Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Newsletter 20th of February 2013

Good News Everybody!

I’m finally running out of different ways of greeting you all each week. If you have any suggestions…..I’m open to them.

So this week has been O’Week around campus and there has been a large number of new coursework postgrads who have been around attending their orientations. Be nice to them- being new sucks.

The PSA will be having a stall on Friday on the Oval for O’DAy, so make sure you come on down and say hi to the committee members who will be manning it. We will have some cold drinks, some snacks to give away and be selling PSA t-shirts (for only $5). 

The Coursework orientation which happened on Monday seemed like it went well. I attempted to be engaging and enculturate the newbies into the ways of the PSA, but as most of you know by now I am much more eloquent behind a computer than I am in person. Despite that I have had a bunch of sign-ups to the mailing list! Yay!

In other good news (see I didn’t lie in the greeting) we have had a nomination for Engineering Faculty Representative- Cady Jobe has nominated for this position. So if anyone has any objections please email me at before the 27th of February.

On a complete different note I am hoping that many of you have read the Vice-Chancellors ‘UWA Futures Paper’. The paper and some responses can be found here This paper is going to set the tone and direction of the University for the years to come. If you have an interest in this university and direction it is heading in I strongly encourage you to read the paper and form an opinion. I will be going to several meetings over the next couple of weeks where this paper will be discussed, so if you have an opinion shoot me an email about so that I can bring it up.  

I think that is all for this week. As per usual I encourage you to keep reading and check out the notices below.

Gemma Bothe

P.S If you are wondering why this is actually coming out on time it is because the PSA Committee’s illustrious Media Officer has returned! So now I just have to write the rambling editorials!



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:

Indigenous Officer


Are you a newly enrolled HDR student and want to know more about writing a research proposal? This Friday the Graduate Education Officers will be running a seminar on “How to prepare & submit a research proposal” that will provide an overview of how to write and submit a research proposal at UWA, the board review process, common reasons why the board requires amendments, and useful resources. No need to register, just come along at 1pm to the Gentilli Lecture Theatre (Room 131) Geography & Geology Building, Friday 22 February. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Jo Edmondston (<> P: 6488 7010).


Small Group Teaching: Seminars & Tutorials
Date: Thursday 28 February 2013
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Love House, Seminar Room 1
Intended Audience: This workshop is aimed at those of you who are new to tutoring or who are looking to develop your teaching skills. Tutors, including postgraduate students, teaching in any subject area.
(Note: Business students should contactProfessor Phil Hancock for subject-specific workshops.)
At the conclusion of the workshop you will:
·better understand the purpose of seminars and tutorials and your role as tutor
·be able to establish and maintain a supportive learning environment that recognises and accommodates diversity
·have a range of strategies from which you can draw to engage students in the learning process
·be able to address management issues in the classroom.


Teaching and Learning Research Colloquium 2013
Date: Thursday 6th June 2013
Time: 8:45-12:00.
Venue: University Club, Seminar Rooms 1 and 2
You are invited to disseminate your research in Teaching and Learning at UWA.
The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Educational Strategies Office are pleased to host the annual Teaching and Learning Research Colloquium as part of Teaching and Learning Week at UWA in 2013.

Expressions of Interest are now open

We are calling for expressions of interest from anyone who is actively engaged with the scholarship of teaching and learning at UWA and would like to share their research with others in a presentation to your colleagues.

Please submit an Expression of Interest in the form of an abstract by Monday 8th April 2013 to

Key Dates:
Monday 8th April 2013 – Expressions of interest due
Monday 29th April 2013 – Draft schedule published
Thursday 6th June 2013 Colloquium (Time; 8.45-12.00pm) Venue; University Club

Expression of Interest – include your school / discipline, title of presentation, and an abstract of 300 words
Presentations – 20 minutes with 10 minutes for discussion (subject to change)
Publication – abstracts will be published on the web prior to the colloquium; presentations will be published on the web following the colloquium

Please forward this message on to anyone who might be interested in the colloquium and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Rashmi Watson
6488 3968


UWA Student Guild - Co-Op Textbook Grants for Students

As a new semester approaches the UWA Student Guild Officers – Finance & Welfare, would like to let you know we have available Guild Textbook Grants in the form of Co-Op Textbook vouchers of up to $250 for students who are finding it difficult to purchase essential textbooks.

Attached is the application form, for further information please see the following link - or feel free to contact either of us; Emmaline Turley  on or Jessica Toon

PSA Lounge: Use it!

The PSA Lounge will be open for use by any postgraduate student anytime. In case it’s not open you can pick up the keys from the Guild reception.

Hear Hear!

Let's pat ourselves on the back! If you know any UWA postgrads who have done anything exceptional in their field of late let us know and we'll include a shoutout in the newsletter and blogposts! We're proud of out posties and would love to celebrate your achievements!


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 if you’re not re-enrolled, check your student email now.

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
(08) 6488 3194
Office: Guild South Wing, First Floor, Office 1.03
Lounge: Guild South Wing, First Floor, Room 1.05

Gemma Bothe
President, UWA Postgraduate Students' Association
Twitter: @UWAPSA

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