February/March 2018 – Postgrad Rep Report

Hello again!

Now that the semester is in full swing, I hope you are all keeping on top of your studies as well as taking the time to look after yourselves. If you need to adjust your course load, remember that Census date is between the 26th and 31st of March, depending on your course. Before you do so, remember that there are plenty of people here to help  you if you are still finding your feet: check out UniSA’s student support services here.

I’ve had a chance to meet some of you already this year at research orientation events and at Campus Fair, but for those I haven’t, especially our coursework students, please say ‘hi’ on the UniSA Postgrads Facebook page.  I’ve made this page for postgrad students to make friends, share ideas and let me know what they want from USASA this year. Please share it with any other postgrad students you know so we can all be in the loop.

facebook group

Settling in can be particularly challenging for those of us who have recently arrived in Australia, particulary if we’ve brought family with us. If this is you, the UniSA Business School is offering a program to help you out and connect you with other new UniSA international families!

Family Support Program

 

Abid, Quihua, Sneha and myself were invited to the Carnegie Mellon University (Adelaide Campus) International Night, which was a lovely and vibrant event, and we look forward to a continuing relationship with their student rep team. I also enjoyed our USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ, and was excited to see how motivated our club execs are and what great events they are putting on for students!

This month has been an intense and challenging, but very fulfilling one. I attended my first University Council meeting, after an induction from the Chancellor. The Council members were very welcoming and I look forward to representing students as the university sets it’s vision for the years ahead. I attended a Formal Inquiry, and saw the vital work the USASA Advocacy team does in supporting students through this process.

I also attended meetings regarding the UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review, a challenging but vital process which will be ongoing throughout the year. I am encouraged so far by the Project Group’s committment and approach to the issue, but I will continue to ensure that the university takes responsibility for this issue and addresses in an accountable and evidence-based manner. I have submitted a discussion paper and will be preparing a report for the USASA board to inform our potential involvement with this process.

Keep up the good work everyone, and remember; slow and steady wins the race!

Activity Report

09/02/18 – CMU International Night

Recommendation:

That the board consider ways to build relationships with other student representative groups e.g. joint events, particularly where this may allow us to pool resources to create events tailored to certain student groups including postgrads and international students.

06/02/18 – USASA Board Meeting

13/02/18 – Introductory Meeting with Chancellor

14/02/18 – University Council Meeting

19/02/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review Steering Group meeting

20/02/18 – Attended Research Degree Orientation Day

21/02/18 – Attended DVCRI town hall

27/02/18 – Introduced myself to HDR students at Flying Start Seminar and created UniSA Postgrads Facebook page

Recommendation:

That USASA try to have a video introduction for cross campus representatives ready for orientation events next year and ask the uni to make organisers aware of it.

That all reps please try to share the page with any postgrad students they engage with, as it is a convenient way for them to communicate with me about their ideas and concerns.

28/02/18 – Formal Inquiry

01/03/18 – USASA Clubs Welcome Back BBQ

06/03/18 – Campus Fair Magill

08/03/18 – Women’s Committee Meeting

09/03/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review meeting re: USASA involvement

12/03/18 – Prepared a discussion paper for the board on the above

Ongoing – Reviewing evidence for efficacy of Campus Events for primary prevention of sexual assuault on campus

Upcoming Events

15/03/18 – UniSA Council Strategy Session and Council Meeting, Farewell Dinner for Deputy Chancellor

20/03/18 – USASA Board Meeting

05/04/18 – UniSA Sexual Assault Policy Review Steering Group meeting

10/04/18 – Seminar “The 5Ps approach to improving the transition, retention and success of university students”

 

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April Postgraduate Report

Hi Postgrads!

This month I have spent some time as the Acting President of USASA, while Kayla has been on leave. I’ve been working hard with the Women’s committee to develop, plan, and organise our proposal for a Consent stall at UniTopia. This week I attended a meeting, at which the stall was approved, and now I am working on organising it, organising volunteers, and developing the plan and budget. It’s been a busy time, while I do a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work. Hopefully next month, my work will come to fruition with the Consent stall and some other projects that I’m currently working on. Please come along to UniTopia when it’s on your campus, and drop past the Consent stall to say hello to me! Read below for everything else I’ve been doing this month… Continue reading

Postgrad Feb + Survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/YB7PRJN

Hi postgrads!

What a month! We had our first board meeting for 2017, which led to lots of great discussion. I was elected by the board to be the Vice President of USASA for 2017, which is a great honour. I also joined the Governance and Women’s committees.

Postgraduate student survey

The biggest thing I’ve been working on this month is creating the Postgraduate Student Survey. If you’re a postgraduate student, I’d love for you to fill it out! It should take you 3-5 minutes and asks some questions about you, your studies, and what kind of events you’d like to attend.

I am able to put on one big event for the postgraduate students this year, and I’d like it to be the event of your choosing, so please take the time to do the survey!

Access it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YB7PRJN

Read below to see all the other things I’ve been up to… Continue reading

Postgraduate rep – Jan report

Hi everyone!

We’ve just returned from our USASA board retreat, where all of the USASA student representatives work together for two days to undertake intensive training, workshop ideas, and get to know each other! I am feeling so motivated and excited to begin enacting change within our organisation and within the university. I have already been working hard to settle into my role. Something I am really excited about is attending my first University Council meeting.

A few things that I’ve been doing are….

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Nick Li – Postgraduate student Rep – June & July Report

Hi all,

Sorry to for not updating earlier for which I should have… but hey! It was a crazy 2 months for me and I will tell you why.

I have come across this formal inquiry regarding “contract cheating”, where in this case a student paid someone online to write the final year project thesis for him/her. I understand how study could be a lot of pressure, especially while you are in your final year, but cheating as your desperate measure is definitely a NO!

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Nick Li – Postgraduate Student Rep – May Report

Hey Guys,

Another month just passed and we are close to the end of a semester again. (P.S. that means you guys better study hard for the coming exam……which I have none!) (P.P.S And I have no life either….sigh…)

The RBA announced a cash rate cut to record low this month and this has a minor impact onto USASA finance. Thanks to Daniel Randell – our general manager as well as our financial advisor Nick Anderson, a meeting with NAB income and investment solution team with the finance committee was setup, and we  discussed on what solutions we may have. The outcome of that meeting was positive and informative, and we will continually looking for a solution to counter measure the impact.

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Postgraduate Student Rep April Report

April is the best month of the year in my opinion, not only because of those public holidays that I can also be benefited to as a PhD student, but because of the change in weather – I hate really hot weather.

April is yet another busy month for me, but certainly a joyful one … well at least for those who are graduating! I have attended two graduation ceremonies in City and one in Mount Gambier as University Council member, and I have to admit I thought it will be boring – as I am not the one to be awarded but I was really joyful for graduates under the stage, I feel happy for them to celebrate their success for finishing their studies and seeing all their family and friends cheering and supporting them the whole made me feel warm despite the cool weather.

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Postgraduate Student Rep March Report

Time flies and a month has nearly passed since university started. It doesn’t affect me that much because as a PhD student I work like a full time staff in the office and the lab, which also means…… I am a cheap labour with no life (sigh!). All the joke aside, it was personally a busy month for me as I got a lot to catch up after coming back from my annual leave, and I attended two conferences in Queensland this month, with my first oral presentation in a national conference!

However, there are more responsibilities than just my role as a PhD student, but as representative for fellow UniSA postgraduate students.

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Postgraduate Student Rep February Report

How are you everyone? This is Nick the Postgraduate student representative. Sorry for a really late post of my activity report, but I was on my annual leave back to Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year. It was so cold there unlike summer in Adelaide, but honestly, I enjoy that more than the heat.

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