This is to acknowledge your time and effort in making the PGSA members
connected. The latest information you passed around on the deliberations of
the Postgraduate Committe meeting is a testimony of your commitment. For
this, I wish to thank you for keeping us updated. Thank you
2009/6/19 todd nachowitz <toddnach(a)gmail.com>
Hi again Postgrads,
Notes from the recent meeting of the Postgraduate Committee (on Wed 17
1. I raised the PGSA's concern that fewer scholarships will be
available to postgrads after the National Govt introduced its budget a
few weeks back. Particular fellowships available through TEC (e.g. Top
Achiever) and other scholarships have been cut. These funding cuts
are being felt throughout the entire education system and it is likely
that there will be increasing competition for fewer available
scholarships. This will have profound effects on postgraduate's
abilities to procure funding, and it may see postgraduate student
numbers drop across the board at all NZ universities.
2. There was some discussion about the possibility of having a
regular PGSA newsletter. Stay tuned.
3. We are currently looking into the size of postgrads home share
accounts with the stipulation that the size be substantially
increased. This was raised in discussions over the PGSA's initiative
for a Minimum Resource Agreement.
4. The stalled Minimum Resource Agreement is back on track. A first
draft is currently circulating amongst PG Studies Committee members
for feedback and we hope to have an updated draft ready for wider
consultation to PGSA members perhaps next month, after it has been
approved for release at the next PGSC meeting in July.
5. Andrea Haines, (Student Learning Support) and I (with the support
of the Postgraduate Studies Committee), have met a couple of times to
discuss a series of Brown Bag Lunches for postgraduate students.
These will be a series of informal discussions on the writing process
that are directly targeted for writing a PhD thesis. If any of you
have any ideas on topics you'd like to see covered, please email us.
Andrea Haines is currently working on the draft programme and has
already secured dates and space for these workshops. These will be
once a month beginning in July and should run throughout Semester B.
6. I recently sent around a notice of a Postgraduate Studies
Association conference sponsored by the Victoria PGSA that is to be
held in Wellington 20-21 November. Details are still being organized
but for the time being, they have just put up a web site <
that contains some information. Registration
should be available
after 6 July. It would be good to get a few of us from Waikato
attend and present our research. Registration costs are low. Do
email and let me know if you are interested in attending and
presenting. If there are a few of us, it may be possible to get some
funding from the PGSC.
That's all for now,
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