Something of interest:
The Graduate Junction, http://www.graduatejunction.com/site/about, is
the first website to bring together Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral
researchers from any discipline around the globe. It aims to provide
an easy way to meet and communicate with others who share common
research interests in a global multi-disciplinary environment.
Through The Graduate Junction you can learn about current research
being undertaken by other graduate researchers all over the world.
The Graduate Junction also aims to become a central source of
This new free online resource has been developed by graduate
researchers at Durham and Oxford University (UK). They have designed
a simple, easy to use platform which only provides relevant
information and functionality. More information about The Graduate
Junction’s vision, its Team and university testimonials are available
Take a look and see if there's anything of interest to you.
Please pass this note on to others you think might be interested.
eDay 2008 - Dispose of your old IT equipment
Electronic waste (e-waste) can seriously harm the environment,
wildlife and human health when dumped in landfills. eDay is a cars-
only drive-through recycling event which gives you the opportunity to
recycle old computers or mobile phones in an environmentally
eDay will be held on the 5th of October 2008 Hamilton.
Hamilton Site Name: Mainfreight
Address: Foreman Road
Date Sun 5 Oct,
Time: 9am – 3pm
Contact: Vanessa Mohi-Goodchild
Ph: 021 034 5111
NB: Schools need to register separately as they are likely to have a
larger amount to disgard. Schools should go to http://www.eday.org.nz/schools.asp
for more information.
Go to http://www.eday.org.nz/ for more information or for details on
events around the country.
Just a friendly reminder that our second planning meeting for the
Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the signing on the UN Human Rights
Declaration will be held:
Tuesday 23rd September at 5:30pm at Artmakers, Ward Park Arts Centre, Seddon
Rd (opposite Marama St), Hamilton.
There is ample free parking available.
That's tomorrow evening!
Please feel free to join us, even if you were unable to come to our first
meeting two weeks ago.
At this meeting we hope to:
1) set a format for the afternoon and evening events (e.g. what will take
2) get specific commitments about who can provide what
Other agenda items?
We also still wish to invite participation from other persons or groups that
would like to contribute somehow to the actual event. If you are
interested, please let us know as soon as possible and come to our planning
meetings! If you'd like more information on this planned event (or if you
missed out on receiving the original mailing), please let us know and we'd
be happy to forward it to you. And please feel free to forward this notice
to others you think may be interested in helping us plan this event.
Looking forward to seeing you all again,
Planning Committee for the Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the UN
Declaration of Human Rights,
on 10 Dec 2008, Hamilton
FYI: a talk on Wed 24 Sep, 6pm at the uni in Room J 2.18
"War, Media and Truth" by Dr Ron Smith, Political Science and Public
Please find attached a seminar notice from the New Zealand Institute
of International Affairs (Waikato Branch).
Should you have any queries regarding this seminar please contact Dr
David McCraw, NZIIA (Waikato Branch), at dmccraw(a)waikato.ac.nz.
Fass_poli_grads mailing list
After a long hiatus in which there was little progress made on the MRA
(mostly due to the university taking a very long time to appoint a new
person to chair the Postgraduate Studies Committee, and to staffing
issues in the Postgraduate Studies Office), we are back on track once
again. A couple of months back, Giselle Byrnes (Chair, Dept of
History) was appointed as the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate
Research and Supervision. Since taking charge, Giselle has a been a
very strong advocate for postgraduate studies here at the University
of Waikato. The ad hoc committee to discuss minimum resourcing issues
for postgrads had its first meeting in many months on Monday 15 Sep.
At this point, the committee consists of Giselle, me, Winnie Crombie
(from SMPD), and MJ (Manager from the Postgraduate Studies Office).
The four of us will be working to put together a first draft of an MRA
(Minimum Resources Agreement) for consultation with all stakeholders
with the intent to present it to the PGSC. Although we don't yet have
a timeline, we do have a framework within which to work. At present,
we're working on a two-staged approached:
1) Transparency (mapping the current provisions with the goal of
transparency in resource allocation and support for postgrads, i.e.
what does each department/school/faculty currently offer its postgrads
in the form of facilities and financial support), and
2) Resources: look to address inequities in resources with a view to
meet specific compliance issues.
Work on Stage 1 is well underway and compiling all the information
from the various departments/schools/faculties is nearly completed.
Work on Stage 2 would involve addresses the inequities and drafting a
As Giselle has nicely summed it up:
"Our overall objective is: ‘To promote and support best practice
around supporting postgraduate students (PhD and higher degrees) where
both parties to the agreement, the University and postgraduate
students, understand their mutual commitments, including the provision
of resources, with regard to postgraduate study."
At our meeting on 15 September we discussed framing the Agreement in
such a way that would distinguish Waikato's Agreement from, say,
Victoria's. We would plan to incorporate it very much as an Agreement
between two parties, or as an Memorandum of Understanding.
To this regard, I have been asked to get further responses from the
postgraduate community. We put out a call last week for you to let us
know your concerns and many thanks to the few of you that have already
replied. I have copied your anonymous comments and will submit these
at our next meeting. So i'll now ask you again: Please write in (by
replying to this email or, if you chose, emailing either Caroline or
myself privately) and let us know any concerns you may have about the
resources or financial support that you are receiving from your
department/school/faculty. We're especially looking for comments
regarding such things as:
office allocation, desks, computers, filing cabinets, shelving, access
internet use and printing charges (is it free or must you pay, limits
photocopying (free or must you pay?)
availability of special or specific software needed for your research
general research funding (how much, if anything, do you get? what are
the restriction on use?)
funding for conference attendance (how much, any policy for use?
restrictions on number you can attend?)
Costs towards printing, photocopying and binding your submitted thesis
use of common tea room or staff tea room?
Office supplies available?
Please identify the school or faculty of which you are a part
Our next scheduled meeting of the ad hoc MRA Committee is on Monday 29
September, so I would encourage all of you to let us know your
concerns as soon as possible, so that I can prepare these comments to
present to the committee at our next meeting. You can also come to
our weekly Friday gatherings (for the time being these are still
happening at 10-11am, Station Cafe each Friday morning) and let us
know your concerns there. Please note that your comments will be
presented to the committee anonymously.
Also, Caroline Thomas (PGSA President) and I met with the WSU
President and Vice-President a couple of months ago and they are also
keen to help us with the MRA. To this effect, Moira (current WSU
President) has asked to meet with Giselle, and Giselle has also asked
me to attend this meeting. This is set for Monday 22 Sept. The
involvement of the WSU should be a positive boost for the PGSA (in
that it would provide additional outlets for pressing the case; the
WSU has representation on university boards and committees that the
PGSA does not have access to). We would welcome their interest and
involvement, although with new WSU elections happening very soon some
continuity and momentum may be lost.
And finally, a plug: If you are interested in the MRA issue, or
indeed any and all issues facing postgraduate students, then we would
encourage you to get more involved! Drop by on a Friday morning, or
contribute to discussions of postgraduate life on this list serve!
Or, even better, perhaps get more involved with the PGSA. Let's form
a real PGSA Committee with perhaps representatives from each school or
faculty. Compared to what's happening at other universities, we're
not doing very much, and if you'd like to see things improved we need
Check out the following PGSA web sites and see what other Associations
are up to.
Victoria web site: <www.victoria.ac.nz/pgsa/>
Compare these to our site: <www.waikato.ac.nz/pgsa>
Perhaps that can help get us more involved!
Whatever you do, contribute to this list serve and let us know your
interests and what you'd like to see happen.
Looking forward to hearing from you or seeing you on a Friday at the
Dept. of Political Science and Public Policy
PGSA Student Representative to the Postgraduate Studies Committee
uni email: <tn37(a)waikato.ac.nz>
home email: <toddnach(a)gmail.com>
P Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail
Something else you may be interested in.
From: Naomi Vuataki [mailto:Naomi@wpht.co.nz]
Subject: RE: Pasifika By Nature
I’ve attached a poster of our Pasifika By Nature 08, thanks for always
supporting us in whatever way you can Phil.
Have a beautiful day, now that the sun is coming out J
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FYI: something postgrads may be interested in,
For Spanish speaking people of the southern hemisphere the 21st of
September is the first day of spring. Come and join us to celebrate
this occasion and enter the exhilarating world of Spain and Latin
America's cultural richness.
At the Hamilton Gardens, Saturday 20th September. The Flag Parade
starts 1.45 pm at Hispanic Garden (Turtle Lake) followed by
traditional dances and music at the Pavilion. Latin American and
Hi again all,
Here's something that many/most of you may find interesting,
especially if your research has an "ethics" component and you're in
the social sciences.
The University has recently revised it's ethics procedures and John
Paterson, Dept of Societies and Cultures, FASS, will be speaking on:
"Social Research Ethics, Informed Consent, and Fieldwork: The
University of Waikato’s Recently Revised Human Research Ethics
this Friday afternoon 19 September, 3:10-4:30pm in FASS Room K.G.01.
All are welcomed to attend.
FYI: more info on upcoming events and activities in Hamilton that you
may be interested in.
Date: September 11, 2008 4:36:03 PM GMT+12:00
Subject: Events - Film Festival, Candidates meeting : Envirocentre
Events - Film Festival, Candidates meeting
September 22 is Car Free Day- leave your vehicle at home! Take a bus,
walk, ride a bike.
Reel Earth Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival
is coming to Hamilton once again: great variety of movies from NZ and
elsewhere, short and long, six sessions over two weekends:
September 27, 4pm,
September 28, 12.30 and 7pm
October 4th, 4pm
October 5th, 12.30 and 7.30pm
The full programme is on our website www.envirocentre.org.nz or you
can pick up a programme from the Environment Centre, or phone 839 4452
and I will post you one.
This year you will be in comfort at Victoria Cinema in Victoria St.
Bookings Victoria Cinema phone 838 3036
Monday 6th October
Vote for the Environment: Pre-election Candidates Evening
Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens, 7pm
This is your chance to get the views of the candidates on a range of
environmental issues before you cast your vote.
Environmental groups - send in a question that you want answered to
the Environment Centre by 25th September and we will circulate them to
the candidates for them to prepare answers which will available at the
Energy Workshop: October 11th
Bookings now being taken - phone the Environment Centre 839 4452 to
register. $25 10 - 4pm at Wintec.
Saturday 15th November
Spring Greening Garden Tour and an expert in your garden
We still want more gardens for this - if you know of someone with an
interesting sustainable garden, please let Katherine know at the
Environment Centre, 839 4452
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