The President is the leader of the association, its spokesperson and chief representative. They are responsible for the day-to-day management of NUPSA, working closely with its Executive and staff, and attending regular meetings with the key stakeholders throughout the University.
The President advocates on behalf of postgraduate students regarding matters of concern, and is a primary point of contact for student enquiries.
My name is Ashleigh McIntyre (call me Ash) and I have just hit the three-year mark of my PhD. (See how I avoided saying it’s my fourth year?) My research examines representations of climate crisis and personal trauma in contemporary American fiction, with emphasis on the importance of the literary voice in dealing with large-scale environmental shifts.
I am a domestic Australian student, and completed a Bachelor of Arts and Honours (English) at the University of Newcastle. Prior to university, I completed my HSC at Saint Mary’s in Maitland, and spent 12 months living in Ireland working with the Cork Simon Communities for the Homeless as a volunteer.
My first two years with NUPSA, I volunteered as NUPSA’s Research Representative, which helped develop my passion for service and advocacy. In this role, I gained a strong understanding of issues affecting postgraduate students at the University of Newcastle. We are lucky enough to have an incredibly diverse and vibrant postgraduate cohort, with a broad range of experiences and issues. This environment has taught me that consultation and communication are the best practices a student association can foster, and I want to ensure NUPSA represents all UON postgraduate students in its advocacy.
This is my second year as NUPSA President! Last year was extremely educational for me. As I learnt the ropes of student leadership, we increased our online presence, increased our regular events and workshops, and saw a significant increase in student engagement. I have learnt so much, and I hope that my experience will see NUPSA into an even bigger and better year! We must remember, though, that NUPSA is only as strong as its constituents. Ultimately, to be the best we can be, we must listen to you and hear your concerns.
I am looking forward to hearing all your ideas, and supporting your student experience, whether it be through workshops, social events, advocacy, or just a friendly presence. I hope in my role this year that I am able to expand the student voice even further, representing the University of Newcastle’s postgraduate students and improve your student experience!
If you have any questions or concerns, or just want to chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me! 😊