NUPSA President, Ash McIntyre, brings you up to date with everything we’ve been doing this past month.


Greetings friends! I bring you the news that David Jones already has their Christmas decorations up. (If you are around there, there’s a tree with glass octopuses and jellyfish and all kinds of sea creatures on it – very odd and pretty.) Whether you are a fan of commercial Christmas-in-October or not, it is certainly a SCARY (see what I did there?) reminder that the end of the year is fast approaching.

For NUPSA, this is one of our busiest times too. We have our general elections running at the moment, where you guys can nominate yourselves for a position on the 2019 NUPSA Executive! This is a wonderful chance to get involved in the wider student community, meet some new people, and advocate for your fellow students. As someone who was quite shy and didn’t know many people when I started my PhD, I can say that NUPSA is one of the best things I ever did, and I have learnt so much in my two and a half years.

Nominations close on October 16, so get in quick! You can download the Executive Nomination Form by clicking here.

We are also preparing for our annual dinner, and I’d like to remind you all of our awards: Supervisor of the Year (SOYA), Teacher of the Year (TOYA), Online Teacher of the Year (OTOYA), Helper of the Year (HOYA). It’s our pleasure to acknowledge staff members that have gone above and beyond to support you and improve your student experience. I encourage you all to consider those around you who have helped to make your student experience memorable, and consider nominating them for an award!

If that someone is another student, you might also think about our Student of the Year award. This will be the second year we’ve presented this award, which recognises a student that embodies the Code of Conduct and supports their fellow students. The winners will receive a free ticket to our annual dinner for them and their nominee. So, get nominating!

You’ll find links to nomination forms for all five of these awards here on our Official Documents page.

If you are interested in attending our Annual Dinner this year to see who’s who and who’s winning awards and who’s eating what, then you are in luck, as tickets are now on sale! Student tickets are only $45, and non-student tickets are $90. There’ll be faculty and NUPSA awards, a three-course meal, live music, AND a special guest who is known for her sass and expert advice. It’s sure to be a night to remember!

You can buy tickets online here.

In the meantime, we have some brilliant events coming up, including a Halloween film festival (which I will be far, far away from, as I am a wuss), the continuation of our philosophy workshops (what is a university without philosophy? We wouldn’t know, cuz Bill Pascoe has you covered!), and a spoooooky Halloween-themed trivia night (why not dress up?).

Now that I’ve left you with plenty of forms to fill in and some activities for the next few weeks, I’ll leave you to enjoy our student submissions and Penny’s column. See you next month!

Ash McIntyre
NUPSA President

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