It’s here! After months of planning, NUPSA’s new website is finally live.
The first thing you’ll notice, hopefully, is our calendar of upcoming workshops and events. These are one of the most important ways we engage with postgraduate students every week; previously, we could only tell you about them sporadically through our newsletter, social media and mailing list, but now you’ll be able to check online any time you want to see what we’re running on campus.
More importantly, this calendar will expand over time to include workshops and events run by other groups at the University, such as student clubs, Learning Development and the Office of Graduate Research. We know how much you dislike having to check half a dozen websites to see everything that’s running, and our goal is to gather all these calendars together in a single, easy-to-access schedule.
This also applies to our guides and resources. All you’ll see at the moment is a list of our previous newsletters, but soon we’ll be adding a ton of guides for postgraduate students, drawn from all the various support services across UON. These will include:
- Health services (on- and off-campus)
- Financial services
- Travel/public transport
- Advocacy and support
- Newcastle! (Main streets, shopping, nightlife, landmarks, etc.)
We’ll have other resources eventually as well – slides and handouts, meeting minutes, policy documents, workshop recordings, and so on.
With a whole new layout and design, we needed a whole new logo to match! And so we asked you, clever cookies, to send us your ideas and concepts. Our logo redesign contest attracted quite a few entries, and – after much deliberation – the Executive selected two winners, Steffen Broxtermann and Nikki Mooney.
Steffen and Nikki’s submissions both contained brilliant design elements, so rather than select just one of them, we merged the two together into the logo you see above. We’re pretty darn proud of it – and of them, which is why both are receiving $500 Westfield gift vouchers for their efforts.
Similarly awesome was Andrew Ovenstone’s logo submission; he was just a narrow second-place, and will receive an $100 voucher as well.
A new website, a new logo, a new newsletter, new Blackboard features… This has been a year of significant revision for NUPSA. And most of the changes we’ve made have been based on your feedback as postgraduate students; we’re funded by you and belong to you, so it’s important that you tell us what we’re doing well, what we can still improve, and what you’d like us to provide for you in 2017.
Want more academic workshops? More social events? More free food? Tell us! There’s a fancy new comments section below; why not take it for a spin?