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 There's nothing like an extended period 'abroad'  followed by a month of grey wet weather after returning home  to make one reflect on matters. As I mentioned in my earlier blog, I have recently returned from three months in Italy, among other places. I am at that excrutiating stage of thesis writing of trying to pull the last three years of notes, really important ideas, indecipherable data and those deeply important insights together into a coherent argument.  Meanwhile, niggling away at my shoulder is the reminder that  I am also  part of the greater world, including the PGSA. Keeping the PGSA alive has been a huge challenge from the outset, and its made greater by the pressure to complete my doctorate. 

I am not alone in this situation though. This has been the quandary for every president and member of every executive of the PGSA before me. The three year period of writing a thesis is a pressure cooker much of the time, and most students need to be mindful of not getting distracted by other things as they try to complete in the given time. It is the main reason given by postgraduate students  for NOT getting involved int  he PGSA.  But our PGSA is not only an important aspect of the university but it is potentially our united  student voice, and if it is strong it can provide support, a social life and strong advocacy for student affairs. The postgraduate  office is very keen to support us, and would like to encourage us to become a strong association. They have asked us to say what we need in order to make this happen. I appeal to you, the hundreds of postgraduate students in our university to do just this. Send us your thoughts, and give us some ideas on what sort of PGSA you would like to see, and be associated with. Post your comments.

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 Hi there,

its been some time since I visited these pages.  I have been totally distracted by a lengthy sojourn in Italy (I know, its been tough)  - I recommend it as a great way to escape winter here, though not that great if you intend to use some of the time making progress writing your thesis! 

Thanks to Ron Xavier, our Vice President for standing in during my absence.

Now that spring is imminent (the rain has to stop SOME time) so is Postgraduate Research Month, which will dominate October.  You can find out what's on through visiting the website:

There are lotsr of interesting events that are part of PG research month, including the th3sis in 3 competition, a quiz night, information evening, workshops, seminars and research conferences. If you experienced some of the events that were part of last year's PG research month, you will appreciate the energy and stimulation that these events generate. It is a fantastic opportunity to mix with other doctoral candidates from across disciplines, to find out what others are doing, and to make some strong connections with others working in your field, or indeed, just with others who are also grinding away at writing their theses.

The th3sis in 3 last year was fascinating to witness (and nerve wracking but exciting to participate in). In any one heat a stream of people stand up and in three minutes explain their research. No time to beat about the bush - its straight to the heart of the matter. and incredibly stimulating to listen to. Anyone can go and listen.  If you are competing, its a great exercise in self discipline, because every word counts. good luck for anyone who is entering.

Keep informed of events, and we look forward to seeing you at them!




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