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The Student Representative Council (SRC) consists of USC students who are chosen to represent their fellow students and act as a key source of communication between the student body and the University. The SRC reports to the Vice-Chancellor and President. Its members consult with fellow students to discuss emerging views, suggestions and issues about learning, teaching and student services, and present their ideas to USC senior staff.

The role of the Student Representative Council is to:

  • represent the student community and act as a communication channel between the University and the student community
  • actively contribute to University decision making in promoting a positive student experience
  • inform the Vice-Chancellor and President about emerging issues for students (within its terms of reference)
  • provide input into the development of policies and services that support students and advance the quality of learning and research activities
  • encourage student feedback and share University initiatives resulting from student feedback

Have a question or topic for the SRC?

Student members of the Student Representative Council can be contacted by emailing studentrep@usc.edu.au with the appropriate representative's name in the subject title.

If you would like to request a topic to be discussed by the Student Representative Council at their next meeting, complete the form below:

How to connect with your SRC

The Student Representative Council meets at least four times per year and its members are available to help, inform and advise the student community all year round.

Student Forums – Have your say!

The Vice-Chancellor and President (VCP) holds two all-student forums each year to share information about University strategy and operations with the student community. Each forum is also an opportunity for students to share and discuss matters that are important to them with the University Executive.

The SRC encourages all students to participate and engage with the Student Forums.

Check the Campus life events page for dates of Student Forums in 2017.

SRC meetings – Suggest a topic for discussion

Student members of the Student Representative Council can be contacted by emailing studentrep@usc.edu.au with the appropriate representative's name in the subject title.

If you would like to request a topic to be discussed by the Student Representative Council at their next meeting, you can complete the SRC Suggestions and Comments Form.

SRC Response Squad – Come and say Hi!

The SRC regularly organises pop-up stalls at Sippy Downs campus to provide students with an opportunity to discuss topics of interest, seek feedback, ask questions and meet the Student Representatives in person.

Check the Campus life events page for future dates of the SRC Response Squad pop-up stalls.

Meet your SRC

Michael Jefferies - Co-Chairperson

David Knobel - Co-Chairperson

Faculty of Arts, Business and Law

Jason Valusaga - School of Business

Bonnie Lowes - School of Business

Sara De Haan - School of Communication and Creative Industries

Annie Sterling - School of Communication and Creative Industries

Jack Baker - School of Social Sciences

Julie Emery - School of Social Sciences

Krishna Alister - USC Law School

Jessica Popple - USC Law School

Alexander de St Amatus - Postgraduate coursework student

Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering

Darren Nelson - School of Education

Deborah Kelsey - School of Education

Belinda Conway - School of Health and Sports Science

Leah Clyne - School of Health and Sports Science

Elsie Ley - School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Suzanne Volejnikova-Wenger - School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Sophie Tran - School of Science and Engineering

Raymart Walker - School of Science and Engineering

Lauren Kaloczy - Postgraduate coursework student

Elvis Musandu - International student

Peter Schwammberger - Higher degree by research student

Ex-officio members

Myles Kreis - USC Fraser Coast

Anita Dakin - USC Gympie

Kaitlin Greenough - USC SouthBank

Matthew McClelland - Student Guild

What are the SRC currently working on?

The Student Representative Council is continuously working on a number of items relating to learning and teaching, student services, campus facilities, as well as providing feedback to University staff on a number of relevant policies and initiatives.

Student governance

The Student Representative Council is actively involved in student governance at USC, and engages with the University’s senior leaders on a regular basis:

  • The Co-Chairpersons regularly meet with the University’s senior leaders throughout the year to discuss matters raised by the student community.
  • Members of the Student Representative Council are formally represented on a number of University committees and working groups, including the Student Engagement Leadership Team, First Year Experience Reference Group, and the Equity and Diversity Committee.
  • In June 2016, SRC members represented USC students in the national project Student engagement in university decision-making and governance - towards a more systemically inclusive student.
  • In October 2016, representatives from the SRC will attend the 2016 National Students as Partners Roundtable to take part in discussions on developments in student-staff partnership in Australia, what it looks like in practice, challenges to the concept, and stories from those involved.
Learning and teaching
  • Work integrated learning placements – The Student Representative Council coordinated a discussion regarding the demand for work integrated learning placements, particularly in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. As a result, the University proposed to look at enrolment numbers and work with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine to prepare feedback for students, use promotional avenues and seek industry views on employing graduates from USC.

In 2016, the Student Representative Council will continue discussions on a range of topics relating to learning and teaching at USC, including the availability of:

  • course materials on Blackboard
  • courses offered over summer
Student services
  • Food subsidies at the Brasserie, Sippy Downs – The SRC sought feedback from the student community early in 2016 and subsequently made a recommendation to University Executive to consider the subsidy of healthy and portable food options for more affordable choices at the Brasserie, in particular sandwiches, salads and rolls.
Feedback on University policies and initiatives

SRC members are regularly consulted by University staff for feedback on a number of policies and procedures, including:

SRC members participate in student focus groups to assist the University with developing and improving services, and increasing student engagement for surveys and campus events.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) funding – The Student Representative Council will provide valuable feedback to the University during Semester 2, 2016 regarding the uses of proceeds from the student services and amenities fees in 2017.
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Performance Focus Group – Members of the SRC have participated in USC’s project “A Vision for a digitally-enabled and student-centred University”. SRC members have an opportunity to bounce IT-related ideas directly with Information Technology and Services, and discuss improvements to the digital experience for students at USC.
  • Student Experience Survey (SES) – The SRC will continue to be actively involved in the promotion of important student surveys at USC. As a result of its proactive approach to encouraging student participation in the 2016 Student Experience Survey, USC’s response rate exceeded 50% (which is higher than the national response rate) and a USC student was a winner in the $500 prize draw.
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