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 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
VUW Equity & Diversity Committee

Current Vacancies
Board/Committee Reports
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.

Jordan AndersonPGSA Rep: Jordan Anderson –  pgsa-president@vuw.ac.nz
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 Andersonpgsa-president@vuw.ac.nz
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.

Hamish SimmondsPGSA Rep: Hamish Simmonds – hamish.simmonds@vuw.ac.nz 
Bio:
  I am currently a PhD student researching the mechanisms of adaption underlying the relations between firms and their stakeholders as ecosystems. I completed my undergraduate studies and BCOM Honours here at Victoria before moving to Auckland. I had the opportunity to work with Auckland Council and as a market research consultant, before returning to undertake PhD study at Victoria. I have a keen interest in environmental and social development and particularly the changing role of organisations in society. I look forward to representing postgraduate students on the University Research Committee and would enjoy meeting and discussing research with any student.

 

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.

Vlad Samoylov PGSA Rep: Vlad Samoylov  vladimir.samoylov@vuw.ac.nz
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.

Human Ethics Committee
To review Human Ethics applications from student applicants and bring a student perspective to these reviews.
Josh Brian
PGSA Rep: Josh Brian   jshbrian@gmail.com
Bio:  Hi I’m Josh and I  study a Master’s degree in Marine Biology, examining potential genetic resistance in corals to the effects of climate change. I also hold a special interest in the classical Greco-Roman world; in particular, ancient myth, literature and propaganda and hold a BA in Classical Studies, in addition to my BSc.  Outside of university, I love running, reading, or watching the Hurricanes and the Phoenix. As Co-Vice-President of the PGSA, I am keen to help integrate all postgrads into the vibrant university community. The PGSA allows a wide variety of students to come together at different events, facilitating community and inclusiveness. In addition, it serves an important function in reminding the university that postgraduate students do not just exist for their benefit. Many university adverts highlight the high-quality research and large economic benefit that (especially international) students bring to Wellington. I think the university administration needs to be reminded occasionally that while these metrics are important, providing support and services to postgrads that facilitate these numbers is just as important. By having members sitting on many boards, I think PGSA does an excellent job of ensuring postgrad interests remain high on the list of university priorities, rather than just maintaining favourable economic reports. I have also served on the Science Society executive for two years, including as Vice-President. This has given me an appreciation for how boards work (as well as university politics!), and believe this is an excellent base from which to continue my service to university students, learning many effective communication skills and how to achieve results from staff that have many better things to do! By sitting on the Human Ethics Committee, I can help ensure that all research conducted is ethically sound, maintaining Victoria’s reputation as producing high-quality, non-exploitative research. 

 

Schyana Sivanantham
PGSA Rep: Schyana Sivanantham   schyana@gmail.com
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.
Max BaddeleyPGSA Rep: Max Baddeley   max.baddeley@vuw.ac.nz
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 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.
Tosin Popoola
PGSA Rep: Tosin Popoola   tosin.popoola@vuw.ac.nz
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. 
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.
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PGSA Rep:  Kris Santoso   kris.santoso@vuw.ac.nz
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.

Priyanka RoyPGSA Rep: Priyanka Roy   priyanka.roy@vuw.ac.nz
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.

Hayden Thorne

PGSA Rep:  Hayden Thorne    thorne.hayden@gmail.com
Bio: 
I am currently enrolled in a research based MA in history, and have completed a BA(Hons) in history which was heavily research based. I have also worked the past two summers on different research projects, so have a sound understanding of the requirements for undertaking academic research. As a new postgraduate student, I see this position as a good way to become more involved in the postgraduate community at Victoria University. In my studies I have always had a particular interest in academic research, and ideally would like to pursue an academic career, including a PhD and work in the academic field. This position would give me an insight into the workings of the Research funding process, which could prove useful in a later career. The Research Committee is responsible for decisions that impact on a large number of postgraduate students, including decisions related to research funding for postgraduate students. I believe it is important for postgraduate students to be involved in the decision making process related to research funding, both for those students and for staff, to ensure that best use is being made of available resources. I believe that the PGSA has two important functions in the postgrad community: Firstly, in ensuring that postgraduate concerns and interests are represented in appropriate places across the university; and secondly, in facilitating and encouraging networking among postgraduate students to build relationships between students for their mutual benefit. I would hope to represent the interests of postgraduate students on the committee by actively advocating for those interests in ensuring postgraduate students have the best access possible to research funding. I would also hope to establish communications with postgraduate students in the Faculty, and to address any concerns raised by those students with the Research Committee.

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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.
Lehyla Heward

PGSA Rep: Lehyla Heward  lehyla.heward@vuw.ac.nz
Bio: I am originally from Arizona and moved to New Zealand in 2015 to pursue my doctorate in Chinese Literature. I began my international education in 2007 when I was an exchange student in Singapore. During my undergraduate years I was fortunate to do three more semesters abroad in China, South Korea, and Singapore respectively. Upon graduating from Arizona State University, I returned to China to teach English and then received the Chinese Government Scholarship to study at the Masters level. I earned my Master’s degree from Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, where I lived from 2011-2015. My research interests include transnationalism, intertextuality, and translation in Northeast Asia.

Corrina Connor

PGSA Rep: Corrina Connor   corrina.connor@gmail.com
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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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.
Emma WollumPGSA Rep: Emma Wollum –  etwollum@gmail.com
Bio: I am doing an MA by thesis in linguistics after completing honours in linguistics at Victoria last year, when the PGSA computer lab was my happy place and second home. I started my undergraduate degree at Victoria as an international student (I’m originally from the US) and finished my honours year as a domestic student, after taking two years off in between undergraduate and postgraduate study to work full-time and gain residency in New Zealand. Having experienced life at Victoria as both an undergraduate international student and as a postgraduate domestic student, I can empathise with a diverse range of student experiences and provide helpful tips, support and representation to students coming from both domestic and international backgrounds. It is exciting and inspiring for me to see and to learn more about the incredibly diverse range of research interests, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences represented by postgraduate students at Victoria. The PGSA and the resources it offers were significant contributors to my academic and personal well-being during my honours year, and I hope to provide other postgraduates with the academic and social support that the PGSA has given to me. In addition to my studies this year, I will be working part-time as a research assistant and tutor in the linguistics department, as well as volunteering as a home English language tutor with English Language Partners New Zealand, and performing around town as a singer and accordionist.  I am looking forward to representing the postgraduate student body on the FHSS Academic Committee – please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or issues.
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.

Setor Donne Novieto

PGSA Rep: Setor Donne Novieto  setordon@hotmail.com
Bio:
I am currently a full-time PhD student in the School of Languages and Cultures, specializing in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I have substantial experience in teaching and student handling: I have worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the University of Ghana, Legon, and as a Hall Tutor managing students in a hall of residence. I have worked with student leaders and hall authorities to suggest, deliberate on, and put in place many projects in terms of student welfare and smooth running and flow of power and authority. I manage time well, giving priority to what has to be done first and I learn quickly on the job.  I am interested in becoming a Committee Representative in order to be a voice for the postgraduate community on the FHSS postgraduate committee and at the same time serve the University in carrying out its mandate.

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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

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.
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PGSA Rep: Charlotte Gutenbrunner  charlotte.gutenbrunner@vuw.ac.nz
Bio: 
My name is Charlotte Gutenbrunner and I am a current (third year) PhD student in the School of Psychology. I am also completing a Diploma in Clinical Psychology. I began my journey at Victoria University in 2008, and have since completed a BSc majoring in Psychology and Statistics, as well as BSc with Honours in Psychology. Views and experiences of postgraduate students may sometimes be underrepresented or overlooked by university boards when making important decisions concerning postgraduate study. This can have a significant impact on student welfare. I believe that more effective communication between postgraduate communities and university boards is key to addressing this problem. If decision-making committees are to consider student feedback and concerns relating to implemented processes and regulations, effective communication of such information between the two parties is crucial. Co-operative and bidirectional interactions allow for on-going communication of students’ perspectives to member of the committee, and vice versa, thereby enhancing quality of students’ education experience. The PGSA enables students to inform university wide understanding of the postgraduate study experience. Furthermore, the PGSA serves the important function of conveying changes relating to postgraduate study processes and regulations to the postgraduate student community. Students are consequently better informed and able to communicate potential concerns or opinions back to the decision-making committee through their student representative. In this position, I hope to become an asset to the postgraduate student community by promoting informed decision-making on the Science Faculty Board.

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PGSA Rep: Charlotte Gutenbrunner  charlotte.gutenbrunner@vuw.ac.nz
Bio
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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.

Farzana_FadakarPGSA Rep: Farzana Fadakar  fa.fadakar@gmail.com
Bio: 
Farzana Fadakar, 28, is a PhD student in Engineering and applied physics at the School of Engineering & Computer Science. Being a postgraduate student, I am passionate about postgraduate life and the problems and issues faced by students. Having a voice on the Engineering Board sounds very exciting, because I always have many ideas, specifically concerning ECS and students’ issues.  I truly believe that having a connection with university authorities in management level through direct exposure would be the most effective way to reflect these issues.  I believe I am aware of what is going on throughout the university and am interested in investigating and dealing with problems, and am happy to solve them. I always think about different ongoing problems that myself as a postgraduate student or other people around me encounter, and I think this is a good start to satisfy the will I have to make postgrad life more pleasant.

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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.

Solmaz OrakaniPGSA Rep: Solmaz Nazari Orakani   solmaz.nazariorakani@vuw.ac.nz
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.
Aditya Kusuma
PGSA Rep: Aditya Kusuma  aditya.kusuma@vuw.ac.nz
Bio: Aditya is one of the scholars of the Chair in the Economics of Disasters Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to commencing his PhD, Aditya worked for almost 12 years in the banking sector and then public sector. Aditya completed a Master of Science degree from Wageningen University (Netherlands) in 2004 under the auspices of a Dutch government scholarship. Aditya is now in the second year of his three year target finishing his PhD study, examining the efficiency of using weather indices for agricultural index (parametric) insurance to manage drought and flood risks. In his leisure time, he likes biking, tennis and volleyball as well as playing soccer with his three children.  After participating in one of PGSA Interactive Forums, he learnt that PGSA can offer much towards personal development in terms of peer networking, technical skills and supporting academic success. Being a representative for postgraduates will offer him opportunities to actively interact with fellow postgraduates, contributing his ideas and experience in improving the quality of postgraduate life at VUW. Aditya sees the PGSA as promoting active involvement among community members and openness in academic traditions based on non-discriminatory principles.  The PGSA regularly brings together the postgraduate community to share ideas, enhance their self-confidence, presentation skills and active engagement in society.  He has previously participated in many student and alumni organizations in board seats where he learnt to share ideas and contribute to collective actions. Aditya believes that by joining the PGSA rep team he can improve his personal development, engaging with issues in the postgraduate community, using his knowledge, skills and networks and contributing ideas for a better postgraduate environment at VUW.
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.
Rene

PGSA Rep: René Versteegh – rene.versteegh@vuw.ac.nz
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.

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.
Nathan Ross
PGSA Rep: Nathan Ross  -  nathan.ross@vuw.ac.nz
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.
Yang Xuechan

PGSA Rep: Xuechan Yang    littlesevenchan@gmail.com
Bio: I am currently a full time international student in Victoria University, undertaking a Master’s in Education. I have been working in the early childhood area for nearly two years. I like working with children because sometimes they stir my inspiration and I love working with people who are mature in mind even more. To be a students’ representative is a challenge for me, I must be brave  and equip myself with a strong ability in writing skills. I would love to take this challenge. I do believe I am a person with patience, the ability to learn quickly and willing to riseto  any challenge. The PGSA represents the right of postgraduate students and has a great influence on postgraduate students’ life at Vic Uni. Being a postgraduate student majoring in Education, I would like to be a person to speak for postgraduate students to ensure their rights and create a better learning environment. It is also beneficial for the Education Faculty. They may get a clear idea of  what postgraduate students are looking for and it is a great experience for me to know more about how the university is run and structured. All the problems that our postgraduates encounter, I would try to find a solution. First, I would like to improve my analytical ability and I hope by doing this voluntary job I could enhance my writing skills and benefit my future life.

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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: Vacancy – if you are interested please email sue.kelly@vuw.ac.nz for more information

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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:  Vacancy – if you are interested please email sue.kelly@vuw.ac.nz for more information

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.
Rehan Shaikh
PGSA Rep (School of Architecture): Rehan Shaikh    rehanshaikh303@gmail.com
Bio: 
Being an engineer I want to try and strengthen the bridges between PGSA and the 20% of students that are postgraduates at Victoria University.  I am a team player with the desire to work with fellow executive members to make the PGSA a truly students’ representative union. I believe strongly in the dynamic power of collaboration. PGSA is making progress but it needs to be refined.  As a Finance Secretary and then Chairman of Mehran Student Welfare Trust I have a strong background in student leadership. I have the skills, experience and energy to make the cause of PGSA possible and to work as a team member for incredibly talented, creative and intelligent researchers working for society and the future.
birgit-150pxPGSA Rep (School of Design): Birgit Bachler  me@birgitbachler.com
Bio: Originally from Austria, I lived 6 years in the Netherlands before moving to Wellington in 2013. I am a media artist with a background in audiovisual art, critical information design and playful code. As for my academic career I hold a BA in Information Design from the University of Applied Sciences in Graz (AT) and an MDes in Media Design and Communication from the Piet Zwart Rotterdam (NL). Being a PhD candidate at the More-Than-Human-Lab of the School of Design at VUW is a unique opportunity for me to further develop my art and design research on an academic level. When I’m not in front of my computer I am hitting bags in the Muay Thai gym, exploring the great mountain bike tracks around Wellington or enjoying some New Zealand craft beer.
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.
Jayden Nowitz
PGSA Rep: Jayden Nowitz    jayden.nowitz@ecs.vuw.ac.nz
Bio:  
I’m a Master’s student by thesis in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science. My research has a strong focus on human-behaviour and looks at where User Interface design meets Information Security. I’m currently a member of the Human Computer Interaction and Information Security working groups in Engineering and Computer Science. My thesis is co-supervised by an Associate Professor in Network Engineering and the School of Marketing and International Business. Prior to my MSc I completed a BCom Honours in Information Systems through the School of Information Management, I also hold a BA also from Victoria University. In this role, I want to look at ways service delivery can be further improved to increase the satisfaction of the postgraduate community with the Library and Information Services at Victoria.

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VUW Equity & Diversity Committee
The Equity and Diversity Strategy Committee has membership representative of all the main sectors of the University. Members are expected to undertake appropriate communication with and consultation in their areas of responsibility. The role of the Equity and Diversity Strategy Committee is to advise the VP on the preparation and content of Equity and Diversity Strategy Reports that are provided to the University Council; review and provide comment on equity data; monitor university progress in relation to the implementation of the strategies to achieve the equity goals of the University Strategic Plan; report on progress of faculties and central service unit actions to meet the equity goals in the University Strategic Plan; disseminate/transfer information and ideas to and from faculties, central service units or areas of responsibility; champion university-wide equity strategies.
Rochelle Nafatali

PGSA Rep: Rochelle Nafatali   rochelle.nafatali@gmail.com
Bio:  Rochelle Nafatali is 30 and grew up in the Bay of Islands, coming to Victoria to study Law in 2004 because of Victoria Law School’s excellent reputation. In between meeting her husband at Victoria, bringing two beautiful little children into the world and long stints of working full-time, Rochelle has maintained her commitment to learning and study. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology and Samoan Studies in 2015, she successfully applied to the Master of Forensic Psychology programme and is commencing Part II (thesis) in February 2017. Rochelle is of New Zealand and Samoan descent, and has travelled to Samoa several times to learn more about the language and culture. Rochelle’s love of travel has also taken her to China, Hong Kong, Hawai’i, Tahiti, the Cook Islands and Australia. Rochelle regularly gets involved in local community events, Pasifika events and university events, and tutors in the School of Psychology. Among other things Rochelle loves music, cooking and dancing (sometimes all at the same time!).

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 Education Academic Committee
Faculty of Education Learning & Teaching Committee

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

Board/Committee Reports
These reports are also published in the PGSA newsletter

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