Welcome to PGC's April Newsletter!

Scroll down to see what PGC got up to last month and what we have in store for April as well as the announcement of our PGC Ambassador of the Month for March! Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates and event details.

Recap of March Events

Thank you to everyone who joined our March events! PGC welcomed 500+ new and current postgraduates in a number of exciting in-person and virtual events. These events include:

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PGC Committees

Congratulations to the following postgraduates who will be joining the PGC family in one of 11 committees. The 2021 Postgraduate Council is committed to greater inclusivity, diversity, and student engagement. If you'd like to join us, please reach out to us!

Marketing, Editorial and Media

Hang Thanh Bui

Thrupthi Honnagangaiah Manjula

Anita Trinh

Vishnu Nair

Riddhesh Joshi


Jingyi Wang

Thrupthi Honnagangaiah Manjula

Gideon George Jebarajan

Hrishi Patil

HR & Administration

Hang Thanh Bui

Shivani Mehta

Anita Trinh

Wanqiong Wang

Career Development & Women in STEM

Hang Thanh Bui

Annie Chan

Joanne Gladding

Ngozi Chidi-Egboka


Wanqiong Wang

Joshua Karras

James Cheng

Sponsorship and Finance

Sardor Bakhtiyorov

Gideon George Jebarajan

Health, Wellness & Community  

Binod Rayamajhee

International Student Engagement

Azadeh Tavakoli

Yiwen Li

Zhaoyuan Ding

Stella Li

Cindy Paskalina Kweesar


Joshua Karras

Michael Odutola

Hang Thanh Bui

Shuang Song

Binod Rayamajhee

Networking and Alumni

Hang Thanh Bui

Shivani Mehta

Henry Liu

Annie Chan

Joshua Karras

Hrishi Patil


Preetham Shivaraj

Tell me about your story and culture

Do you have a story you’d like to share? The 2021 Postgraduate Council is delighted to announce its flagship Tell me about your story and culture event, made possible by the generous support from UNSW EDI. We want to hear YOUR story. There is also a prize pool of $850 for outstanding entries. Applications close April 9th. Click here to apply

Call-back Booking System

We understand that postgraduate life can be stressful at times and finding help is not always easy. The Postgraduate Council is here to help. We’ve set up a call-back request form where you can speak to one of our friendly PGC Officers who can meet with you either virtually or in person. Book here

Home away from home: Postgraduate Lounge

Great news! If you're an Arc member and a postgraduate student with a completion date past 2021, you should now have automatic access to the Postgraduate Lounge! Otherwise, please visit Arc Reception (beside Basser steps) to gain access to the lounge which features ample relaxation space and complimentary food.

PGC x OzHarvest

We are delighted to be partnering with OzHarvest to deliver special food items specifically for our fellow postgraduate community. Our first delivery was a huge success! Make sure you follow us on Facebook to receive latest updates on when the next drop-off is happening. Don't forget that you can also receive weekly food hampers from Arc Food Hub.

PGC Exclusive: Leadership training with Michael Kelly

Want to learn how to look, sound, and speak like a leader? The 2021 Postgraduate Council is excited to announce a UNSW EXCLUSIVE event with acclaimed leadership and communications expert, Michael Kelly. Leaders who work with Michael deliver influential presentations, win more pitches and grow thriving careers. You can read more about Michael and his services here. But hurry, tickets are selling out like hot cakes! Book here

PGC Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations to Awni Etaywe on being awarded the PGC Ambassador of the Month for March! Read below for Awni's statement:

"Hi! This is Awni Etaywe, a PhD candidate of linguistics. Driven by my belief in both individual and collective responsibility for the improvement of our world, I dedicate some of my rewarding time to enhance UNSW students' experience in academia and social, health and wellbeing culture. This includes, but is not limited to, acting as a member of the FADA-dean's Shadow Board that generates solutions to challenges facing students, and enhances student-FADA communication. I have also been actively participating in a number of PGC-related events, including partaking in the virtual 'Roadmap to Your PhD Studies' series run by PGC. Besides, completing training in First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, work health and safety and more has better prepared me to render advice and support to community members when needed. Now I am preparing myself to volunteer-mentor international students in their personal language projects that aim to enhance students social and academic skills, as part of PELE course. All this comes as a payback to my treasured UNSW community."

Do you know an outstanding UNSW citizen?
Nominations for Ambassador of the Month for April are now open and will close April 16th 11:59pm. Apply here

Photo Competition Winner

What does your study routine look like?

Congratulations to Reem Almasri, a PhD student from the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, on winning our ‘What does your study routine look like’ photo competition and a $20 Woolworths gift voucher! All the best with your studies and we look forward to seeing more about your research!

Have questions as an international student?

We all know how overwhelming it is to be an international student in a country culturally very different from our own. PGC Councillor, Vintii Aggarwal has started a new initiative called "Hi Vintii" where she will answer all your questions based on her own learnings and experiences as an international student in Australia. Click here for more information.

Grab your free copy of Tharunka magazine!

Want something to read? Make sure you grab your free copy of UNSW’s student magazine, Tharunka featuring written pieces by our fellow postgraduates including our very own PGC President, Jerry Offor! Copies can be found near the Main Library or Basser steps. 

Outstanding Postgraduate Council members (Dec-Mar)

The 2021 Postgraduate Council would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts from Womens’ Officer, Saltanat Paritova and Councillor A, Emmy Lau. Saltanat was the driving force behind the International Womens’ Day Virtual Display as well co-organising the Tell me about your story and culture event. Emmy has been spearheading PGC’s Instagram page and also hosts PGC’s virtual networking and games nights to encourage a healthy work-life balance. You can read more about Saltanat and Emmy here

April Events

April 8   | Communication strategies for being an inspiring leader

April 19 | Postgraduate Pub

April 21 | Dance with Mili

April 29 | PGC Zodiac Coffee Catch Up (Taurus)

April 30 | Virtual Education Series

PGC President

Jerry Offor

PGC Vice President (shared position)

Diana Zhang

PGC Vice President (shared position)

Ramanashree Palakshamurthy