President’s Report – Week 1, Sem 1, 2016

If you’re reading this, you survived the 40+ degree heat on Eastern Avenue during O-Week – well done! O-Week is an exciting, hectic time where you can discover where you fit in at uni and explore some new things as well. The SRC stall was pumping for all three days, running out of our free goodie bags sometime mid-morning Friday – a great result for everyone who helped pack all 500 of them! Our office bearers and caseworkers spoke to a huge number of undergrad students, answering all your questions from how to access Centrelink to what’s the best value food on the Darlington campus (Uni Bros of course). Thanks to everyone who stopped by, especially everyone who signed up to collectives!

Student Services and Amenities Fee negotiations should be finalised in the very near future. SSAF is critical for running the SRC, funding our free services, resourcing student campaigns, and paying staff that keep the organisation functioning. Once we know the final amount, myself and the General Secretaries can start work on the budget and plan projects for 2016. The budget will be presented to the student council – speaking of, our second council meeting for the year is on Wednesday evening from 6pm in the Professorial Boardroom. All are welcome to attend to find out more about how your SRC works – I can guarantee you’ll fill your entertainment quota for the evening too!
We are also in the final stage of agreeing on a simple extension policy that will cover all faculties. This is vitally important, so that if you ever face circumstances that prevent you from completing an assessment on time, you know where to go and what to do so your grades don’t unnecessarily suffer. Your SRC will make sure that whatever the final policy, all students are made aware of the changes.

Lastly, to everyone who’s starting their very first week of uni – I hope you find your classes engaging, your after-class beers cold, and you don’t get lost too many times. This is the start of a new chapter of life so make the most of it! And remember your SRC is always here for you.

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