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

Sustainability Talks

Sustainability Talks

The PGSA is proud to support the 2019 Sustainability Talks. This event offers a platform for postgraduate students to showcase research with a resilience and sustainability theme, and serves to highlight the strength that Victoria University of Wellington has in these key areas of research. The Resilience and Sustainability committee seeks to support research with an inter and trans-disciplinary approach to develop ways to live within our ecological limits and positively respond to current and future challenges. A core objective of the PGSA is to foster collegiality amongst like-minded staff and students, and this event offers a great opportunity to bring together those students and staff with similar research interests. The seminar will run in conjunction with Sustainability Week 2019 and take place on September 25, 11am-1pm in the Hunter Common Room. The format will be a 15 minute presentation alongside 5 minutes for questions. There will be an opportunity to connect with students and staff members upon conclusion of the seminar, and catering will be provided.

We are seeking expressions of interest from postgraduate students conducting research with relevance to the themes of resilience and sustainability. If you are interested in presenting your research, please submit a title and short abstract now - presenting spaces are limited!

All other postgraduate and staff members are invited to listen and participate in the seminar.

3 Minute Thesis Presentation Videos

3 Minute Thesis Presentation Videos