Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Newsletter 3rd of April 2013

Buenas tardes! (Spanish for good afternoon- according to my good pal Google)

Hope you all celebrated Holi/Easter/Passover/the long weekend in style. As many of you know this week is study week. For those of you that didn’t realise that it is study week- that is why there is suddenly parking at campus.

First up- there is no connect this Thursday, it is next Thursday the 11th to coincide with the GRS Orientation for new Research Students. Are you a new research student and haven’t heard about the GRS Orientation? Contact the GRS by emailing Michael, Jo or Krys- there details are here:

Tickets to the PSA Quiz night will be on sale at the Connect on Thursday the 11th of April. Tickets are either $15 per person or $100 for a complete table of 8. In addition to our previous prizes we now also have a: Family Pass to Scitech, a $100 Coles/Myer Gift Voucher from High Wycombe Pharmacy, four movie passes to Cygnet Theatre, as well as donations from Tactics, White Dwarf and Lush.  Just so you all know: Prizes are awesome, Quizzes are Awesome, people who participate in a Quiz with prizes are therefore awesome. Hence, it is only logical that postgrads who participate in our quiz night which prizes will be awesome. Yeah…..I just logic-ed you all.

The PSA International Students Officer Jenny had a fantastic time with several of you celebrating Holi last Friday. The new cover photo on the PSA Facebook page is of Jenny and several postgrads at Holi. Speaking of Facebook…. I often ask questions, give updates on information, look for feedback on the PSA Facebook page- I understand Facebook is not for everyone- but it is an easy way to hear about what is going on. I encourage you to ‘like’ our Facebook page-

The due date for all applications for the PSA Casual Assistant position close this Friday. The position is for 4 hours a week on either a Tuesday or Wednesday. This position will involve assisting the PSA President and Committee members with general administration tasks which include filing, taking and making phone calls as well as other administrative duties. Successful candidate will have attention to detail, exceptional written and verbal communication skills and be able to work as a team or autonomously when required. If you are interested in applying, or would like further information on the position please contact the Guild’s Human Resources Officer, Jenny, at

Finally- Did you know that the Reid Library has extended their opening hours? They are now open from 8am till 2am on Weekends and until 2am on Fridays. In conjunction with this they will be open 24/7 for the 3 weeks which span the exam period (one week study break and two weeks exams) at the end of semester- which means we can study ALL the time now! Yay!   
Over and out,


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

Employment Opportunity!
Are you looking for an employment opportunity that will fit in around life and study? The UWA Postgraduate Students’ Association is seeking a Casual Assistant for 4 hours per week (Tuesday or Wednesday preferred) to assist the PSA President and Committee members with general administration tasks which include filing, taking and making phone calls and other administration duties. Successful candidate will have attention to detail, exceptional written and verbal communication skills and be able to work as a team or autonomously when required.

If you are interested in applying, or would like further information on the position, please contact the Guild’s Human Resources Officer, Jenny, at  Applications close on Friday 5 April 2013.


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 8 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, 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!


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! 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.

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

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


IAS Talks:

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

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

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.

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.

Music Faculty presents International Research Seminar Series:
9 April 2013:  5.00pm – 6.15pm: Andrew Sutherland: Principles for designing an effective, post-compulsory Music curriculum suitable for Western Australia
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

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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