Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Newsletter 20th of March 2013

Hej (I believe this is Swedish for Hello)

Just a few quick things this week. Our next connect will not be on Thursday the 4th of April, it will be on the 11th of April. This is so that we are holding it straight after the GRS Orientation for HDR students. Evidently the GRS orientation for new HDR student is on the 11th of April.

The PSA’s first Professional Development seminar ran yesterday. We had a pretty good turn out, and a lot of delicious cake. Thank you to everyone who attended. If you were interested in the seminar on IP & Commercialisation and could not come, the slides and handouts are available electronically- let me know if you are interested in them.

If you are interested in attending Holi with a group of friends- let the PSA’s international officer (Jenny know.

Finally the PSA is still looking for a few members for our committee. If you come from the Faculties of Education, or Science and want to be the PSA Faculty representative for your Faculty- please apply! We are also still looking for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer. Information about what these positions require are on our website-

Happy Thursday!


PSA News!

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

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
Science Faculty Rep
Engineering Faculty Rep 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer

Email if you are interested.


What do you get if you cross speed-dating with the three minute thesis? Date my Thesis’
Share your thesis topic, ideas, and thoughts with your peers in a non-threatening and social environment. Listen to what others are working on and build a network of potential allies for your future academic career. And if you are thinking of entering the three minute thesis competition this is a great place to practice your pitch!

Date: Thursday, 18th April
Time: 4-5 pm
Venue: PSA Lounge
Open to all postgraduate by research students. RSVP, for catering purposes, to Claire by 11thApril.

Participants required!

Want to win Aus $100 cash?
Please complete our quick, easy and anonymous “Love Bug Survey” by clicking on the link
Hurry! The survey will finish soon – 28th March 2013.
The Human Research Ethics Committee at The University of Western Australia has approved this survey. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Professor Rhonda Clifford (Chief Investigator) by emailing

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


Are Seagrasses Drowning or Being Poisoned? Worldwide diebacks of seagrass ecosystems by Ole Pedersen, University of Copengagen and 2013 IAS Professor-at-Large.
9 April, 6pm, Webb Lecture Theatre UWA, Free, but RSVP essential. 
Bookings: or RSVP to  or 6488 1340

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!

GRS Seminar on Thesis Examination
Date: 22nd March
Time: 1-2 pm
Venue: Gentilli Lecture Theatre
The seminar is open to Postgraduate Research Students who want to know more about examination & submission procedures. Registration is not required. For further details contact Jo Edmondston (ext 7010)

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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