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Meet your UCSA Postgraduate Rep

Kia ora!

My name is Katie Mills and I’m your University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) Postgrad representative for 2019.

As your Postgrad rep, I am one of the many avenues you can utilise to share queries/concerns/comments on your student experience at UC. I’m here not only to represent postgraduate students on the UCSA but I also act as a link between students and the University of Canterbury.

Besides chatting to me, there are many other forums to seek advice and support. These include:

  • Academic Skills Centre – for thesis writing support, tips for oral presentations, proofreading and more (keep your eyes peeled for GradFest, a dedicated week of bonus workshops tailored specifically for Postgrads)
  • SOAR Advisors – For peer-to-peer academic support
  • UC Mentoring – For support that addresses wider social and emotional needs such as settling into UC and finding your way around Christchurch city.
  • PGSA – For regular events that will help you connect with other Postgrad students, socialise and discuss Postgrad specific concerns.
  • There are also a variety of services available through the UC Health Centre and Rec Centre that can help keep your mental and physical wellbeing in check.

These initiatives all share the aim to make your postgrad journey as positive as possible! So please, whether you’re battling with thesis writing or looking for a pal, reach out for some help. You don’t need to take this journey alone. If you’re not sure where to start, contact me at postgraduate@ucsa.org.nz and we can get the conversation rolling! Plus I’d love to meet you!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2019!

Katie Mills 
UCSA Postgraduate Rep


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.

UC PGSA Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Pink Ribbon Bfast

Around 400 New Zealand women under the age of 44 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Breast Cancer is much more treatable if detected early, with around 85% of women alive five years after diagnosis. This is why it is so important to raise awareness in young New Zealand women.

The UC PGSA is proud to host one of many Pink Ribbon Breakfasts this May, in support of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

The idea of the Pink Ribbon Breakfast is that anyone can host one, and anyone can help to make a difference. By hosting a breakfast, we’re asking our members to support our fundraising page and those who attend will be raising awareness for the foundation and be a part of some great discussions about Breast Cancer Awareness.

The UC PGSA Pink Ribbon Breakfast event will be held on Friday the 12th May from 8am-10am in the Undercroft 101 Seminar Room. Look out for our guest speaker and live acoustic music. Tickets are $7 and will be available from May 1st. From each ticket, $5 will go towards a donation for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and $2 will help us cover the cost of food.

For further information and tickets, check out our Facebook event page or our website.

We look forward to our members, staff, and other students getting involved with this event. It’s for such a great cause, and even if you’re not a morning person, any small donation on our page would be greatly appreciated.