Student Representative Committee (SRC)
The Student Representative Committee is comprised of the following positions:
- Student President
- Student Vice-President
- Social Secretaries
- Male Welfare Representatives
- Female Welfare Representatives
- Environmental, Health, and Safety Representative
- External Relations Representative
- Arts Representative
- Sports and Societies Representative
- Careers Representative
- LGBTQ Representative
- Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Representative
- Disabilities Representative
- Family and Community Representative
- Ball Chair
The President of the Student Association shall be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Student Association and shall coordinate the work of its officers and representatives. They shall chair meetings of the Student Association and the Student Representative Committee, shall serve as the chief liaison between the Student Association and Governing Body and other committees and officers of the College, shall execute the mandates of the Student Association and the Student Representative Committee, and shall exercise all other powers granted to them by the Constitution and these By-laws.
The role of the Vice President is to attend all necessary meetings with the President and to attend when the President is unable to. This includes, but is not limited to, the SRC meeting, Common Room Committee meetings, Student Association meetings, and Executive Committee Meetings. The Vice President is expected to run the Student Representative Committee meetings when the President is absent.
The Vice President’s other principal responsibility is to organise two weeks of activities for freshers during Week -1 and Week 0 of Michaelmas Term. This shall include social and welfare events whose objective is to welcome the new students and promote involvement in college activities. The entire SRC committee will assist the Vice President with the organisation of these events.
The Secretary shall prepare and publish accurate minutes of all Common Room Committee and Student Representative Committee meetings, as well as of all Common Room and Student Association meetings. They shall maintain copies of the Constitution and these By-laws as specified in these By-laws.
The Treasurer shall maintain and oversee the accounts of the Common Room and the Student Association, maintain an accurate inventory of Common Room property, prepare the annual budget of the Student Representative Committee in accordance with the Constitution, work closely with other members of the Student Representative Committee in the disbursement of monies, and sit on the College Finance Committee.
The Social Secretary shall be responsible for the planning and execution of social events within the College. These shall include, but not be limited to, bops (up to three per term), exchange dinners, events during Freshers' Week, and other social events throughout the year. The most time-consuming event for the social secretary shall be the Summer Ball. The social secretary shall chair a working committee on planning, organizing and executing the event. The social secretary shall be responsible for ensuring that all of the requirements of the College's Bop, Ball, and Summer Party Rules are fulfilled and that the Summer Ball operates in such a manner as to provide the maximum entertainment for members of the college but does not jeopardise the Student Representative Committee's budget.
The Welfare Representatives shall represent the views of junior members at the College’s Welfare and Equality Committees. They shall be responsible for recruiting junior sponsors and assigning them to incoming students and for those arrangements in Freshers’ Week related to the general welfare of new members, in conjunction with the Vice-President and the Bursar. The Welfare Representatives shall make themselves available to junior members for consultation and advice on welfare issues.
Environmental, Health, and Safety Representative
The Environmental, Health, and Safety representative shall represent the views of junior members at the College's annual Health and Safety Advisory Committee and shall help to convey important information obtained at that meeting and through the College Administration to junior members. They shall also be responsible for recruiting students to work as health and safety representatives at all events for junior members to ensure the safety of participants. They shall act to promote environmental issues, both local and global, with the main aim of raising environmental awareness at St Cross. They shall also promote relevant events and organise, publicise, and implement the College recycling scheme.
The Arts Representative shall be responsible for issues relating to initiatives relating to arts in the College. They shall attend meetings of the College Arts Committee. They shall further be responsible for initiating, maintaining, or changing arts programs such as the display of student art in the College bar.
External Relations Representative
The External Affairs Representative shall be responsible for representing the Student Association to bodies external to the College. They shall automatically become a member of any representative body to which the Student Association may be affiliated, subject to the internal procedures of any such body.
Sports and Societies Representative
The Sports & Societies Representative shall be responsible for convening a committee of the President of Common Room, the President of the Student Association and themselves to approve requests for sports subsidies. They shall further serve as a point of contact with students representing the College in sport and shall organize sporting and recreational activities in College. They shall serve as a point of contact for any member of college wishing to establish a College society, and shall act to ensure the operation of such societies within the codes of conduct established by the Common Room Committee.
The Careers Representative shall liaise with the Oxford University Careers Service and the St Cross College Communications and Development Office to provide junior members with information about careers events taking place within the University and to facilitate the running of such events in college. They shall be responsible for coordinating the St Cross Talks, facilitating and publicising Academic events, facilitating study skills training and coordinating courses at divisional level for thesis-writing.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Representative shall be responsible for representing the interests of the College’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students; for providing welfare advice and provision; and for organising social events with other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.
Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Representative
The Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Representative shall be responsible for representing the interests of the Black, Asian and minority ethnic students within the SA, for providing welfare advice and provision, and for organizing social events with other BAME communities.
The Disabilities Representative shall represent the interests of students with disabilities within the SA and act as a point of contact for disability-related issues. They shall work to provide disabled students and their guests continued access to College facilities and events, raise awareness of disability-related issues, hold awareness and social events.
Family and Community Representative
The Family and Community Representative shall represent the views of members of the college community with families and will run family-friendly events in conjunction with college staff (not exclusively during term time). They will also be responsible for publicising social impact opportunities in Oxford (University and City) within the college and facilitating the involvement with such opportunities of any interested member of the college community.
If the SRC decides to hold a summer ball in any particular year, the post of Chair of the Ball Committee shall be created. They will chair a working committee on planning, organising, and executing the event. They shall be responsible for ensuring that all of the requirements of the College’s Ball Rules are fulfilled and that the College Ball operates in such a manner as to provide the maximum entertainment for members of the college without jeopardizing the SRC’s budget.
Elections for Representatives to the Student Representative Committee are held three times at year, typically during fifth week of each term.
Anyone who wishes to stand for a position should do the following (once the Student President calls for nominees):
• Find two current St Cross students who are willing to nominate you.
• Write a manifesto (max 250 words).
• Email your manifesto to the President of the Common Room and Student President with your two nominators CC'd.
• Your two nominators should reply to your email and confirm that they are nominating you.
You must do all those steps BEFORE the closing date of nominations! Please be advised that any student may only stand for one position and may only hold one position at any given time.
Nominations will be open for one week, with elections opening the following week.