Welcome to PGC's June Newsletter!

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

Tell Me About Your Story and Culture

Thank you everyone who attended the inaugural “Tell Me Your Story” cultural conference. A huge applause to all the participants for sharing their brave stories in front of a sold-out audience. We were uplifted, encouraged, and inspired by you. Watch here for the highlights and stay tuned on our social media for the full recording.

Special congratulations to the following prize-winners:

  • Pallavi Srivastava (1st)
  • Jie Fan (2nd)
  • Alisa Tian & Danladi Yunana (3rd)
  • Salma Merhebi (People’s Choice)

Postgraduate Week

Who says postgraduates can’t have fun too? We’re so excited to present Postgraduate Week, a week JUST for postgraduates! Stay tuned for workshops, networking events, fun activities and more hosted by PGC during Week 5 of Term 2 2021. Click here for more information.

UNSW Postgraduate Community LinkedIn group

Want to connect with current postgraduates and alumni? We’ve created a LinkedIn group just for UNSW postgraduates to share useful information and be part of a long-lasting community. Connecting with us here.

PGC Podcast Series

PGC recently hosted its first 3 Podcast episodes with eminent guests such as Prof Josh Keller, Mr Amit Dasgupta and Mr Nizar Hoblas on interesting topics of health, philosophy and technology. Follow us on Youtube and Anchor to listen to the complete podcast series.

Call-back Booking System

Remember that the Postgraduate Council is here to help whenever you need it. These include and are not limited to: academic concerns, well-being, research and supervisor issues, grievances, or even event ideas for PGC. Simply fill out the callback request form where you can speak to one of our friendly PGC Officers who can meet with you either virtually or in person. 

Postgraduate Lounge and Booking System

Don’t forget that there’s a relaxing meet-up and study space just for you at the Postgraduate Lounge (located next to Arc Reception).

If you’d like to use one of the meeting rooms, there is now a booking system. Book ahead so you don’t miss out!

​PGC x OzHarvest

PGC will continue to provide food hampers just for our postgraduate community, thanks to the generous support from OzHarvest. Keep an eye out on social media to see when the next delivery will happen!

PGC Ambassador of the Month (May)

PGC is proud to showcase an Ambassador of the Month for their contribution in improving the postgraduate community. Helping other postgraduates can manifest itself in many forms - whether it be through providing emotional support, teaching others the ropes or even throwing kick-ass postgrad parties. 

Congratulations to Ngozi Chidi-Egboka on being awarded the special PGC Female Ambassador of the Month! 

Ngozi is an optometrist (OD) and has practised as a clinician and lecturer in Nigeria. She is currently completing the final year of PhD on her research interest, “ocular surface in children - examining the relationship with blinking and smartphone use”, at School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS), UNSW Sydney. Ngozi has held teaching fellowships at SOVS and mentored undergraduate and higher degree research students. Ngozi is a recipient of the prestigious 2019/2020 Dorothy Carlborg Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA) research award, four conference travel awards and published papers in the top-ranking original research journals in ophthalmology. She was an IMNIS mentee of Med Tech-Pharma Program NSW, a current mentee of Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) mentorship program, a 2021 ARVO Science Communication Fellow, a trainee on scholarship in the inaugural American Academy of Optometry Clinical Investigator Certification program (2021) and one of the inaugural PhD champions of Women in Maths and Science (2018), UNSW. Ngozi contributes to various STEM programs and the Post-Graduate council leadership committee at UNSW, Sydney. In addition, she is a mother to two wonderful children.

Calling STEM Postgraduates!

Applications are now open for the amateur STEM Comedy Competition for this year’s National Science Week! Competition participants will receive free workshops and mentoring from leading comedians and science communicators (including Dr Karl!) to turn their funny STEM stories into an entertaining stand-up performance. You could also be in the running to win $500 worth of prizes! Click here for more information.

Looking to rent accommodation near UNSW?

UNSW Student Support and the Accommodation Services will be holding a webinar to answer all of your questions. Click here for more information.

How can we thrive in the 21st century?

Support your fellow postgraduates in UNSW's special Centre of Ideas event. Click here for more information.

PGC June Events

June 1 Virtual Education Series: Guide to a coursework's student in life and study


PGC President

Jerry Offor

PGC Vice President (shared position)

Diana Zhang

PGC Vice President (shared position)

Ramanashree Palakshamurthy