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Alex Coupar

  • MS 258
  • Person
  • 1932-
Alex Coupar was educated at Dens Road and Morgan Academy. He always wanted to be a photographer and joined DC Thomson after leaving school as a press photographer, eventually specialising in theatre work and the Scots Magazine.
In 1953 he served his National Service with the Royal Air Force School of Photography where he was a publicity photographer. In 1955, Coupar returned to Dundee and DC Thomson and where he worked on news stories and with the Dundee Repertory Theatre, producing production and publicity photographs.
Leaving DC Thomson in 1966, Coupar set up his own studio at 19 South Tay Street, working freelance for the press and for companies like Dundee Rep and Bett Brothers builders (his first clients). Coupar's studio, Spanphoto, became known as one of Scotland's premier photographic firms.
Alex Coupar married Margaret with whom he had a son and daughter. He retired and closed Spanphoto in 2000.

Dundee University Students' Association

  • GB 254
  • Corporate body
  • 1969-

DUSA is the legal representative and students' union for matriculated students of the University of Dundee. The Students' Association was founded by the merger in 1969 of the Students' Union and students' representative council (SRC). Both bodies had existed since the University of Dundee's period as a college of the University of St Andrews. The Dundee Students' Union was mainly responsible for meeting the physical needs of students, and ran a bar, shop, and launderette. There were two restaurants: Old Dines, located in the Ellenbank building, and New Dines, built in 1963. The SRC handled other aspects of student welfare, including negotiation with the University authorities (from 1967) and with the college authorities during Dindee's period as a constituent of the University of St Andrews.

The Union gained its first accommodation by the renting of the Ellenbank building in 1905 with £4,000 raised from the University College Bazaar - a fairly regular event of official speakers, entertainments, live music, comedy and stalls - held in October 1903. The building itself had been constructed as a villa in 1813 and had been acquired by the University College in more recent years.

Ellenbank was initially separated by levels, providing separate rooms for the male and female students - with the ladies entering up a flight of stairs to the rear and the gentlemen having sole use of the "handsome" entrance hall. Despite the segregation, this was probably the first Students' Union in the United Kingdom to admit both men and women to the same association and also to allow them use of the same building. Ellenbank later underwent extensive renovation in the 1920s, and was connected to the neighbouring (and similar) Union Mount building, which housed the College library. By 1969, it was decided that new and larger premises were necessary and a new building was completed in 1974. New Dines was demolished in 1986.
DUSA is affiliated to the Coalition of Higher Education Students in Scotland (CHESS) and the National Postgraduate Committee. Unlike most students unions in the United Kingdom, DUSA is not affiliated to the National Union of Students.

DUSA was part of the Scottish Union of Students which became part of the NUS in 1971. But in 1980 DUSA disaffiliated from the NUS, only to re-affiliate again in the mid-1980s until 1994 when it left once more.[5][6] This stance was confirmed in a referendum held on 1 and 2 April 2010 in which 1,795 students voted against and 467 voted for NUS affiliation.[7]

The Union has a collective purchasing and co-ordination agreement with a number of other Scottish students bodies through the Northern Services group.[8]

The Sports Union is affiliated to British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS). Unlike in many universities, the Sports Union is a separate body from the main Students' Union, instead, it is officially part of the University's structure. DUSA and the Sports Union collaborate on many projects, and the Sports Union Executive officers used to be based in the main DUSA building. They are now based in the University's Institute of Sport and Exercise.
Source: accessed 6/5/2022

Bill Brown

  • GB 254
  • Person
  • c1920s -1980
Bill Brown was born in Dundee c1920s. Bill was educated in Dundee before serving in the RAF during WWII. Bill married Sally, a school cook, and they had two children William and Anne. Bill later worked delivering bottles of coca-cola and other drinks around Dundee. After winning the 'pools' (coupon),
Bill and Sally moved to Kendal in the late 1970s. Bill died in 1980.

Unison Trade Union

  • GB 254
  • Corporate body
  • 1993-
UNISON is the UK’s largest union. They represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors.

Louisa Merrylees

  • GB 252
  • Person
  • late 19th-20th century
Louisa Merrylees was born in Canada. She was a widow when she met and married her second husband in 1909. He was Scottish, from Aberdeen/Shetlands and working in Canada. She had a son born in Canada in 1910 and the family came to the UK in 1911. She had a daughter, Lillian , who was born shortly after that. Her son's son was Neil Merrylees who worked as a lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee.

Lillian Flannagan

  • GB 252
  • Person
  • early 20th - ?
Lillian Flannagan, nee Merrylees was born in the UK c 1912. Her mother was Canadian, Louisa Merrylees, who had come to the UK in 1911 after her son was born in 1910. Lillian was a member of the Lancashire Women’s Cricket Team. She was also a member of the Women’s cricket association. She married after the 2nd WW and actually went to live in Canada because her husband got a job there. Her married name was Flannagan – both she and her husband died quite a number of years ago (written in 2019), but the family are still in Canada.

Dr Don Carney

  • Person
  • fl 2003-2006
Carney was the first to receive a PhD by public output. His research specialism is the Doric dialect of NE Scotland. He has contributed to television programmes in the UK and the US. He is currently (2006) a lecturer on Hotel Tourism and Retail Management at Robert Gordon University.

Anya Lawrence

  • Person
  • 1949-
Anya Lawrence is a member of the Broughty Ferry branch of the Scottish National Party and was Chair of the Broughty Ferry Community Council

John Robinson Imrie

  • Person
  • 1914-2000
John Robinson Imrie was born in Wormit on Tay , attending secondary school at Harris Academy. He resided at Hawkhill Place while he studied medicine at University College Dundee, which his brother had also attended and qualified from.
Graduating in 1937, he worked as a Senior House Officer at Harrogate Hospital, moving on to work as a ships surgeon. Returning from this post, he worked at Torbay Hospital before joining the Royal Army Medial Corps. In this post he served in India and the Middle East, reaching the rank of Major.
After the war, Imrie joined with Dr. Venn-Dunn in General Practice in Torquay, now the medical centre at St. Marys. He was also clinical assistant in the Geriatric department at Paignton Hospital, and Newton Abbot Hospital. He was involved in founding Lily Derry Day Hospital at Torbay, and was medical officer to both the Post Office and the Territorial Army.

Peter Spencer

  • Person
  • fl 1963-2009
Peter Spencer joined the University of Dundee in 1963 teaching physics in the Carnegie Laboratory. He took honorary retirement in 2003. During his time at Dundee he was a schools liaison officer and organised many visits for school pupils from Tayside and Fife and visits to schools 'all of which seemed very successful'. He also gave Christmas lectures and later on ran courses for adults on orchestral music and opera. He was elected Opsoc Hon Pres twice and during his time Opsoc performed 'wonderful' productions in the Whitehall theatre with G and S and operettas. In 2009 he was running the campaign to have the Kings Theatre in the Cowgate reopened (see correspondence file).
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