2020 PGC Elections :: ONLINE VOTING COMMENCES WK 5

2020 POSTGRADUATE COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Voting

Online voting will be held in week 5 Term 3.

Voting commences: Tuesday 13th October 2019 at 5:00am.

Voting concludes: Friday 16th October 2019 at 10:00pm.

For all contested positions.

Who Can Vote

All current UNSW Postgraduate students may vote in the election of unrestricted positions:

• President of the PGC

• Vice President 

• Equity Officer

• Events Officer

Current UNSW Postgraduate students may vote in the election for the below positions however, the following restrictions apply: 

• Only International students may vote for the International Students Officer

• Only Research students may vote for the Research Students Officer

• Only female identifying students may vote for the Women’s Officer

How to Vote

Those eligible to vote will be sent an email to their UNSW zID email address, containing the voting link. The voting link will only allow access to those ballots for which you are entitled to vote. Vote for your preferred candidate by placing the figure 1 in the square opposite the candidate. Voters may place consecutive figures (commencing with the figure 2) in the squares opposite the remaining candidates, in order of preference.

Contested Positions

Officers

  • President of the PGC
  • Vice President of the PGC
  • Equity Officer
  • Events Officer
  • Research Students Officer
  • Councillor A
  • Councillor B


Uncontested Positions

  • Coursework Students Officer

2020 PGC Final Nominations Schedule


PGC CANDIDATES 2020

Candidates are shown in the order they will appear on the ballot paper.

President of the PGC

Jerry OFFOR

Having served as the President of Public Speaking Society and Research Students Officer of PGC, l will put my treasurable and extensive experience, leadership, teamwork and evidence based advocacy skills To build a better dialogue strategy with Graduate School and University administration, Ensuring that students voices and concerns are heard and responded to accordingly with urgency especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. I will work closely with various students’ societies, schools and faculty representatives in Reinvigorating students’ belief that their say really matters.

I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). l recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote


Shubham BAID

I've been relentlessly working towards a better student life at UNSW through my involvement in the PGC. Be it events, marketing or queries from students, I've made sure that there was no stone left unturned to get the desired result. As a former councillor I’ve designed surveys for post grads to understand the problems faced by them during the crisis and pushed forward for student reforms. I've been a major advocate of student experience and made sure everyone was heard. It has been a difficult year for all of us and many of us have felt isolated. Hence, one of my major goals for PGC 2021 is to enhance postgrads’ engagement, to encourage personal development through social skills and help people network. Another major goal that I wish to achieve is that of better mental health and well being across UNSW. For I believe, we are in this together!

Vice President of the PGC

Shubham BAID

I've been relentlessly working towards a better student life at UNSW through my involvement in the PGC. Be it events, marketing or queries from students, I've made sure that there was no stone left unturned to get the desired result. As a former councillor I’ve designed surveys for post grads to understand the problems faced by them during the crisis and pushed forward for student reforms. I've been a major advocate of student experience and made sure everyone was heard. It has been a difficult year for all of us and many of us have felt isolated. Hence, one of my major goals for PGC 2021 is to enhance postgrads’ engagement, to encourage personal development through social skills and help people network. Another major goal that I wish to achieve is that of better mental health and well being across UNSW. For I believe, we are in this together!


Diana Zhang and Ramanashree Palakshamurthy

As Vice-Presidents Diana and Ramanshree, we are committed to serving you in your studies and professional development. Together, we will listen to your voices and create bespoke programs and events that target your needs. We will liaise with experts in industry and academia to make these opportunities happen. We will strengthen the postgraduate community and bridge the gap between current student and alumni networks. With over 5 years of collective leadership experience, we will bring positive and effective change to UNSW.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognise that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.


Wenceslao JAIMES

“If this year has showed me something is that we as students, and most importantly humans, crave connection. Being part of PGC I have learned so much about the community I live in and watching the people around me continue to grow is something I would like to continue doing. The best way to encourage the students is by empowering them and help them become their best selves. Today more than ever, the future leaders need to be inclusive, kind, and strive for progress. If elected I would maintain equal opportunities for postgraduate students to the best of my abilities”

Equity Officer

Wenceslao JAIMES

“If this year has showed me something is that we as students, and most importantly humans, crave connection. Being part of PGC I have learned so much about the community I live in and watching the people around me continue to grow is something I would like to continue doing. The best way to encourage the students is by empowering them and help them become their best selves. Today more than ever, the future leaders need to be inclusive, kind, and strive for progress. If elected I would maintain equal opportunities for postgraduate students to the best of my abilities” 


Preetham SHIVARAJ

Hi everyone, this is Preetham Shivaraj. I am a second-year international student at UNSW currently in my fourth term pursuing Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Having been at UNSW and in Sydney for over a year, I can vouch for the fact that being an international student, especially postgraduate has its fair share of ups and downs. To help you students and fellow postgrads in successfully completing your degree is what I aim to achieve if elected for this position on the prestigious Postgraduate Council of UNSW.

I wish to be the voice of all postgraduate students of UNSW in fulfilling the needs and helping everyone to get through their experience at UNSW with ease.

To voice the concerns of all postgraduate students would be an honour and a privilege which I promise to uphold to the best of my abilities.

Jing SUN and Chukwuka MADUMELU

We live in challenging times where addressing issues of social injustice have never been more important. Our aim is to leverage on our diversity as a tool to emphasize and promote our shared humanity. As joint Equity officers, we will devote ourselves to addressing students’ needs to ensure that people are treated with respect and love, irrespective of creed or color. Jing Sun and Chukwuka Madumelu are both 2nd year PhD candidates in the Faculty of Engineering.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote. Thanks!

Events Officer

Emilia NWAKPA and Swarali MARATHE

As the events officers, we are committed to establishing opportunities that will bring postgraduate students under one roof through social, educational and professional programs. Together, we have extensive experience in Public relations, communications and hosting large-scale local and international events. Guided by our skills and experiences, we will effectively implement these initiatives to support and encourage students, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these initiatives include inter-faculty and inter-university networking and career-building events.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Monique MACHADO

Coming from country like India, I know what strength in numbers looks like, I have learned to celebrate cultural differences and I understand the importance of being a part of a community. I, Miriam Monique Majeela Machado, currently pursuing my Master of Commerce degree, am extremely friendly, approachable and self-driven. Having worked in events and services has taught me the value of building networks and made me responsive to the needs of others. Being a student at UNSW has given me a better insight and motivated me to play an active role in the PGC.

As a future events officer at the PGC, I promise to promote events that focus on issues that matter, promote inclusivity and create a sense of belonging amongst the postgraduate community. You could look forward to a lot of fun, building new connections and I assure you there will never be a dull day.

International Students' Officer

Poorva ANAND

Hello Everyone! My name is Poorva. I am a first year MCom student from India. So far, I have had the opportunity to live in five continents and eight countries. While living life as a global citizen has allowed me to travel and experience different cultures, it has also posed some challenges that most international students face. For example, moving countries can lead to confused identity and feeling like you don't belong anywhere. However, through many years of struggle, I have learned how to cope with this and many other problems. Additionally, during my undergrad, I worked with the International Student Office to gain more insights regarding the necessities of international students to feel at home. Hence, I would like to run for the International Students' Officer position as I believe that I can understand what you are going through and help you get the best college experience.

Kalyani PATIL and Christine CASTOR

As International Student Officers, Christine (Xab) and Kalyani, we aim to represent international postgraduate students in UNSW. With our combined 8 years experience in building communities in business and engineering, we aspire to create an equitable, inclusive, and respectful network for international students by developing integrity among international students through various programs. We will seek to create an avenue where international postgraduate students can enquire on and resolve relevant issues for them especially during extraordinary circumstances such as the current pandemic.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognise that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Muhammad IMRAN

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering. I looking forward to representing as an international student officer and become a collective voice of international students at UNSW.

My vision is to help international students socially and help them to make their time memorable at UNSW by creating an environment possessing certain features i.e. freedom of expression. I would like to advocate issues faced by international students particularly due to the current pandemic situation and bring rational solutions for the mutual benefits of students as well as the university.

Research Students Officer

Constantine TSOUNIS and Mariam SOOMRO

As research student officers, Constantine and Mariam will strive to ensure that each research student at UNSW feels that they belong to a supportive, inclusive, and diverse community. We will collaborate and work closely with the PGC team to create professional development programs tailored to the needs of research students. We understand that personal and professional development is integral to the higher degree research student experience and will therefore aim to design and develop initiatives using a feedback-driven approach to give confidence to each student to excel in these areas, maximizing their impact.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

Talal KHAN

I am Talal, a 2nd year PhD student in the School of Electric Engineering & Telecommunication. Apart from studies, I am extremely passionate about leadership and voice of postgraduate (PG) students throughout my academics. I am nominating myself for the position of the Research Student’s Officer. In 2019 PGC elections, I selected as an International student’s officer to learn progressive values and ensure the advocacy of the students for UNSW multi-cultural community. As an advocate and voice of the PG students, I would like to contribute significantly towards the higher degree research students’ issues at multiple stages. I believe, I shall be responsible for ensuring that any research-related issue from PG students reach out to UNSW higher managements i.e. GRS, DVC (Research). Also, my main goal for this year will be making possible the smooth return of the overseas students to the campus with maximum support.

Women's Officer

Cathy DENG

Hi, I’m Cathy, an international PG student wants to run for Women’s officer. As a part of 2020 PGC family, I’m deeply aware of the functions of different PGC officers. After a year’s work, I am really attracted by the significance of Women’s officer, and I’m ready to facilitate and address various issues for all fellow women students. PGC is a supportive and friendly community, and we hope you and students will join us!

Monique MACHADO

Coming from country like India with a wide spectrum of women from different walks of life, I understand the importance and strength of women as a community and am highly passionate about being a part of the movement. I, Miriam Monique Majeela Machado, currently pursuing my Master of Commerce degree, am extremely friendly, approachable and self-driven. Having worked in events and services has taught me the value of building networks and made me responsive to the needs of others. Being a student at UNSW has given me a better insight and motivated me to play an active role in the PGC.

As a future women’s officer at the PGC, I promise to promote events that focus on issues that matter, promote inclusivity and create a sense of belonging amongst the postgraduate women’s community. You could look forward to a lot of fun, building new connections and I assure you there will never be a dull day.

Rabia MOBEEN and Saltanat PARITOVA

As Women Officers, Rabia Mobeen and Saltanat Paritova, we pursue an inclusive, safe, and inviting community. We plan to encourage our women fellows to be actively involved in UNSW events and lead campaigns on issues affecting women on campus. Our belief is that the UNSW community should be free from gender-based judgments and stereotypes. We aim to support the voice of every UNSW female-identifying student and our objective is the liberation, equality, and empowerment of us all.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognise that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

COUNCILLOR A

Vintii AGGARWAL

My name is Vintii, a Business School student at UNSW. As a marketer, artist and peer mentor coach, I deeply value and thrive on the human exchange of dialogue and ideas. My aim is to create a student culture where everyone can stand out and be celebrated for their uniqueness. If elected I will dutifully ensure that the office bearers will create a space where students feel belonged and heard.

I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognise that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Viola KARUNGI

I will contribute alternative transformative approaches as a TEAM PLAYER to inform policies concerning social issues which affect the productivity of PG students. Having studied in Africa, Europe and now Australia, I practically understand the opportunities and challenges of being both a local and international student. I also bring my experience as a Life Coach which has given me a better understanding of social issues affecting academic life.

I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognise that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting YOUR INVALUABLE VOTE!


Hugo SU

I want to be part of Postgraduate Council because I want to make a difference for postgraduate students all over the globe. As far as I know, some postgrad students including myself, don’t feel we get enough support in a trying time like this, and that’s the reason why I want to speak up and make our voice heard. I stand for courses of quality to ensure everyone is involved and engaged in learning, the online recording is not good enough. I’d also like to advocate more interaction between lecturers/tutors and students in our postgraduate courses. At the end of the day, what really matters is our experience and well-being. Cheers!

Carrie LI

My name is Carrie. As a capable and reliable member in Graduate Students Association (GSA), and a team lead of the winning team of the UNSW Hero program, I have always endeavoured to make students’ life better. I am organized, creative and assertive. Through this representation as a Councillor, l will be working closely with all office bearers to advocate and strive to build a strong and enriching community which every fellow student will be happy to be part of.  

I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Emmy LAU

Hi , My name is Emmy and I’m running to be one of the councillors for PGC in 2021. As an international student ,I understand it is difficult to move and adapt to a new environment. Therefore, I’m passionate about running for PGC. I have been living and studying in four different countries and with all that experience , I believe I have the requisite skills such as communication and organization that make me a strong candidate for this position. My vision is to strengthen the bridge between the council and postgraduate students, encourage a work-life balance as well as improve students well-being during intensive academic courses. I have the drive, passion and enthusiasm to get things done for postgraduate students as a team and independently.

Saurabh KAURA

I want to contest as a Councillor for PGC this year. I have always shown an ability to lead teams and understand the problems while working in different teams at UNSW till now. I am a strong believer of leading a life which becomes an inspiration for others from which both you and the people around you can continue to grow and do better. I have tried to carry forward these traits at UNSW Sydney through various roles. Challenging myself and walking an extra mile to get successful has always been my utmost priority to become a better human being. Being the Marketing Manager of GSA & representing UNSW as a Student Ambassador across different platforms along with carrying the desired leadership traits, I firmly believe that I can be the right representative for the International Students to raise their problems from time to time at the right platform

COUNCILLOR B

Dimple LALWANI

As a part of the Council team during undergrad and a team leader during professional practice, I have always strived for the betterment of my peers and made efforts to make their voices heard. I understand the role of a postgraduate student in the Council. Therefore, it will become my duty to represent the students of my electorate and provide an avenue for them to network, socialize, share their thoughts and build confidence especially in this COVID-19 pandemic. I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Cathy Deng

Hello, my name is Cathy, I am here to run for councillor B. After one year’s work as a PGC councillor, I learned a lot about how PGC works. In this year, I am glad that I could use my experience to help a lot of students who also want to keep delving into their own fields and fight for their future. Many students I spoke with are sharing some common issues. That is why I find PGC is very essential, because PGC is exactly the student organization that benefits and helps our postgraduate and PhD students. PGC is a loving and helpful family to me, and I enjoyed being physically and mentally challenged!

Vishnu NAIR

Hi all fellow postgraduate students, this is Vishnu Nair pursuing Masters in Mechanical Engineering and running for the post of councillor in the Post Graduate Council (PGC) here at UNSW. Here, I wish to connect all of the post graduate students to a common platform and ensure that their voices can be heard and make their experiences while studying truly memorable one and one that they can look back upon and cherish all the good times at the university. I wish to help all the current as well the future students with my past experiences at the university. Not only you can find me for PGC but I will be definitely open to discussion on sports, photography, travels and of course music.

Akshay DORAI

Hi everyone, I’m Akshay, and a first-year International student at UNSW currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering & Management. This year has been quite a challenge, for everyone especially students, it has been tough to come to terms with everything happening around us and back home. In times of difficulty we all need to stick together, lend a helping hand to those who need it, and pull through. I wish to represent all postgraduate students of UNSW, advocating for a range of student issues, empowering, and supporting students throughout their experience at UNSW. I intend to strive to ensure a healthy learning experience for all postgraduate students, to voice their concerns, to improve student interaction with the Council, Arc & UNSW, to the best of my abilities. “We are never alone; Nothing can stop what we can do together” – Nike

Min HUANG

Min Huang is currently the Scientia PhD Scholar in the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine. I hope to take this opportunity to contribute my ideas to the decision-making processes at the PGC and perform the function of building a bridge from students to PGC, which will really benefit to the Postgraduate Students. I have rich experiences in working in NGO and industrial company, which would help me to be easy to work with and have fun with. l am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognise that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Liam CHENEY

My name is Liam. In 2019, I was awarded people’s choice for “Where did my cholera come from?” at the UNSW 3-minute thesis competition. This moment let me showcase my passion for clear communication. I believe the Post Graduate Council (PGC) under represents the interests of Post Graduate Students through a lack of clear communication. As a Councillor, I want to build open channels of communication between the PGC and students. Hearing all voices, my team is empowered to improve students’ lives. I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Smruti JENA

Hi, I am Smruti, an international student from India and am currently pursuing my doctoral in Mechanical Engineering. I am running for the PGC because I believe, this is the only way I can contribute back to the community and their needs. My significant volunteering experience in the past year has made me realize the diverse issues that students pass through and being a doctoral student myself, I understand it, for which my focus would be to improve the mental wellness of students. Being in a approachable, representative body like PGC, focus would be on arranging more networking events to provide more professional exposure to students and more tech lessons based on needs. I, therefore, nominate myself for the Councilor position in the Postgraduate Council with a confidence that I will strive my level best to be able to stand up to the expectations.  

Toyin ABDULSALAM

My name is Toyin. After previous work experience at IITA a research-based organization internationally recognized for excellent plant research with more than 10000 researchers for 8 years. I have been able to gain first- hand experience in what it means to be part of a team. If elected as a I will make it my top priority to ensure that all office bearers are excellently performing their duties and making sure that they provide a better place for future students. I am part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognise that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic. It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Uncontested Position - Coursework Students Officer

Shixiong XU and Niharika KODARE

As Coursework Student Officers, Niharika Kodare and Shixiong Xu, serving Postgraduate Coursework Students during these difficult times will be our ultimate priority. We will advocate for the implementation of a range of student issues and at the same time bridge the gap between students and appropriate channels within UNSW. We will ensure active engagement of postgraduate students in academic and extra-curricular activities and provide support services which will be free and confidential as we navigate through the challenges of online learning.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). We recognize that COVID-19 has caused unprecedented hardship, which is why if elected, Team T.R.U.S.T. will establish a COVID-19 support fund for postgraduates most in need during this pandemic.

It is time for the Postgraduate Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Term of Office

Officers and Councillors hold office from 1st December in the year of election until 30th November of the following year.

If elected as an Officer Bearer, you will be required to attend the following compulsory session:

  • PGC Inductions: Thursday, 5th November 2020 9:00am to 4:00pm.

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