Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Newsletter 24th October 2012

Hi posties!

Wow, these three weeks are HUGE for the PSA! We have had committee nominations and Leadership Award applications close last week, AGM and elections this week, and my last Connect as President and the Cocktail party next week!

It is so very important that you participate in the process of electing the new President, postgrads. I hope this year you have realised how much representation this person must do for you – so you want someone who will actually keep in touch and let you know what is going on! (If you don’t know who they are and what they’re doing, how can they represent you?) There are four nominees – read about them here:

Keep the PSA strong and independent, and working for you!

Absentee voting: If you can’t make it to the AGM, you can still vote. Email to get the ballot paper. Absentee voting opens on the 19th of October and closes 5pm on the 25th of October. If you lodge an absentee vote, you cannot vote at the AGM.

The AGM is on Friday the 26th of October, from 5.30pm, Arts Lecture Room 5. We will have a sundowner at the Club with drinks and nibbles afterwards! IT’S A MINI CONNECT! We’re also going to be presenting the Inaugural Leadership Award, and discussing the future of the PSA!

The cocktail party is on the 2nd of November, 7.30pm, at the Llama Bar. Keith Johnson let me know that I confusingly wrote in the Supplementary Newsletter last week that Cocktail tickets are $25 each for committee members – I meant Association members (that’s all of you!)! Cocktail Party is for you, and your partners! We’ve put a lot of time into creating a magnificent party for you all, so please come and get your tickets from Guild Student Reception quickly! (They’re selling fast! Please bring exact cash.)

Two very quick good news stories: Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD Student in the School of Psychology David Erceg-Hurn was named 2012 WA Student Scientist of the Year! Congrats David! Lauren Hollier, winner of the UWA 3 Minute Thesis, came runner up in the Trans-Tasman level of the competition! Congrats Lauren!

Apologies for the long editorial, I promise they’ll return to being short, sweet, and full of !!! soon!


Single parent? The following is a request for participants: I am interested in how you came to decide to continue on postgraduate education and how being a sole parent influences your studies. Your participation would include an initial 90 minute interview and your participation is confidential. To find out more and/or participate please contact Genine:

EMPLOYMENT AT ST. CATHERINES: St. Catherine’s College is seeking tutors!
Tutorials are run at the college located across from UWA (usually after 5pm although this is flexible) once a week for one hour. You will be paid $55 per hour tutorial. Classes are small usually 1-4 residents attending. If you are interested please contact Kim Louw at with a list of your availabilities to run the tutorial.
Currently required are tutors with expertise in:
LAWS4401: Constitutional Law II
ECON2234: Macroeconomics
ECON2235: International Trade
SCIE1106: Molecular Biology of Cells (Preferred availability Tuesdays 7pm-8pm)

The Director of Studies position is also seeking Expressions of Interest! The details are on the website:

RECLAIM THE NIGHT: This year women and their allies are coming together on Friday, 26th October to Reclaim the Night. The march will begin at Pioneer Park, Fremantle at 6:30pm. It will be organised and led by self-identifying women but everyone that supports our goals is welcome to attend. Email Anita at for more info.

Education Research Forum! Register to attend the 2012 Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Research Forum at Faculty of Education. This is a free event providing an opportunity for UWA postgrads to present their education-related research.
DATE:  Tuesday 20 November 2012
TIME:  Registrations: 1.30pm to 1.50pm

FORUM: 1.50pm to 4.45pm Refreshments from 4.45pm onwards
REGISTER: Email the following information to Suzanne Dawkins ( no later than Friday 9 November 2012:Your Name
Email address
Contact phone number
Whether you attended the forum in 2011
Whether you will be attending the social hour after the forum
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!
LITERARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: IAS and the Chair of Australian Literature are presenting a research symposium titled Christina Stead and Literary Ownership. It’s on the 23rd of November from 9.30am to 5pm, at the University Club. See for the info!

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
25 Oct: 10am – 4pm, “Uncovering Oceanic Transport Barriers”, Thomas Peacock, Old Senate Room, (Masterclass)

Registration and questions should be directed to the IAS:

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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