SRC General Secretary’s Report – Week 5, Sem 1, 2019

</strong><em>Yuxuan Yang and Niamh Callinan</em>

The General secretaries are focus on both SRC operations and off-line event in the March.

Firstly, the acquittal for last years expenditure of the SRC’s SAFF allocation was submitted on the 18th of March.This was highly insightful as it was an opportunity to understand the progression of the SRC last year both in terms of projects and expenditure, and we can expand more initiatives and projects from this to blend into students, realize the condition and problem and then represent the student.

Secondly, President,vice president and general secretary did a Audit meeting with Auditors we through the accounts of last financial year and 90th SRC period. After understanding the SRC financial system, we can use more efficient founding to support our project.

Thirdly, we are going to plan our budget in this year. Although we don’t know the accurately amount of SSAF founding, we begin to study previous year founding and allocation. We will meet All the OBs and the collectives to know what is their annual plan and how could we help them.

We also plan lots of offline event to attract student or service students directly. There will be a Pizza and bear party in Courtyard on 28th Marth,and we will commence for about one hundred students every two week,eating breakfast on time is good for students’ body and let them energetic during all day. It is more important that we can touch student during the event, and we get the valuable opportunity to increase the connect between students group and The SRC. We can also promote SRC free service and SRC event in this kind of project.

SRC General Secretary Report – Week 1, Sem 2, 2019

General Secretaries
Yuxuan Yang and Niamh Callinan

SSAF Application
On the 31st of January, the SRC’s SSAF Application was successfully sent off. This was within the deadline given and included both the base funding and contestable funding aspects of the application. We would like to give a massive thank you to Dane who as Acting President signed and officially sent the application. We would also like to say a massive thank you to Chitra (Administration), James and Mel (Casework and Policy), Amanda and Mickie (Communications and Publications), Thomas (SRC Legal Service), Karen (Elections) for the work they put into the application, and also their ideas and suggestions for improving each department’s capacity over the coming year.

In regards to the final numbers of the application, this will not be confirmed until around April, so whilst the application has been received and acknowledged, we are still awaiting further communication as to the progress of the application and the final amounts the SRC will receive from the SSAF resource pool this year.

Council’s First Meeting/ Reps Elect
We are very excited to finally have all the OB positions elected and we have started to communicate with all the officers in regards to what they are hoping to achieve this year. We both look forward to continuing to discuss and assist all OBs and Collectives in their plans for the coming year.

Welcome Week
Welcome Week is finally upon us; we have spent that last few weeks finalising the merchandise, the allocation of stalls, volunteers and packing all the material into the SRC tote bags.
We run out of 2000 SRC bag, including orientation-countercourse handbook, logo pen, SRC help flyer, SRC sticker and so on, and more than 2500 wall planer. We would like to thank the Welcome Week Committee for their assistance in organising Welcome Week, and also all the OBs and Collectives for their enthusiasm, time and energy they have placed into meeting the deadlines for printing and materials for this week. .We are very touched and we would like to great thank to the volunteers, you help us to let more students understand src, let us truly integrate students, understand students, represent students. We look forward to more volunteers joining us.

General Secretary’s Report – Week 8, Sem 2, 2018

Nina Dillon Britton and Yuxuan Yang

Last week I was incredibly proud to organise, along with our President, Radical Education Week: a week of free workshops accessible to all that covered everything from drug law reform in Australia to the history of political economy movement to legal skills for activists.
Community leaders, academics, politicians and students themselves led these workshops, breaking down the usual constraints around education and its accessible and providing a vision for education free, accessible and liberating. It is only through these peoples’ generosity in their time, resources and knowledge that we were able to organise this at all, and we saw more than 250 students attend workshops that ranged from intimate chats to packed panel discussions throughout the week. If you’re interested in being involved with organising Radical Education Week next year, please either shoot me a message at general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au or message the Radical Education Week 2018 Facebook page.

Last weekend we also organised the SRC’s presence at Open Day, letting incoming students know about the SRC’s services, opportunities to become involved in collectives and the Council’s work and some of the campaigns we are working on at the moment. We also were able to distribute several hundred copies of the Counter-Course I edited at the beginning of the year. Hopefully this will be able to provide a useful insight to people considering attending Sydney University from students attending University themselves, counter-balancing the University’s slick advertising.

Good luck to everyone going with their upcoming assignments, and please feel free to shoot me an email with any questions about the SRC or this report at general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au.

SRC General Secretary – Week 5, Sem 2, 2018

Last week I was incredibly proud to organise, along with our President, Radical Education Week: a week of free workshops accessible to all that covered everything from drug law reform in Australia to the history of political economy movement to legal skills for activists.
Community leaders, academics, politicians and students themselves led these workshops, breaking down the usual constraints around education and its accessible and providing a vision for education free, accessible and liberating. It is only through these peoples’ generosity in their time, resources and knowledge that we were able to organise this at all, and we saw more than 250 students attend workshops that ranged from intimate chats to packed panel discussions throughout the week. If you’re interested in being involved with organising Radical Education Week next year, please either shoot me a message at general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au or message the Radical Education Week 2018 Facebook page.

Last weekend we also organised the SRC’s presence at Open Day, letting incoming students know about the SRC’s services, opportunities to become involved in collectives and the Council’s work and some of the campaigns we are working on at the moment. We also were able to distribute several hundred copies of the Counter-Course I edited at the beginning of the year. Hopefully this will be able to provide a useful insight to people considering attending Sydney University from students attending University themselves, counter-balancing the University’s slick advertising.

Good luck to everyone going with their upcoming assignments, and please feel free to shoot me an email with any questions about the SRC or this report at general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au.

SRC General Secretary – Week 3, Sem 2, 2018

In Week 1, the SRC passed its yearly budget—prepared by yours truly.

This is the year operating budget for the SRC and funds all our administration, publications (like this paper!), caseworkers, legal service and the important activism and campaigns of our elected student office bearers. Since Voluntary Student Unionism was implemented, the SRC and student unions across Australia have had to downsize heavily. Only now have we begun to grow through painfully slow increases in our funding from the University.

That said, we’ve been able to do some great new things with our budget. Here are the highlights:
The budget has a small surplus, we’re very proud of this. We’ve also increased our affiliation contribution to the National Union of Students by $1000 to $64 300. This is the SRC has increased its affiliation fee since before VSU.

We will be hiring of a new research officer for the Casework Department. This new officer will help student representatives to better represent students’ interests to the ever more complex behemoth of the University’s management; be able to help office bearers with research for key campaigns; and pursue research projects concerning students’ interests such as affordable housing, welfare benefits and student services. This will also take some of the load for this research from our overworked Casework team, allowing them to better serve students.

We have included substantial training budgets for both the Legal Service and Casework Department. This will allow the Casework team to send at least two caseworkers to a international student focused conference at the end of this to better equip themselves with skills to support international students and face the unique challenges that arise for these students. In addition this will also allow the Legal Service to be able to enrol themselves in a number of online courses that will equip them with the skills necessary to better support our students.
Finally, we were able to commit an additional $650 to the Office Bearers this year. This helps support the work of elected student representatives in fighting bodies like the government and the University to better represent student interests.

There’s a lot more in there! If you’re interested in seeing the full budget (also available at our website) or have any questions, please shoot through and email to general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au.

SRC General Secretary – Week 1, Sem 2, 2018

Nina Dillon Britton and Yuxuan Yang

Welcome to Semester 2!
For some of you this may be a welcome to uni for the first time, for others it’s the time of year you realise that you cooked it in Semester 1 and it’s time to buckle down. For others, like us at the SRC, it’s the time of year that the University hands out its funding for student organisations (that’s us, SUPRA—the post grad version of us, the USU—who runs clubs and societies, SSS—not really a student organisation…at all, and SUSF—which builds the beautiful stadiums that a fraction of the student population actually gets to use. You might realise, we’re a little bit biased). Funny enough its unprecedented for the Uni to leave it this far in the year to sort it out. Almost as if the University doesn’t really care about student unionism…almost…

For a little update of things coming up this semester! Week 2 will see Welfare Week, a week that will try and show you the different services available for students. Week 3 will see the USU’s Radical Sex and Consent Week, which will host a number of workshops exploring and celebrating consensual sexual relationships. Week 4 (and I’m not biased even though I’m organising it) is the highlight of our semester. Student led workshops on everything from how to master InDesign to a beginner’s guide to Marxism to a radical walking tour of campus will be taking over Eastern Avenue in week 4. So stay tuned!

If you think you have something you need to teach the youths of today, we might still have a few workshop slots open. If you’re keen shoot me an email at general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au.

Finally, to the 3 people who have read this part of Honi, good luck and have a great semester.

SRC General Secretary’s Report – Week 12, Sem 1, 2018

Nina Dillon Britton and Yuxuan Yang

Hello again dear readers! If you’re like me and cramming for exams you probably have other things you need/prefer to be doing. So I’ll keep this short.

At the moment, I’m putting together a video to help promote the SRC to the vast majority of students who don’t bother to read Office Bearer reports (sad!) that we’ll be using over the rest of the year. I’m also working on revamping our website along with the Publications Managers, to bring it into this decade.

Other than that, budget preparations are underway, and we’re hoping to find out what the University has decided we’ll get in our cut of SSAF soon. Though who knows when we’ll know, these things just seem to go into the Uni admin abyss.
This is obviously the pointy end of the semester and it’s important to take care of yourself. By that I don’t mean use the colouring-in corner that will probably soon be set up in Fisher Library, but actually using the resources that can meaningfully improve your time at uni. It’s not too late to have special accommodations made for your assignments and exams through Disability Services. If you need help navigating that, book an appointment with an SRC caseworker so they can walk you through it by calling:

Good luck with your assignments and exams! And as always, feel free to drop me a line at general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au

General Secretaries Report – Week 8, Sem 1, 2018

Nina Dillon-Britton and Yuxuan Yang

Last week, the SRC submitted its final submission for SSAF funding. If that sentence doesn’t mean anything to you, let me explain. The SRC as well as other student organisations on campus like the USU (which runs clubs and societies), SUPRA (which is the postgraduate student representative organisation) and SUSF (which does sport and fitness?? I guess) is funded by the University. Students pay for that indirectly through your Student Services and Amenities Fee, which is about $150 each semester.
That money is crucial for everything the SRC does: like printing this paper, providing the largest legal and casework service at Sydney University (for free!!) and launching campaigns that fight for student interests.
Amongst other things we’ve asked the uni for funding for this year is an additional research officer to help us understand student problems and create solutions for them; more outreach events so students know about services available to them and an increase the amount student office bearers (including the editors of this rag) are paid so they are more in line with how much the office bearers of other organisations are paid and they can do their jobs without as much financial strain.
The SRC’s services are vital to creating a vibrant student life, by providing a safety to students in trouble, letting students be informed about what is happening at uni (again, here in Honi) and by fighting back when the government or the uni tries to fuck you over.

It’s very easy to be cynical about student-led organisations. But they’re student-led for a reason: no one represents student interests like students. The government and the university pump money out of students in every way they can by making it harder for you to graduate, charge exorbitant fees to international students and cutting funding to your degree.

Moves by other student organisations to let the university run them need to be opposed because it’s just another way for the university to silence opposition when they make decisions that fuck over students. Student unions need to stay in student hands.
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General Secretaries – Week 4, Sem 1, 2018

Nina Dillon Britton and Yuxuan Yang

It’s been one month since university started . Do you think you are still on holiday?But we don’t think so, because we did a lot in the past 4 weeks. We achieved amazing goals during O-week!

  • Got 1500 SRC bags into the hands of students which is the largest ever amount the SRC has done. This will hopefully get more students than ever before
  • Counter-Course was into Chinese for the first time in the SRC’s history thanks to all translator ,thanks to Imogen and publication managers’ support, thanks to Nina and Yuxuan ,which will help us reach out to more international students than ever before. We also contacted lots of society and other organization publication and asked them to forward, let more student know us and help them.
  • We signed up more than 400 students to our new newsletter in order to get a back which will help us reach out more consistently to students than we have in the past.
  • We’ve put up a prize to follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop with the SRC’s activities. We advertised this through O-Week and will also do again so with our newsletter.
  • The SRC Caseworkers had their own stall at O-Week which allowed them to reach out to more students and make them aware of our services.
  • We have held and will hold more off-line event
  • Set stall on Eastern avenue on 3.13, to come deep into the student community , took the initiative to let student know SRC and what SRC relative to them(personally and collectively).
  • In addition, we listened their ideas to uni and some specific motions and collected it(do some investigate to truly represent student) .We plan to do it regularly ,twice a month ,and you will discover us outside ABS and eastern avenue, you are welcome to come and say “hi” to us.
  • We also co-held a lecture talking about finding caseworker and legal solicitor for help with some society on 3.8, to let more student know SRC help and help student personally.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped out at the stall /event and/or handed out our bags and other materials as well as everyone who helped pack the bags .We also held a meeting with USU and SUPRA ,with student representatives from UNSW and western Sydney university to talk about student issue ,like campus safety ,education issue,international stude

nt opal concession card and so on. Once again ,we have united all the forces to protect students’ own right ,and you could see specific implementation scheme soon in their report.

General Secretary’s Report – Week 2, Sem 1, 2018

Nina Dillon-Britton and Yuxuan Yang

1. Your safety net: SRC Casework and Legal Service
If you get in trouble with the law, or with the University, our dedicated professional lawyers and caseworkers are here to help. To set up an appointment call 9660 5222 or email help@src.usyd.edu.au to see a caseworker or solicitor@src.usyd.edu.au to see a lawyer. If you’re having trouble finding our offices visit: srcusyd.net.au,

2. Your guide to uni life: Counter-Course
For students, by students, Counter-Course is your insider’s guide to University. It has everything from the best place to take a shit on campus, to how to access free health services, save money and navigate your faculty and the University administration more generally.
If you Google “Counter-Course Usyd 2018 ” you’ll find both our English and Chinese versions.

3. Staying in touch: Our Facebook Page
Our Facebook page is a great way to get involved with the SRC and keep in the loop with what we’re working on. If you like it before the end of Week 2 you’ll go into the running to win a prize of movie tickets, theatre tickets, dinner vouchers and more!

4.Keep in the loop: Check out our reports in Honi Soit and subscribe to our monthly newsletter
Our reports in Honi Soit are one of the most important ways of staying in the loop with the important work the SRC has been doing. They’ll let you know things like we gave 1500 bags full of SRC information and other goodies away, and that we had Counter-Course has been translated into Chinese for the first time.

Another great way of keeping in the loop is to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, which will let you know the specific upcoming events and the thigns we’ve been working on. You can do that here: https://ninadillonbritton.typeform.com/to/eDJibx.