Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Newsletter 22nd August 2012

REMINDER: PSA Awards Round Two is open – this is only a short round, to work out any kinks in the new applications. It closes 5pm 3rd of September, so get in quick! We’re offering up to one Small Grant, one Fieldwork, and four Conference Travel Awards. Did you know applications for the Teaching Internship and for Convocation Travel Award close at the end of the month! Get in quick, while all this money is around!

Did you know that Faculties normally include student representatives on their boards – such as the faculty Research Committee and the Teaching and Learning committee? Did you know that this student representation includes postgraduates? But do you know who your reps are, or how they are elected/selected? These reps are often not in touch with the PSA, and sometimes not in touch with the students they are supposed to represent! My last big push for the year will be on making sure that the faculties commit to making sure that these representative are elected from the students, by the students, and that all the postgrads know who is on the committees representing them.

This needs your support though – so ask questions, and show that you’re interested! These bodies make decisions which affect you!

Finally, Guild elections are coming up, nominations for positions close on Friday. Another ‘Did you know?’ – postgrads make up 21.5% of the UWA student population in 2012. Do you know how many guaranteed voting positions we have on Guild Council? Zero. You have one guaranteed representative (the PSA President!) but that person is not elected in open elections, only by UWA postgrads, and so has no vote. I encourage you to consider running, or at least voting – and talk to the people running a pressure them to take our voice and needs into account!

Lots of cool stuff to do and see below – get on it!

Peace out posties!

Did you know? 7 did/do you knows in this editorial!

EDUCATION FORUM: All postgraduate students from The University of Western Australia are invited to present their education-related research at the next Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Forum to be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 20 November 2012 at the Graduate School of Education. For further information about the forum, please see or contact Eileen Slater

OneSearch and Library Website: Want to get a Woolworths gift voucher AND give feedback on two of our most used resources? See how at:

Like science AND communication? You should totally check out the Science Communication Seminars, Fridays, 4.00pm at the UWA Centre for Learning Technology. Next up (24th of August) is Jenny Donovan speaking on “The Modern Storyteller: What Children learn about DNA from their favourite family member – the television.” No RSVP required, snacks and drinks available – email Sophia Bickford at to join the mailing list!

MUPSA Conference:
Multidisciplinary Conference 2012
The Third Multidisciplinary Conference from the Murdoch University Postgraduate Student Association (MUPSA) is coming up in September.  This is a chance for Murdoch Postgraduate students to showcase their research across multiple disciplines!
Where: Economics, Commerce and Law (ECL) Lecture Theatres 2 and 3, Murdoch University South Street Campus
When: Thursday 27th September. Opens at 8:30am outside ECL2 for a 9:05am opening address
To register: complete the registration form at before 17th September
Email for any queries

Joint Event: Did you come to the joint event hosted by Curtin? Give your feedback by following the link on the PSA Facebook page!

Trove: UWA’s Online Creative Arts Journal – get your work published! Submissions accepted all year, deadline for 3.2 is Monday 28th of September. More details? Sure can!

Art!! An invite from Chris (Lawrence) Poole:
 Various works: old and new. Old work never shown / new work I shouldn't be showing.  Its been a while, but after many years (too much thesis and not
enough art) I feel like a virgin again. (The anonymous extrovert that
was never to be anything but everything and nothing?)
WHERE: Artlab (Crawley) At the old Black Swan Theatre building on
Broadway (Opp. the Caltex cnr of Stirling Hwy and Broadway).
TIMES: Opens Sat. 1st Sep. 6pm (drinks). Thereafter: Open 1.30-7,
Tuesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday until the 14th (or by appointment).

[The PSA President is a fan of Chris’ work... you should check it out!]

Volleyball and Fun Day! Fun games, volleyball, sausage sizzle, cupcakes - a great family day out and a good cause!  We (Rotary of Crawley and African Students Union, UWA) are organizing what promises to be a lovely action packed day of sports, fun games, food and music to raise funds for science education and youth leadership at two schools in Malawi, Africa.
DATE: Saturday, 6th October
TIME: 10:30am for 11am game start. Finish at 3pm.
VENUE: Riley Oval, UWA Campus, Crawley - near University Club on Hackett Drive.
REGISTRATION: Advance registration required for volleyball teams- $100 per team (minimum 6 players).
BENEFICIARIES:  Mzuzu Academy  and Nkhomboli Community Day Secondary School
FACEBOOK: Volleyball and Fun games for Malawi Schools

PSA FUNDING ROUND TWO OPEN: You should totally check out the refurbished awards, on the pretty new website (this link should even work!):

Funded trip to Water Management conference for research students: The Deans of Graduate Schools of the Go8 and C9 are this year arranging a graduate research student forum with the broad topic, Water, water management and global sustainable futures. The Forum will be hosted by The University of Queensland and be attended by 34 doctoral students from China and Australia. Two students from The University of Western Australia will be selected to attend and present papers at the Forum. One applicant will be selected from the science/engineering areas, another from the broad social sciences/humanities/arts areas. We encourage eligible and interested graduate research students to apply – contact Forms are also on the PSA website under the ‘Notices for Postgrads’ link on the sidebar.

Domestic Scholarship Applications open! Online applications are now open for a wide range of postgraduate research scholarships for local (domestic) students, including Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA), University Postgraduate Awards (UPA), prestigious University scholarships funded from bequests and other faculty and discipline-specific scholarships. Closing Date:  5pm Wednesday 31 October 2012, see:

Money? Money! Convocation and PSA co-fund some travel awards! Applications close on the 31st of August:

Teaching Internship: Applications for the Postgraduate Teaching Internship Scheme close on the 31st of August, and there is an information session in Fox Lecture Theatre on the 7th of August from 1pm to 2pm. More info? Of course!

Idea-ful? The Day of Ideas is sponsored by the IAS, and focuses on important themes.

Manning Clark House is running a special public lecture “Night of 100 Objects - Creating histories through Objects” by Dr Jeremy Hill, Head of Research, The British Museum. The lecture is on the 8th of November 2012, from 6.00pm-7.00pm, at the WA Museum, costing $30.

The IAS’s 2012 Day of Ideas lecture series will focus on the theme: “Objects/History/Humanity: Museums in Contemporary Society”. It will take place on the 9thof November 2012, from 9.30am –5.00pm, in Banquet Hall South, University Club, UWA, costing $75/$70 (concession). The day is followed by sundowner until 6.00pm.

More info and registration:

Institute of Advanced Studies Lectures and Masterclasses
23rd August:
“Animal Psychology and Human Nature”, David Konstan, 10am, Old Senate room, (Masterclass)
“The (mis)use of religion in justification of political violence: a comparative analysis”, O.P. Rafferty, 6pm, University Club LT, (Public Lecture)
27th August: “The Star-Crossed Stone”, K.J. McNamara, 6pm, Webb LT, (Public Lecture)
28th August: “Fossils as Ancient Windows into the Evolution of the Body, the Mind and Soul”, K.J. McNamara, 10am, Old Senate room, (Masterclass)
29th August: “WA on the threshold… SKA and the new view of the universe”, Peter Quinn, 6pm, University Club Auditorium, (Public Lecture)
30th August: “Climate Change: Will we cope?” Chris Rapley, 6pm, Social Science LT, (Public Lecture)

Registration and questions should be directed to the IAS:

Careers Month
August is CAREERS MONTH.  Check out the events and activities both on and off campus.  For all details and to book, go to CareerHub –

POSTGRADUATE CAREERS WEEK – targeted at postgraduate students (coursework and research). 
Bookings essential on CareerHub –

MONDAY 27 AUGUST - On the Couch with the Recruiters seminar – Meet the recruiters and get tips for your resume, interviews and job etiquette. 
Recruiters from Accenture, Public Sector Commission and John Davidson Australia
4.15pm in Ernst & Young Lecture Theatre, Business School

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST - MBA Case Study Workshop – a presentation of case studies and an opportunity to network with Accenture
7am – Michael Chaney Case Study Room, Business School – BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL ON CAREERHUB

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST - Accenture BBQ – Find out about career opportunities at Accenture
1pm – Oak Lawn – Undergraduate and Postgraduates welcome.

MONDAY 3 SEPTEMBER - Resume writing workshopThis workshop is designed to assist postgraduate students with their resumes.  Guest speaker – Accenture
1pm, Social Sciences South Building

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!
Internal Mail: M300
Phone: (08) 6488 3194
Office: Guild South Wing, First Floor, Office 1.03
Lounge: Guild South Wing, First Floor, Room 1.05

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