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About us

Our Mission

"The Student Representative Council (SRC), acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the Land and we wish to pay respect to their Elders, past and present. The Council acknowledges the important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to contribute within the CQUniversity community. 

The SRC at CQUniversity has a proactive attitude, a student perspective and a team-based approach. All members of the SRC will be both visible and approachable for CQUniversity students and staff and aim to unite the student body with fairness, respect and constructive progress. Being a contributing voice at CQUniversity, the SRC will listen to and represent the student body with genuine interest and enthusiasm. Through developing professional collegial relationships with members of University executive management, your Council will directly contribute to enhancing your student experience and ultimately assist you with being who you want to be."

TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Terms of Reference set out all the information about the Student Representative Council, including its purpose, functions and responsibilities, membership and reporting obligations.

Purpose

The Student Representative Council has been established to provide students with an avenue to contribute to the student experience, and provide input and feedback regarding the things that affect students.

Functions

Any issues raised within the University Council or with University Management about the provision of student services and amenities can be referred to the SRC for consideration and a response from the SRC.

University management will bring forward each year the identified priorities for the spending of the Student Services and Amenities Fee, and the SRC will have an opportunity to provide comment and feedback on this.  There are legislative obligations around what the Student Services and Amenities Fee can be spent on, and these are detailed in The Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Student Services, amenities, Representation and Advocacy Guidelines.

Other matters the University could bring to the SRC for consideration and/or feedback include proposed changes to University policies, proposals that relate to the student experience, information on learning technology upgrades, information on building refurbishments, orientation week activities, etc.

Consider Recommendations in regards to provision of student services and amenities made by its members, and if deemed appropriate, forward these recommendations to University management.

The SRC will be responsible for looking at suggestions from the student body, and deciding which suggestions to recommend to University Management.

Responsibilities

This is one of the most important aspects of the SRC – the ability for members to seek input from students, and for students to provide feedback and recommendations to the SRC.

The University wants to hear the student voice, so that management can know that we are meeting the needs of our students, and the SRC is one of the key ways for this to occur.

The SRC may also refer any item before it to University Management for discussion, consideration and/or action.

SRC members will be concerned with the improvement of the student experience for all CQUniversity students. Typical responsibilities will include:

  • Representing students and ensuring that they are part of the University's decision-making process.
  • Fostering campus life and a positive student experience for all students, by planning and promoting activities and events.
  • Inspiring students through strong leadership to connect with the University and speak out about student issues.
  • Considering recommendations for student services and amenities made by its members or by student feedback.
  • Working closely with University management, the University Council or other university bodies in relation to the provision of student services and amenities.
  • Referring any item to University management for discussion, consideration and/or action.
  • Consulting with students in relation to the student experience and topical issues.
  • Providing an avenue for students to provide feedback and recommendations regarding the student experience.
  • Considering matters in regards to the student experience. The student experience includes:
    • student amenities and services,
    • CQUniversity’s policies and procedures in regards to student life,
    • student life for students based on campus or studying by distance education, and
    • CQUniversity’s physical, cultural and technological learning environments.

Student Representative Council Introduction for Students

The full "Student Representative Council Terms of Reference" can be found at http://policy.cqu.edu.au.

Where to find us

Our team comprises of staff, students and alumni. We aim to represent all students from all campuses and distance, so please email us at src@cqu.edu.au to talk to our team!

The office is located at Building 36, Rockhampton North Campus, under the Birdcage Bar deck. If you are around, feel free to drop in.

We're available from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Sponsor and Coordinator

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience and Governance


Having commenced her career in the Hospitality industry, Joanne worked at several organisations in Mackay, during and upon completion of an Associate Diploma of Business (Hospitality Management) at Central Queensland TAFE (CQ TAFE).

Following a relocation to Rockhampton, Joanne completed further study at CQ TAFE in the business administration field. Joanne then moved into a role at Rockhampton based Swanwick, Murray and Roche Lawyers. After working as a Legal Secretary for several years, Joanne commenced in the Finance Department at CQUniversity in 1996. Since that time, Joanne has worked in a number of areas of the University including Chancellery, Corporate Communications, and the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

For most of her time at CQUniversity, Joanne has supported the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s as an Executive Assistant, Executive Officer or Director.

In 2017, Joanne took on the executive level role of University Secretary, in addition to her other areas of responsibility including the Student Representative Council, Audit & Advisory, Corporate Communications, Student Ombudsman, and the University Art Collection.

Joanne completed a Masters of Tertiary Education Management from University of Melbourne in 2014.

Coordinator, Student Representative Council


Mrs Sharon Connor is responsible for providing high level advisory, analytical and support services to the Council.

Sharon coordinates the Student Representative Council (the Student Representative Council members) along with the Student Representative Council portfolio which comprises:
-Clubs, Groups and Societies
-Peer Assisted Study Sessions
-Student Advocacy
-Sport and Recreation
-The Student Mentor program
-The Student Leadership program

Sharon has worked at CQUniversity for over twelve years in a variety of professional roles. Her experience includes Student Advocacy, Learning & Teaching Services, Student Success advisor, Systems Trainer MOODLE, Peoplesoft, Business Analyst in IaTD.

Sharon encourages all students and staff to become familiar with and to utilise the support services and programs provided by the Student Representative Council.

Please contact Sharon via email s.s.connor@cqu.edu.au

Student Representative Council Support Officer

Brittany Cheel (Britt), has been with the University as an Accounts Processing Officer in Finance, and also as Vocational Training Area (VTA) Administration Assistant.

Brittany has just completed her Diploma of Business at CQUniversity and is going to continue her studies with a Bachelor of Business, also at CQUniversity.

Brittany is very excited to be working with and for students, and looks forward to meeting you all at our SRC meetings and in between with any projects, issues or ideas you might have.

Please contact Brittany on b.cheel@cqu.edu.au or via phone on (07) 4930 6830.