Everything you need to know about emails and bulletins, student groups, faculty representatives, and seminar programs.
Staying in Touch
You should have frequent meetings with your supervisors, and they will often be your first point of reference if you have questions regarding your project, your thesis, or what's expected of you as a graduate research student. Don't be shy about contacting them or the Research Training Officer if you have queries or difficulties.
When you enrolled, you were given an email address ending in @student.unimelb.edu.au. All University email correspondence relating to your candidature will be sent to this address, so please check it regularly, at least once a week. Forwarding email is unreliable so please log in to the student portal on a regular basis to check your student email account. You agreed to do this as part of the terms and conditions of your enrolment.
You can log into the student portal by using your email log-in and password at http://my.unimelb.edu.au. You can use my.unimelb to check your student email, access library services, make changes to your candidature (e.g. apply for leave of absence or change supervisor), read the 'Uni Life' and 'How To' directories, view your next milestone due date, fees invoices and more.
Faculty Research Bulletin
You will receive a monthly newsletter called 'Research Bulletin'. This newsletter contains information on upcoming seminars and workshops, important information, reminders, and other circulars. Please read this bulletin for important announcements. If you come across anything that should be included in it, please forward the item to the Research Training Officer.
GSA News is an e-mail bulletin sent out by the Graduate Student Association, advertising current opportunities for graduate research students, including scholarships, skills courses, library resources and databases, conferences, public lectures and other events. Subscribe online.
If you're based at Werribee in Veterinary Science, you may want to join the student group Postgraduates at Werribee (PAWS). They plan regular social events and a monthly barbecue on the veranda outside the tea room. PAWS can also help organise short courses and speakers on academic matters. You can find out how to get involved by asking one of the other graduate research students at Werribee or by emailing: email@example.com.
The Postgraduates of Veterinary Science Student Society (POVS) is the Parkville-based Veterinary Science student group. Like PAWS, one of their goals is to encourage interaction between graduate research students from different labs and expand networks within the Faculty. They also aim to provide students with academic support, so you can speak to the organising committee about hosting a speaker or planning a seminar.
Agricultural Sciences students may want to join the Agriculture and Food student group. Based at Parkville, they plan a number of social activities throughout the year.
If you're not sure who your student group officers are, don't hesitate to ask the Research Training Officer.
Graduate Student Association (GSA)
The Graduate Student Association is the graduate student union for the University of Melbourne. They provide independent support, representation, and advice as well as organising events and vocational short-courses for postgraduates. Check their website at: http://www.gsa.unimelb.edu.au/.
There are opportunities to serve as a postgraduate representative on Faculty committees, the Human Ethics Advisory Group and the Animal Ethics Board. Ask one of your student group leaders how to get involved.
Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Postgraduate Symposium
Each year, the student groups organise a postgraduate symposium where graduate research students in the faculty present their research to staff and fellow students. In addition to helping you improve your communication and presentation skills, the symposium gives you a chance to get feedback on your research from a diverse audience and find out what other research is going on in the faculty. The symposium usually takes place in the Spring.
There is a weekly seminar program at each campus where researchers, research students, and external speakers present their findings and answer questions. You are strongly encouraged to attend each week, even if you believe the topic to be outside your area of expertise. Your supervisor can tell you when and where the seminars take place.
Please note that you will present your research in a seminar as part of your confirmation.