Postgraduate Students' Association



Your Committee

Executive

Alex Tan

PSA President and Senate Representative
psa@guild.uwa.edu.au

Position Description

The PSA President and Senate Representative is the most important member of the PSA committee. The President is required to meet with decision-makers, and has the opportunity to see how the university works from ‘behind the scenes’. The position includes many responsibilities, but also has some great perks and privileges.

A candidate needs to be willing to dedicate a minimum of 20-25 hours a week to this position, which will include reading agendas and preparing reports for meetings, speaking with representatives from the University and Guild, meeting with students, planning events, activities and advocacy.

It’s incredibly rewarding, but best suited to a person well accustomed to balancing competing interests, with a good deal of patience, and the ability to create consensus between diverse groups.

Some of the privileges include:

  • Office space in the Guild buildings
  • Potential eligibility for red permit parking
  • An honourarium (half the value of an APA including the Top-Up)
  • Return trip to the eastern states in December for the CAPA Annual Council Meeting, with the incumbent President
  • Eligibility to apply for a six-month extension from the Graduate Research School, at the discretion of the Dean of the GRS.

The constitutionally-mandated responsibilities are that the President and Senate Representative shall:

  • Be nominal head of the PSA;
  • Represent the Postgraduate body at the UWA Senate;
  • Represent the Postgraduate body at any appropriate UWA boards, committees and working parties, including but not limited to:
    • Any relevant Senate Sub-committees,
    • Academic Council,
    • Academic Board,
    • Teaching and Learning Committee,
    • Research Committee,
    • Board of Coursework Studies,
    • Board of the Graduate Research School,
    • Scholarships Committee, and
    • Any other appropriate committees, subcommittees and working parties;
  • Represent the postgraduate body at all appropriate UWA Guild Councils and Committees including, but not limited to:
    • Guild Council,
    • Finance and Planning Committee,
    • Education Council, and
    • Public Affairs Council;
  • Represent the postgraduate body at all appropriate UWA Convocation Councils and Committees;
  • Act as spokesperson for the Executive Committee, the PSA Committee and the Association;
  • Communicate to the University community and the higher education section as a whole, the role and vision of the PSA;
  • Prepare reports and submissions to the University community and the higher education sector as appropriate;
  • Call and convene all General and Committee Meetings;
  • Be available to the PSA Membership;
  • Manage relations with sponsors or supporters of the PSA;
  • Coordinate the organisation of PSA activities including, but not limited to:
    • PSA Awards and Grants Sub-committee,
    • Social events,
    • Career and professional development events, and
    • Research training;
  • Liaise with the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA), in order to ensure postgraduate representation at a national level;
  • Present a report at the Annual General Meeting;
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, PSA Committee, or the Association may direct; and
  • The President may delegate his/her duties to another member of the Executive Committee.

Alex Sparrow

Vice President (Coursework)
psa-vpc@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Hi everyone, I’m Alex, your PSA Coursework VP for 2019. I’m currently in my third year of the Juris Doctor, having completed my undergrad in commerce. When I’m not catching up on lectures you can often find me around uni playing social soccer and frisbee. Outside of uni I enjoy DIY, travel and watching the EPL.

Position Description

The Vice-Presidents are the President’s right hand persons. They should be able and willing to support the President in their duties, including running the Committee and PSA events.

While the VP duties are sometimes vague, it is a position that should have a strong educational advocacy focus, and the elected representatives should work closely with the President. They must be prepared to take over if the President is absent, sick, quits, or dies.

The Vice-President Coursework is required to consider the interests of postgraduate coursework students. Given the increasing number of postgraduate coursework students at UWA this position exposes the nominated candidate to a growing number of challenges, and opportunities to interact with staff and a diverse cohort of students.

The constitutionally-mandated responsibilities are that the Vice-President Coursework shall:

  • Assist the President in the performance of his/her duties;
  • Undertake all Presidential duties necessary for the day to day administration of the Association during any Presidential absence;
  • Serve as acting President during the period between a President’s resignation and the election of a new President by the Executive Committee or Annual General Meeting;
  • Serve as liaison officer to Guild Sub-committees when appropriate;
  • Attend the Education Council convened by the Guild;
  • Take responsibility for education issues pertaining to coursework postgraduates at the University;
  • Represent the interests of postgraduates that include/ but are not limited to all higher degree by coursework (HDC) students at the University;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduates that include/ but are not limited to all higher degree by coursework (HDC) students at the University;
  • Liaise with the PSA Faculty representatives;
  • Liaise with on-campus higher degree by coursework groups, including, but not limited to Faculty Societies;
  • Implement the PSA’s policies relating to higher degree by coursework students;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for relevant higher degree by coursework groups;
  • Promote the interests of those postgraduates involved in tutorials, lectures and lab demonstrations;
  • Research and promote events and materials for higher degree by coursework groups;
  • Attend a majority of PSA General and Committee Meetings; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the President, Executive Committee, PSA Committee, or the Association may direct; and
  • Act as an Editor for the PSA Magazine, Postscript.

Dennis Power

Vice-President (Research)
psa-vpr@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Heya, I’m Dennis, the PSA Vice-President (Research) for 2019. I’m doing my PhD in Synthetic Chemistry with Dr Scott Stewart trying to find new ways to build biologically active natural products. I’m looking forward to representing HDR students over the coming year, advocating for better education standards and creating a community where everyone can feel welcome. If you do manage to catch me outside of my lab then please, feel free to give me a shout and we can talk anything from research issues to rock climbing.

Position Description

The Vice-Presidents are the President’s right hand persons. They should be able and willing to support the President in their duties, including running the Committee and PSA events. While the VP duties are sometimes vague, it is a position that should have a strong educational advocacy focus, and the elected representatives should work closely with the President. They must be prepared to take over if the President is absent, sick, quits, or dies.

The Vice-President Research is required to consider the interests of postgraduate research students. Given the majority of PSA committee positions are filled by research students the VP Research has a significant opportunity to identify issues of interest to research students, and act on these accordingly.

The constitutionally-mandated responsibilities are that the Vice-President Research shall:

  • Assist the President in the performance of his/her duties;
  • Undertake all Presidential duties necessary for the day to day administration of the Association during any Presidential absence;
  • Serve as acting President during the period between a President’s resignation and the election of a new President by the Executive Committee or Annual General Meeting;
  • Serve as liaison officer to Guild Sub-committees when appropriate;
  • Attend the Education Council convened by the Guild;
  • Take responsibility for education issues pertaining to research postgraduates at the University;
  • Represent the interests of postgraduates that include, but are not limited to, all higher degree by research (HDR) students at the University;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduates that include, but are not limited to, all higher degree by research (HDR) students at the University;
  • Liaise with the PSA Faculty representatives;
  • Liaise with on-campus higher degree by research groups, including, but not limited to, Faculty Societies;
  • Implement the PSA’s policies relating to higher degree by research students;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for relevant higher degree by research groups;
  • Represent postgraduate students in matters affecting their appointment as teaching staff;
  • Research and promote events and materials for higher degree by research groups;
  • Attend a majority of PSA General and Committee Meetings; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the President, Executive Committee, PSA Committee, or the Association may direct; and
  • Act as an Editor for the PSA Magazine, Postscript.

Samuel Bennett

Vice-President (Social)
psa-vps@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

I have been involved at UWA as a student, teacher, and staff member for over 15 years and I enjoy all aspects of UWA life.

As a PhD Student of the School of Biomedical Sciences, I also enjoy volunteering and I welcome the opportunity to serve as Vice-President (Social) of the PSA Committee.

I will also be helping our new students adjust to life at UWA as a mentor for the UniMentor program.

I believe that the PSA is a very important organisation to represent the postgraduate students of UWA.

Looking forward to an enjoyable and rewarding year ahead!

Position Description

The Vice-Presidents are the President’s right hand persons. They should be able and willing to support the President in their duties, including running the Committee and PSA events. While the VP duties are sometimes vague, it is a position that should have a strong educational advocacy focus, and the elected representatives should work closely with the President. They must be prepared to take over if the President is absent, sick, quits, or dies.

Rahul M S

General Secretary
psa-gensec@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Hi everyone, I am Rahul and I’m your PSA General Secretary for 2019. I’m currently in my third year Master of Professional Engineering Electrical & Electronics. I am excited to be your PSA General Secretary, I will do my best for the role.

When not studying I will be playing with AI robot and checking my own program. I also get involved in most of the Student Transition and Student Experience volunteering. You can see me around uni and most of the PSA events feel free to say ‘HI’ and introduce yourself.

Position Description

The Secretary’s duties are much the same as the duties of secretaries across all committees – keep accurate records of meetings, attendance, and decisions! The Secretary is required to make sure all of the PSA Committee members know when the upcoming meetings are, distribute agendas, and record complete and accurate minutes. This is an essential role for ensuring the accountability and smooth functioning of the committee.

The constitutionally-mandated responsibilities are that the Secretary shall:

  • Attend to any correspondence as appropriate;
  • Prepare all agendas, which must be available to the Committee at least 48 hours before the scheduled meeting.
  • Keep adequate minutes of all General, Executive Committee and PSA Committee meetings, including a record of the members present;
  • Follow up resolutions and actions of previous meetings prior to meetings;
  • Contact Faculty and School Managers to ensure an up-to-date contact directory of Postgraduate Student Representatives;
  • Liaise with PSA Councillors to ensure an up-to-date contact directory of services available for postgraduate students;
  • Ensure that the PSA is informed about current issues in the University community and the higher education sector;
  • Attend a majority of PSA General and Committee meetings; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Operational Office Bearers

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Position Vacant

Equity Officer
psa-equity@guild.uwa.edu.au

Position Description

The Equity Officer should be available to members of the Association and to the President for consultation and advice. They must be prepared to undergo Ally training, liaise with Guild equity departments (e.g. Women’s and Pride), and with the Equity and Diversity team in UWA’s Human Resources division. The Equity Officer should be available for the delegation of equity-related policy matters and research by the President.
The constitutionally-mandated responsibilities are that the Equity Officer shall:

  • Represent the interests of postgraduate students;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students;
  • Liaise with the PSA executive in order to effectively represent equity groups and communicate their needs to the PSA;
  • Liaise with on-campus equity groups and services including, but not limited to:
    • The Pride Department of the Guild,
    • The Women’s Department of the Guild,
    • The International Students’ Department (ISD) of the Guild,
    • The Guild Welfare Officer, and
    • Guild Student Assist;
  • Liaise with CAPA and sector equity groups;
  • Implement the Association’s policy relating to postgraduate welfare issues;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for relevant equity groups;
  • Organise at least one equity-based event for postgraduate students per year;
  • Attend a majority of PSA General and Committee Meetings; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Sakshi Sharma

International Students’ Officer
psa-international@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Hi, I am Sakshi and I will be the International Students’ Officer for the year 2019. My postgraduate degree is in Science Communication, and I hope to liaise the subject of Physics and Astrophysics in the near future, having completed my undergrad in the following topics. I am pretty elevated for this role where I will be representing and promoting international students’ interests within PSA. Socially, I am interested in the idea of empowering women in science. My daily activities includes writing, reading, dancing and travelling some days. Don’t forget to say hi! in the next PSA event.

Position Description

The ISO must be an international student. They should be willing to liaise with the Language and Cultural Exchange (LACE) program coordinators and the International Student Service department, as well as be familiar with policy issues concerning international students, including visa issues, health care and work restrictions. They need to be available for the President to defer issues of policy research, and be prepared to provide advice on issues to the President and Association members.

The constitution states that the International Students’ Officer shall:

  • Be an international student;
  • Represent the interests of international postgraduate students;
  • Promote the interests of international postgraduate students;
  • Liaise with the PSA executive in order to effectively represent international students and communicate their needs to the PSA;
  • Liaise with the on-campus international students’ groups including but not limited to:
    • The International Student Service (ISS) Department of the Guild;
  • Implement the PSA’s policies relating to international students;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for relevant international groups;
  • Research and promote events and materials for international students;
  • Organise at least one event with a focus on international students per year;
  • Attend a majority of PSA General and Committee Meetings; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Brady Johnston

Media Officer
psa-media@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Hi there! I’m Brady and I’m into my second year studying my Ph.D. in Structural Biology, working on nucleic acid binding proteins.
In my spare time I enjoy photography and rock climbing. You’ll catch me in my lab repeating an experiment, by the river taking some photos or occasionally flying to Melbourne to shoot things with X-rays at the Australian Synchrotron. If you have any questions about anything biochemistry, photography or research related please get in contact: brady.johnston@research.uwa.edu.au

Position Description

The PSA Media Officer plays an incredibly important role in keeping the PSA in touch with its members. The Media Officer helps coordinate content and delivery of the website, the newsletter, the annual PSA magazine Postscript, and the PSA social media accounts via Facebook and Twitter. The Media Officer should also endeavour to provide frequent content on the PSA blog. The Media Officer is the Editor-in-Chief of Postscript, so a reasonable quality of written English is required. Knowing something about photography and poster design is also helpful!

The constitution states that the Media Officer shall:

  • Liaise with the PSA executive in order to effectively communicate appropriate information to postgraduates;
  • Be responsible for the updating, moderating and maintaining of all social media which the PSA chooses to employ, including but not limited to: the PSA Website, the PSA Noticeboard, the PSA Facebook page, the PSA Blog, and the PSA Twitter account;
  • Be responsible for the PSA’s advertising;
  • Act as Editor-in-Chief of Postscript;
  • Design and print materials for PSA advertising purposes and as needed for events and activities;
  • Attend a majority of PSA General and Committee Meetings; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Wes Wilson

Off-Campus Officer
psa-offcampus@guild.uwa.edu.au

Position Description

The constitution states that the Off Campus Officer shall:

  • Promote the interests of postgraduates that include/ but are not limited to external students, students located on the Albany and Nedlands campus and those centred elsewhere such as hospitals;
  • Represent the interests of postgraduates that include/ but are not limited to external students, students located on the Albany and Nedlands campus and those centred elsewhere such as hospitals;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty representatives of external students to ensure learning material and resources are available to off-campus students;
  • Promote a sense of unity between on-campus and off-campus postgraduate students;
  • Provide off-campus postgraduates with information about University and Guild services available to them;
  • Attend a majority of PSA General and Committee meetings; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.
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Position Vacant

WASAC Officer

Position Description

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer position is an ex-officio position and it is desirable that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer identifies as an Indigenous person. The person filling this position should be willing to work closely with the School of Indigenous Studies and the ATSIS Guild department on initiatives around positive partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. They should also be able to give advice and representation to both Association members and the PSA Committee. They should also liaise with the National Indigenous Postgraduate Association Aboriginal Corporation (NIPAAC) and the WA Student Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC).

The constitution says that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students’ Officer shall:

  • Represent the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate students;
  • Promote the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate students;
  • Liaise with the PSA executive in order to effectively represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and communicate their needs to the PSA;
  • Liaise with the School of Indigenous Studies;
  • Liaise with the National Indigenous Postgraduate Association Aboriginal Corporation (NIPAAC);
  • Liaise with the WA Student Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC);
  • Implement the PSA’s policies relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students;
  • Organise at least one event focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students per year;
  • Attend a majority of PSA General and Committee Meetings; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Faculty Representatives (Research)

Raisa Akifyeva

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education Representative
psa-fabler@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

I’m Raisa and I am currently a second year PhD student in the Discipline of Anthropology and Sociology of the School of Social Sciences. My research is on cultural transmission in small communities of Russian-speaking migrants living in Spain and Australia. I have received the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship at the UWA which is tenable for a period of three years, so I plan to submit my thesis by the end of 2020. My hobbies include tennis, capoeira and cycling.

Position Description

Representatives from the major faculties and schools across the university are a vital link between the PSA and postgraduates. Not only do the Faculty Representatives encourage postgrads in their area to engage with PSA events and awards, they also play an important advisory role in the committee, bringing issues of concern from their faculty to the President to pursue at the upper levels of representation.

While the PSA considers it desirable that the PSA Faculty Representatives be included on the relevant boards in their Faculty (eg: Teaching and Learning, Research), we acknowledge that this is outside our control. The onus is on Faculty Representatives to get to know who key personnel are, and to liaise with them on issues or problems, and encourage them to support PSA initiatives. It is also useful for the Faculty Representatives to get to know the ‘who’s who’ at School or Centre level.

A new aspect to this position in 2014 is that the PSA Faculty Representatives will sit on the Guild Education Council. This will enable them to better liaise with Student Societies and Guild Educational Representatives. The Guild Education Council meets monthly.

The constitution states that each Faculty Representative shall:

  • Hold a voting position at the Guild Education Council;
  • Attend the majority of Guild Education Council meetings in order to effectively represent postgraduate education needs in their faculty to the Guild;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty Societies to ensure that sufficient representation, advocacy and resources are available to students in each faculty;
  • Represent the Faculty Postgraduate body at Faculty Boards and Committees;
  • Meet with the Faculty Dean and/or Manager at least once per year;
  • Liaise with postgraduate student representatives within Schools;
  • Promote the establishment of postgraduate student representatives of Schools where they do not exist;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for School postgraduate representatives, and postgraduate students’ groups;
  • Report to each PSA President and Committee Meeting on any relevant actions or activities within the faculty board;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students in the faculty; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Position Vacant

Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences Representative

psa-engr@guild.uwa.edu.au

Position Description

Representatives from the major faculties and schools across the university are a vital link between the PSA and postgraduates. Not only do the Faculty Representatives encourage postgrads in their area to engage with PSA events and awards, they also play an important advisory role in the committee, bringing issues of concern from their faculty to the President to pursue at the upper levels of representation.

While the PSA considers it desirable that the PSA Faculty Representatives be included on the relevant boards in their Faculty (eg: Teaching and Learning, Research), we acknowledge that this is outside our control. The onus is on Faculty Representatives to get to know who key personnel are, and to liaise with them on issues or problems, and encourage them to support PSA initiatives. It is also useful for the Faculty Representatives to get to know the ‘who’s who’ at School or Centre level.

A new aspect to this position in 2014 is that the PSA Faculty Representatives will sit on the Guild Education Council. This will enable them to better liaise with Student Societies and Guild Educational Representatives. The Guild Education Council meets monthly.

The constitution states that each Faculty Representative shall:

  • Hold a voting position at the Guild Education Council;
  • Attend the majority of Guild Education Council meetings in order to effectively represent postgraduate education needs in their faculty to the Guild;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty Societies to ensure that sufficient representation, advocacy and resources are available to students in each faculty;
  • Represent the Faculty Postgraduate body at Faculty Boards and Committees;
  • Meet with the Faculty Dean and/or Manager at least once per year;
  • Liaise with postgraduate student representatives within Schools;
  • Promote the establishment of postgraduate student representatives of Schools where they do not exist;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for School postgraduate representatives, and postgraduate students’ groups;
  • Report to each PSA President and Committee Meeting on any relevant actions or activities within the faculty board;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students in the faculty; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Ting Ong

Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences Representative

psa-medr@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Hi, my name is Ting and I’m doing a PhD with the Ear Science Institute Australia at the QEII campus. My research investigates the cell-to-cell interactions between mesenchymal stem cells and the eardrum during wound healing. I believe that cells, like researchers, benefit from substantial communication and collaboration to get things moving! As the Faculty of Health and Medical Science Research Representative for 2019, I hope to bring medical researchers alike together.

When not in the lab, most of my time is spent with my partner and our dog. We enjoy cooking together, going for long walks with our dog and making plastic model figurines.

Position Description

Representatives from the major faculties and schools across the university are a vital link between the PSA and postgraduates. Not only do the Faculty Representatives encourage postgrads in their area to engage with PSA events and awards, they also play an important advisory role in the committee, bringing issues of concern from their faculty to the President to pursue at the upper levels of representation.

While the PSA considers it desirable that the PSA Faculty Representatives be included on the relevant boards in their Faculty (eg: Teaching and Learning, Research), we acknowledge that this is outside our control. The onus is on Faculty Representatives to get to know who key personnel are, and to liaise with them on issues or problems, and encourage them to support PSA initiatives. It is also useful for the Faculty Representatives to get to know the ‘who’s who’ at School or Centre level.

A new aspect to this position in 2014 is that the PSA Faculty Representatives will sit on the Guild Education Council. This will enable them to better liaise with Student Societies and Guild Educational Representatives. The Guild Education Council meets monthly.

The constitution states that each Faculty Representative shall:

  • Hold a voting position at the Guild Education Council;
  • Attend the majority of Guild Education Council meetings in order to effectively represent postgraduate education needs in their faculty to the Guild;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty Societies to ensure that sufficient representation, advocacy and resources are available to students in each faculty;
  • Represent the Faculty Postgraduate body at Faculty Boards and Committees;
  • Meet with the Faculty Dean and/or Manager at least once per year;
  • Liaise with postgraduate student representatives within Schools;
  • Promote the establishment of postgraduate student representatives of Schools where they do not exist;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for School postgraduate representatives, and postgraduate students’ groups;
  • Report to each PSA President and Committee Meeting on any relevant actions or activities within the faculty board;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students in the faculty; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Lis Pinero

Faculty of Science Representative
psa-sciencer@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

My name is Lis and I am studying a masters in Biology. My research project is about how to prioritise projects to get the best outcomes for conservation. I am a big foodie but I also love training.

Position Description

Representatives from the major faculties and schools across the university are a vital link between the PSA and postgraduates. Not only do the Faculty Representatives encourage postgrads in their area to engage with PSA events and awards, they also play an important advisory role in the committee, bringing issues of concern from their faculty to the President to pursue at the upper levels of representation.

While the PSA considers it desirable that the PSA Faculty Representatives be included on the relevant boards in their Faculty (eg: Teaching and Learning, Research), we acknowledge that this is outside our control. The onus is on Faculty Representatives to get to know who key personnel are, and to liaise with them on issues or problems, and encourage them to support PSA initiatives. It is also useful for the Faculty Representatives to get to know the ‘who’s who’ at School or Centre level.

A new aspect to this position in 2014 is that the PSA Faculty Representatives will sit on the Guild Education Council. This will enable them to better liaise with Student Societies and Guild Educational Representatives. The Guild Education Council meets monthly.

The constitution states that each Faculty Representative shall:

  • Hold a voting position at the Guild Education Council;
  • Attend the majority of Guild Education Council meetings in order to effectively represent postgraduate education needs in their faculty to the Guild;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty Societies to ensure that sufficient representation, advocacy and resources are available to students in each faculty;
  • Represent the Faculty Postgraduate body at Faculty Boards and Committees;
  • Meet with the Faculty Dean and/or Manager at least once per year;
  • Liaise with postgraduate student representatives within Schools;
  • Promote the establishment of postgraduate student representatives of Schools where they do not exist;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for School postgraduate representatives, and postgraduate students’ groups;
  • Report to each PSA President and Committee Meeting on any relevant actions or activities within the faculty board;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students in the faculty; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Faculty Representatives (Coursework)

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Vatsla Trivedi

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education  Representative

psa-fablec@guild.uwa.edu.au

Position Description

Representatives from the major faculties and schools across the university are a vital link between the PSA and postgraduates. Not only do the Faculty Representatives encourage postgrads in their area to engage with PSA events and awards, they also play an important advisory role in the committee, bringing issues of concern from their faculty to the President to pursue at the upper levels of representation.

While the PSA considers it desirable that the PSA Faculty Representatives be included on the relevant boards in their Faculty (eg: Teaching and Learning, Research), we acknowledge that this is outside our control. The onus is on Faculty Representatives to get to know who key personnel are, and to liaise with them on issues or problems, and encourage them to support PSA initiatives. It is also useful for the Faculty Representatives to get to know the ‘who’s who’ at School or Centre level.

A new aspect to this position in 2014 is that the PSA Faculty Representatives will sit on the Guild Education Council. This will enable them to better liaise with Student Societies and Guild Educational Representatives. The Guild Education Council meets monthly.

The constitution states that each Faculty Representative shall:

  • Hold a voting position at the Guild Education Council;
  • Attend the majority of Guild Education Council meetings in order to effectively represent postgraduate education needs in their faculty to the Guild;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty Societies to ensure that sufficient representation, advocacy and resources are available to students in each faculty;
  • Represent the Faculty Postgraduate body at Faculty Boards and Committees;
  • Meet with the Faculty Dean and/or Manager at least once per year;
  • Liaise with postgraduate student representatives within Schools;
  • Promote the establishment of postgraduate student representatives of Schools where they do not exist;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for School postgraduate representatives, and postgraduate students’ groups;
  • Report to each PSA President and Committee Meeting on any relevant actions or activities within the faculty board;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students in the faculty; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.
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Prince Raj

Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences Representative

psa-engc@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Hi, I’m Prince, your faculty rep of EMS coursework for the year 2019. I’m currently in my second year of postgrad in Astrophysics. When I’m not studying, I will be spending time with friends for brunch or watching movies. You can find me in Facebook. I’m super excited to take this role and to assist with postgrads at UWA. Please make sure to come and say “hi” when you see me at the next meeting!

Position Description

Representatives from the major faculties and schools across the university are a vital link between the PSA and postgraduates. Not only do the Faculty Representatives encourage postgrads in their area to engage with PSA events and awards, they also play an important advisory role in the committee, bringing issues of concern from their faculty to the President to pursue at the upper levels of representation.

While the PSA considers it desirable that the PSA Faculty Representatives be included on the relevant boards in their Faculty (eg: Teaching and Learning, Research), we acknowledge that this is outside our control. The onus is on Faculty Representatives to get to know who key personnel are, and to liaise with them on issues or problems, and encourage them to support PSA initiatives. It is also useful for the Faculty Representatives to get to know the ‘who’s who’ at School or Centre level.

A new aspect to this position in 2014 is that the PSA Faculty Representatives will sit on the Guild Education Council. This will enable them to better liaise with Student Societies and Guild Educational Representatives. The Guild Education Council meets monthly.

The constitution states that each Faculty Representative shall:

  • Hold a voting position at the Guild Education Council;
  • Attend the majority of Guild Education Council meetings in order to effectively represent postgraduate education needs in their faculty to the Guild;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty Societies to ensure that sufficient representation, advocacy and resources are available to students in each faculty;
  • Represent the Faculty Postgraduate body at Faculty Boards and Committees;
  • Meet with the Faculty Dean and/or Manager at least once per year;
  • Liaise with postgraduate student representatives within Schools;
  • Promote the establishment of postgraduate student representatives of Schools where they do not exist;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for School postgraduate representatives, and postgraduate students’ groups;
  • Report to each PSA President and Committee Meeting on any relevant actions or activities within the faculty board;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students in the faculty; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Susan Cai

Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences

psa-medc@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Hi everyone! I’m Susan and I’m excited to be your HMS Coursework Rep for this year! So if you’re a HMS postgrad then I’m your person go-to person if you’re having any issues or concerns with your course! I am currently a second year Dental Student with an undergrad in Psychology. When I’m not holed up studying (i.e. most of the time?) I love exploring new places, travelling and catching up with friends!

Position Description

Representatives from the major faculties and schools across the university are a vital link between the PSA and postgraduates. Not only do the Faculty Representatives encourage postgrads in their area to engage with PSA events and awards, they also play an important advisory role in the committee, bringing issues of concern from their faculty to the President to pursue at the upper levels of representation.

While the PSA considers it desirable that the PSA Faculty Representatives be included on the relevant boards in their Faculty (eg: Teaching and Learning, Research), we acknowledge that this is outside our control. The onus is on Faculty Representatives to get to know who key personnel are, and to liaise with them on issues or problems, and encourage them to support PSA initiatives. It is also useful for the Faculty Representatives to get to know the ‘who’s who’ at School or Centre level.

A new aspect to this position in 2014 is that the PSA Faculty Representatives will sit on the Guild Education Council. This will enable them to better liaise with Student Societies and Guild Educational Representatives. The Guild Education Council meets monthly.

The constitution states that each Faculty Representative shall:

  • Hold a voting position at the Guild Education Council;
  • Attend the majority of Guild Education Council meetings in order to effectively represent postgraduate education needs in their faculty to the Guild;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty Societies to ensure that sufficient representation, advocacy and resources are available to students in each faculty;
  • Represent the Faculty Postgraduate body at Faculty Boards and Committees;
  • Meet with the Faculty Dean and/or Manager at least once per year;
  • Liaise with postgraduate student representatives within Schools;
  • Promote the establishment of postgraduate student representatives of Schools where they do not exist;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for School postgraduate representatives, and postgraduate students’ groups;
  • Report to each PSA President and Committee Meeting on any relevant actions or activities within the faculty board;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students in the faculty; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Neha Singh

Faculty of Science  Representative

psa-sciencec@guild.uwa.edu.au

About Me

Hello everybody! My name is Neha and I am Science course work representative, member of the faculty board and member of the education board for 2019 at UWA. My stint as a UWA UniMentor 2017 & 2018 was exhilarating and as a PSA committee member, I am looking forward to fostering student-faculty engagement which will accelerate student experience at UWA.

I am a biotechnologist and graduated in December 2018. My master’s journey was invigorating and mind-numbing (in a good way). I enjoy being in the laboratory doing experiments to answer challenges in the science world. When I am not in the laboratory, I take pleasure in cooking and meditation.

Position Description

Representatives from the major faculties and schools across the university are a vital link between the PSA and postgraduates. Not only do the Faculty Representatives encourage postgrads in their area to engage with PSA events and awards, they also play an important advisory role in the committee, bringing issues of concern from their faculty to the President to pursue at the upper levels of representation.

While the PSA considers it desirable that the PSA Faculty Representatives be included on the relevant boards in their Faculty (eg: Teaching and Learning, Research), we acknowledge that this is outside our control. The onus is on Faculty Representatives to get to know who key personnel are, and to liaise with them on issues or problems, and encourage them to support PSA initiatives. It is also useful for the Faculty Representatives to get to know the ‘who’s who’ at School or Centre level.

A new aspect to this position in 2014 is that the PSA Faculty Representatives will sit on the Guild Education Council. This will enable them to better liaise with Student Societies and Guild Educational Representatives. The Guild Education Council meets monthly.

The constitution states that each Faculty Representative shall:

  • Hold a voting position at the Guild Education Council;
  • Attend the majority of Guild Education Council meetings in order to effectively represent postgraduate education needs in their faculty to the Guild;
  • Liaise with the appropriate Faculty Societies to ensure that sufficient representation, advocacy and resources are available to students in each faculty;
  • Represent the Faculty Postgraduate body at Faculty Boards and Committees;
  • Meet with the Faculty Dean and/or Manager at least once per year;
  • Liaise with postgraduate student representatives within Schools;
  • Promote the establishment of postgraduate student representatives of Schools where they do not exist;
  • Inform the PSA Secretary of contact details for School postgraduate representatives, and postgraduate students’ groups;
  • Report to each PSA President and Committee Meeting on any relevant actions or activities within the faculty board;
  • Promote the interests of postgraduate students in the faculty; and
  • Carry out such other duties as the Executive Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Association Committee, or the Association may direct.

Ordinary Committee Members

Eliza Nguyen

Edi Wiraguna

Suba Soundarya

Siva Murugappan

Immediate Past President

Peter Watson

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