize Abertay as a place for Gaelic speakers (not “othered” by other Scottish people) and for internationals to show the role of Gaelic (not just one way of being Scottish)
20.41 Abertay as helping him decide what he wants to do in life, story about his job as a butcher, wanting to be a bricklayer
22.58 Lecture about British political system in his first year, learning about politics as their future jobs will be funded by the government
24.58 Efforts put into defending the Abertay from merging (posters, good relationship with journalists, petitions); their petition getting international signatures (Australia, Indonesia) + story about the prime minister saying there won’t be a forced merger for Abertay, then moving towards building support for the university (new campaign)
29.40 March and rally with banner through Dundee, invited students and politicians

William Moheiddeen

Interview with Rebecca Wade

Rebecca Wade, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science at Abertay, speaks about her career and achievements at Abertay University in Environmental Science. She also talks about her work as a STEM Ambassador, and her experiences so far on the Homeward Bound leadership initiative.

Rebecca Wade

"You Can Do It At DIT" Radio Show Reel 12

“Grand final of the quiz between economics and law students; interviews with student president Rachel Thomas and manager of DIT’s football team, Jim Closs”

Highlight on DIT’s relationship with local colleges of further education in Tayside and Fife. Grand Final of the student quiz. Interviews with Students Association President Rachel Thomas, and the new manager of the DIT Football Team Jim Closs, giving their reflections on their first terms in post.

0.00 Start
0.40 Jeff Ferguson interviews Professor Rae Harris about the relationships between DIT and Colleges of Further Education in the Tayside and Fife area, how students can access Higher Education through them, but also how DIT learns about and supports the development of Further Education in the colleges (Perth, Fife, Angus, Glenrothes, and Dundee colleges).
5.05 Quiz Grand Final – Mechanical Engineering: Reg, Philip, Sue and Mike vs Economics and Law: Ewan, Ian, Steve, and Gareth. General Knowledge plus Specialist Subjects (swapped e.g. Mechanics being asked Economics and Law questions). Economics and Law won 28 points to 24 for Mechanical Engineering. Grahame Wright, Assistant Principal of DIT, presents prizes to the winning team.
19.20 Brian Lindsay interviews Rachel Thomas, Students Association President, and Jim Closs, Manager of the DIT Football Team about their first term in their new respective posts.
19.30 Rachel Thomas about her concerns regarding the proposed cuts to the student grant, 10% every year for the next three years; compounded this will leave the grant 27% less than what it was in 1993. She notes the student loan scheme has already increased student dropout rates by 188%. The student dropout rates will increase further as a result of students being unable to support themselves whilst in higher education. Students Association decided to attend an NUS demonstration in Glasgow (one of the largest in the last 10-20 years) against the proposed student grant cuts. She reflects on how much she has experienced in her first term, and how she didn’t expect to have to deal with such serious national issues as President. She wished she had more time to spend on providing a greater diversity of service to DIT students.
22.00 Jim Closs speaks about the improvements in the DIT football team – how they have got to know each other as a team, and the challenge they face in trying to get promoted due to having dropped points early in the season.
23.38 End

Dundee Institute of Technology

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