Important news about GUPSA services

I’m writing to you to let you know about some important services GUPSA is offering. Please take a few minutes to read this post.

First off, the free legal advice clinic is back again this year. It’s funded jointly by GUPSA and the SRC, and operates weekly in semesters 1 and 2. The service is open each Thursday afternoon 2pm-4pm, N28 Room 0.05 (Meeting Room 1), Nathan campus. No appointment is necessary, it’s a free walk-in service, providing free legal advice on a range of issues including: tenancy, workplace issues/entitlements, minor fines, minor criminal activity, and de facto family issues. It does not deal with visa issues.

GUPSA also runs an editing service, free for all postgraduates, coursework and HDR, which is provided by Evie Franzidis (or Maureen Butler in her absence). Evie has a Master’s degree in Writing, Editing, and Publishing from the University of Queensland. She has been editing academic and corporate writing since 2009. While her specialisation is in art historical and theoretical writing, she has experience in editing a wide range of disciplines.

The aim of this editing service is to assist you in improving your academic writing. How it works is that you submit a sample of your writing to Evie, who will correct any grammatical or stylistic errors in the text. She will then meet with you in person to discuss the kinds of errors that are present, and how to avoid making them in future. For external or remote students, we can make use of email, telephone, and the postal system. The feedback you receive will be confidential, non-judgemental, and constructive. Please note, this is a part-time service so please allow a one-week turnaround, or longer if there is heavy demand.

All the information about the service is available here on the GUPSA website ( but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our Support Officer, Michael Carden on

There’s also a range of events and activities for postgraduates on the drawing board for the year, including ones tailored to your campus or to particular categories of postgraduates. International students, we’ll be contacting you soon about some immigration seminars that will be happening later this semester.

All postgrads are encouraged to stay up to date with what’s happening at GUPSA by reading our blog at, on Facebook by liking our page at and joining our group at On Twitter, you can follow us here @joinGUPSA

Have a great semester!


Niels Kraaier
GUPSA President