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PGSA End of Year Event 2015

Welcome to PGSA’s 80’s themed Halloween Party!! Brought to you by the PGSA, FREE FOOD, LIVE PERFORMANCES INCLUDING LIVE MUSIC AND DANCE!
ALL OF IT IS FREE!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM 

Shadows Bar

The semester has just ended, so what else are you going to do? Party! FREE food and music will be provided so come join us for a fun evening. DJ spinning hits, acrobatic performers, dancers, and as always, LOTS OF FREE FOOD!

Partners and families are welcome too. 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!)

Theme:

An event in Shadows on Halloween?! Prepare to have a murderously good time. The devil will be in the details with door prizes that might rattle your chains for anyone coming dressed for Halloween. The decorations will be set for 80’s theme, so dress to impress and get your party grooves on! *hint hint* IT’S ALWAYS WORTH YOUR WHILE TO DRESS UP FOR A PGSA EVENT! *hint hint*

Schedule of Events:

FREE FOOD DELIVERED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT!

6:30-8:30 – Dancers and acrobatic acts. From Silver Circle Productions, these performers will have planned an event specific to the PGSA audience. These acts will be ongoing throughout the night, shifting their performances often so come and watch at any time of the night!

Your ticket includes

– Round trip ticket to fun!

– Free food and drink to keep you well fed and hydrated for the fun!

– Free entry to the acrobatic shows

– Free entry to the dance shows

What you need to bring:

– A healthy appetite for food, live music, and fun!

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 in Shadows. Please limit guests to one per PGSA member, as there is limited attendance space.

BOOK HERE AND HAVE FUN!!

PGSA Social Dance Event #2 – Diwali Bollywood evening 2015

Free yummy food!

Get your groove on!!

Let’s mingle!!

See you at the Club Space, above the Quad !!!

@ Friday16th of October 3 pm

PGSA and UoAIS bring you the best ways to experience Diwali!

Heena Workshop + Bollywood dance session + delicious finger food for ONLY $5!

We bring you a marvelous opportunity to learn all about Diwali, including the Heena workshop and Bollywood dance workshop. The participants will be encouraged to show off their new moves later at the UoA Diwali festival in the Quad just downstairs! 

This is an excellent opportunity to make new friends, mix and mingle with your peers, as well as chat with your friendly representatives of the PGSA and UoAIS.

This is a limited-entry event, so register now and reserve your spot!

Limited registration and entry will be available at the door as well based on venue capacity.

Itinerary:

3 pm Heena Workshop + nibbles and fluids

3:45 pm Bollywood dance workshop 

Your ticket includes:

–  a Heena workshop

– a super cool Dance night

–  snacks (vegetarian options available)

All tickets are Non-Refundable. Please look at the date and make sure you are able to attend when you purchase the tickets.

Click here to book!

Doctoral Skills Workshops in October

Doctoral Skills Workshops in October

The upcoming Doctoral Skills workshops will help you find, select, evaluate and gain knowledge of the literature relevant to you topic and the field (or fields) to which your research belongs. The workshops will also assist you to identify the high-impact authors and research in your discipline and keep track with the latest publications, manage references, structure and write literature review, format doctoral thesis, understand what their examiners’ expectations are, use the University’s research management systems to your advantage, and more.

       Literature review: Getting started

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

 The next session is 21 October, 1pm – 3pm, room 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 13 October, 1pm – 3pm, room 431 at KEIC level 4, City

        Academic writing: Getting started

This workshop provides practical advice on how to manage your time effectively so that you can start writing early in your doctoral studies. It will also help you to identify which sections of your thesis can be written now.

The next session is 14 October, 11am – 1pm, room 420 at KEIC level 4, City

      Maximise the impact of your research outputs

The workshop addresses how you can build and promote your profile as a researcher and professional. It introduces a range of tools and strategies you can apply to maximise and track the impact of your research outputs.

The next session is 15 October, 1pm – 3pm, room 431 at KEIC level 4, City

     Academic writing: Thesis structure

Creating a logical thesis structure helps your thesis examiners and future employers understand your research and subsequent contribution to knowledge. This workshop covers how to structure a doctoral thesis and its essential sections. You will have the chance to start mapping out your thesis chapter titles in the workshop.

The next session is 22 October, 11am – 1pm, room 420 at KEIC level 4, City

      Academic writing: Thesis proposals

This workshop explains how to structure your full thesis proposal, plan your research and organise your thoughts. Different thesis proposal writing styles will be examined using real examples from former doctoral candidates.

The next session is 16 October, 11am – 1pm, room 420 at KEIC level 4, City

     Academic writing: Writing for publication

Publishing during your doctorate requires careful planning. This workshop covers why you should publish, when you need to start, where to submit your articles and conference papers and what to expect from the peer reviewing process.

The next session is 21 October, 9am – 11am, room 420 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 29 October, 11am – 1pm, room 420 at KEIC level 4, City

      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.

The next session is 20 October, 12noon – 2pm, room 420 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, formatting page numbers, compiling multiple chapters into a single document, and more.

       The next session is 20 October, 4pm – 6pm, room 431 at KEIC level 4, City

       Book online: www.library.auckland.ac.nz/booking/doctoral  (spaces are limited).

Yoga + dinner with Loft Yoga Lounge for ONLY $5!!

Friday, 9th of October @5pm, The Loft Yoga Lounge, 103 Beach Road

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 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.

Itinerary:
Arrive 4.45pm and Yoga starts at 5pm
6pm Srivasana
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
  •        lots of 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

BOOK HERE!

PGSA Writing Retreat Series #7!!

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! 

The 7th of the “Shut up and Write” series for the PGSA member is happening this Thursday, the 24th of September from 5-7pm. The PGSA will be hosting a writing event

exclusively for postgrads at the main Engineering building, level 5 tutorial room 404-501. 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!

 

Book Here!

Doctoral Skills Workshops in September

The upcoming Doctoral Skills workshops will help doctoral candidates get started with their research, locate and keep track with the latest scholarly literature, manage references, structure and write literature review, format doctoral thesis, understand what their examiners’ expectations are, utilise available University research management systems to promote their research and more.

        Literature review: Tracking citations

This workshop will help you to identify scholarly literature with the highest impact in your discipline and find the key publications, authors and scholarly journals for your research. It will introduce you to the citation databases and demonstrate the different ways journal impact is measured.

The next session is 22 September, 10am – 12noon, room 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 29 September, 10am – 12noon, room 433 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 24 September, 10am – 12noon, room 431 at KEIC level 4, City

        


 

     Academic writing: Writing for publication

Publishing during your doctorate requires careful planning. This workshop covers why you should publish, when you need to start, where to submit your articles and conference papers and what to expect from the peer reviewing process.

The next session is 21 September, 11am – 1pm, room 420 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 28 September, 10am – 12noon, room 420 at KEIC level 4, City

      Writing your non-academic CV

Many candidates recognize that the skills they gain doing their doctoral research are transferable to industry. The challenge for many lies in understanding the types of career pathways available and in knowing how to translate these skills to meet the needs of employers. This workshop will focus on identifying those skills and communicating them in a non-academic CV.

The next session is 22 September, 10am – 12noon, room 420 at KEIC level 4, City

       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.

The next session is 30 September, 3-5pm, room 420 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, formatting page numbers, compiling multiple chapters into a single document, and more.

       The next session is 1 October, 10am – 12noon, room 431 at KEIC level 4, City

 Book online: www.library.auckland.ac.nz/booking/doctoral  (spaces are limited).

PGSA Social Dance Event – Salsa Night 2015

Free yummy food!

Get your groove on!!

Let’s mingle!!

 

See you as SHADOWS !!!

 

@ Friday, 11th of September 6.15pm

 

We bring you an exciting night of social salsa with the wonderful Nikki Dowling!! Salsa lesson + delicious finger food for ONLY $5!

 

We bring you a marvellous opportunity to shake your tail feather and eat some tasty food with new and old friends!! Take a much-deserved break to reduce your stress levels and improve your health. New to Salsa? We’re here to introduce you to some basic steps. A salsa old-timer? Come get your groove on with fellow postgrads!!

 

This is an excellent opportunity to make new friends, mix and mingle with your peers, as well as chat with your friendly representatives of the PGSA.

 

This is a limited-entry event, so register now and reserve your spot!

Limited registration and entry will be available at the door as well based on venue capacity.

 

Itinerary:

6.15pm Arrive

6.30pm-8pm Salsa Lesson + Food

 

As this event is hosted at Shadows, valid ID (proof of 18+) is required! For those with families, we’d love to have you bring along the family, but any family under 18 will not be allowed entry to the event. So bring your partner along but get a babysitter for the kids!

Click here to book!

PGSA 2015 Yoga #5 – Yoga at Loft is back for $5

By popular demand, Yoga + dinner with Loft Yoga Lounge  is back forONLY $5!
Friday, 4th of September @4:45pm, The Loft Yoga Lounge, 103 Beach Road
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 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.
Itinerary:
Arrive 4.45pm and Yoga starts at 5pm
6pm Srivasana
6.30pm dinnerClass will be done by 8.30pm lates
 Menu:
Coconut curry
Oven chips/potatoes
Basmati Rice and salad
Halava – Cooked semolina sweet with Fresh Lemon
Fresh herbal tea and water as drink
Your ticket includes
  •        Yoga session for both beginners and intermediates
  •        Dinner
  •        Networking with fellow postgrads
  •        lots of 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 #6 with Jenny Jones from ELE!!

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! 

The 6th of the “Shut up and Write” series for the PGSA member is happening this Thursday, the 27th of August from 5-7pm. The PGSA will be hosting a writing event exclusively for postgrads at the main Engineering building, level 5 tutorial room 404-501. 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.

This Month, we have a guest speaker, Jenny Jones from ELE (5:30 pm-6:00 pm).

Jenny will be showing us a range of online and print-based resources which students can access to develop their academic writing ability, and introduce other workshops that ELE provides which is focused on “Writing in English”.  In particular, the focus will be on English grammar, vocabulary, academic writing style, and writing in the disciplines (e.g., Scientific Writing, Writing in Engineering, and Critical reading and writing). 

Hand-outs with links to a wide range of resources that are freely accessible will be provided at the end of the talk.  Students are welcome to bring their digital devices in case they want to access the resources during the workshop. 

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

 

What you need to bring:

  •      Laptops or other electronic devices to access the online resources
  •    Your writing topic

Book Here!

PGSA QUIZ NIGHT!!!

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All postgraduate students are invited to

PGSA QUIZ NIGHT!!!!!!

Come along, network with other postgraduate students, and win prizes!

Food and non-alcoholic beverages included.