Empowering Learners: A Student Partnership Creating Spaces for Learning
Griffith is launching Empowering Learners, a new initiative promoting student mental health and well being through a Students as Partners approach. It is designed to prioritise the student voice and empower learners, and will provide a great opportunity to develop leadership and other transferable skills thus making students more employable. A key goal of the project is to help students build their own networks as they become engaged in the design and delivery of curriculum.
The project will promote student mental wellbeing through the design of effective learning environments that support student agency and empowerment, both within and external to the curriculum. By exploring the holistic experience of students, it will work out how to best partner with students to support their sense of belonging, autonomy, competence and purpose. That support is geared to develop student confidence in learning within and beyond Griffith. For students, getting involved with Empowering Learners gives you the opportunity to enhance your learning experience and strengthen your leadership skills on the job, while also influencing the way Griffith University supports all learners.
GUPSA Special General Meeting 12 March 2020
Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association is holding a Special General Meeting.
Thursday 12 March
Function Room, Unibar, N71, Nathan Campus, Griffith University
All currently enrolled postgraduate students at Logan, Mt Gravatt, Nathan, Southbank campuses are eligible to attend and vote
The purpose of the meeting is to vote on a number of proposals for constitutional change. All the proposals will be sent out closer to the meeting. In the meantime, you can find a copy of the current constitution here.
Proxy forms are available, if you can’t attend the AGM but still want a vote, and are available by emailing email@example.com. Under the constitution, a person eligible to vote at the meeting cannot hold more than five proxies. Proxies can be submitted at the meeting or prior at the GUPSA office, Student Associations and Clubs (N28) Nathan.
GUPSA and CAPA 2020
The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) has conducted its annual elections, with a talented and diverse new team elected to lead the organisation in 2020.
We are pleased to announce that Romana Rea Begicevic will take on the Presidency of CAPA from January 1st 2020. Romana-Rea is a PhD student at Curtin University, researching pancreatic cancer. She is an experienced postgraduate representative, having served as the president of the Postgraduate Student Committee at Curtin and as CAPA Women’s Officer in 2019.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Increase in Counselling Support for Students
In the 2018 Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Survey approximately 67% of respondents identified promoting the health or welfare of students and helping students obtain employment or advice on careers as the top two areas of importance for SSAF expenditure.
In response to this the Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association (GUPSA) joined with the SRC to pilot the Wellness Advocacy and Leadership Initiative (WALi) at the end of 2018, before a full launch in Trimester 1 this year. Our WALi team through our Wellness HQs have to date engaged with hundreds of students in discussions about mental health and wellbeing. One of the things these discussions have highlighted are the difficulties students face when trying to access counselling appointments for ongoing support. As well as WALi, in trimester 1 GUPSA sponsored Student Success to trial a peer mentoring program for postgraduate and HDR students; GUPSA will be continuing this program from trimester 2 onwards as part of our ongoing support for all postgraduate and HDR students.
GUPSA One-day writing retreat, Friday 17 August 2018
Calling all writers! Are you currently working on your thesis chapter or a journal article? Do you need some motivation and assistance to boost your writing? If so, you are welcome to join us at a one-day writing retreat at the Eco Centre (N68) Nathan campus on Friday 17 August.
GUPSA Winery Tour 27 April 2018
Come with GUPSA on a journey through the striking scenery of Tamborine Mountain courtesy of The Vino Bus to explore three of the region’s award winning boutique venues. The tour will include wine and cheese tasting, liqueur and vodka tasting, and a one course lunch.