Thursday, June 28, 2012

Newsletter 27th June 2012

Hi all!
Newsletter day always rolls around faster than I expect, but here I am writing it again!
Nobody could find Croccy’s location last week, so the money has rolled over to this week – there is $100 cash prize for people who can go to the location shown in Croccy’s photo, take a photo of 10 UWA postgrads there, and send it to me. Full terms and conditions are on the website: <>. If you don’t understand the competition, send me an email!
The PSA Committee is keen to run a Careers event for postgrads across the campus in late August/early September, but we’re a little short on people-power. We’re looking to co-opt some members for this project – if you want to get involved and have the time to help make phone calls, book venues, and work with me on planning the event, please get in touch!
There have been a number of new discipline or Faculty-specific Facebook groups popping up for UWA postgrads. You’ll see some in the notices below. If you have one and would like to share it so that more people know about it, just send me the link! I’m always happy to share it on the PSA page or in the newsletter.
Please note that the date for submissions for the National Student Leadership Forum has changed – see either the website or the notice below. I also remind you again that you are entitled to be paid for your marking and there will be more info going up on the blog very soon!
Amongst other work I’ve been doing, I’m trying to make sure that postgraduate student representatives within faculties, schools, and centres are elected from the students by the students, not nominated and chosen by the staff. If you’re not sure how you’re represented on the various boards and committees, please let me know!
Finally, applications for the Convocation Travel Award open next week and PSA co-fund two of the awards – apply please!!
Peace out posties!
Connect! On Thursday the 5th of July at 5pm at the University Club! It might be cold and windy, but we’ll still be there! Come along and say hi, though I’ll only be at this one for the first 10 minutes or so. Note that there are still nibbles available, but we have cut down on them in order to cater for the larger turn out of people we’ve been experiencing so that everyone can have a drink or two. Even if you’re not a drinker, there is always soft drink and water provided as well, so please come along!
Law students: You’re almost certainly rarer than white elephants. Join the PSA Committee and represent postgrad law students! Email Aisling at At this stage I will take unwitting nominations, so if you know a postgrad law student just email me their details and I’ll pounce on them.
Faculty of Arts Postgrads:  <>  is a group set up for postgrads across the Arts Faculty. Join for networking info, events, and debates.
Nitpicky? Get experience in editing and publishing! Trove, UWA’s online magazine for students by students, is currently seeking UWA PhD students and MA students to join the steering committee. please email Carol Ryles or Crystal Abidin at
Ecologists! The inaugural conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) will be held at the University Club in Perth, Western Australia, from Tuesday 27 November to Saturday 1 December. Website for all the details: <>
National Student Leadership Forum: Is running in Canberra from the 20th to the 23rd of September, info is here: <>. If you’d like to be the postgraduate representative from UWA, please apply by sending a brief CV; your statement of academic record; a single page explaining why you think the Forum is valuable and what you could contribute to by the 23rd of July.
Inquisitive? Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal that publishes full-length academic articles by current graduate students. The theme for Issue 3.1 (Winter 2013) is 'Literature and Identity' and there is currently a Call for Papers! See <> for the info.
Rookie teachers! The Centre for Teaching and Learning have a course for you! Applications close 11th of July. Check it out: <>
Sisters are doing it for themselves: Graduate Women WA bursaries/scholarships are open again until 12pm on the 27th of July. I assume the old form is still valid: <>
Money? Money! Convocation and PSA co-fund some travel awards! Applications are open on the 1st of July: <>
Threesome! By which, of course, I mean the three most awesome PSAs in WA (UWA, Curtin, and Murdoch) are co-hosting a networking event! It will be held at Curtin on the 19th of July from 6pm to 9pm. Wine and Cheese/Nibbles are on the cards!
Do you want to put a notice in the newsletter? You should email me! I’ll spruik most things related to postgrads, professional development, and activities. Newsletter day is currently Wednesday, so email two sentences and any links to by 9am on Wednesday to be included!
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