Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Newsletter November 14th 2012

Hi posties!

There are currently 295 likes for the PSA Facebook page ( It would make me super duper happy to leave PSA, after launching the page this year, with over 300 likes – so please please please click the link, like it and recommend to your friends! It’s lots of fun, it’s regularly updated, and there are heaps of cool photos!

There are super exciting things happening that are likely not to be finalised until next year, and I can’t tell you about them yet! But stay in touch with your PSA so that the 2013 committee can make sure you all know about news and developments. If you can think of a way your postgrad experience could be improved – tell us! Even if we can’t directly help, we’ll happily provide advice and support.

I hope you have a lovely week postgrads! I’ll see you all around campus!

Big hugs,

Check your student email!! Your student email is where the GRS communicates with you – regardless of if you have a staff account, or still use the same Hotmail account you set up when you were 12 years old. Check that and StudentConnect at least once a week to ensure that you don’t have any outstanding fines, fees, milestones which might lead to an encumbrance – this would prevent the automatic re-enrollment of research students! Bad times for everyone.
TL;DR – don’t start whinging at Gemma if you’re not re-enrolled, check your student email now.

2013 PSA Committee: There are still some positions open on the 2013 committee, so if you’ve got the desire to volunteer and a passion for postgraduates, shoot me an email!
New members welcome for:
Coursework Officer
Indigenous Officer
Education Fac Rep
Law Fac Rep
Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Science Face Rep
All 2013 positions commence on the 1st of December.

Inter-Uni Summer School! Registrations for the inaugural Inter-uni Summer-school for Postgraduate Research Excellence (InSPiRE) are now open, please find attached the promotional flyer.

InSPiRE will be held from February 11th – 15th 2013, with the opening day being held at the University Club of WA. The remainder of the week will be held across the four other Western Australian Universities, and students may register for single days, multiple days or for the whole week. The program will feature guests speakers from the industry and community, interactive workshops and networking events, and fantastic prize giveaways.

Numbers are strictly limited, and the students will need to register early to avoid disappointment.

I’ve got stuff on the website! See:

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

PERFECTIONIST? Want to be part of Curtin's Perfectionism clinical trial? The Curtin Psychology Clinic is trialling an 8-week treatment for clinical perfectionism course using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies.  It aims to help you understand perfectionist behaviours, explore ways to reduce unhelpful thinking and self-criticism, and increase your time management skills and your self-worth. Call Vivienne at the Curtin Psychology Clinic on (08) 9266 3436 for more information or email

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!

IAS Events:
22 Nov: “Re-Reading Christina Stead”, Louise Adler, Webb LT, 6pm, (Lecture)

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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