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YOGA in June 2016!

PGSA World Famous in Auckland Yoga is back!
  $5 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 (24th June) Yoga + dinner with Loft Yoga Lounge for ONLY $5!! (no ticket fees!)

Friday, 24th of June @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!   

PGSA WRITING RETREAT 2, 2016

Thursday, May 26th @5PM
Strata cafe

Join the PGSA while we help you catch up on your writing. Need some quiet time to write in a stress-free environment? Join us!

New Venue !!! please come to Strata cafe in Kate Edgar Info Commons

The continuation “Shut up and Write” series of 2016 for the PGSA member is happening next Thursday, the 26th of May from 5-7pm. PGSA will be hosting a writing event exclusively for postgrads at the Strata cafe.

If you are trying to avoid writing at all costs and need the peer pressure to squeeze out that article or literature review, PGSA is here to help.

The session will encourage people to write by providing a dedicated time slot for pure writing, which might not be available from your office/home.

Also, there will be free snack food to keep your energy levels high and writing productively!
What you need to bring:

1)      A laptop computer or other weapon of choice to write.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

PGSA WRITING RETREAT 1, 2016

Join the PGSA while we help you catch up on your writing. Need some quiet time to write in a stress-free environment? Join us! 

New Venue !!! please come to Strata cafe in Kate Edgar Info Commons

The first “Shut up and Write” series of 2016 for the PGSA member is happening next Thursday, the 31st of March from 5-7pm. PGSA will be hosting a writing event exclusively for postgrads at the Strata cafe.

If you are trying to avoid writing at all costs and need the peer pressure to squeeze out that article or literature review, PGSA is here to help.

The session will encourage people to write by providing a dedicated time slot for pure writing, which might not be available from your office/home.

Also, there will be free snack food to keep your energy levels high and writing productively!

 

What you need to bring:

1)      A laptop computer or other weapon of choice to write.

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

      Book Here!

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PGSA ORIENTATION 1, 2016

The semester is about to begin, so what else are you going to do on your last free weekend of summer? Party! We’re throwing a BBQ like only the PGSA can throw one. FREE food will be provided so come join us for a fun evening. We will be BBQ’ing up a whole lot of options (including non-pork and veggie options)!  PGSA is inviting you to our first networking social event of the year!


We bring you BBQ food on the patio at Strata. Free sausages and sides!  Beverages will be available for purchase from Strata.  Please take a moment to register your interest for catering purposes.

 

Click here to book!

Doctoral Skills Programme Workshops in the new year!!

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Literature review: Getting started

This workshop will help you to start searching and find a broad range of literature and information on your research topic from variety of sources. You are welcome to bring a USB to download relevant readings.

 The next session is Monday 11th January, 11 – 1pmroom 431 at KEIC level 4, City

IT skills: Formatting your thesis

 

This hands-on workshop is an introduction to advanced Microsoft Word 2013 features which will help you format your thesis in compliance with the University of Auckland Guide to Theses and Dissertations. Functionalities covered: automatic table of contents, list of tables, list of figures, creating headings using styles, inserting and formatting page numbers, compiling multiple chapters into a single document, and more.

 

The next session is Tuesday 12th January, 10 – 12pmroom 431 at KEIC level 4, City 

Academic integrity: Managing your references – Refworks

 

This workshop will introduce you to best practices for managing a large number of references and citations in your written work using RefWorks. A comparison of RefWorks and EndNote reference management tools will also be provided to assist you in deciding which is most appropriate for you to use for your research and writing.

 

The next session is Wednesday 13th January, 10 – 12pmroom 431 at KEIC level 4, City 

Literature review: Targeting your research and staying current

This workshop will cover advanced database search skills to help you find and keep up-to-date with the latest research relating to your thesis topic. The workshop will introduce effective strategies for retrieving specific sets of results, literature and data. 

The next session is Thursday 14th January, 1 – 3pmroom 431 at KEIC level 4, City 

Literature review: Tracking citations 

Cited reference searching is a powerful tool if you cannot find enough literature related to your topic. This workshop will help you track and measure the impact of publications within your discipline, identify the leading authors and who cites them. It will show how to set alerts for your chosen authors or publications, assist you to select and use the best citation databases, and demonstrate the different ways that journal impact is measured.

The next session is Monday 18th January, 10 – 12pmroom 431 at KEIC level 4, City 

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.

The next session is Wednesday 20th January, 10 – 12pm room 420 at KEIC level 4, City 

Literature review: Targeting your research and staying current (Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences) 

This workshop is designed for doctoral candidates from the Faculty of Science, ABI, Liggins Institute and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and will introduce discipline-related databases and effective strategies for retrieving specific sets of results, literature and data. 

The next session is Tuesday 26th January, 9 – 11amroom 433 at KEIC level 4, City

Literature review: Targeting your research and staying current (Faculty of Education & Social Work) 

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

The next session is Tuesday 2nd February, 10 – 12pmEpsom Library Training Room

Literature review: Targeting your research and staying current (Faculty of Engineering)

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

The next session is Friday 5th February, 10 – 12pmroom 902.402, Newmarket

Celebrate End of Year with PGSA Writing Retreat

Join the PGSA while we help you catch up on your writing. Need some quiet time to write in a stress-free environment? Join us!

New Venue !!! please come to iSpace, not your usual room

The final “Shut up and Write” series of 2015 for the PGSA member is happening this Thursday, the 3rd of December from 5-7pm. The PGSA will be hosting a writing event exclusively for postgrads at the iSpace.

Whether you want alone, quiet, quality writing time or get into a group for peer review and discussions, we have your writing needs catered for!

Also, there will be free snack food to keep your energy levels high and writing productively!

What you need to bring:

1)      A laptop computer to work on.

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

Click HERE to book!!

PGSA + EPS 2nd Annual Newmarket Campus Event – Bowling, Bowling, Bowling

Brought to you by the PGSA and EPS, FREE FOOD, BOWLING, AND A CHANCE TO HAVE A GLANCE AT THE (RELATIVELY) NEW NEWMARKET CAMPUS!

ALL OF IT IS FREE!!!

The University has worked hard in 2014 to move a lot of people and things to Newmarket to open the new campus. While construction and moving is hardly complete (it’s a 30-year plan, after all), it’s time for the new campus to show off. Swing by the main reception of the new campus by 4:30 pm for the ticket check-in and the group will take a short walk to the bowling venue (5 min). After the game, we are back to the reception and nibbles and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided back at the newmarket campus along with the prize giving.
Registration is so we can have numbers indicating how many peoples we need to cater for. (This is important so we don’t run out of food! If you order a ticket and can’t make it, please cancel the ticket so other members can join us!)

Where is Newmarket Campus?
Newmarket campus is currently home to several engineering departments, but will soon be home to many more departments. It is a 20-minute walk from the City Campus, with buses frequently going between city/Grafton/Newmarket campuses. The student parking options on campus are very limited.

The campus is located in Newmarket, along Khyber Pass road. (Address is approximately 371 Khyber Pass Road)
Here is a university web page link explaining how to get there!

Not an engineer? Come find out what they look like in their natural environment. Gaze at them beyond the glass. Watch them try and blow something up…or maybe build something…or try to build something but have it blow up. You never know! ENGINEERS, YEAH!

Your ticket includes
– Tickets for Bowling!
– Free food and drink to keep you well fed and hydrated for the fun!

What you need to bring:
– A healthy appetite for food, live music, and fun!
– Appropriate shoes for the bowling: please no jandals! (Health and safety, people!)

Click HERE to book!!

If you didn’t manage to get a ticket within the required time and its the day of the event then please turn up to the event venue, we will let everyone in if there is space available at the venue. Please limit guests to one per PGSA member, as there is limited attendance space

Witakere Hike!!

Do you want to explore outside of Auckland and visit one of the best views west of Auckland?

Waitakere Ranges National Park
Saturday, November 7, 2015 @9:30am

The Waitakere Ranges are a chain of hills in the Auckland metropolitan area, generally running approximately 25 km (15.5 mi) from north to south, 25 km west of central Auckland, New Zealand. The maximum elevation within the ranges is 474 m (1555 ft). The ranges and surrounding areas were traditionally known to local Māori as Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa (The Great Forest of Tiriwa).

A road, aptly named Scenic Drive, runs a good portion of the length of the ranges from Titirangi to Swanson. This road leads to the Arataki Visitor Center, just east of the Hillary Trail where we will be hiking.

On January 11, 2010, the Auckland Regional Council opened the Hillary Trail, a 70 km trail running roughly north-south through the Waitakere Ranges, named in honour of the New Zealand mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary.

Plans for the day:

  •        Board the bus at 10 am (please arrive by 9:30 for check in and administration) on Alfred Street (near the bus stop next to the library, across the street from the Kate Edgar Building/Information Commons), headed for the Arataki Visitor Center. This is a good place to take some pictures, as it has an amazing view of the valley. If time allows and the morning goes quickly, we might also stop at Pae O Te Rangi Farm. This farm has one of the best unimpeded views of the Waitakere Ranges.
  •        Head from the visitor center over to the Cascade Kauri, where we begin our walk on the Montana Heritage Trail.
  •        Lunch at the Dam. This is the halfway point and the dam has some amazing views, so stopping here should be a good idea for everyone.
  •        For those in good physical shape, continue onto the Waitakere Dam Circuit along the Waitakere Tram Walk. This walk is less formed than the Montana Heritage Trail, but offers better views.
  •        Return back to Auckland, leaving the park at approximately 3 pm. This time could change slightly depending on the hiking speed of the group.

Your ticket includes

  •     Round trip bus ride from the campus to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
  •     Entry to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park for the day
  •    Guided hike for the group, the PGSA guides will tailor the hike based on fitness and ability of the individuals of the group. Note: Some portions of the hike may contain narrow paths and steep terrain. Please be prepared for rugged terrain in getting up to the top of the ridges. The hike is not particularly hard, but it will be a long walk as we climb up.

What you should bring:

  •      Sturdy hiking boots are recommended, especially waterproof. However, the trail is well formed and mostly gravel covered, so normal closed-toe shoes are allowed. Open toed shoes such as jandals are NOT normal shoes and are highly advised against (in all situations, but especially hiking).
  •       Sunscreen. As with any event in New Zealand, good sun protection is always recommended.
  •       A packed lunch. This should not be too heavy so that it is not burdensome to carry, but should be enough to satisfy you for a long day of hiking. We recommend at least a liter of water for the walking and for the lunch.
All tickets are Non-Refundable. Make sure you would be able to make it to the event when you purchase the tickets.

This event will go off under any weather conditions, as there are weather contingencies. A little rain in Auckland happens daily, so is never a reason to cancel an event. We promise a fun day no matter what the weather brings.

Limited guest tickets are available at same time.

Note: No pay at door options available for this event due to logistics and booking reasons.

Click here to book!

Yoga event November 2015!!

Hi my lovely PGSA yogis, This is our last Yoga event of the 2015 and we have decided to waive the ticket fees (woo hoo!!).

So grab all your postgrad friends and join us for the final relaxation session on next Friday (6th Nov)

 
Yoga + dinner with Loft Yoga Lounge for ONLY $5!!
(no ticket fees!)

Friday, 6th of November @4:45pm
 

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 2015 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. New to yoga? We’re here to introduce students to a healthy way to manage their stress levels. A yoga veteren? 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.
Itinerary:
  •       Arrive 4.45pm and Yoga starts at 5pm
  •       6pm S
  •       6.30pm dinnerClass will be done by 7.30pm
Menu:
  • Vegetarian Curry meal with dinner and tea is provided
Your ticket includes
  •         Yoga session for both beginners and intermediates
  •         Dinner
  •         Networking with fellow postgrads
  •         Fun
What you should bring:
  •        Proper attire for yoga activities. Jandals are never appropriate in any social setting!
  •        Please feel free to bring your own mat or towel!!
Due to catering processes, all tickets are Non-Refundable. Make sure you would be able to make it to the event when you purchase the tickets.

 

Click here to book!

PGSA Writing Retreat Series 29th October, 2015!!

Join the PGSA while we help you catch up on your writing. Need some quiet time to write in a stress-free environment? Join us!

Venuechange due to Exams!!
please come to 403-503 not your usual room

The October “Shut up and Write” series for the PGSA member is happening this Thursday, the 29th of October from 5-7pm. The PGSA will be hosting a writing event exclusively for postgrads at the main Engineering building, level 5 tutorial room 403-503. There will be arrows pointing to the venue so you won’t get lost.

Whether you want alone, quiet, quality writing time or get into a group for peer review and discussions, we have your writing needs catered for you.

Also, there will be free snack food to keep your energy levels high and writing productive!

What you need to bring:

  • A laptop computer to work on
  • A writing goal for the afternoon. What do you want to accomplish during your time with us?

Click here to book!