1. What is the SCC?
The SCC is the Student Campus Council. There is an SCC on every campus that advocates on issues specific to that campus. For example – parking and food outlets. Each SCC is made up of 11 members who are elected by students each year.
2. What is the SRC?
The SRC is the Student Representative Council that advocates for students across all campuses. The SRC is made up of three members from each SCC. They are the peak representative body at the university and seeks to address collective issues across all campuses.
3. How can I get involved?
Students can get involved as voting or non-voting members. Additionally, students can volunteer with various projects or campus events and activities.
General elections for voting member positions are held once every year around October. Throughout the year, members may vacate their position. Vacancies are filled by an Expressions of Interest process. There are also non-voting member positions available on each SCC and SRC. You can keep updated on the website or the SRC Facebook page
4. What positions are available?
There are 6 general member positions available on each SCC as well as 2 clubs and society reps, 1 post-grad rep, 1 international student rep and 1 student residential rep. There are also non-voting member portfolios, elected by Expressions of Interest thoughout the year.
5. What is a non-voting member?
The SRC and every SCC can elect non-voting members to provide advice on a particular issue or topic. A non-voting member cannot vote on formal decisions but can attend meetings to advise the Council on their portfolio. Current portfolios include, but are not limited, to:
Non-voting members provide invaluable support to student councils and enable the voice of diverse groups to be heard in decision-making. To apply for a non-voting position, students can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to their relevant SCC. For more information on when these positions are open, see the Positions Available page or follow the SRC Facebook page.
6. What can representatives help me with?
From food prices and parking, to academic teaching quality and student services, to clubs, societies and campus life, student reps can assist you in various way to better life at University.
7. I have an issue, campaign idea or event idea. Who can I speak to?
Visit the contact page on this website to get in touch with your relevant Student Campus Council.
8. Why should I become a student rep?
Becoming a student representative enables students to develop and strengthen leadership skills, connect with various internal and external agencies, assist fellow students with having their voice heard and share experiences and participate in nation-wide events for student leaders.
Becoming a student representative will allow you to:
· Become part of a group of active students that network with professionals at Western Sydney University
· Contribute to decision making at Western Sydney University
· Have a greater understanding of Western Sydney University processes and systems
· Undertake professional development and enhance your skills, especially in terms of communication, liaison, working with others, being a committee member and influencing the decision making processes
· Improve your graduate employability skills
· Support your student group
· Have your voice heard
· Influence important decisions, including about various programmes of study
· Gain a better understanding of how the university works
· Act as a conduit between students and Western Sydney University administrators
· Serve as liaison in bringing any issues/suggestions/feedback to Western Sydney University administration at meetings
· Relay key messages from Western Sydney University administration to the student body
· Suggest, develop and implement solutions related to creating a more vibrant campus life
· Collaborate with students to coordinate events to enhance the student campus experience
· Let students contact you about issues they want to raise
9. Will there be any help or support?
University staff from Student Representation and Participation (SRP) will always be on hand to help you out. SRP run orientation and training sessions which will guide you through how student representation works at Western Sydney University and what part you may play as a representative.
10. What will I be able to achieve?
You can bring real change and make life at Western Sydney University better for your fellow students and yourself. During 2013 for example, a student successfully made it possible for students who are parents at Western Sydney University to access occasional day care when needed, allowing students more flexibility with their study pattern, saving them money, and having more control over life/work balance.
11. What's in it for me?
As well as playing a crucial role in the student experience there are benefits to you personally. Some of the skills and experience you will gain from your experience as a student representative include:
· Organisational skills
· Team working skills
· Lobbying experience
· Presentation skills
· Help improve your course
· Make a positive contribution for your fellow students
· Improve your skills and employability
· Get specialised training and support
· Communication skills
· Negotiation skills
· Team-working skills
· Committee experience
· Leadership experience
· Problem solving skills
· Motivation experience
· Help develop the learning partnership between staff in your school and students in your cohort
· Be part of a team
12. What is the time commitment?
The SRC meets four times a year and the SCCs aim to meet monthly. Aside from these meeting times, you will be expected to meet with fellow students, staff and community as required. If you are elected Chair or Secretary the time commitment would be greater.
13. Will I be paid?
There is a small honorarium for your participation as a student representative. If you have any questions about this, you can contact the Manager of Student Representation & Participation in the Contacts page.