Education Officer

Felix Eldridge

 

Name: 

Felix Eldridge

Preferred Name: 

Felix

Degree and year of study?

5th Year Law and International Studies

What inspired you to engage with the office and role(s) you currently hold?

I believe in a strong student representative body and I think that it’s important that students fight for their rights, whether it’s against the university, against the state or federal government or some other group.

Education is crucial at university and there are a variety of educational issues that must constantly be addressed. Issues like staff cuts, the imposition of trimesters or the ever-present danger of a merger represent constant threats to the student body.

For many years I also have been involved with different levels of student representation, be it university committees, faculty boards, clubs, student media and more. Building upon four years of study I think this has given me a well-rounded view of university and student representation that I can impart upon the SRC.

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

I hold a committee / executive position on the Politics and International Relations Association (PIRA), Adelaide University Labor Club, Adelaide University Law Students Society and the Adelaide Sustainability Association.

I am a member of, or involved with, the Arts Students Association, Italian Society, Debating Society, Geography and Development Society, Greek Club, University of Adelaide Theatre Guild Student Society, Adelaide University Media Association, Cambodian Club, Adelaide Fashion Collective, Classics and Ancient History Society, Engineering Society, as well as the four clubs that are mentioned above.

What led you to join the club(s)?

I joined most of the clubs because I was particularly interested in the events / activities they ran or the services they provided. For PIRA I was really interested in the sorts of events run but I also was an international relations student and thus this club was the official club for students doing my course. Other clubs I joined for various reasons such as personal favours to club members too boost their membership numbers and others to get discounts or access to members only perks.

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

My favourite holiday destination was somewhere up in the Swiss Alps where I saw snow for the first time.

Favourite place to study on campus?

I don’t usually get much study done on campus, but I did like the old Barr Smith South study areas.

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role(s) in 2021?

I hope to improve the visibility of the SRC. So many students don’t know that we exist or what we do and that’s upsetting to me. The SRC should work to integrate themselves with campus culture, through university, union and club events.

I hope to improve the representativeness of the SRC by ensuring that students are regularly consulted about issues and are a part of discussions. Only through active participation in issues can students really be represented.

I also hope to enact a sweeping set of good governance and administrative changes to improve training, transparency, efficiency and the effectiveness of student representation on campus through the establishment of committees, amendment of standing orders and the improvement of training for student representatives.

What advice would you give to students starting out at the University of Adelaide?

Read and write for On Dit (the student publication is amazing and contains articles about a range of topics from politics, campus culture, reviews, poems and also fantastic artwork. If you want to get involved keep an eye out for the magazine on campus and if you feel so inclined, write an article of your own choice for them).

Join a club (there are over 160 clubs at uni so there’s bound to be one for you).

Study hard (the minute you start telling yourself you will do your lectures online and you miss two in a row is the minute you start falling behind).

Get AUU membership (whether it is coffee discounts, fortnightly free lunches or attending members only events, AUU membership is for you).