The Newsletter Editor is responsible for the production of NUPSA’s monthly newsletter, which is distributed to all onshore postgraduate students at the University of Newcastle.
He/she edits articles submitted by students and other parties to correct typographical and grammatical errors, curates content, and works with other NUPSA staff members to ensure the newsletter is laid out properly and published on time.
Hi there! My name is Chloe Warren and I’ve just finished my PhD in Medical Genetics at UON. In other words, I feel your pain.
I studied for my undergraduate degree at the University of East Anglia, and initially came to Newcastle from my home in England as part of an international student exchange program. Following my Biological Sciences degree, I got an internship in science communication at the Royal Society of Biology in London.
It was because of the encouragement of my PhD supervisor that I was able to continue pursuing opportunities in science communication and public engagement throughout my studies.
I knew that academia wasn’t for me, but I also knew that getting a PhD was an important and valuable step for my career. Unfortunately, this perspective that people with PhDs can exist outside of academia isn’t a universal one.
While research can be a wonderful and fulfilling career, it’s not the be all and end all. This is one of the reasons why I applied to be the NUPSA Newsletter Editor – to increase the visibility of careers outside of academia for PhD students.
I’m now a science writer and editor for SBS, and I also work with the university’s Research and Innovation team to help communicate the achievements of UON’s fantastic researchers (that includes you guys) to the public. I’m also the Director of Pint of Science Australia, and I look forward to meeting some of you at our Newcastle events.
My PhD was the most challenging thing I have ever done. While it was a lonely old road, if I hadn’t had the support of my supervisor and my research team, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it to the finish line.
So it breaks my heart when I hear stories of PhD students who are struggling on their own.
Whether it’s because of an unsupportive supervisor, a language barrier, homesickness or just a consequence of being overworked – when you’re feeling isolated, it’s hard to focus on much else.
But, as many of our newsletter contributors can attest: you are not alone.
The University and NUPSA offer a number of services designed to help students just like you. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to go, please just drop in and pay us a visit, or come and meet one of our reps at a NUPSA event.
I look forward to reading your submissions, and to working with the NUPSA team to improve the UON postgraduate student experience.