Welcome to the Postgraduate Association!
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Thank you for this year!
As my time in office comes to a close, I am left with a huge number of incredible memories from working with you all this year! We've had so many action-packed events, we've had a bit of a wild ride with the pandemic, and we have passed through another academic year and emerged stronger and (hopefully) with some new friends and experiences that will stay with us for life!
We've achieved so much together and I hope you have enjoyed the year as much as I have (despite a few bumps in the road!)
My time as Vice President may be nearly over, but that doesn't mean the fun stops! I am currently in the process of handing over to my successor, Angie Flores Acuña, who will be taking office on the 1st July! Keep your eyes peeled on this page for the incredible things she gets up to and how you can get involved!
PS: JOIN a UNION!
If you are a PGR Student, you can join UCU for free. If you are a PGR student who teaches, you can become a full member for free, and thus become eligible to vote in the ongoing ballots. The deadline to join and be automatically included in the ballot is 4th January.
You can check availability, and join UCU here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/join
Student Advice in the Students’ Union will remain open throughout the summer, to offer free, independent, impartial and confidential advice to all students at Cardiff University.
You can contact Student Advice about anything, whether you be concerned about your academics, your housing or another aspect of your life! They’re independent from the University so can help with absolutely anything, even if you’re looking to make complaints.
You can get in touch with Advice via firstname.lastname@example.org, or by 02920 781410 (active Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
WHAT AM I UP TO?
If you’re wondering what I’m up to, or what I’m doing to represent Postgraduate Students at Cardiff University, you can have a look at my progress on the SU Website.
Upcoming Postgraduate Events
Keep your eyes peeled below for some exciting events coming up over the Summer!
Your feedback and concerns
If you have immediate feedback you would like to raise with the Students' Union or the University, I would encourage you to complete the below survey! This will enable me to collate your feedback and ensure I am raising issues that matter to you within the Postgraduate community!
You can raise absolutely anything! If you would like to be contacted as a result of your answers, please let me know in one of the text boxes and I will get back to you as soon as possible!
Don't forget to log in to complete the survey
There is a large and active postgraduate community in Cardiff and we are working each year to build on this. Our new Postgraduate Association is a tool that enables all Postgraduates to work together, but we need your assistance to make it successful! If you would like to get more involved or have an idea, get in touch with me at VPPostgraduate@cardiff.ac.uk
Postgraduate Students' Association
This Association represents all postgraduate students at the university. I am working with Postgraduate students across the University to create a platform for socialising, to cultivate a sense of community and support for all Postgraduates during their time here at Cardiff, as well as formal representation of the collective Postgraduate interests. Membership of the Association is automatic for Postgraduates at Cardiff University - you became a member when you enrolled!
Cardiff Students Postgraduate Network
The Cardiff Students Postgraduate Network is a Facebook group for all postgraduate students that seeks to develop an active, strong and vibrant postgraduate community here at Cardiff. The network combines both Research and Taught students in order to develop a supportive research environment as well as promoting the diverse and exciting extra-curricular opportunities available to postgrads. The network gives you the chance to find out about academic and social events, get in contact with fellow students and find out more information about what’s going on in the postgrad community. The PG network is led by the Cardiff Students’ Postgraduate Association, the Vice President Postgraduate Students and the Students’ Union. They are there to listen to your views, to advise, to take effective action, and to support and facilitate your ideas, whether this be for social events or improvements in your academic experience. Don’t forget to join the group to stay updated!
At Cardiff University, you get an input into your academic experience. Each year, the Students' Union trains and supports over 1,000 Reps across the University. These Reps serve as the vital link between peers, Schools, the University and the Students' Union on educational matters. They are the Voice for your school and year group. Contact your Rep.
If you are a Postgraduate Research (PGR) student, it is important that you are aware of your rights, have access to training and feel supported in your role which can often toe the line between staff and students.
Many PGR students at Cardiff University are members of UCU (Universities and Colleges Union), and have access to free memberships, which is one of the largest Unions in the world.
The UCU Union provides targeted support for Postgraduates who teach, on a wide range of topics including: Employment Rights, Representation, Professional Development, Training and Advice.
The Students' Union works closely with the Cardiff Branch of UCU to ensure appropriate representation and support, but if we could be doing more, please let us know!