Ash McIntyre is NUPSA’s President, and a PhD student in English Literature.


As mentioned in my From the President’s Desk article this month, NOWSA is being hosted at UON this year, from July 16 to 20.

What on earth is NOWSA, you ask? (It’s okay, acronyms are also my own worst enemy.) NOWSA is the Network of Women Students Australia. Established in 1987, NOWSA was founded to create an autonomous network concerned with issues that impact women in higher education. UON last hosted the Conference in 2010, and now, in 2018, we are lucky enough to be hosting it again at NeW Space.

NOWSA has partnered with CAPA* (Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations) to present a conference aimed at empowering and upskilling women. The conference includes five days of panels, presentations, workshops and discussions led by inspiring and successful women from a variety of backgrounds, research areas and contexts (including activists, academics and students). Numerous panels of interest to postgraduate students will be announced as the day draws nearer, including ‘Women in STEM’ and ‘Feminist Legal Theory’, with key speakers including Professor Lucy Johnston, Professor Liz Millward, and Dr Anna Giacomini.

NUPSA is proud to be assisting with three panels aimed specifically at postgraduate students, addressing the issues of ‘Studying with Children’, ‘ECR and Gender’, and ‘Self-Care During Postgraduate Studies’. We hope that NOWSA will be an opportunity for female students and researchers to come together, network, learn new skills and be inspired by an array of successful and accomplished speakers.

To celebrate our female-identifying postgraduate students, NUPSA and CAPA have also come together and organised a postgraduate dinner, where some of the speakers and postgraduate students will have to opportunity to hear a guest presentation, network and share their experiences. We will be advertising this soon, so keep an eye out!

If you are interested in registering for NOWSA 2018, follow the links below. We’ll see you there!






*Full list of partners is: Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA), National Union of Students (NUS), National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (NATSIPA), Newcastle University Students Association (NUSA), and Newcastle University Postgraduate Students Association (NUPSA).


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