Students' Representative Council

Students' Representative Council

Students' Representative Council

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A Students' Representative Council represents student interests in the government of a university, school or other educational institution. Generally the SRC forms part of a broader Students' Association which may include other functions such as societies, entertainments (in the form of a Students' Union) and sports (in the form of a Sports Union.)

Universities may have a statutory obligation to receive representation from the SRC and it is usual for student representatives from the SRC to form part of university structures including the University Court, Academic Senate, and other bodies.

History and Presence

Students' Representative Councils in Scotland were established as part of the system of ancient university governance by the Universities Act 1889 in the four extant universities of the time: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. The existence of an SRC was also incorporated in the Royal Charter of the University of Dundee, which adheres to the ancient governance structure.

More recently, SRCs have been established at the University of Strathclyde and at Heriot-Watt University's Scottish Borders Campus.

In general, SRCs have been submerged into wider Students' Associations, which are an umbrella term for various bodies which not only perform representation tasks, but also cater for student welfare, societies, entertainments (in the form of a Students' Union) and sports (in the form of a Sports' Union). In acknowledgement of this, Aberdeen University Students'......
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