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.
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.