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The NZPSA recognises the importance of its Postgraduate members and aims to foster both excellent research and professional development opportunities. To help facilitate and execute these goals Postgraduate Representatives act as liaisons between postgraduate members and the executive committee. Among other initiatives, the Postgraduate membership has an Annual Postgraduate Pre-Conference Workshop and a communication network established as a forum for discussion, exchange of ideas and the development of relationships among the political studies postgraduate community across Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. The NZPSA has a range of postgraduate conference prizes and awards for attendance at the UK and Canadian PSA conferences. Our research magazine, Women Talking Politics, also places priority on encouraging the publishing efforts of female postgraduates.

Postgraduate Reps

Astrid Simonsen (University of Canterbury): astridsimonsen@pg.canterbury.ac.nz


Lara Greaves (University of Auckland): lara.greaves@auckland.ac.nz

Join NZPSA Postgrads on Facebook

Join the NZPSA Postgraduate Network Group facebook.com/groups/NZPSAPostgrads, a  private  group  for  academic  discussion, event  planning, connecting  postgraduates. Like the NZPSA Postgraduate Students Page facebook.com/NZPSA.Postgraduates, an  open  page  for  postgraduates, featuring resources and  news.

2017 Postgraduate Workshop

The 2017 NZPSA Postgraduate Workshop will be held on 28 November 2017, in Room 6N4 Richardson Building, Otago University, 362 Leith St, North Dunedin Otago University. The Workshop will run from 1-5.30pm, with dinner and a social event to follow. For details about the Workshop and contact information to arrange your participation, please see: www.otago.ac.nz/nzpsa-2017/programme/postgraduate-workshop/index.html

2015 Postgraduate Workshop

29 November 2015, Massey University, Palmerston North.

The theme for the 2015 Postgraduate Workshop was “Careers for Politics Postgraduates.” The afternoon kicked off with lunch and registration and then moved into a panel session with postgraduates and academics speaking about the current market, employer’s viewpoint, and experiences since graduating. A large part of this session was geared towards answering delegates’ questions. Discussion was focused on the  prospects of employment in  the academic arena, and also touched on decision making around whether a PhD is right for you. The second session was a skills workshop “Applying for Work – CV and cover letter development” run by John Ross, a Massey Careers Consultant. This workshop covered a range of topics and exercises around applying for work, including: what employers look for, interview skills, and online profiles. The session also covered putting together academic and non-academic CVs. The afternoon closed with discussion and feedback on the Postgraduate Network.

To round out the day, delegates went into the city for a postgraduate dinner. This was a good chance for postgrads to get to know one another, and was a nice way to finish off the afternoon and lead into the rest of the conference.

The workshop was organised by Laura Pascall.  

Prizes & Awards

Annual prizes are available at the NZPSA Conference for the best postgraduate papers and there are opportunities to apply for travel/registration awards for postgraduates at the UK, Canadian and Australian PSA Conferences.

Past Events

2015 Postgraduate Students' Workshop, Massey University, 29 November - Programme

2014 Postgraduate Students' Workshop, University of Auckland, 30 November - Programme

2013 Postgraduate Students' Workshop, University of Canterbury, 4 December - Programme

2012 Postgraduate Pre-Conference Event, Victoria University of Wellington, 26 November - Programme

2012 Postgraduate Conference on Power and Politics, University of Otago, 2 - 3 July - Programme

2011 Postgraduate Pre-Conference Event, the University of Otago - Programme

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