Free food anyone? When we surveyed postgraduate students at UC, the most popular feedback we received was for more regular social events. As the welcome BBQ during O’Week was such a success we have decided to add more regular grill-based meet-ups to our social calendar.
This coming Thursday (6th April) the UC PGSA, in association with the University of Canterbury Club, will be hosting our next BBQ! The BBQ will be held at the Ilam Homestead Gardens (at the University of Canterbury Club, formerly the Staff Club) from 4:00pm-7:30pm. Food provided will include vegetarian, halal, gluten- and dairy-free options.
All staff and students are invited to come celebrate and mingle with other members of the University. We’ll be drawing out the prize winners of our survey so make sure to come on down and check it out.
No RSVP needed, just turn up on the day. Koha welcome.
UC PGSA is the University of Canterbury Postgraduate Students’ Association. We’re not sure who came up with the name, but they’ve confused a number of us over the years. We’re not actually a students’ association (what?!) but are like every other club on campus affiliated to the UCSA. However what makes us slightly different is that our focus is on postgrads. Y’know – those people who turn up in your lab as demonstrators and say the phrase ‘when I was doing this course’ or ‘when I was an undergraduate’ with a longing you are yet to understand.
There are 10 of us on the Committee, ranging from Masters to Doctorate, local to Kazakhstan, 21 to 35. We’re pretty friendly (although we’ll always do better after we’ve had a coffee) and are doing our best to understand postgrads and offer services that are of benefit within the areas of socialising, academics and advocacy.
So who actually is a postgrad? Well if you’ve graduated you probably count. But we know it is a bit confusing at UC because some Honours courses are considered postgraduate programmes and some aren’t. So to keep it simple, we consider anyone who is doing a paper at 400 level or above a postgrad, regardless of whether you’re sneakily still undergraduate or not. That means all you Honours students in Engineering and Law – you’re important to us too.
We’re free to join and are always looking for ways to help the postgrad experience, so hit us up (figuratively) if you want to know more. Check us out at www.ucpgsa.org and facebook.com/ucpgsa.