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.
My name is Ashleigh McIntyre (call me Ash) and I am in the third year of my PhD. 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.
Over the past two years I have volunteered as NUPSA’s Research Representative, which has developed my passion further 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 similarly diverse experiences and issues. This environment has taught me that consultation and communication are the best resources a student association can foster, and I am extremely passionate about ensuring NUPSA’s ability to represent this level of diversity in the student voice.
So, as this year’s NUPSA President, I’d like to take this opportunity to say, please, come to us with any ideas, concerns, or questions that you may have, or even just for a chat! NUPSA is only as strong as its constituents, and ultimately the best way for us to be the best we can be, is to 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 grow the student voice, 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! 😊