Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Newsletter 13th of March

Good Evening Peers,

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who came to Connect. I met many of you, and received some feedback on the PSA. This month we had over 70 people attend and it was one of the biggest Connects on record. Due to that – we did run out of food and beverages earlier than usual. Next month the food and drinks will come out more staggered than this month so that those that turn up a little later can get something to eat and drink as well.

The RSVP date for our Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Seminar has been extended until this Friday (the 15th), so if you are interested in coming you need to let us know at as soon as possible. For those that don’t remember- the seminar is an introduction to IP and Commercialisation. It then looks at these concepts in relation to UWA, using a variety of case studies from different disciplines. The Seminar is on Wednesday the 20th at E-Moot Court (near the Law Library). It is a 9am start and will go for around 2.5 hours. Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided (the VP’s husband- who is a pastry chef, will be making some cakes).

Finally applications for the PSA Awards and Grants are open. The amounts for each award and grant have been increased by $100 this year. So the travel award and fieldwork award are now both worth $850 and the small grant is worth $300. For the guidelines on these awards and the application forms check out the PSA website:

Happy Wednesday,


PSA News!

Round one of PSA Awards and Grants are open. For more info have a look here:

Introductory Intellectual Property and Commercialisation seminar 9 am 20th of March ‘E Moot Court’
This seminar is designed to be an introduction to the concepts of intellectual property and commercialisation. It will look generally at these two concepts, and then consider them in the specific context of the University of Western Australia. Particular case studies will also be explored to see how different commercialisation models have been used, and what types of intellectual property were involved.
The seminar includes morning tea and a light lunch so please RSVP, for catering purposes, to before the 13th of March with the subject line ‘PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT’ if you are interested.

PSA Forum Discussion’- 19th of March 12pm PSA Lounge

Come along and hear about the services that the University offer postgraduates from Student Assist Officers and Graduate Education Officers. Tell someone who can actually help your problems/troubles. Don’t be let a problem that could be solved fester.

Light Lunch provided. Please RSVP by 16th of March for catering purposes to with the subject line ‘FORUM DISCUSSION’

Come and celebrate Holi 2013 with Friends!
Date:       29 March 2013, Good Friday
Time:       11am-4pm
Location: Beaton Park, Esplanade, Dalkeith 6009 (next to Tawarri Reception Centre, which is at the end of the road Esplanade.)
Meeting place: 1pm, at the area between the playground, the grey electricity box and the parking lot of the park.
Public Transport: Bus No.24 (goes to Claremont), get off at Bruce St / The Avenue (Stop No: 17600).
This is a Colourful Indian festival to celebrate the beginning of a new season and good harvests. It is celebrated by people throwing colourful scented powder at each other. Bring your picnic rugs, lunch, water pistols, buckets and enjoy the music, fun games and celebrations.
Colours, sweets and soft drinks are available on donation.
All are welcome to this Smoke & Alcohol free family event.
Please let Jenny know if you are interested to join.
Want to carpool, also let Jenny know and she will try to put people together to share a ride.


The PSA is still looking for an
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer

Email if you are interested.

Participants required!

Participant Recruitment to research the lived experiences of PhD students in Australia
Wanted: a diverse cohort of PhD students – domestic and international, different stage of PhD, varying age groups, gender and research discipline - to explore ‘what the lived experience’ of a PhD student in present day Australia actually is.
Participation takes approximately 1 hour per month
Anyone interested in participating can contact me directly on:
Angele Jones, or 0409 833688

Tutors needed!

St Catherine's college is looking for tutors for the following units:
IMED3340/3342 (as one tutorial)

We offer $55 per hour and the tutorials run for 1 hour a week. Most of the tutorials will be done in small groups instead of one-on-one tutorials. If anyone is interested, please e-mail with your interest as well as some information regarding your experience with the unit that you are applying for. Thank you!


The PSA is featuring in the Guild's Centenary publication! The PSA has had two primary goals since its establishment to provide a voice for UWA postgrads, and to help postgrads from different departments and faculties interact with each other.
We want to include how you feel about these goals - has PSA done this for you? Send a couple of lines with your views about the PSA to Stephanie


Lunch time talk: What Matters to me and Why (with W/Prof Kadambot H.M. Siddique)

When: Thursday 14th March 2013

Where: Science Library – 3rd Floor Seminar Room

'What Matters to me and why' is a series of lunch time talks and conversations with UWA Academics. The talks explore personal stories of family, place, formative influences and how such factors continue to shape people's lives and academic work. The next conversation is with Winthrop Professor Kadambot Siddique, Director of the UWA Institute of Agriculture

BYO lunch. Tea/Coffee is available in the meeting room (at the request of the Science Library, please do not carry coffee through the library).
IAS Talks:

Unplanned Development: The hidden geometries of change in Southeast Asia
A public lecture by Jonathan Rigg, Geography Department, Durham University and 2013 IAS Professor-at-Large.
20 March, 6pm, Webb Lecture Theatre UWA, Free, but RSVP essential. 
Bookings: or RSVP to or 6488 1340

The 2013 Grace Vaughan Memorial Lecture by Dr Jacquie Hutchinson, UWA Business School.
21 March 2013, 6pm, University Club Theatre Auditorium, UWA, Free, but RSVP essential. 
Details: Bookings: 1800 199 174 or

Are you currently teaching at UWA?
Please join us at the 2013 UWA Sessional Staff Development Day.
Date: Saturday, 13 April
UWA recognizes and values the role of its sessional teachers in delivering quality learning experiences to its students.
Whether experienced or new to teaching, attendance promises to be worthwhile and enjoyable!
More information and free registration available at:


The latest version of the citation management software EndNote (X6) is now available for UWA staff and students to download. To learn more and download the program, visit:

Questions? Please ask us.

Caroline Clark
Workshops and Seminars!

Presentation Title: 'Online teaching and workload'
Date: Thursday 11 April 2013
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Watersports Complex, UWA Crawley Campus

This seminar will present the results of an ALTC/OLT-funded project into the workload implications of blended and online teaching.

The research involved interviews with 88 staff, reporting on their perceptions of the disparity between workload allocations for teaching, and the actual 'lived reality' of the additional work, and changes in teaching tasks and activities, consequent on greater use of Learning Management Systems and student expectations of a 24/7 'service' education. 
Presenter: Professor Yoni Ryan, Adjunct Professor of Higher Education at QUT.

RSVP: by Thursday 4 April 2013.


Limina Conference 2013

Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference

To celebrate the launch of volume 19 of LIMINA: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies the Collective is pleased to announce that:

The Limina Conference will be held on Friday June 14, 2013 at the University of Western Australia. This conference will explore notions of exclusivity with Professor Jane Lydon, Future Fellow at the University of Western Australia, as keynote speaker. The conference aims to foster a supportive environment in which current post-graduates and early career researchers can present their own research whilst investigating the complexities of exclusion.
For more information please visit our website or contact us at The final submission date for abstracts is April 10, 2013.

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..

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

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Rashmi Watson

Employment Law Australia Masterclass

28 May 2013. Sydney, Australia
30 May 2013, Perth, Australia
Register by 8th Mar 2013 to enjoy 200 AUD off


Employment law is constantly evolving and it is a challenge to keep up with the changes. This Masterclass looks at the current hot topics which those involved in HR face on a daily basis


UWA Student Guild - Co-Op Textbook Grants for Students

There are 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.

For further information please see the following link - or feel free to contact either of us; Emmaline Turley or Jessica Toon

News from IT!

Student IT Support in 2013
Need IT help? Use askUWA or go to your subject library.


Check your student email!! Your student email is where the university communicates with you.

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-enrolment of research students! Bad times for everyone.

Do you want to put a notice in the newsletter? You should email me! I’ll plug 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!
Twitter: @UWAPSA
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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