The PGSA is the representative organisation for postgraduates at Victoria University of Wellington

We exist to ensure you have the best possible academic experience

How do we do this? Simple! We cultivate:


We actively work with the University to ensure the unique concerns of postgraduates are included in University policies.  An important aspect of this work is the Minimum Resources Agreement, which specifies the minimum resources all research students are entitled to. We have representatives who sit on committees and boards across the university ensuring that the postgraduate student voice is heard.



We promote excellence by providing:

  • opportunities for personal growth and leadership

  • opportunities for academic growth in workshops, forums and  informal discussion

  • recognition of success  in:

    • 3 Minute Thesis Competition

    • Research Excellence Awards

    • Victorias Awards

    • Academic Conference Grants



We  focus on creating a thriving, university-wide postgraduate community. Are you looking  to:

  • network with fellow postgrads (outside of your office)?

  • attend social events (our annual quiz night, Tuesday Chats, First Fridays Breakfasts)?

  • escape your office/lab/dungeon?

Then we are here for you! If at any time you have queries, problems, or grievances come and chat to us. We can provide guidance and assure to respect your confidentiality.

Upcoming Events

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Get Involved

Join the PGSA

Joining is free and simple, just sign up!

Join the Executive

The Association is run by up to 12 postgraduate students volunteers. There are often less than 12 executive members, as postgrads come and go throughout the year, so if you are interested in joining please contact us!

Join a Committee

This is a great opportunity to understand university structure and contribute towards improving the postgraduate study environment and conditions at university. You can also gain points towards the Victoria Plus Award and morning teas during the year. Find out more about representation at VUW.