The Student Representative Council (SRC) is an organisation at the University which offers a range of services for students. The SRC is governed by a group of elected members voted for by students at the start of each year. The SRC are based in the John McIntyre Building, which is situated at the Main Gate on University Avenue.
Here’s what is on offer at the Student Representative Council:
One of the most important services the SRC offers is the Advice Centre. This is similar to the Welfare Service run by the Student Welfare Team during the summer pre-sessional course. Students can get free advice on a wide range of issues including council tax, financial support and health and housing issues. The advice centre is available year round. If their staff cannot resolve your issue, they will be able to tell you where you can get the help you need.
Other services run by the SRC include a second-hand bookshop, where you can buy textbooks related to your postgraduate course for less than the price of a new copy, as well as sell textbooks you no longer need.
There is also a service called Flatshare, which can help you find accommodation. Whether you are looking for just a room or a whole flat, Flatshare can help you.
The SRC also run conversational English programme, called Language Café. The SRC Language Café runs on Wednesday afternoons and is very similar to the Chat Club service run by the Student Welfare Team during the summer pre-sessional course. Students can practise speaking English with native speakers who are also students from the University. Each Language Cafe has a different theme such as arts and crafts, Burns Night and Chinese New Year.
The Student Representative Council operates a large number of student-run clubs and societies where students with similar interests can come together. This is a great way to make new friends while studying here at Glasgow. Over 100 student-run clubs register with the SRC every year, including the Glasgow Chinese Student and Scholars Association (GCSSA), Glasgow University Music Club, and the University of Glasgow Business Club. So whatever you’re passionate about, there’s a chance there is a club for it at the SRC. If not, you can create one yourself!
Throughout the year, the SRC will help organise and run events related to student life. For example, the SRC is involved in International Orientation Week and Freshers’ Week, putting on live music, Freshers’ Fair, campus tours, introductions to student media and volunteering as well as events for international students, mature students and postgraduates. There will also be a health week during the year, which aims to raise awareness about issues of mental, physical and sexual health.
Volunteering is a key way tostand out amongst the crowd when applying for jobs, as well as being a way to help others and learning new skills along the way. The Student Volunteering Support Service covers a range of volunteering options such as the Confucius Classroom, which helps young students at Hillhead High School learn Mandarin, and who better to learn from than from native Chinese speakers themselves!
If you are interested in any of the services offered by the Student Representative Council, you can find out everything at their website, or by going in and having a look around.
Student Welfare Team