Thursday, September 6, 2012

Spring into Spring!: Newsletter 5th September 2012

Spring into Spring Issue!

Hi postgrads!

Oh my goodness, it’s September! (This is a truly terrifying prospect for me.)

This image does not belong to PSA. It's by Edvard Munch! Get some culture please. 
So, what’s happening around the PSA corridor this month? Most excitingly, as part of our responsibilities to help you with career development, we’re running a seminar series entitled “The Employable Postgraduate: How to prepare for your future career during your candidature”. More detail are below, but please please please look carefully at the information and RSVP to me. Your support for these kind of events ensures that they continue!

Also, the committee would like to create a set of FAQs on the website, and we want to know what your questions were when you started. There is a poll on the Facebook page, with some initial suggestions, or you can add your own – I’d be so appreciative if you would!

We’re planning to hold a Family Picnic on Saturday the 6th of October (daytime)! We’ll be inviting you to bring partners, spouses, children, parents, friends – whoever you consider family! What I need to know is – who would you like to bring and what would you like us to do? We’re locking in a BBQ, but I’m also hoping to provide some entertainment and want to make sure it is age appropriate! Please let me know! If there will be sufficient children, I’m thinking face painting and balloon animals. So please give me the excuse to get some balloon animals, because I love those things!

Now you’ve probably noticed Guild elections taking place and I encourage you to participate in this process. I know many postgrads feel disenfranchised by the Guild as an institution, but I believe that this can only be overcome by us becoming more involved in the process. So ask them questions, hold them accountable, and vote! Additionally, we will be holding elections for our committee and representatives at the AGM in October. Start thinking about the committee positions, and how you might contribute – I’m happy to meet with you and answer any questions you might have!

Important dates for you to block out in your calendar (more info to come!):
AGM: Friday the 26th of October
Cocktail Party: Friday the 2nd of November

Finally – Connect is on Thursday the 6th of September at 5pm!! I’ll see you soon, you fabulous amazing people!


The Employable Postgraduate: How to prepare for your future career during your candidature: Postgraduate students are highly skilled individuals, so why is it that they often feel least prepared to enter the workforce? This seminar series will uncover helpful strategies to will help you prepare for your post-study career before you complete.  Postgraduate students are intellectual entrepreneurs - creative, motivated individuals who are expert at solving problems. Discover how to actively seek out opportunities in a range of different work environments - including academia. Learn how to identify your strengths, market your skillset to non-academic employers, navigate hidden job markets, optimise your online presence and how networking can give you a competitive advantage.

The PSA is offering three professional and personal development seminars, you can attend as many or as few as you want, but the idea behind them is to help you market your postgraduate degree to employers. There will be nibbles and tea/coffee provided!

Seminar 1: “Know thyself better”: Identify your Strengths and Skills,
Tuesday 25th September 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Seminar 2: “Get out there!”: Promoting yourself and your research online, Wednesday 26th of September 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Seminar 3: “Don’t just sit there!”: Strategies to proactively seek career opportunities,
Thursday 27th of September 5.30pm to 7.30pm

RSVP is essential, please email Aisling to ensure your attendance! (

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

Halal Food and Food Labelling: Halal food is now available in the Guild Village, Reid & Hackett Cafes - we carry a selection of freshly prepared meat, chicken & vegetarian meals which will be changing daily! Each cafe now also has a microwave designated for the heating of Halal food only.
Also, at the last Guild Council, the decision was undertaken to clearly label potential allergens in hot food. I’m pretty happy, but it’ll take some time to come through.

Like science AND communication? You should totally check out the Science Communication Seminars, Fridays, 4.00pm at the UWA Centre for Learning Technology. No RSVP required, snacks and drinks available – email Sophia Bickford at to join the mailing list!

Alumni! You should totally join up to the UWA Alumni Facebook page, so you can keep in touch with your alma mater!

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 17thSeptember
Email for any queries

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!

How about that local sports team?
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

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
11 Sept: 4.00pm, “Communicating With Sugars”, Anne Dell, MCS Lecture Room Bayliss Building (G.33), (Public Lecture)

13 Sept: 6.00pm, “Discovery of the Higgs boson - not the end but a new beginning”, Ian McArthur, Social Sciences LT, (Public Lecture)

14 Sept: 10am,“Mass Spectrometry and Glycobiology: Defining the sugar recognition code”, Anne Dell, Old Senate Room, (Masterclass)

18 Sept:
2.00pm, A Conversation with The Right Honourable Sir Kenneth Keith, Master Seminar Room 338-G30, Law School UWA, (Masterclass) – RSVP to
6.00pm, Judging at home and abroad - some reflections, The Right Honourable Sir Kenneth Keith, Theatre Auditorium, University Club, (Public Lecture)

19 Sept: 10.00am, A Conversation with Susan Maushart, Old Senate Room, (Masterclass)

27 Sept: 6.00pm, 10 Things I Hate about America: Reflections of a Bi-Hemisexual, Susan Maushart, Social Sciences LT, (Public Lecture)

Registration and questions should be directed to the IAS:

A three-day International Greening Education Event will be held from 10th to 12th of October, 2012 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This event will bring together academia, policy makers, representatives of government and international development agencies, senior members of academic institutions, school administrators and teachers, sustainable development practitioners, environmental management professionals and other stakeholders from around the world. For further information, please see the event details.

2012 International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering (ICSEEE 2012). 29-31 December 2012, Guangzhou, China. Full papers due by October 31. Proceedings to be published in Applied Mechanics and Materials See: WWW.ICSEEE.ORG

The 3rd International Conference on Advances in Materials and Manufacturing Processes (ICAMMP 2012). 22-23 December, 2012, Beihai, China. Paper submission due September 20.
 All accepted papers will be published by Advanced Materials Research Journal. See:

Spaces and Flows: Third International Conference on Urban and Extraurban Studies. 11-12 October 2012, Detroit, USA. Call for Papers is 20 September. Full details of the conference, including online proposal submission form, at .

Thirteenth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations. 13-14 June 2013, Vancouver, Canada. Currently calling for submissions to International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management. See:

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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Phone: (08) 6488 3194
Office: Guild South Wing, First Floor, Office 1.03
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Aisling Blackmore
President, UWA Postgraduate Students' Association

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