REPRESENTATION

Description of Boards/Committees
Academic Board
Academic Committee
University Research Committee
University Research Committee Intellectual Property Standing Committee
Human Ethics Committee
Faculty of Health Postgraduate Curriculum Committee
Faculty of Health Transitional Academic Committee
Faculty of Graduate Research Board
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences/Education Research Committee
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Board
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Academic Committee
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Teaching and Learning Committee
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Postgrad Committee
Faculty of Science Animal Ethics Committee
Faculty of Science Board
Faculty of Science Board Research Committee
Faculty of Engineering Board
Faculty of Commerce Board Commerce
Graduate Research Degrees Committee
Pipitea Human Ethics Committee
Faculty of Law Board
Faculty of Education Board
Faculty of Education Academic Committee
Faculty of Education Learning & Teaching Committee
Faculty of Education Library Liaison Committee
Faculty of Architecture & Design Board
Library & Information Services Committee

Current Vacancies
Reps Handbook

Description of Boards/Committees
PGSA has representation on many boards and committees around the University.  A description of each one and the PGSA representatives’ details follows:

Academic Board

The purpose of the Board is to advise the Council on matters relating to courses of study, awards, and other academic matters, and to exercise powers delegated by the Council and the Vice Chancellor. In so doing, the Board shall honour and promote the University’s purpose, roles and responsibilities as specified in the Education Act and the Victoria University of Wellington Charter.

PGSA Rep: Jordan Anderson

Bio: I am a PhD student in Criminology, in the early stages of researching the development of dangerousness and risk in New Zealand society. I am passionate about criminal justice reform and social justice, which are the driving forces behind my postgraduate research. I completed my undergraduate here at Victoria, and have worked with a diverse range of students over the years through my experiences both working in accommodation and tutoring within the university. I am looking forward to representing the postgraduate student body on the Academic Board and Committee – please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or issues.

Academic Committee

To advise the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor, the Senior Management Team, the Deans Committee, the University Research Committee and, as appropriate, faculties and schools on all matters concerning the maintenance of academic quality and on any other academic matters which may be referred to it.
PGSA Rep: Jordan Anderson 
Bio: see above
University Research Committee

The University Research Committee is the senior management body responsible for research at Victoria University of Wellington. Its role is to provide strategic leadership in research; advise the Academic Board on all matters relating to research strategy, policy and research management within the University; monitor the allocation of all Academic Leave; monitor the reporting, evaluation and assessment of research performance at VUW; refer major matters of policy to the Academic Board for its consideration and advice.

University Research Committee Intellectual Property Standing Committee
To oversee and moderate the Intellectual Property (IP) Policy and to report back to the University Research Committee on its activities.  To receive reports from VicLink on IP notifications and more generally on matters concerning IP within the University and on the operation of the IP policy.  To consider and rule on disputes concerning the application of the IP Policy including, for example, IP ownership, assignment of undergraduate student and research student IP to the University, sharing benefits arising from IP commercialisation, and the treatment of IP notifications.  To assign, via the administrative services and approval of the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research), commercially valuable IP to VicLink for commercialisation.

PGSA Rep: Vlad Samoylov
Bio:  I am a PhD student in commercial law. My background studies are in business and law. My particular areas of interest are international business, commercial law, intellectual property law, and design law. I have previous experience with start-up ventures, in law related roles and I am a current member of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association. I also volunteer at Community Law, where I am a general volunteer and an immigration advocate.
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Human Ethics Committee
To review Human Ethics applications from student applicants and bring a student perspective to these reviews.
PGSA Rep: Schyana Sivanantham 
Bio: I’m Schyana, and I’m currently studying towards my PhD in the area of Cognitive Developmental Psychology here at Victoria University. My research investigates how Theory of Mind and motor cognition may be coordinated, and the implications for non-shared and shared intentional activities. I have been a student of VUW for four years so far, having gained my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology (2013-2016). In my free time I like to practice (and improve) my German language skills, and play the piano. As an executive member of the PGSA, I hope to be a voice for postgraduate students, both domestic and international. Postgraduate study is challenging for many reasons, and while I am on my own PhD journey I wish to help others feel at home here at Victoria, and support postgraduate students in any way I can.
Faculty of Health Postgraduate Curriculum Committee
The role of the Postgraduate Curriculum Committee is to advise the Dean of the Faculty of Health on the development of the Faculty’s postgraduate programmes. The Committee will be effective from 1 May 2017 until replaced by the Faculty of Health Academic Committee.  The Postgraduate Curriculum Committee reports to the Faculty of Health Board and liaises as required with the Faculty of Health’s Interim Teaching, Learning and Equity Committee and Transitional Academic Committee.  The Interim Teaching, Learning and Equity Committee has oversight of the development and delivery of the Bachelor of Health. The Transitional Academic Committee is responsible for the academic functions associated with the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health’s existing postgraduate programmes and students enrolled in those programmes.
PGSA Rep: vacancy

Faculty of Health Transitional Academic Committee
The Faculty of Health Transitional Academic Committee will carry out functions related to Academic, Research, Postgraduate and Leave matters for a period of 12 months, at which time the activity and membership of the committee will be reviewed.

PGSA Rep: Tosin Popoola 
Bio: Tosin is a second year PhD student in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Victoria University. Professionally, he is a nurse and midwife. His PhD dissertation centres on the role of social capital in stillbirth bereavement. Tosin is interested in the use of arts and social theories in the understanding of social issues such as HIV, grief and racism. Tosin was a finalist at the 2016 3 Minute Thesis competition and also one of the recipients of the 2016 PGSA Postgraduate Research Excellence Awards. Tosin is excited at the privilege of serving as a student representative.
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Faculty of Graduate Research Board
The Faculty of Graduate Research is charged with having general responsibility for, and oversight of, the University’s postgraduate research degree programmes, including, but not limited to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; other thesis-based postgraduate research degrees as may be determined by Academic Board from time to time; and Higher Doctorates.

PGSA Rep:  Kris Santoso
Bio:
 I am currently in the second year of a PhD in Chemistry, where we are researching new potential antibacterial targets in Mycobacteria tuberculosis. Science research occurs in a collaborative environment and as a result, throughout my postgraduate studies I have worked closely with a number of other postgraduate students in different areas of expertise, each of us trying to understand the other’s language. This has taught me to interact with many students from all over the world in different stages of their studies – a useful skill set in representing the student body. In this role, I am interested in learning about and being involved in the decision-making processes that take place in the University by representing the postgraduate students and their needs. It is important to bring the issues that postgraduate students may be facing to light for consideration during decision-making processes that the university is undertaking. Postgraduate studies are difficult and can be isolating, particularly for those who did not undertake their undergraduate studies at Victoria University. I believe students will achieve better when they are surrounded by like-minded people to bounce and discuss ideas with. PGSA provides a place for such students to network, which can exponentially improve their postgraduate experience. Not only this, but PGSA can provide support and protection for struggling students who may require help outside their supervisor’s involvement. Hence, maintaining a bridged gap between the postgraduate community and the university will better the reputation of the university and attract more international applications

PGSA Rep: Priyanka Roy
Bio:
 I am pursuing my PhD in Theatre Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. I am passionate about writing. I have published two collections of poetry, ‘Willow Tree’ (2014) and ‘Love and a Thousand Questions’ (2016). Apart from working on feminism and theatre, I also write on culture, women’s issues, theatre and films for HuffPost. Joining PGSA felt like a natural process for me as I wanted to add a greater dimension to my PhD experience. Becoming an executive member, I felt, would not only help me support student issues in a meaningful way but also assist me in engaging with important issues of diversity, gender parity and student support that matters to us, not just as students, but as significant contributors to society. The very first day I attended the PGSA meeting , it was clear to me that PGSA was of immense value to student life at Victoria. It not only promotes greater engagement among students but also organises social activities and events to share crucial information regarding student services. PGSA endeavours to make university life both enriching and exciting for all students. Being immersed in creative pursuits like theatre and writing, I sought out PGSA to gain a better understanding of the student body at Victoria and contribute to student wellbeing. I have a background in communication and policy research and I wanted to bring my experience to PGSA and help in the activities that facilitate broader engagement between the students and the university. This experience would help me in building connections, applying my leadership skills and providing me with a great platform to work with students from all walks of life and from every corner of the world.
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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences/Education Research Committee
To advise Faculty on all matters relating to the maintenance and encouragement of research in the Faculty including such matters as may be referred to it by the Faculty or the Dean; to monitor the conditions under which graduate students pursuing research degrees in the Faculty are enrolled and their work supervised and to recommend to Faculty such procedures or statutes as are considered desirable; to advise and assist the Associate Dean (Research) in her/his capacity as the Faculty representative on the University Research Committee; to rank applications from within the Faculty for national scholarships and for VUW Graduate Awards; to consider applications for Faculty Research Grants and to advise the Dean on these matters.
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Board
To advise the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it.
PGSA Rep: Corrina Connor 

Bio: I was an undergraduate at VUW, completing a BMusHons in performance, before going to the UK to do graduate study. After ten years overseas, I am now back, working towards a PhD in historical musicology at the New Zealand School of Music. I am also a professional musician, and a freelance writer. When I am not researching, playing, or writing, I enjoy competing in open-water swimming events. As a representative on the FHSS Board, I am eager to ensure that postgraduate students have a role and voice in the decisions that their Faculty makes. Postgraduate students are a diverse group, working in a variety of fields, some coming straight from undergraduate degrees, others returning to study after some years working elsewhere, some undertaking a qualification to give them a professional boost, and others studying something completely new. All of them have something valuable to contribute to the life of the University, and I look forward to representing their different needs and priorities at the FHSS Board.
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PGSA Rep: Jasmine Edwards 

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Academic Committee

To advise Faculty on all matters relating to University statutes, and in particular to advise on: (a) Course of Study Statutes for degrees taught within the Faculty;  (b) Course statute amendment proposals.  To advise Faculty on issues referred to it by the University Academic Committee.   To advise Faculty on matters referred to the Committee by the Faculty Board or by the Dean.  To advise Faculty on matters relating to academic developments within the Faculty.  To advise Faculty and the Dean, as is appropriate, on matters of policy relating to workload and assessment.  To advise Faculty on matters relating to quality assurance in teaching and learning.  Where appropriate, to advise Faculty on the business case and risks relating to proposed new programmes.

PGSA Rep: Faka’iloatonga Taumoefolau

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Learning and Teaching Committee

Te Maruako Aronui—The Faculty Learning, Equity and Teaching Committee, deliberates and advises on aspects of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty.

PGSA Rep:  Elizabeth Olsen 

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Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Postgrad Committee

To advise and assist the Associate Dean (PGR) on matters relating to the maintenance and encouragement of high quality student research in the Faculty. To advise and assist the Associate Dean (PGR) in his/her capacity as one of the Faculty representatives on the Board of the Faculty of Graduate Research and any committees of that Board. To rank applications from within the Faculty for VUW PhD, Masters and Graduate Awards and Summer Scholarships.

PGSA Rep: Max Baddeley 
Bio: Hello! I am a PhD student in Sociology broadly researching ‘the transformation of reasoning practices within the digital era’. More narrowly, I am interested in how traditional methods differ from their digital counterparts. As we now find ourselves frequently engaging within an increasingly digital world, what effect does technology have on the ‘evolution of practical reasoning’? To find out in detail, my empirical data will come from ethnographies of artistic praxis within both traditional and digital contexts. I have a background in web development and interactive design, yet also completed my undergraduate and honours degree here at Victoria. After a great year, I was pleased to receive a full Victoria scholarship to continue on with scholarly things. During my undergraduate studies I was fortunate enough to sit on the FHSS faculty board as a student delegate. The opportunity to now sit on the newly created health faculty board as a postgraduate representative is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to stand on behalf of future students expected therein.
Faculty of Science Animal Ethics Committee
The University has a code of ethical conduct for the use of live animals for teaching and research that has been approved by the Minister of Agriculture. As part of this code, the University has an Animal Ethics Committee (AEC) with a membership approved by the Ministry of Agriculture. The chief functions of the Committee are to consider all applications for the use of live animals for teaching and research, to monitor the use of animals in approved projects, and to inspect any animals held for the purposes of teaching and research.

PGSA Rep: Confidential
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Faculty of Science Board

The Science Faculty Board is responsible for approving the requirements of all science degrees, diplomas and certificates offered at Victoria University. Other academic business affecting the Faculty is also covered at meetings. In addition, the Board considers questions referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor, the University Council and the Academic Board.
PGSA Rep: Jasmin Chan-Hyams 
Faculty of Science Board Research Committee
PGSA Rep: Jasmin Chan-Hyams
Faculty of Engineering Board
The Engineering Faculty Board is responsible for approving the requirements of all engineering degrees, diplomas and certificates offered at Victoria University. Other academic business affecting the Faculty is also covered at meetings. In addition, the Board considers questions referred to it by the Vice-Chancellor, the University Council and the Academic Board.
PGSA Rep: Andrew Lensen
Bio: I am currently in the last year of my PhD in Computer Science, with a focus on using a branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) called Evolutionary Computation to solve difficult data science problems. I have enjoyed studying at Victoria throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate study and am looking forward to giving back to the student community that has supported me during this period. I am passionate about student well-being, especially during stressful doctoral study, and hope to be able to help represent postgraduate students on the Faculty of Engineering board.
Faculty of Commerce Board
To advise the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it.

PGSA Rep: Solmaz Nazari Orakani 
Bio:  My name is Solmaz Nazari and I am a second-year PhD student in the School of Management at Victoria University. I developed a passion for tourism since an early age and hence, I have dedicated most of my academic career to study tourism, eco-tourism, mass tourism and cultural heritage. After completing a degree in Business and Commercial Management, I did a Bachelor’s of Science in Tourism Management. Then, I pursued my studies in the field of tourism and I got my Master’s Degree in Geography and Tourism Planning. I have been studying accessible tourism, leisure constraints and the behaviour of travellers with disabilities during the last several years. My PhD research, in Tourism Management, will explore these topics in more depth. I have been organizing and actively participating in student associations before and I have represented the interests, concerns of and feedbacks from the disabled community in several policy-making committees. I hope that I prove myself as a successful PGSA representative for the Faculty of Commerce Board and to bring a postgraduate perspective to matters being considered.
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Commerce Graduate Research Degrees Committee
To ensure that the structure and operation of degree programmes that involve theses enhance the University’s capacity to meet the objectives relating to these degrees in the Strategic Plan; to advise the Academic Board on policy relating to research and higher degrees; to advise the University Research Committee on strategy relating to research and higher degrees; to advise the Academic Board on all matters relating to the PhD, Masters including a thesis of 90 points and above, Higher Doctorates and other significant research degrees; to approve matters pertaining to the examination and award of doctoral degrees; to report to the Academic Board on its activities.
PGSA Rep: Solmaz Nazari Orakani  
Pipitea Human Ethics Committee
The University has a Human Ethics Committee (HEC) whose chief function is to review, approve and monitor any research proposal involving human participants. The HEC administers the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Policy, which sets out the procedures that must be followed by staff and students when conducting research involving human participants.  This policy should be read in conjunction with the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee Guidelines. The HEC is the University’s main ethics committee.  Some faculties and school have subcommittees with approval powers delegated from the University Human Ethics Committee (eg. Pipitea Human Ethics Committee).  If you are a staff member or student in these faculties or schools you can make an application directly to the administrator of the relevant subcommittee.

PGSA Rep: René Versteegh

Bio: I have recently graduated from Victoria with Bcom (Hons) First Class, in Marketing, I have a Bca, in Marketing and Management also. This year I begin my PhD in Marketing, looking at the power that information can bring. My passion is technology and ways in which technology can make everyday life simpler and more convenient. I look forward to working with the Pipitea Ethics Committee as PGSA representative. If you have any further questions or would like to discuss anything with me, do not hesitate to contact me.
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Faculty of Law Board

To advise the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters which may be referred to it.
PGSA Rep: Nathan Ross
Bio:  I’m a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law. Born in Sydney, Australia, I graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Environmental Science in 1998. I went on to a career in the public sector in climate change mitigation projects in Australia and New Zealand. This included being the manager of the New Zealand government’s solar water heating and large-scale renewable electricity programmes. To make a career change, in 2011–2014 I undertook the LLB programme at VUW, and am now carrying out my doctorate. My research focuses on what international law has to say about the relocation of low-lying States, which will almost certainly be made uninhabitable by climate change in coming decades.
Faculty of Education Board
To advise the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it.
PGSA Rep: Philippa Nicoll Antipas

Bio: Tēnā koe, ko Philippa ahau. I have just started my PhD journey in Education. I am interested in how we might design conferences for teacher professional learning and development that better match with our Knowledge Age. Having been a secondary school English teacher for many years, I am passionate about supporting the needs of all learners. I also work part-time for CORE Education as a facilitator.

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Faculty of Education Academic Committee
To advise Faculty Board and Dean on all matters related to academic qualifications and programmes of the Faculty.

PGSA Rep: Liana MacDonald

Bio: Kia ora, I am Māori and Pākehā descent (Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne and Ngāti Koata).  I have had ten years’ experience working as a secondary school English teacher across a range of educational contexts in New Zealand and am now in the final stage of my PhD, in which I investigate silencing and institutional racism in settler colonial education through the lived experiences of Māori secondary school English teachers.  My research interests include indigenous studies and studies of whiteness and racism.  I am also currently working on a research project investigating Māori youth and their hopes and fears about the future.

I have progressed from under-grad, Masters to PhD study through Victoria University.  I have also been a tutor and am involved with other advisory committees, so have a good understanding of the qualifications and programmes offered by the Faculty of Education.  Please email me with any questions or concerns or if you would like to meet to talk further.

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Faculty of Education Learning & Teaching Committee
To develop and implement Faculty-level learning and teaching strategy, oversee the provision of professional development opportunities in teaching for Faculty staff,  administer annual learning and teaching grants for projects that seek to enhance the quality of student learning, for the improvement of teaching and learning and for projects which specifically address priority areas in the Faculty learning and teaching strategy.

PGSA Rep: Liwei Liu

Kia ora everyone! I am a PhD student in the Faculty of Education. I just embarked on my PhD journey in March, 2018 and look forward to meeting more students who are passionate about education. My current research focuses on how a blended learning community can be created to benefit foreign students in Chinese tertiary education.

I have worked 7 years as head of International Department and later vice principal in a K-12 international school, overseeing issues related to foreign students, foreign staff, and international exchange and cooperation. After my study in Australia, I have also worked for over 10 years at my home university as a senior lecturer. Thus my work and study experiences have enabled me to better understand students, international students in particular, their struggle and demands.

I like listening to you and sharing your stories. Should you have any suggestions or concerns about teaching and learning, please come to me. I will be right here waiting for you.


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Faculty of Education Library Liaison Committee
The Committee’s purpose is to ensure all parties maintain good communication to keep up-to-date with developments within the Education Faculty, the W.J. Scott Education Library and the wider University Library. The Committee will assist with the development and provision of relevant and effective Library resources and services that meet the research and learning and teaching needs of academic staff and students.  This committee is currently on hiatus
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Faculty of Architecture & Design Board
To advise the Academic Board, the Vice-Chancellor and the committees of the Academic Board on all aspects of the academic qualifications, academic programmes and research matters for which the Faculty has responsibility and on any other academic matters of concern to it or which may be referred to it.
PGSA Rep: Architecture – Hammish Beattie
Bio: I’m currently in my final year of my PhD in the School of Architecture. My current doctoral research is located at the intersection of architecture, participatory design and game design and investigates how digital games can be used to enhance empowerment and engagement in urban design processes in landfill based slums in Delhi and Mumbai. This research has seen the development of a new game called Maslow’s Palace which engages communities in discourse surrounding difficult urban development issues through a fictional lens as a precursor to pragmatic design processes.

I’ve also worked at United Nations Human Settlements Programme in Nairobi, Kenya on the Block by Block programme, using the computer game Minecraft to deliver public space and urban infrastructure projects in communities around the world. He was also a 2014 New Zealand Institute of Architects Student Design Awards finalist. I like being engaged with other students and all aspects of the School which has drawn me to this position and to hold a Teaching Fellow position within VUW’s School of Design in 2017 as the lecturer in Design Ethnography and tutoring in the School of Architecture for the past five years.

PGSA Rep: Design – Dan Scudder
Bio: 
I am a Design PhD candidate with an undergraduate degree in Industrial design and a masters in Design Studies. I have worked 6 years as an engineer with a local firm and for the past four years have been a tutor and teaching fellow for the School of Design.

My PhD concerns the new form of Voxel-based 3D printing and the design opportunities it presents.

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Library & Information Services Committee
To advise the PVC(IT), the University Librarian and the Director ITS on any matters relating to the Library – including, inter alia, its operation and policies, quality assurance, and the views of its user community – and on those aspects of IT Services which relate to access to the Library’s holdings.  To report to Senior Management Team and Academic Board as necessary, and at least once per annum, on matters considered by the Committee.
Current Vacancies

As a PGSA representative your job is to bring the postgraduate perspective to matters being considered by the Board/Committee.  Duties involve: regularly attending meetings during the course of the academic year and actively listening, questioning and discussing matters that affect postgraduate students in these meetings; reading papers that are distributed prior to meetings; writing a short monthly report on such issues for inclusion in the PGSA newsletter; and attending morning teas for PGSA representatives.

Rewards!

This is a great opportunity to understand university structure and network with staff and to contribute towards improving the postgraduate study environment and conditions at university. You can also gain points towards the Victoria Plus Award and will receive a complimentary invitation to the PGSA Victoria Awards in December, as well as morning teas during the year.

Vacancies

There are currently vacancies on the following committees:

Faculty of Health Curriculum Committee

If you are interested in applying for either vacancy or would like further information please contact pgsa@vuw.ac.nz

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