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

Annual General Meeting: Results and Confirmatory Votes

Annual General Meeting: Results and Confirmatory Votes

The PGSA’s Annual General Meeting has now taken place, with some useful discussion and some new faces joining our Executive membership to take the association into 2020. The following Executive was duly elected at the meeting:

  • President: Elizabeth Olsen

  • Vice President (Community): Sam Crawley

  • Vice President (Advocacy): Miniruwani Samarakoon

  • Treasurer: Bernard Tawiah

  • Communications Officer: Will Stanford Abbiss (subject to confirmation)

  • Outreach (Pipitea): Cody Rei-Anderson

  • Outreach (Te Aro): Glen Askey (subject to confirmation)

  • Executive members: Déanna Ayupova, Nancy Marquez, Salman Rashed, Michaela Harris (subject to confirmation)

The roles of Outreach (Māori) and Outreach (Taught) remain vacant, and we will look to fill these in the coming months. Please email pgsa@vuw.ac.nz if you are interested in either of these roles.

Unfortunately, we didn’t quite make the quorum required for the meeting, so there are a few matters we need to confirm with the membership. This includes the motions from the meeting, and the election of Executive members who stood for unfilled positions during the meeting. Could any PGSA member who did not attend the AGM in person therefore review the information and fill out the form below.


Thanks so much for your assistance!

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