Spotlight on: The Postgraduate Assocation

coffe morningSussex University has always been a world of its own, full of people with a mixture of ideas, needs and motivations. That’s what makes Sussex University the great place it is to work and live. The postgraduate association (PGA) is a society that is there for all postgraduate and mature students as a friendly place to meet people who better understand your motivations and needs and can provide support and encouragement.

In previous years the postgraduate association has been a champion of postgraduate needs and campaigns. With the institution of a full time postgraduate student union officer the postgraduate association has taken on a more supportive role, one which continues to work with the postgraduate student union officer to make sure that interdisciplinary postgraduate concerns are raised, reviewed and acted upon.

From fresher’s week through to the long summer term the postgraduate association strives to connect postgraduates across all disciplines and create a social environment where friendships and ideas can flourish. The postgraduate association ran a number of events during the 2015 fresher’s week including the heavily attended cocktail party at the Globe and a pub crawl through Lewes. This provided a welcome opportunity to welcome new Masters and PhD students into the Sussex fold and to meet current PhD students. The 2016 fresher’s week will be no different and current postgraduate students are welcome to attend. Whether you’re well into your second year of your PhD or not, everyone is welcome at postgraduate association events. Well, you could do with being a postgraduate or mature student, but we’re a very friendly bunch.

So far this year we’ve run three pub crawls through either Brighton or Lewes, a movie night and weekly coffee morning events every Thursday between 10am and 12pm which everyone is welcome to attend. It’s a perfect place to meet people with similar concerns to you and who understand your experiences. We’re currently working with the Buddy scheme to help make it more appropriate for postgraduates and some of our events this year have been run in conjunction with the scheme.

In the coming months the postgraduate association is hoping to maintain weekly coffee mornings as the rest of the university winds down – supporting all postgraduates whilst the hubbub of campus dies away. Excitingly the postgraduate association runs a summer conference which all PhD students are welcome to submit towards. It provides useful presentation and conference practice and an enjoyable day or two to learn what other researchers are working on around you. The theme for this year’s conference will be announced soon so keep your eyes peeled.

The postgraduate association is here for you so please do contact us if you want to work with us, spend time with us, or just know more about what we’re doing. You can email us pgachair@sussexstudent.com  or follow us on twitter @SussexPGA and join our facebook group Sussex Postgraduate and Mature Students’ Association.

Written by the PGA

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