Night Against Procrastination (NAP)

Night Against Procrastination (NAP) is the one-stop shop to help you combat your procrastination struggles.

The most reliable dictionary, The Urban Dictionary (this is sarcasm of course), defines procrastination as:

Putting something off that eventually must be done to the very last minute. Sometimes this method can be successful, and the person will get to spend a lot of time relaxing and still get work done. Other times, however, it can lead to poor grades, incomplete work, etc. If one has a lot of work, it is understandable that the person will leave some for the last minute, although this person may be subject to adjectives such as lazy.

Example: Wow, I’ve got an 8-page history paper, a French project, a science lab, and a lot of other nightly assignments… I’ll do some now, but to avoid exhaustion, I’ll have to use procrastination with the rest.

So, Night Against Procrastination (NAP) is the one-stop shop to help you combat your procrastination struggles. We will have a range of different support staff, free study material, and free food to give out to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Griffith Students. Come along to fight against procrastination.

For Postgrads, you might need some help with your research, referencing, and writing. We will have our wonderful GUPSA Editors there to answer your questions.

Or, if you are an undergrad and are having problems outside or inside of academia making it hard to study; Have a chat with our fabulous WALis, who have a wealth of knowledge in the different services Griffith University offers and our amazing Advocacy Officers who can help you navigate your options and help set up emergency support.

Event itinerary (for people who like to plan):

  • Where: Nathan campus Goanna Lounge (N16)
  • When: 11th October from 4 pm – 7 pm.
  • Cost: FREE including snacks and goodies all night, free Subway Dinner at 6:30 pm and all students will also get 1 free coffee during the event.

Need we say more? Get your study on track and register below.

Trimester 2 QSTARS on Campus Pop-Up

We know that the cost of living can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to finding affordable rentals in Queensland. To be honest, the rental market isn’t looking too great right now. However, we’ve got some good news! We’re here to help students navigate through this situation by bringing QTARS to campus on the last Thursday of every month for Trimester 2.

So mark your calendars for August 31st, September 28th, and October 26th from 10 am to 12 pm!

But hold on, what’s QSTARS exactly? It stands for Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service, and it’s an amazing free statewide service for Queensland tenants. Their main goal is to provide all renters in Queensland with top-notch, independent tenant advisory services that help them manage and maintain their tenancy.

Here’s what they can assist you with:

  • Giving advice and assistance to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant
  • Providing support to resolve any tenancy issues you may be facing
  • Offering advocacy support to help you communicate with your lessor or agent
  • Helping you write letters or fill in any necessary tenancy forms
  • Guiding you through the preparation for a QCAT tenancy tribunal hearing
  • Referring you to other services if needed

The best part is that instead of having to wait in the QSTARS phone queue, they are now offering drop-in support to Griffith students who walk by. You can find them conveniently located next to our lovely WALi Stall in the Nathan Campus Heart. They’ll be available from 10 am to 2 pm, so swing by and get the assistance you need.

Remember, you don’t have to face the rental market alone. Let QSTARS lend a helping hand and make your tenancy journey a little smoother.

Writing Tips with your GUPSA Editors | T2 2023

Check out all interesting weekly writing tips from your editors, Maureen and Michelle, or if you can’t wait and want to join the conversation, have a browse through the exclusive editor’s Canvas discussions here!

Week 1

How’s your grammar street cred?

Harry and Charlie quiz native English speakers on their grammar. Check out what happened here: 

Week 2

Vikings nimbled up our English plurals?

Want to know how the Vikings nimbled up our English plurals? TED-Ed gives us a fun history that involves gat, ack, and woolly lambru. Watch it here:

Week 3

Why do we toss these punctuation marks around like grammatical confetti?

Check out the little orange semicolon in TED-Ed and see how this stylish guy can make your sentences look pretty elegant. See him in action here:

Week 4

‘Affect’ or ‘effect’?

Should I use ‘affect’ or ‘effect’? The New Yorker’s Comma Queen, Mary Norris, takes us on a quick tour around these tricky words. Get the wisdom here!

Week 5

“…When I reflect on my own experiences, it’s not always the publications that stay with me, as much as I still cherish some of them, it’s the enduring and very human connections that come from collaborating on writing and research.”

Meagan Tyler reveals the unexpected joys of collaborative writing that can happen around a kitchen table. Read the full publication here! Do you agree?

Week 6

Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty

Creating parallel structure is one of the best-kept secrets of great writing. Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty shows it’s easy, and how it will move your sentences from okay to brilliant. See the best-kept secret of writing here.

Week 7

How to write a successful ethics application

Writing your ethics application? Here’s some tips!

Week 8

How to write a successful ethics application

How’s your list of writing projects looking? Aila Hoss shows us how to trim a ballooning project list.

Week 9

Writing your thesis and beating writer’s block

Writing your thesis and beating writer’s block: Scott shares on how to get started + how to manage the process. See Scott’s full blog here!

More discussions are updated weekly.

T2 Wellbeing Workshops 2023

Two exciting workshop series from Student Health, Counselling and Wellbeing are happening in Trimester 2, 2023.

“Wellbeing Wednesdays” workshop

Make this trimester a great trimester!

Don’t wait to take care of your mental well-being and learn strategies to help you be your best self!

  • Where: Nathan Campus – N53_-1.20
  • When: Wednesdays, Weeks 1-10
  • Time: 2 – 3:30 pm 
  • Cost: Free

We’ll be covering topics such as life balance, beating procrastination, self-care for real, resilience mindsets, exam stress and much more to keep you feeling good through the trimester! 

Please note:

  • This is not a counselling or therapy group, so you will not receive individualised support. You may be encouraged to seek counselling support following this group.
  • Places are limited; register your interest.

“Mindful Mondays” workshop

Mind full or Mindful?

Practice and learn about mindfulness in a skills-based and experiential workshop.

Each week we will explore a foundational attitude of mindfulness with mindfulness practices. 

  • Where: Nathan Campus, Multifaith Centre (N35_1.08)
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
  • When:  Mondays, Week 1-10
  • Please note: Dress comfortably. 

Writing Tips with your GUPSA Editors | T1 2023

Week 3

Mapping your research area

How would you like a visual map of your research area? Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re planning to publish, or you want to find connections to one seminal paper, Thesislink tests out three online tools that can make that map for you.

Week 4

I wish I knew!

Did you know: you can borrow a laptop/book a consult with learning advisors/find comfy chairs and study hideaways in the libraries. Students reveal their top tips about our awesome Griffith Libraries.

Week 5

Uni newbie or you’ve been at uni forever?

Whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been at uni forever, Griffith’s TTP program has great videos that will help out with getting your degree underway, study skills, assessment, the online learning environment, and looking after yourself.

Week 6

Blindsided by a writing task?

Blindsided by a writing task? If you need to learn a bit about types of assignments,  structuring assignments, or academic writing style, the Library has some fast help for you.

Week 7

Academic Spy Network

How’s your academic spy network? The Thesis Whisperer tells us how #circleofniceness, ‘who you know’, and ‘the strength of weak ties’ all help you to find jobs.

Week 8

Griffith’s Library Services

Whether you’re a new HDR candidate or at the other end of the research lifecycle, this site is for you: Griffith’s Library Services For Researchers has the goods on managing references, researcher profiles, research metrics, working with data, and more.  

Week 9

Run an online event

Want to run an online event that isn’t horrible? QUT’s Brendan Keogh has some great strategies on running a simple, cheap, and flexible symposium.  

Week 10

A discovery platform

Here’s a discovery platform you need to check out. Griffith’s Research Repository is a digital archive of published theses, journal articles, conference papers, and creative works. Get some great inspiration here. 

21 Days of Yoga – June 22

Presented by heartfulness, UNAoA, and the International Yoga Teachers Association, the 21 days of FREE yoga + meditation sessions have begun!

  • Week 1: Yoga for self-care
  • Week2: Yoga builds confidence
  • Week 3: Yoga promotes true wellbeing
  • 21st June: International day of yoga

For more information click here, or view the YOGA website information here.

Your Input Sought for New Griffith Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

If you are a current Griffith University student living with disability, Griffith University would like to hear from you. Griffith is currently developing a new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP).  We are committed to setting and meeting high standards for institutional disability inclusion and providing an excellent student experience for all students across the full range of services. Along with the broader DAIP consultations, the University has commissioned an external review (Sept/Oct 2021) to focus on learning and teaching service provision for students with disability. This review will seek to better understand the experience and needs of students with disability in relation to learning and teaching and will inform the University’s action planning.  Specifically, it will:   

  1. assess the current state of play regarding disability inclusion at Griffith (within Institutional policy and legislative frameworks)   
  2. provide a ‘sense check’ to assess whether Griffith is currently meeting the expectations of students with disability   
  3. identify gaps, duplication or inconsistencies in service provision, and   
  4. make recommendations on actions which would inform the new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.   

The review panel invites you to provide a written (or audio/other) response with a view to identifying opportunities and issues as well as high value actions Griffith could take to positively impact students with disability in relation to learning and teaching.  Submissions can be provided confidentially via the linked survey form by 8 October 2021 or via email to  Areas on which you may like to make comment include (but are not limited to): 

  • accessibility of services 
  • strengths in service provision 
  • levels of satisfaction / resolution of issues 
  • communications about services / changes 
  • special considerations / exam provisions 
  • fieldwork / work integrated learning / placements 
  • ICT and digital platforms 
  • Library services  
  • awareness, attitudes and inclusive classroom and online practices 
  • clinical and/or laboratory-based learning and teaching  
  • campus specific issues 
  • levels of consultation with students with disability and with staff (academic and professional) supporting students with disability. 

All submissions will be treated confidentially and data deidentified in all reports. Please note that information you provide will be used solely for the purpose of this Review and the names of individual respondents will not be identified in the final review report. Your submission will only be viewed by the Review Panel; however, submissions may be subject to disclosure under the Right to Information Act 2009 (Qld) and Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld)