Postgrad Update: Fellowships, Comms and Events
Kia ora koutou katoa,
For those of you who may be new to campus, welcome, and for those returning, welcome back! I hope that you have enjoyed the early months this year here at UC and that you have made the most of the sunshine. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Bea Holman and I have taken over from George as the UCSA Postgrad rep for 2021. This is my sixth year at UC and I have just started my Masters of Law. I am super passionate about all things relating to study and wellness. I’d highly recommend taking a look at this Postgraduate Starter Pack made last year by George. It gives details on all the important information for being a postgrad at UC, what the UCSA is and services the UCSA offers. Please know I am here to ensure postgraduate student voices are heard and represented on the UCSA and at UC. I will always be down to have a conversation about any of your concerns or ideas. Feel free to get in contact with me via email or say hello if you see me around campus.
Over the past few weeks, the team at the UCSA have put on a range of events. This included a Postgraduate BBQ with delicious food and a way to meet other postgrads, and Clubs Day where students could see what clubs are on offer at UC and find like-minded people. One to note is the PGSA, a club that puts on a range of social events for postgrads, including coffee mornings every Wednesday 10am–11am in the Living Room (a space just for postgrads! It’s located next door to the University Bookshop) – you can check out their Facebook page here. There was also Summer Starter, which was an expo to chill out and focus on wellbeing. Be sure to keep an eye out on the UCSA Facebook page, Instagram, or website so you don’t miss out on any future events.
The Academic Skills Centre is an epic resource here at UC. They offer various workshops that focus on writing and study strategies to maximise student achievements. You can check out their list of workshops here. One of note is their “Kick-start” meeting for postgrad students who are in the early stages of research – the speakers will offer support and top tips. The first one is Tuesday 9 March from 2pm–3pm in the Living Room. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A cool opportunity for any PhD Graduates is that MBIE are offering a one-off fellowship worth $320,000 over two years. You can find more information about this including eligibility here. Applications close on Tuesday 20 April at 5pm.
In my role as the PG Rep on the UCSA I have been attending a number of different committee meetings to make sure the postgraduate student voice is heard. The Postgraduate Advisory Group had one meeting last week. From this, one of the main things I have been working on and getting advice/feedback from the Advisory Group are:
1. Continuing to roll out the PG Communication Network, which George started last year. It is currently only in the College of Engineering and we are wanting to introduce it into more Colleges. This is to help the flow of information to postgraduate students and ensure their sense of belonging and connection to UC. The basic concept is to ensure every student has a PG Champion that they can go to in their departments for information including support services and events. We want communication to smoothly flow around the university so students don’t miss out on opportunities.
2. We noted student feedback on UCSA events including the Postgrad BBQ, Orientation and Clubs Day. We will take this feedback on board to continue to improve our events for postgrads. We also got student feedback on GradFest to take back to the PG Committee.
More details will come on the above initiatives, but I thought you might like to briefly know some of the things we have been working on.
If you have any ideas on how the UCSA can improve the postgraduate experience please get in contact – I would LOVE to hear your ideas or areas that we can improve on!
A bit of inspiration for you this month is this TED talk on imposter syndrome and the book Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Make sure to keep up to date with the Government updates and wash your hands. Most importantly, make sure to look after yourself and others – there are a number of support services available at UC and we would hate for you to feel alone. Again, please feel free to get in contact with me whenever you need!
Sending you all the love, light and happiness.
2021 UCSA Executive