You will discover during your time at University, student unions play a crucial role in defending student rights, disseminating information, and organising resistance. In essence, the SRC is run by students, for students; and it both wants to help students at an individual level (in its casework and legal services) and at a collective level (through defending public education and resourcing student activism).
There is no doubt that historically student unions have been critical to mobilising student struggles and will continue to be so into the future. Last year student protests, including the SRC Wom*n’s Collective’s anti-sexual assault protests, have been important in cohering opposition to University management’s disregard for student safety and welfare. The possibilities for significant student protest to impact the political climate are far from dead. Now more than ever we need to draw on the radical history of student organisations, which can only be strengthened by the participation of students who recognise their radical potential and fight to revive it.
My challenge for you is to become a University student in the widest possible sense. University provides an almost unparalleled opportunity to become politicised and contribute to a better society through your education. Join the SRC’s collectives and embrace student activism. I wish you the best of luck for the year ahead and look forward to seeing you on the streets! – Imogen Grant, President of the 90th Student’s Representative Council