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Nix Herriot

Degree and Year of study: 

I'm starting my first year of postgraduate study in history

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

From opposing the Vietnam War to defeating fee deregulation, from anti-uranium campaigns to taking on corporate giants like BHP, students have a proud history of spearheading political resistance. At a time when apathy is encouraged, I am always inspired by the radical traditions of student activism. Today, student strikers around the world are leading the way in the struggle for climate justice. Student unionists should be organising to speak out for a better university and a better society more broadly.

What do you hope to achieve in your office and role in 2022?

The SRC has long been run as a petty dictatorship, service provider and platform to pad the resumes of tomorrow’s politicians. I want to help lead a return to a political, activist-oriented and properly democratic student union. As environment officer, I want the SRC to see itself on the frontlines of the climate emergency. Destructive corporations like Santos shouldn’t shape university course content, direct research or get a seat at the table. Fossil fuels won’t die a natural death. We need to reject corporate greenwashing and build mass action to help win a better future. Let’s fight for a positive vision of a university that serves students, workers and the environment!

What Clubs are you involved with at UofA?

I’m not someone who emerges once a year to ask for your vote! I’m an activist with the Socialist Alternative club. During my time as a student, I’ve helped organise a number of campaigns including to kick weapons manufacturers off campus, for action on climate change and against the Vice-Chancellor’s education cuts.

What led you to join the clubs(s)? 

I’m a socialist because I’m horrified by the injustices of capitalism and I believe in our ability to create a better society. At uni, I believe in involving as many students as possible in activist causes well beyond election week. We have a world to win!

Favourite holiday destination/activity?

In 2019 I was lucky enough to study in Scotland on exchange. A highlight was organising students to support Britain’s largest ever university strike. Staff were demanding an end to the gender and ethnicity pay gaps, an end to precarious employment and guaranteed pension security. We decided to occupy Edinburgh University’s fourteen-story David Hume Tower for two weeks to support our lecturers. It was a moving experience and a great reminder of the power of solidarity.

Favourite place to study on campus? 

On a nice day you can find me reading in the shade on the Barr Smith Lawns.

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

Learning doesn’t just happen in overcrowded lecture theatres. Get involved in fighting for the kind of university (and society) you want to see!