President Ash McIntyre brings you up to speed on what we’ve been doing this month (like Sir Nancy-spotting), and talks about our upcoming general election.


 

Hello, hello, hello! Another month has passed, can you believe it? I get mad whenever someone points out to me that it is September.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Pride Week last week. It was our biggest one yet, with over a hundred people at our Wear It Purple morning tea. And a shout-out to those brave enough to present their wonderful work and talents at our queer showcase. It’s such a wonderful, welcoming and comfortable atmosphere each year, and we see so much talent!

Our next big event is R U OK? Day, and this year we have big plans. We will be running a yoga session followed by a morning tea at HMRI, and then we will be back to Callaghan to run our terrarium-making workshop. We also have our next off-campus adventure, where we have secured discounted tickets for postgraduate students to Taronga Zoo!

We will be travelling down on the train on September 27, and to make life easier for you, we have two offers available to purchase. The first is a discounted entry, where you can spend the day as you please and have free reign. Or, if you want to get more hands-on, you can pay a little extra and have access to a private workshop and interaction with some of the animals, and unlimited use of the Sky Safari cable car. How exciting! You are welcome to bring your partner or children to this event, but unfortunately, we cannot provide them discounted tickets – you will have to organise standard full-price tickets for them at the zoo.

My next hot tip is to keep an eye out for Sir Nancy around campus (#nancywatch on Twitter). NUPSA was lucky enough to be the first student association to paint a hippocampus for the CREATE Festival. This was super fun, and now you can vote for the most handsome hippocampus! Naturally, you will all seek out Sir Nancy immediately, tag us and Nancy on Twitter, and vote, vote, vote!

Now onto more serious business. It is my last year as NUPSA President this year; while it has been a wonderful two years, I am hoping to submit my thesis! This means that if you have been thinking about getting involved in student representation and supporting your fellow postgrads, now is the time!

If there is a position you are interested in, I encourage you to shoot NUPSA an email (or any of our representatives), as I am more than happy to have a chat with you about what each role entails. Next year will be an exciting year to get involved, as NUPSA moves into the new student representative structure to become the Postgraduate Senate.

So, take the plunge! You will get some incredible experience, and meet some amazing people. I can honestly say that the range of skills I have learnt and experiences I have had as President (and the Research Representative before that) have changed me as a person in so many ways.

Until next month,

Ash 😊

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