The President is the leader of the association, its spokesperson and chief representative. He/she is 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.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Chairing the NUPSA Executive and Senior Executive committees, as well as the Annual General Meeting;
  • Being the spokesperson for NUPSA;
  • Representing NUPSA and its decisions positively;
  • Supporting and directing employees of NUPSA;
  • Ensuring that other Executive members carry out their duties;
  • Having an in-depth knowledge of NUPSA’s structure, Constitution, and policies;
  • Attending meetings with senior University staff and other key stakeholders;
  • Being informed on all major issues affecting postgraduate students at university, state and federal levels;
  • Advocating for all postgraduate students at the University;
  • Overseeing NUPSA’s finances;
  • Providing an article once a month for the NUPSA newsletter;
  • Attending some NUPSA workshops and social events; and
  • Performing such other duties as NUPSA may determine.
President - James Pinkerton

James Pinkerton – 2017 President

My name is James Pinkerton, and I am an HDR student undertaking my final year of study. My PhD (based at the Hunter Medical Research Institute) is focused on discovering what drives severe asthma and how we can come up with better therapies to help treat severe asthmatics.

I am a domestic Australian student and have previously attended the University of Newcastle as an undergraduate, studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. Prior to university, I spent the majority of my primary and secondary school education in Hamilton, New Zealand before settling in Port Macquarie, NSW to finish high school.

Over the past two years I have served NUPSA as its Vice-President. In this role, I have developed a keen understanding of the issues that affect postgraduates across the University of Newcastle. I have learned that postgraduate issues are extremely diverse, much like our student body. Most importantly, I have learned that for a body to advocate effectively, it must communicate with its constituents. NUPSA is only as strong as the students who support it, so I would love to hear from you all on issues that concern you; tell us how we can improve your experience at the University of Newcastle, be it through workshops, social events, advocacy or a helpful ear.

I wholeheartedly believe that independent student organisations are vital in communicating and representing our student interests to the University as a whole, and I hope that through my service as NUPSA President we are better able to represent University of Newcastle postgraduate students and improve their University experience.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns (or you would like to beat me in a game of pick-up basketball) please feel free to contact either myself ( or the NUPSA office ( I look forward to hearing from you.

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