Why is the SRC doing this?
The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) commits itself to playing a large role in improving student life across all University campuses.
Through the SRC’s representation and advocacy functions, we have found that many students have raised issues pertaining to the high and often prohibitive costs of making upfront purchases of textbooks, equipment and materials at the beginning of each semester, generally for four units of study. The SRC is concerned that the absence of cheaper or low-cost textbook shops on campus would render the provision of essential classroom material extremely difficult for some students, particularly students from a low socio-economic background. We are concerned that this could cause some students to ‘skip’ these purchases or purchase materials on informal networks that are fraught with risk, creating a class of disadvantaged students within our University.
What else does the SRC do?
The SRC represents all undergraduate students at the University of Sydney. We have professional staff that can help with a variety of issues including: academic rights and appeals, show cause, special consideration and academic integrity matters, tenancy and accommodation, Centrelink and legal issues (including visa and migration). We also provide loans of $50 (short term emergency loan), calculators, lab coats, and other equipment.
What are the protections for privacy?
The SRC takes your privacy very seriously. All data collected for the Textbook Subsidy Program will be strictly confidential for professional casework staff at the SRC and may be used for statistical analysis purposes. We do not share data collected for the Textbook Subsidy Program with student representatives, any third-party organisation or the University of Sydney.
For more information
For more information, contact a professional caseworker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Textbook Subsidy Program is managed by the Vice Presidents. Contact them at email@example.com.