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

Research Excellence Awards: Applications Open Now

Research Excellence Awards: Applications Open Now

We're pleased to announce that applications for this year's Research Excellence Awards are now open! Any postgraduate research student (Masters or PhD) may nominate themselves for an award, valued at $1500.

The awards recognise research by VUW postgraduate students that:

  • Displays academic rigour, excellence, originality, or creativity

  • Advances knowledge in the field or significantly contributes to knowledge

  • Is communicated clearly, in a way that an educated but non-expert audience can understand

  • Has a demonstrated impact within the scholarly, economic, or wider stakeholder communities

There are up to ten awards to be won, with one award offered for each faculty and one (from any faculty) for research that promotes Māori knowledge and development.

This year, we've removed the requirement for applicants to state what they will spend their award on - the $1500 prize is in recognition of academic excellence, not a grant for further study. As long as you have passed the proposal stage and are currently enrolled at VUW, all postgraduate research students are eligible to apply for an award.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of scholarly research (written or otherwise) in support of their application. Full information on the application and decision-making process can be found here.

Prizes will be announced at the Victorias Awards, held in the Hunter Lounge on 27 November. Applications for the Research Excellence Awards close at 5pm on Friday 27 September, so take a look at all the information and apply now!

3 Minute Thesis Presentation Videos

3 Minute Thesis Presentation Videos

3 Minute Thesis: The Results!

3 Minute Thesis: The Results!