PGSA Representation

The PGSA represents postgraduate students on the following University Committees:

Board of Graduate Studies (BOGS)
Doctoral Skills Programme
Vice Chancellor / student meeting

Ethics Committee

Board of Graduate Studies (BoGS)

Click on the links below to read the PGSA’s submissions on PhD resources:

PGSA memo re statement Revision of the Statement of Resources and Support for PhD Research – April 2011

Statement of Resources and Support for PhD Research – October 2010

The Board of Graduate Studies meets monthly and is chaired by the Dean of Graduate Studies. It is attended by many of the important decision makers for postgraduate students, including the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the Associate Deans responsible for postgraduate studies from all the Faculties.

BoGS is responsible for all significant postgraduate policy University-wide. This includes academic, research, and administrative affairs. Thus, these meetings steer the direction of postgraduate study within the University and closely monitor and develop how postgraduate policies are working. From this stems many new working-group or sub-committee initiatives which are then brought back for implementation and sign-off.

There is a heavy focus on Doctoral students but the scope is all postgraduate students. Due to the importance of this meeting, it is pivotal that the PGSA maintain a strong presence to keep abreast of University-led changes and ensure the postgraduate voice is heard and acted upon.

For further information please see: www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/board-graduate-studies

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Doctoral Skills Programme

The Doctoral Skills Programme (DSP) has been developed by the Graduate Centre to provide a range of learning services for new and future Doctoral students. This includes the ‘Induction Day’ which is mandatory attendance for all 1st year PhD students, core and additional courses run through the Student Learning Centre/Library, and further online and social initiatives to promote postgraduate support.

The DSP committee meets regularly, typically monthly, to discuss current and future initiatives and their management and delivery. PGSA involvement provides the committee with direct input from their ‘target market’ and it is therefore ideal for the PGSA to get involved for the betterment of PG learning. One of the direct commitments that we have is the hosting of the ‘Induction Day Lunch’ within the Postgraduate Lounge; this is an opportunity for PGSA board to members briefly introduce new students to the PGSA and sign them up as registered members.

For further information about the DSP offerings please see: www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/for/current-students/cs-current-pg/cs-dsp

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Vice-chancellor / Student Meeting

These are monthly meetings with the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Research & Academic) and Campus Life representative along with PGSA and AUSA reps. The issues discussed are largely concerning students, for example, fees, scholarships etc. Each month one topic is discussed. However, any other issues can be raised as well in any meeting.

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Ethics Committee

The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee reviews ethics applications for student research projects involving human participants. The Ethics Committee is required to have a representative from AUSA and/or the PGSA.

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