New postgraduate representative elected

Katie Lowry

Master student, Amy Donohoe was elected DCU Post Graduate Officer with nearly 73 per cent of votes in her favour, on December 5th.

With 48 out of 66 votes Amy Donohoe became DCU Post Graduate Officer last Thursday, taking on the part-time voluntary position on the Students’ Unions executive.

Donohoe said she is delighted with the win and added, “I’ve always been involved with the SU as an undergrad and it’s great that I have a voice and represent such a large population of DCU who I reckon need a representative.”

She is currently studying Climate Change: Policy, Society and the Media and previously studied Journalism in DCU for her undergraduate. She has been a class representative for three years as well as attending two USI Congress meetings where she represented DCU students. 

She described the link between students and the SU as vital and “ wants to make the resources on campus specifically for postgrads known to them.” Amy’s manifesto put emphasis on social events for postgraduates as “DCU shouldn’t be a place for just lectures and study. I would like to hold coffee mornings, Friday evening meetups and an end of year postgraduate ball.”

As a student studying Climate Change, she aims to promote sustainability as key importance across the three campuses and mentioned, “cutting down food waste and introducing more sustainable products such as brown toilet roll and paper towels on campus.” Amy also touched on the fact this is not a one-person role and would like to work towards building a team to represent postgraduates and get their voices heard. 

However, following the elections she said she was disappointed in the low voting count. “I hope to encourage postgrads to get more involved next semester and hopefully there’ll be a larger turnout for votes for the following election next spring”

The other candidate, John Sushil Arulraj Prasad received 15 votes. He is completing a master’s in computing, major software engineering. John studied computer science in Chennai, India as his undergrad before coming to DCU.

Podge Sheehan, Returning Officer in DCU is head of elections and said: “given that the Postgraduate population in DCU is just under 4,000 students, it is important that their voice is accurately represented in the University, something which the entire SU Executive and Postgraduate Class Reps ensure and the addition of an elected Postgraduate Officer will ensure that this representation continues and increases.”

Katie Lowry and Sonja Tutty

Image Credit: Amy Donohoe