University of York Students' Union (YUSU)

James Durcan



As YUSU President, I see going out and listening to students as a big part of my role. I act as a key representative for you when meeting with Executive University Management and other stakeholders, so it’s important you know what I’m up to and how you can shape your Union. I also play a major part in YUSU campaigns, work closely with colleges and their student committees, as well as being responsible for coordinating and supporting the other elected Sabbatical Officers.

James Durcan

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Whilst I really enjoyed my history degree, my uni experience was defined by the other opportunities available. Sport has always been a huge part of my life, so at York I’ve been involved with University Volleyball and a wide range of college sports. I also really enjoyed my time as James College JCRC Chair, from planning Freshers Week to our Varsity against YSJ, it was a great experience!


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As a student you face increasing costs, so a big aim of mine is to address as many of these as possible. I’ll spend a lot of my year demanding that the University provide a better range of affordable rooms, whilst also asking them to address rising rents. I’m also keen to stop hidden course costs, so that you’re more aware of any extra costs associated with your degree, as well as pushing for better rates and a better service from First Bus.



I will push for better facilities for both on-campus and off-campus students. This includes providing second and third years with access to on-campus facilities where they socialise, study and/or cook food; demanding that the Uni provides greater storage space and improves access across campus; as well as pushing for a central hub, which puts your activities at the heart of our Uni.



I want you to have a greater say on how your Union is run and also want you to be involved with the planning and delivering of YUSU events, especially the huge cross-campus ones. I will work closely with the Sabbatical Officers to provide clear guidance for you to access support, as well as pushing for better mental health training for all University staff. 



  • I want to increase YUSU’s presence on Campus East by making myself available there once a week, whilst also pushing for more events, food-giveaways and whatever you ask for!
  • A key priority for the whole Sabb Team is to increase and diversify the candidate pool for college and YUSU Elections, so we’ll be working hard to encourage you to run for roles and get involved!
  • My top priority for the year is to engage with, and support you better, so I’ll make every effort to give you the opportunity to have your say on all aspects of our Union.