Swapnik Sanagavarapu

Swapnik Sanagavarapu

President

Hello, and welcome (or welcome back to) to the University of Sydney. I’m Swapnik, and I’m the 2021 President of the SRC. I’m a 4th year student studying Arts/Law, and the SRC has been a pivotal part of my time at University. For many of you, University will be a magnificent experience, full of new people, new ideas and new insights about yourself. But for many others, University can be difficult. University fees are rising, staff are underpaid and overworked and COVID19 has cast a long shadow over student life on campus.

This is where the SRC steps in. The SRC is the undergraduate student union at USyd and we exist to best represent your interests within the University, but also within wider civil society. Our office-bearers and collectives run campaigns on a wide variety of issues that affect students, from increasing fees, to sexual assault on campus, to forcing the University to divest from fossil fuels. I also sit on a number of University governance committees, where I bring your concerns to the University’s senior management. Alongside our representative work, we also provide a range of free services to students including a free casework service, free legal service and a FoodHub.

I’m motivated by a belief that every student shares a common interest in seeing their education fully funded, accessible and of a high quality. I’m going to work tirelessly towards realising this goal, and I hope anyone reading this finds this to also be a noble vision of what University should look like.

I look forward to seeing many of you around the campus this year.

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