PSA - PSA Write Club




Postgraduate Students' Association



The first rule of Write Club is that you don’t speak in Write Club! Join us for a jam-packed day of thesis or assignment writing, with plenty of breaks in between to meet new postgrads. Free entry! BYO lunch, snacks, and laptops or notebooks.

Where: Guild Council Room (second floor of Guild Village, accessed through Ref Courtyard stairwell or lift to level P3), UWA
When: Third Saturday of every month, 10am-5pm

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Join us for a few fun rounds of Monopoly, Cranium, Cards Against Humanity, and any other games you like! We have a few to choose from, but feel free to bring your favourites along! Free entry; BYO snacks.

Where: Postgrad Common Room (first floor Guild village, across from UniPrint), UWA
When: Third Thursday and last Tuesday of every month, 5.30pm-8pm (dates may vary – see Facebook event for details)

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Whether you’re studying in the library, working in the lab, or writing up a paper, take a break and join us for a free lunch and a chance to hang out with your fellow postgrads!

Where: Oak Lawn, UWA
When: Third Tuesday of every month, 12pm-1pm
Tickets: Free entry and no booking required, but get in quick, the food always runs out fast!

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Join us to relax and unwind, have some pizza and drinks on us, and catch up with your fellow postgrads!

Where: The Refectory
When: First Thursday of every month, 5pm-7pm
Tickets: Free entry and free food/drinks for all UWA postgrads; no booking required!

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Get a few friends together to answer head-scratching questions, win a few mini-games, and prove that all this higher education was worth it!

Where: The Tavern, UWA
When: Thursday 10 May, 7pm-late
Tickets: $15 per person or $80 for a table of 8. Price includes entry and pizza for each table.

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Join us for a family-friendly night as we explore the wonders of the night sky! We’ll get to see and learn about the moon, planets, and the milky way!

Where: Perth Observatory
When: Friday 24 August, 6pm-late
Tickets:  On sale from 9am, Thursday 2 August. Include return transport from UWA, entry and pizza.

Book here | Facebook event

In postgrad fashion news, we’re excited to bring you two new PSA t-shirts to choose from!

You can stretch your understanding with the cutest dachshund ever, or  grow your degree with our beautiful oak tree.

Both designs can be printed on either a black or white shirt, with a choice of men’s or ladies’ cuts, as shown below (click to view larger):
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If you love these designs as much as we do, you can pre-order your t-shirts now for only $20 each.

Ladies’ size chart

Size XS S M L XL 2XL
Chest (cm)  40 43 45 48 51 55
Length (cm)  67 68 69 70 71 72

 

Men’s size chart

Size S M L XL 2XL
Chest (cm)  46 50 54 58 62
Length (cm)  71 74 77 80 83

 

Pre-orders close Friday 6 April. Order now!

At the Annual General Meeting, the PSA Committee has proposed changes to the Rules that govern the PSA. All members have the right to have their say on these changes, and can do so by attending the AGM on Thursday the 26th of December in the Bayliss Lecture Theatre (G.33). If these changes are approved by the PSA membership at the next Annual General Meeting, they will be presented to the Guild Council for ratification.

 

The current rules can be found here

 

The changes recommended by the Committee refer specifically to Section 8 of the Rules, those on the committee and sub-committee structure. In particular the changes will make the Events Officer a position on the PSA Executive. This would give the Events Officer additional powers, including the right to enter into contracts on behalf of the PSA (useful for venue bookings for events). It would also recognise the higher than standard workload that the Events Officer takes on. Below is a list of specific changes that are being recommended by the Committee.

 

LIST OF CHANGES

  1. In item 8.1
    DELETE
    “(f) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students’ Officer”
    INSERT after “(e) Treasurer,”
    “(f) Events Officer”
    DELETE
    “(k) Events Officer”
    INSERT after “(i) Media Officer,”
    “(k) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students’ Officer”
  1. In item 8.2
    DELETE
    “(a) The PSA Executive, comprised of the roles in 8.1(a)-(e), and”
    INSERT after “The sub-committees that must exist within the PSA Committee structure are:”
    “(a) The PSA Executive, comprised of the roles in 8.1(a)-(f), and”

END OF CHANGES

 

DRAFT TEXT

“8. COMMITTEE STRUCTURES

8.1 The PSA Committee shall be comprised of the:

(a) President,

(b) Vice-President Coursework,

(c) Vice-President Research,

(d) Secretary,

(e) Treasurer,

(f) Events Officer,

(g) Equity Officer,

(h) International Students’ Officer,

(i) Media Officer,

(j) Off Campus Officer,

(k) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students’ Officer,

(l) A Higher Degree by Coursework Representative for each Faculty of the University,

(m) A Higher Degree by Research Representative for each Faculty of the University, (n) Ex-officio members, and

(o) No more than four Ordinary Committee Members.

8.2 The sub-committees that must exist within the PSA Committee structure are:

(a) The PSA Executive, comprised of the roles in 8.1(a)-(f), and

(b) The PSA Awards and Grants Sub-committee, comprised of a member of the PSA Executive, at least one of the roles 8.1(l) or 8.1(m), and three other Committee members.”

This page lists all of the candidates who have nominated for a position on the 2018 PSA Committee. Candidates have been sorted based on whether an election is required for their position. The order of candidates reflects the ballot order, which was randomly assigned.

POSITIONS REQUIRING ELECTION

The following people have nominated for the respective positions. Images and content has been provided by the candidates.

Vice-President (Coursework)

Alexander Tan

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Over my time at University I have been involved in multiple facets aside from academics. I have always strived to be active undertaking roles such as public relations officer and sports committee member for the Multicultural Students Union and, currently, student representative under STAR for the guild. Both of these positons, but in particular, being involved with the student guild, and having the opportunity to converse with Nevin Jayawardena, Manpreet Kaur and Owen Myles, has enlightened me about the importance of exceptional student representation to the quality of education and student experience at UWA. Their achievements as student representatives and encouragements has inspired me to push myself as a student representative and ensure that the interests of postgraduate students are strongly represented.

As a fellow postgraduate student and hopefully Vice President of Coursework for the PSA, I want to work towards ensuring that UWA’s higher degrees remain relevant and provide students with the best opportunities in today’s fierce market.

 

Mitul Panchal

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Ensuring Postgraduate student’s experience at the University has always been my intrinsic interest which is evident through my engagement in informal discussions and volunteering with the Guild and UniMentor. I wish to apply for the Vice President position at PSA to assist the President and other executive members in meeting the organization objective where postgraduate students have transparent relationship with the University. I have a strong educational focus on student experience and passion to represent the students’ voice and be advocate of change being a Coursework student myself for 2 years and constantly engaging in coursework feedback and events to better understand the educational vision. I wish to apply for this executive member with organization skills, time management and focus on postgraduate students’ interests. I am prepared to commit and assist to best of my capabilities for this honorable position with the PSA.

 

Faculty Representative (Coursework) – Engineering & Mathematical Sciences

Mugundan Radhakrishnan

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At the end of this year, I will have spent four years at UWA. Over that time, I have forged many connections with staff and students from the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS). In my role as President of Engineers Without Borders UWA this year, I worked closely with the EMS Faculty on improving student experience and engagement. I believe that I am well networked and connected to successfully fulfil the role of Faculty of EMS Coursework Representative.

If elected to this position, I will seek out a position on the Faculty’s Student Association Council (SAC). The SAC meetings are used as a forum by the Faculty to get feedback from student clubs regarding coursework and student experience. It is also used as an avenue to communicate any upcoming initiatives or changes by the Faculty.

I will work hard to represent the diverse EMS postgraduate students.

 

Alexander Tan

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Over my time at University I have been involved in multiple facets aside from academics. I have always strived to be active undertaking roles such as public relations officer and sports committee member for the Multicultural Students Union and, currently, student representative under STAR for the guild. Both of these positons, but in particular, being involved with the student guild, and having the opportunity to converse with Nevin Jayawardena, Manpreet Kaur and Owen Myles, has enlightened me about the importance of exceptional student representation to the quality of education and student experience at UWA. Their achievements as student representatives and encouragements has inspired me to push myself as a student representative and ensure that the interests of postgraduate students are strongly represented.

As a fellow MPE student and hopefully faculty representative, I want to work towards ensuring that UWA’s MPE degrees remain relevant and provide students with the best opportunities in today’s fierce market.

 

Mitul Panchal

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Being a Master of Professional Engineering student myself for 2 years now, I understand and am very well exposed to issues and interests within postgraduate students in the EMS Faculty. I possess extensive experience in being the advocate to make the student experience better and more transparent for the bigger picture within the University. With new coursework, postgraduate courses adding in the 2018 year, I am much exposed to the courses and students’ expectations within the University as I also hold a position as Administrative Assistant at the Admissions office in Student Experience at UWA for past 1.5 years. This extensive liaison and volunteering experiences like Logistics Officer for Teach Learn Grow and UniMentor, I believe I have the right skills and background to represent the cohort of all coursework students at the EMS and act purely in their interest and resolve issues responsibly.

 

POSITIONS ELECTED UNOPPOSED

These people have been elected as they were the only person to lodge a valid nomination for their respective positions.

President

Peter Watson

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I am currently enrolled in my 2nd year of a PhD in Physical Chemistry. My main goals as a prospective 2018 PSA President is to work quickly to build a team across all Faculties and Schools and ensure that communication channels to student representatives are continually open. I wish to work with the Guild events team to grow staples of the PSA like Connect, our quiz night, cocktail party and Postgrad café while introducing a few new events to showcase UWA and the Perth area, especially to postgrads visiting Australia from abroad. I have a passion for student representation having served as the Postgrad Rep, President and Past President for CHeMnBiO (2015-2017), Education Vice President of Science Union (2017) as well as PSA Secretary (2017). It would be an honour to serve as the 2018 PSA President and continue to build on the hard work of Owen the 2017 committee.

International Students’ Officer

Rahul Kumar

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I am Rahul, Master of Professional engineering.

I have applied to become an International student officer because I am keen to get involved with the university, meet new people, and improve my knowledge about international cultures. As an International student I know what an international interested in.  It’s great having this opportunity to work with so many different people, working with other PSA members, working with students and university staff. I will also learn a lot about how the university functions, working in many different areas within the university. I have following personal qualities: Desire to learn, Enthusiasm, Leadership, Responsibility, Dependability, Maturity, Initiative, Dedication and Punctuality. All these qualities will make me a good International Student Officer and confident that PSA and University objective will be met through team work. If I am elected as the International Student Officer I will make sure to organise events for International Postgraduate students.

Media Officer

Laura Skates

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Hi, I’m Laura! This year I was your Off-Campus Officer, and really enjoyed working with the PSA committee, assisting with events, and helping to edit and layout the PostScript magazine. I’d really like to contribute to the PSA again next year as your Media Officer. I have some design and photography skills (having won poster & presentation awards for this), and would love to help capture events, create advertising materials, and work on the next PostScript magazine. I’d also like to foster a positive #uwapostgrad community online, and I have plenty of prior experience with social media to help with this (regularly contributing to “Science is Amazing” and “UWA School of Biological Sciences” on Facebook, “@kingspark_wa” and “@floraskates” on Twitter, “@floraskates” and “@funwithplantz” on Instagram). Overall, I am passionate about communication, and would love to work with the PSA to keep all postgrads informed, engaged, and connected! J

Faculty Representative (Research) – Medical & Health Sciences

Wesley Wilson

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Faculty Representative (Research) – Arts, Business, Law & Education

Phillip Shields

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I am part-time in the School of Music (Masters-Musicology- 3rd year), usually in Reid or the Music Library. I am doing ground-breaking research on the turn of the century Italian composer, GianFrancesco Malipiero, not even known to the Italians. I leapt at the challenge of the 3MT competition again this year, and had a memory melt-down (Nutribullet remember?) I am sociable and love helping out. I was very active in my undergraduate years and worked with the Staff liaison officer to make student life happier. The quality of the academic and social experience of the students is important to me, as is our mental and spiritual peace of mind. Having two years’ experience to bring to the position, this coming year, I would like to focus on consolidating school postgrad reps (thanks to those who have stood forward to do this so far-this is so great), arriving at an effective sessional tutorial/ teaching training program for FABLE Faculty, and improve prices(!), types and quantity (pasta al dente, per favore) at food outlets at UWA.

Faculty Representative (Research) – Science

Brady Johnston

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Faculty Representative (Coursework) – Science

Clare Metcalfe

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Ordinary Committee Member

Michael Kobondo

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REMAINING POSITIONS (NO NOMINATIONS)

These positions received no nominations. These positions will be open to nominations from the floor of the Annual General Meeting.

VP Research

Secretary

Treasurer

Equity Officer

Events Officer

Off-Campus Officer

Faculty Representative (Coursework) – Medical & Health Sciences

Faculty Representative (Coursework) – Arts, Business, Law & Education

Faculty Representative (Research) – Engineering & Mathematical Sciences

Ordinary Committee Member (3 positions remaining)

The UWA Postgraduate Students’ Association (PSA) is delighted to welcome Justice Robert French as the new UWA Chancellor. Justice French will replace the current Chancellor Michael Chaney upon the completion of his term in December 2017. Justice French has had a long and distinguished career in the legal profession, rising to the level of Chief Justice of Australia. Justice French has also served as the Chancellor of Edith Cowan University between 1991 and 1997, and was the head of the National Native Title Tribunal. The PSA is pleased to welcome Justice French into the role and sends our best wishes to him as he prepares to begin this important role.

 

Postgraduate Students’ Association President Owen Myles said ‘On behalf of UWA’s postgraduate student body, I would like extend our congratulations to Justice French on his appointment as UWA’s new Chancellor.

 

The PSA looks forward to working with him through the UWA Senate and we hope to build on a long history of co-operation between the university and the PSA to foster a stronger university and continue to improve on the postgraduate experience at UWA.’

 

Justice French’s term as Chancellor will last for 3 years, with the possibility of an extension.

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