A word from the PGC President:
My fellow postgraduates,
I’m keen to hear from more of you!
In my 9 months as President, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to meet so many of you in different capacities – as a new friend, a student rep counterpart, through a society, a friendly face in a seminar, at the Whitehouse or Greenhouse, and at one of our 20 PGC events so far.
You’ve shared your successes, your challenges, the good times, the bad times, and the extraordinary times you’ve had as a post graduate student @ UNSW.
Your 2017 team have 3 months left to advocate on behalf of you at UNSW and we’ll be handing over to a 2018 team to continue to build on the momentum of our solid work from December on. Each year of PGC continues to build on the next, and we have made incredible progress this year in providing information, support, representation and advice on the issues that affect postgraduate students at UNSW.
There is always room for improvement, and I’d like to test some things with you, from what we’ve heard from students in 1-on-1 conversations, in group formats, in emails, via Facebook, and from students at other university campuses around Australia and beyond.
We’ve identified the following five areas as the top 5 that we need to keep front of mind when advocating for you. Did we miss anything?
Wellbeing. Including: feeling of isolation, stress, mental health
Gendered misconduct. Including: zero tolerance sexual assault and harassment, immediate support for victims
Inclusivity. Feeling like we’re a part of community and that I’m not alone. Including: affordability, residential/financial needs, equity and diversity, community spirit and better inclusion of international student groups
Supervisors. Including: bullying, relationship dynamics
Life after study. Including: life after graduation, career prospects after graduation, leadership potential, interdisciplinary and industry collaboration opportunities, understanding what my transferrable skills are
(This is not a prioritised list, and the examples in italics are non-exhaustive, there is room for expansion, I just wanted to include a couple of examples of specific topics we’ve addressed in our advocacy work this year)
I’ll send through the iterated top 5 areas next month!
Best of luck with your September!
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