The Vice-President supports the President of NUPSA and, in their absence, exercises the powers and carries out the necessary functions of President. The Vice-President also advocates for postgraduate students, acts as a focal point for postgraduate queries and ensures that all Executive members and staff meet their given responsibilities.

Kathleen Smithers

I am a PhD candidate in Education in the Faculty of Education and Arts, and I’m looking forward to finishing my final few chapters and hopefully submitting my thesis this year. My research focuses on the experiences of students, teachers and tourism personnel at a rural school in Zimbabwe. In particular, my focus is on the ways in which organised group tours visit the school and the images perpetuated through tourism.

During my candidature, I have implemented a range of new activities for HDR students in the School of Education, with the aim of improving the experiences of students and increasing the research culture in our School. I have also undertaken some casual work as a Research Assistant and a sessional academic. In late 2019, I happily began a peer mentoring role with the Graduate Studies office as a Student Peer Advisor.

This is my first year with NUPSA, but given my previous experiences, I feel prepared and ready to take on this role. In the role of Vice President, I am hoping to support the President and other members of the Executive in whatever ways I can. In this role, I will continue to expand aspects of student social life, and to support all students, whether they are coursework, research, full-time, part-time, distance or face-to-face.

I think that my past experiences, and my current enthusiasm for student life, will help me to support the running of more fun events and increased support for all students. I am passionate and keen to get involved more heavily in both NUPSA and student engagement more broadly – not just for Callaghan students, but all students.

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