Have just read Arturo's post and would like to say that while it is
everyone's right to express an opinion, when they are doing so it would
not be appropriate to name names.
If anyone has a specific complaint against another member of the PGSA,
it would be appreciated if they would convey that complaint direct to
the Executive rather than post it on the listserv.
All complaints should be addressed directly to the PGSA Executive by
sending an email to
PGSA Executive member
I am writing this because I am really very disappointed about what
happened today at the TWC meeting (October 16).
I was making my presentation and I asked for the cooperation of today
audience. I only asked for a feedback related with one short film
about the importance of 'Nutrient Trading Schemes' in New Zealand. It
is a critical topic because is related with freshwater quality and in
general terms lakes conservation (under a comparative perspective).
I was not able to show the short film because some people, like Olive,
thought "IT WAS NO RELEVANT"... How can someone can say that if I
didn't have the opportunity to showed it. I know the time limitations
we have but that is not the way to say it.
I think is not fair just to tell someone 'what you're going to show is
no relevant'. There is a lot of hard work behind this topic. I believe
is a SERIOUS LACK OF RESPECT what happened today, and it is a shame
because I was participating very actively in the TWC meetings.
I am very sad about what happened today and I really wish the best for
your next meetings.
(Muchas gracias por su atencion! Kia ora!)
Arturo Fonseca Andere
PhD Candidate in Environmental Law
School of Law
The University of Waikato
Mobile: +64 211143157
Phone: +64 7 8384466 Ext. 5005
Hello, see below; this is from our little discussion yesterday. I'm not sure
i included everything, but i think most of it is there. Its still in the
planning stages, so even though i mention 'will be', 'is' a few times (i
wanted to sound more positive), nothing is set in stone.
You can also find this online at the Thesis Writing Circle; moodle.
*(This is attached in Word form too.)*
Creating a Speaking/Presentations group
The group will be specifically set up to develop your speaking and
presenting skills. Presentation skills are always useful and sometimes
required for employment. New academics that need to give lecturers, or
students who wish to present at conferences, could develop their skills and
confidence at these practice meetings.
A group with a range of abilities (from the very, very shy to the well
experienced speakers) is what I’m aiming for. I imagine the group would
include mostly Masters and PhD students, and others associated with the
university. From such a group of people I’m sure there will be an
interesting variety of topics, presentation abilities, and well as general
knowledge and experience to draw from, and also to provide excellent
critiques on what has been presented.
Types of presentation included
- Use of props
- All else visual/verbal
Specific skills to develop
- Being interactive with your audience
- Confidence speaking to groups/large audiences
- General communication skills
- How to constructively, positively critique each others
Structure of meetings
Meetings will be only somewhat structured to maintain a good flow and
timeliness of presentations.
I think it would be great to have a ‘1 minute rounds’ part of the meeting.
In this you would have one minute to speak on a topic randomly chosen that
day, before the buzzer sounds to end your speech. This sounds tough, but it
is a way to get everyone participating, and the very shy up for at least a
few moments. It also would provide a range of presenter abilities in which
other members of the group can then critique. This would provide much
practice and experience in both presenting and critiquing, and for many
What the group does after this is flexible, but I would imagine that a few
longer, prepared presentations would be next, followed by critiquing for
Feedback from others is where the learning comes, but you also learn from
giving feedback i.e. how to structure it so the person can see what they
need to work on, but also can feel confident about what they are already
doing well at. Key to the group would be providing a supportive learning
Someone would need to run these meetings (even if this person changed week
to week to give everyone experience)?
Daytime or evening? So far, fortnightly Friday mornings has been suggested.
*(This group could be great practice for those wishing to enter the next
Th3sis 3 speech competition!)*
Who would like to take part in this group?
- Experienced speakers! This could be lecturers, those who did well
at the Th3sis competition, anyone!
- Anyone, including the very, very shy!
- Some dedicated people to help run the group
It is likely we will get everything set up and ready now before everyone
goes on holiday, and then begin group meetings some time early next year.
Please reply to this (preferably on *moodle*, but e-mail is ok) so that we
can know how many are interested and what you would like etc. Your feedback
would be great!
*If you click the above link, then click on "Thesis writing circle", you
will be taken to the moodle group (click 'yes' to join). Then find under
*Thesis Writing Circles** *
* Our next session this Friday 16 October is Presentations -
a sought after topic!! *
Following the success of our first session we are offering another
opportunity for you to get some friendly and constructive feedback on
your presentation skills. If you are keen to contribute up to a 10min
resume of your research or some aspect of it please contact Andrea
Haines (_ash1(a)waikato.ac.nz_ <mailto:email@example.com> ). Format
optional . If you are thinking of attending the inaugural New Zealand
postgraduate research conference on the 20-21 November, 2009 hosted by
the Postgraduate Students' Association of Victoria University of
Wellington (PGSA) _www.nzpgc.org.nz_ <http://www.nzpgc.org.nz/> this
would be an ideal session to attend.
Attendance is not dependent on you presenting - we need an audience!
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Check out our Moodle site which can be accessed through the graduate
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Student Learning Support
University of Waikato
From: "Andrea Haines" <ash1(a)waikato.ac.nz>
Date: October 1, 2009 7:38:50 AM GMT+13:00
Thesis Writing Circles - Next session - tomorrow 2 October
Our topic PRESENTATIONS
The session will look at strategies for producing effective
presentations. A number of students have offered to contribute a 5 –
10min resume of their research - the average time one is given to do
this at some conferences – and are looking foward to the opportunity
to get some friendly and constructive feedback. If you are
thinking of attending the inaugural New Zealand postgraduate research
conference on the 20-21 November, 2009 hosted by the Postgraduate
Students’ Association of Victoria University of Wellington (PGSA) www.nzpgc.org.nz
or have entered the Th3sis in 3 competition this would be an ideal
session to attend.
Venue:: G.B 13 in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Time : 10- 12 noon
Just in case you haven't received this info about the PhD Workshop
coming up. These 3 workshops are different than the Theses Writing
Circle that's been going on, and definitely worth going. Choose the
one that best represents your progress in your PhD.
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Giselle Byrnes" <giselle(a)waikato.ac.nz>
Date: October 3, 2009 8:53:06 AM GMT+13:00
Subject: PhD Workshops - next one Fri 9 October 2009
October is Postgraduate Research Month and this month we're running
another series of workshops this month for PhD students - as you will
recall, the first one is for new PhD students, the second workshop is
for this half-way through their canditature and the final one is aimed
at those finishing up.
In the past you have so good as to come along and speak to the new PhD
researchers at the University. I would very much appreciate your
assistance with workshop 1 (draft schedule and powerpoint attached) -
BUT if this is not possible, I would apprecaite your participation in
workshop 2 or 3 - whatever works for your busy schedules. I do realise
this is a frantic time of the year and October is particularly busy!
The dates and times are:
Workshop 1 Friday 9 October, Te Whare
Tapere, APA, 9 – 3pm
Workshop 2 Thursday 15 October, APA, 9 -
Workshop 3 Thursday 29 October, APA, 9 -
I'm away Mon-Wed next week, so could you please reply to me via email
and cc to Elyse Wallace (elyse(a)waikato.ac.nz) at the PGSO.
kind regards, giselle
Professor Giselle Byrnes
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Postgraduate Research and Supervision)