Students at the University of Sydney

Student clubs and organisations

The Students' Representative Council (SRC)

The SRC is the representative council for undergraduate students at Sydney University. The SRC also provides a number of advocacy and advice services to assist students. This includes legal representation, advice on housing and welfare, harassment and discrimination, academic appeals, assistance with AusStudy and Centrelink and consultation for financial assistance. The SRC also publishes the weekly student paper 'Honi Soit' ... visit the SRC website.


Sydney University Association 1887

Sydney University Association was founded in 1887 by a group of men undergraduates.

The Undergraduates' Association 1889

In 1889 it was renamed the Undergraduates' Association to more aptly describe its membership and it existed until 1929.

Captain Allen, President of the Undergraduates Association, reading an address to the Prince

Captain Allen, President of the Undergraduates Association, reads an address to the Prince of Wales during his visit to the University on 23 June 1920, photo, University of Sydney Archives ... more.

Formation of the SRC 1928

The proposed constitution of the SRC made membership compulsory and it was approved by a meeting of undergraduates on 8 November 1929. The constitution and the proposal for compulsory membership were both approved by the Senate on 9 December 1929, and the Students' Representative Council came into being, with 'Honi Soit' as its official newspaper and James Murray Gosper, Civil Engineering III, elected as its first President in 1930.

The first woman President was Moya McDade, BA Sydney, in 1943-44; she was a student in social studies and had been secretary of the council the previous year.

The SRC was prominent in student campaigns against the war in Vietnam and numerous other political issues. It was also deeply involved in the campaign to create the separate Political Economy department within the School of Economics in the late 1970s.

The first SRC President, James Murray Gosper in 1930

The first SRC President, James Murray Gosper in 1930, photo G3_224_0159, University of Sydney Archives.

The first SRC in 1930

A group photo of the first SRC in 1930: A G Smith, F W Baylon, Evanne Wood, A D Edwards, Agnes Dunlop, F S Flynn, James Murray Gosper (President), R G Conley, A F Osborne, Barbara Peden, Ainslie Lennard and J V Connolly, photo G3_224_0160, University of Sydney Archives.

HRH the Duke of Gloucester  members of the Students

His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester and members of the Students' Representative Council on 23 November 1934, photo, Hood collection, State Library of New South Wales, HA 3544 ... more.

The SRC in 1944

The SRC in 1944, photo G3_224_0001_1, University of Sydney Archives.

The editorial staff of Honi Soit in 1949

The editorial staff of Honi Soit in 1949, photo G3_224_0024, University of Sydney Archives.

Meeting student representatives in 1954

Prince Phillip is presented to the President of the SRC during his visit to the University on 4 February 1954, photo, University of Sydney Archives ... more.

Official opening the SRC

Bill Elwood, an aboriginal member of the SRC, planted the aboriginal flag on the front lawn, officially opening the SRC's Aboriginal week in 1990, photo G77_1_0445, University of Sydney Archives.

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