Thursday, April 11, 2013

Newsletter 11th of April


I hope you are all surviving well this week. I have a couple of PSA specific announcements.

First up we recently received several applications for the PSA Faculty of Science Representative position. In light of this we will be holding a by-election electronically for all vacant PSA Committee positions. If you have been thinking about nominating for an open PSA committee position now is the time to do it.

We currently have four positions open: Secretary, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer, Education Faculty Representative, and Science Faculty Representative. More information on all of these positions and general committee commitments can be found here:

Nominations will be open until the 17th of April. Please email to nominate yourself for a position.

Connect is today at the Uni Club between 5 and 6. Drinks will not be served before 5. The GRS Orientation is also going on today. Hopefully I will see some of you there.

Next up: tickets for the Quiz night will be on sale today at Connect. If you can’t make it to connect tickets will be on sale at the PSA Office (room 1.03 Guild South Wing), between 3.30-4.30pm. Tickets are $15 per person or $100 for a whole table of 8 people. We have had a lot of interest in tickets already. I think they will sell out very quickly- so get in quick.

Happy Thursday,


PSA News!
PSA Committee:
The PSA is still looking for people to fill the following positions:
Science Faculty Representative
Education Faculty Representative
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer

For more information on these positions and what the rest of the PSA committee does check out:

Please let us know at if you are interested


Hey Postgrads. Do you love prizes? Are you a smartie? Well, bring it to the Tav on May 23rd for the PSA Quiz night!

WHERE: The Tav at UWA
WHEN: Thursday, 23rd May 2013, 7-10.30 pm
HOW MUCH: $15 per person or $100 for a full table of 8 (buy a wad of raffle
tickets for a change to WIN MORE PRIZES!)
TICKETS: Tickets are available for purchase on 11 April at PSA Connect!

Tickets will be on sale at the next PSA Connect (University Club Terrace) on April 11th. Prizes include Co-op Vouchers, a bottle of 12-year old Glenfiddich, a free dental scale and clean, Gold Class movie tickets, a variety of Lush products, a family pass to Scitech and more!

Head on to the PSA blog at, Facebook page at, @UWAPSA on Twitter or email for more info.

Get your friends together for a table!

TIME & DATES: April 11th, 12th and 13th, 7:30PM
VENUE: Dolphin Theatre, UWA

COST: $10 for UWA Guild members, $12 for everyone else

TICKETS: Book by emailing, or look for the panto stall on the Oak Lawn between 12-2pm, March 21st - 29th.

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. The event is open to all postgrads from the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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.

ACSPRI Winter Program : ACSPRI winter program is coming to UWA in July
ACSPRI is coming UWA this July and course bookings are now open! These courses are a valuable learning experience and networking opportunity for a wide range of researchers; from areas including social sciences and humanities, health sciences, nursing, epidemiology, medicine, law, marketing, geography and beyond.
ACSPRI courses will be held at UWA from 15th – 19th July as part of the 2013 ACSPRI Winter Program. Program information, a list of courses, prices, FAQs and the on-line booking system are available at
Program Coordinator, Marty Lynch on
Location Faculty of Arts Computer Labs (03 8456 6520)

2013 Masterclasses in Focus Groups and Interviews at Curtin University
UWA students are invited to attend Research Methods Masterclasses to be presented by Dr Josephine Muir at Curtin University. There is a charge of $50 per Masterclass.   If you are interested in participating in one of these Masterclasses, please reply to requesting for a registration form.
Focus Groups: Masterclass, Monday, 15 April and Wednesday, 17 April (9.30 - 1:00pm)
A 3.5 hour interactive workshop dedicated to focus groups. This workshop addresses the design, implementation, analysis and write-up of focus group data, using DVD footage of a focus group to bring the theory to life. The workshop is designed so that participants can bring in their own research for discussion, allowing time for discussion guides to be piloted within the group

Indepth Interviews: Masterclass, Tuesday, 16 April and Thursday, 18 April (9:30-1:00pm)
A 3.5 hour interactive workshop focusing on indepth interviews. This workshop summarises the definition, key features, when to use indepth interviews and how to conduct interviews but also allows participants to draft and reflect upon interview questions and pilot techniques for staying on track during interviews. The workshop is designed so that participants can bring in their own research for discussion. The workshop adopts Kvale’s (1996) schema as a benchmark for writing up interview data and evaluates a range of analysis techniques including NVivo.

New Unit on Drugs, Policy and Public Health – presented by the National Drug Research Institute.
A one-week intensive unit gives postgraduate students the historical and epidemiological background to alcohol and other drug use and policy in Australia  The aim is to provide participants with a framework to improve integration of research into drug policy formulation at local, state, national and international levels.

DATE: Monday 22 - Friday 26 July 2013
TIME: 9am - 4.45pm
VENUE: National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University Health Research Campus, Shenton Park
Enrolment and further information:

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

IAS Talks:

The History of Education and the Values of Cultural Heritage by Ian Reid, Adjunct Professor,  English and Cultural Studies UWA
16 April, 6pm, Webb Lecture Theatre UWA, Free, but RSVP essential.
Bookings: or RSVP  or 6488 1340

Probation worker responses to turbulent conditions by Anne Worrall, Professor of Criminology, Keele University, UK, Honorary Professorial Fellow, Law School, UWA.
17 April, 6pm, Social Sciences Lecture Theatre UWA, Free, but RSVP essential.
Blue Forests for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation by Nuria Marba, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avancats (UIB-CSIC) and 2013 Gledden Visiting Fellow at UWA
18 April, 6pm, Social Sciences Lecture Theatre UWA, Free, but RSVP essential.

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!
Research and Academic Writing:
Online registration for Research Skills and Academic Writing workshops for Masters by Research and PhD students is now open at
Research skills workshops topics: Kickstart your Research; Writing your Research Proposal; Managing and Reviewing the Literature
Academic Writing topics: Write a Better Thesis; Principles of Academic Writing; Academic Writing in Practice.


Music Faculty presents International Research Seminar Series:
16 April 2013:  5.00pm – 6.15pm: Kristin Bowtell (returning Court Music Fund award-holder): The Embodied Score: Conductors' Interpretive Decision-Making

Limina Conference 2013

Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference

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. .
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

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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