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 dvce@griffith.edu.au.  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)

GUPSA Pay It Forward Care Hampers


It’s the holiday season and time to make your friends smile. 2020 has been challenging for all, especially for those Post Grads who are carers. GUPSA with your support wants to make December 2020 special. If you know someone who is juggling their student responsibilities along with caring for a loved one, refer them here and we can deliver a nourishing care package to them.

Spread the joy! Pay it Forward! Appreciate your mate! Be someone’s Santa!

* Nominations close by COB December 8th.

** Open to the first 120 students as the budget is limited. You will be informed if your nomination is successful by 9 December 2020.


Thank you to all the postgraduate students who attended the GUPSA Special General Meeting (SGM) on 12 March 2020. 

The SGM Minutes are available HERE 

At the SGM, two motions were passed by majority vote:

  1. That the proposed new constitution for GUPSA be adopted; and
  2. That the term of GUPSA board members voted in at the 2020 elections be extended until 31 October 2021, to align with the new electoral cycle and board term that will take effect in 2021.

Both SGM motions were subject to approval by University Council of the proposed new constitution for GUPSA.

On 1 June 2020, University Council approved GUPSA’s new constitution. It is available HERE.

When University Council approved the new GUPSA Constitution, it came into effect on 1 June 2020. Unfortunately, there was some miscommunication and lack of clarity around when the new GUPSA Board structure changes would come into effect.

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