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New representation model for postgraduate students

A new representation model has been adopted by the UCSA and UC PGSA to ensure better representation for postgraduate students.

The purpose of the UCSA Postgraduate Advisory Group is to ensure postgraduate students have a consistent voice within the UCSA and the University on matters affecting them. The representation model has been endorsed by the Senior Management Team (SMT) as a way for UCSA and UC PGSA to support and represent postgraduate students more effectively in future.

The UCSA Postgraduate Advisory Group will be chaired by the UCSA President and include the UCSA Postgraduate Representative, President | Te Akatoki Tumuaki or delegate, 1-3 postgraduate appointee(s)/representative(s) from each of the five Colleges and any further representatives of the postgraduate student body as appointed by the UCSA President.

Who won the Thesis in Three final?

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This week UC’s Thesis in Three finals were held on campus. The competition challenges PhD and Master’s students to explain their thesis in three minutes using only one slide.

Congratulations to Philipp Sueltrop from Engineering for taking out the top spot and $5,000 prize. Jacq Jones came second (Arts, $2,000) and Jess McHale placed third (Science, $1,000).

The event was well attended, with 200 people in attendance. Professor Jon Harding, Dean of Postgraduate Research, who sponsors the event, felt all of UC’s Colleges were well represented in the event. There was great diversity in the talks, and a number of domestic and international student speakers. The presentations showed the depth of research at UC and how cutting edge and topical it is.

Philipp will go on to represent UC at the 2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT Finals Friday 29 September 2017.

How to deal with constructive criticism

Last week I received some feedback I’d been waiting for. I needed it to continue with my chapter so it was great to get it, but not so great to read it.

Now, I’m a native English speaker. I know how to write. I know what sounds good. I’ve been doing this research thing for a while, but every time I get feedback, I feel like I’m not good enough. I feel like they are criticising parts of me – not just my work.

I get that email and I don’t want to read it after I see all the corrections, edits, questions, and – worse of all – rewrites.

I really like my supervisor, but it’s still so hard to get this kind of feedback.

Last week it took a strong cup of coffee and a clear head. I went for a walk before reading it, to remind myself that this is just a part of me and not all of me. I sat down with my lunch and began reading. It wasn’t that bad, I mean, there was a lot, but the comments and questions made sense. And ultimately, it will make this piece of writing better.

How do you deal with constructive criticism? Remember it’s not about you. It’s not about how good or bad you are. It’s about improvement – being able to publish, learning to be even more concise, understanding what things you know that no one else does, and even though it’s hard to read, it’s worth it.

If you’re going to stay in research, constructive criticism will become your frenemy. It’s ok to get angry and sad and moody, but don’t let it touch you as a person.

Let it happen, take it, and absorb it, and then let it go. Because you know what? You’re awesome. Your research and your words are a job, and constructive criticism is all about ways to improve that job.

Written by Anonymous (he/she didn’t want any of your criticism no matter how constructive it might be.)