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New social events for Spring GradFest

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Spring GradFest starts next week with a variety of sessions to help you along the thesis journey, as well as new social events where you can meet other postgraduates from UC.

Although your main focus at UC will be on your postgraduate work, something valuable I learned at a previous GradFest is that it is still important to make time to socialise. Thesis study can be an isolating experience, and it’s important to make friends to survive and thrive. Knowing that social time is acceptable keeps you from feeling guilty about it, and you’ll find that learning to manage your schedule is a vital part of the journey.

GradFest has a variety of sessions to help you with your thesis work, covering topics like writing, presentations, and technology. But this time it also has new social events like a Welcome social at the Shilling Club and a BBQ lunch. These are great opportunities to meet fellow postgraduates from other departments, so be sure to make space in your schedule for them.

Check out the website for sessions you might be interested in>

– Kara, international PhD student at UC

Thesis in Three presentation: Jacq Jones, Mixed Signals

Jacq Jones (College of Arts) took second place in the UC Thesis in Three finals with the presentation Mixed Signals – unboxing non-binary speech. Watch Jacq’s presentation on unboxing gender in speech by combining signals.

Each year, the Dean of Postgraduate Research at UC sponsors and organises the Thesis in Three competition for postgraduate students. PhD and Masters students give a three-minute presentation to describe their thesis research with only a single presentation slide. The top three students from each college round go on to compete in the UC final.

‘If it’s not gay, it’s not gay’

In a follow up to the previous blog How to unlearn homophobia we share a video from Rainbow Youth which addresses the power of language in a uniquely kiwi way. Check it out!

“We chose to address something small that contributes to much larger issues – homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.” Rainbow Youth have said on their Facebook page.

Rainbow Youth is a charitable organisation, find out more here>

Video shared with permission from Rainbow Youth, Auckland.