PGSA 2018 Annual General Meeting Event

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ITS THAT TIME OF YEAR!!! The PSGA is proud to host its Annual General Meeting, but this time at Shadows Bar!

Come along to help vote in your new Exec team, hear our amazing plans for the year, and have some free food and soft drinks!

It is SOOOO important that we get your opinions and feedback. This year it is about making the PGSA bigger and better than ever before! So Come Along! Get your postgrad buddies to sign up and lets get this show on the road!

Sign up on Eventbrite here:

Here are some important links for documents that will be reviewed/passed once the AGM has commenced:

Annual Report:

Summary of Proposed Constitutional Changes:

Constitution with Tracked Changes:

Statement of Financial Changes:

PGSA end-of-year Waiheke Island Event

On Dec 23, 2017, a large bunch of student members of PGSA and their guests gathered at the Ferry Terminal in the City to head to Waiheke Island for a day in the sun and on the beaches.  PGSA had provided ferry tickets as well as tickets for taking the bus once on the Island to our picnic spot – Onetangi beach!

A few members were also able to use the limited tickets PGSA had on offer for a kayaking trip around part of the Island.  After a PGSA hosted dinner the group headed back to Auckland to bring in the New Year.

If you weren’t able to join us on this trip keep an eye out for PGSA related events – if you know PG students who are not yet members or have not been active give them a shout!

Winners of Exposure 2017

Congratulations to all the participants, finalists and winners of Exposure 2017!

Oral Competition Winners:
First Place: Melanie Macfarlane – FMHS
Second Place: Aimee Humphries – FMHS
Third Place: Kate Riegle van West – CAI

Poster Competition Winners:
First Place: Morgane Merien – Faculty of Science
Second Place: Rebecca Turner – Faculty of Science
Third Place: Marie-Claire Smith – FMHS
Posters Peoples Choice Award: Isabela Monteiro – Faculty of Engineering

Variety Showcase Competition:
First Place: Xiaofeng Hu – CAI
Second Place: Kisha September – CAI
Third Place: Joohyun Park – Faculty of Education & Social Work

MC, Mr Jim Hefkey commended the students on the high quality of research and congratulated the winners and the Exposure Organising Committee for making Exposure 2017 a success.

For more information, photographs and the winners’ video clips visit the Exposure webpage.

You are also welcome to check out the photos here!

PGSA Orientation 2017!

The PGSA invites all postgraduate students to get-together to welcome new and returning postgraduates. Come and chat over delicious food. This will be an excellent opportunity to make new friends, mix and mingle with your peers, as well as chat with your friendly representatives of PGSA.



PGSA website is under construction now. The updated website will be back soon. In the meantime, please follow our Facebook page and emailed newsletters.


Membership database move

Re-register before 6th March 2017! PG Lounge access will be revoked shortly after this date, and you will have to rejoin to get access.

Existing PGSA members will have received an email (or two!) advising of the change to our online membership administration. Follow the instructions, and re-register for your membership to continue. There will be a final reminder email in two weeks.

If you haven’t received any of these emails, click on “Join PGSA Now” on the front page, and your membership record will be updated.

ref: PGSA Membership Application


The continuation of “Shut up and Write” for the PGSA member is happening on Thursday, the28th of July from 5-7pm.

PGSA will provide you with a comfortablequiet place for you to get on with your writing.

So, come down for the session and have a productive 2 hours.

Refreshments will be provided to keep your energy levels high and writing productively!

What you need to bring:

1)      A laptop computer or other writing materials.

2)      A writing goal for the afternoon. What do you want to accomplish during your time with us?


Doctoral Skills Workshops @ Newmarket Campus

Doctoral Skills Workshops @ Newmarket Campus


The following Doctoral Skills workshops are now available at Newmarket Campus in Semester II

NOTE: The workshops will take place in Room 902–402, building 902, Newmarket Campus. Attendees are required to bring their own devices, eg, ipads, laptops, for all workshops except those marked with an * as the room does not contain computers.

Academic writing: What examiners expect

Your doctoral examiners expect your thesis to meet the required disciplinary standards of academic writing. This workshop covers the expectations of your examiners, general academic writing conventions and common errors found in doctoral thesis writing.

  • Wednesday, 6 July, 11am – 1pm

Promote research using University research management systems

This is a practical workshop helping you to make the best use of the University research systems to manage publications and maximise the impact of your research.

  •  Tuesday, 26 July, 10-12noon
  • Friday 30 September, 10-12noon

 Presenting research at seminars, events and conferences*

This workshop provides practical advice and tips on how to prepare, plan, and practice your first academic conference paper or departmental seminar.

  •  Wednesday 3 August, 11-1pm, room 903-204

Literature review: Targeting your research and staying current (Faculty of Engineering, Auckland Bioengineering Institute)

This workshop is designed for doctoral candidates from the Faculty of Engineering and Auckland Bioengineering Institute and will introduce discipline-related databases and effective strategies for retrieving specific sets of results, literature and data.

  • Tuesday, 21 September, 1-3pm
  • Friday 14 October, 10-12noon
  • Friday 18 November, 10-12noon

 Literature Review: Finding high-impact publications for your research

This workshop will introduce you to citation databases and cited reference searching – a powerful tool to help you achieve a high quality literature review. The workshop will help you to find the key publications essential for your research, locate literature with the highest impact in your discipline, and identify the “key players” in your field.

  •  Tuesday 27 Sept, 10-12noon

 Presenting research with academic posters*

This workshop outlines the characteristics of an effective academic poster. It also provides practical tips for designing a poster that can be entered into the annual Exposure poster competition or be displayed at an academic conference.

  • Tuesday 6 September, 11m – 1pm



Orientation 2, 2016!

Brought to you by the PGSA, FREE FOOD! FREE!!!

The PGSA invites new and returning postgraduates for an evening loaded with lots of fun!!!

Join us for 

    ” PUB NIGHT ”    

Friday, July 15th @5:30PM
Shadows bar

Come and chat over delicious finger foods. This will be an excellent opportunity to make new friends, mix and mingle with your peers, as well as chat with your friendly representatives of the PGSA. Spot prizes are up for grabs on the night!

Click Here for more details!!

YOGA in July 2016!

PGSA World Famous in Auckland Yoga is back!
  $6 yoga and dinner!

Hi my lovely PGSA yogis, our Yoga event is back! So grab all your postgrad friends and join us for the first relaxation session on next Friday (22nd July) Yoga + dinner with Loft Yoga Lounge for ONLY $6!! (no ticket fees!)

Friday, 22nd of July @4:45pm

Loft Yoga Lounge

As we are all aware, postgraduates are embarking on a multi-year journey with its fair shares of ups and downs.  Stress can negatively impact postgraduate students’ health and in 2016 we bring you a yoga session and dinner as a way to bring you a new experience of how to alleviate stress in a positive fashion AGAIN. New to yoga? We’re here to introduce students to a healthy way to manage their stress levels. A yoga veteran? We’re here to provide you this chance to join fellow postgrads for this experience.
We also have limited guest tickets available, you are welcome to bring family and friends along.

For more details, click HERE!