19 Sep

GUPSA One-day writing retreat, Friday 30 September 2016

Calling all writers! Are you currently working on your thesis chapter or a journal article? Do you need some motivation and assistance to boost your writing? If so, you are welcome to join us at a one-day writing retreat at Nathan’s Eco Centre (N68).

The event is limited, on a “first comes first served”,  to 40 postgraduate Griffith students basis who are currently working on their PhD/Master’s thesis or a journal article. The retreat will comprise time allocated to independent writing sessions supplemented by two short presentations delivered by Griffith staff during morning and afternoon tea breaks. A Griffith academic and Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) tutor will also be available for individual consultations concerning writing and structure. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

You must register for the retreat by 26 September and you can do so here. Registrations close 26 September or if we reach 40 before then.

The writing retreat will take place on Friday 30 September between 9am and 5pm.

Please arrive by 8:45 for a 9am start.

 The program for the day is as follows:

9:00-10:30           Plan for the day and Writing session / Individual consultations

10:30-11:15         Morning tea and a short talk about Academic Writing presented by John Smith (Assistant Director of Studies at GELI)

11:15-13:00         Writing session / Individual consultations

13:00-13:45         Lunch

13:45-15:00         Writing session / Individual consultations

15:00-15:45         Afternoon tea and a short talk about editing presented by Dr Alana Piper (Research Fellow at Griffith Criminology Institute)

15:45-17:00         Writing session / Individual consultations

What you need:

  • A clear idea for writing at the retreat (you will need to provide a brief description of the plan upon registration)
  • Laptop, charging cable
  • Notes, any reading material
  • Extension cord and power board if available
  • A jumper in case it gets cold
  • Anything else you may need for comfortable writing

Remember, You must register  for the retreat by 26 September and you can do so here.

19 Sep


Call for an Awesome New T-shirt Artwork Design


This competition seeks the best, high quality t-shirt design incorporating GUPSA’s logo and tagline ‘Connect the Future’ through the participation of our postgraduate student community. To promote GUPSA, we want a fresh captivating design to go with red, white, black and polo t-shirts for both males and females. We  seek a design to be printed on these t-shirts, but not just any design! We want one that screams “Hey! hey! Look at me!” A t-shirt design artwork that draws attention to itself and is able to promote GUPSA on its own. If you decide to enter the competition you should  check out our logo first as you must incorporate it in the design while the theme of the artwork should be based on our tagline ‘Connect the future’.

About us

Griffith University Postgraduate Student Association (GUPSA) is the representative organisation for all postgraduate and research students at Griffith University. GUPSA represents postgraduate students enrolled at Logan, Mt Gravatt, Nathan, Queensland College of Art, and the Queensland Conservatorium. We provide services to assist postgraduates to succeed in and enjoy their studies, through representation, lobbying, researching, networking, professional development, and organising social and cultural activities. Please explore the rest of our website to better understand our scope more and come up with an appropriate design.


  • The winner will receive 2  Westfield gift cards to the value of $1,000!


  • For you to enter, you should be a postgraduate student currently enrolled at Griffith University Logan or Brisbane (Mt Gravatt, Nathan, Southbank) campuses.
  • Current GUPSA office bearers will not be allowed to enter the competition.

Design requirements

  • Only graphically designed materials will be accepted. In other words, all designs should be electronic and be submitted electronically to the given email address below.

Copyright Law

  • Any design that depicts copyrighted artwork will be rejected. For example, no artworks depicting characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books will be accepted. All artworks must be original ideas and created entirely by the student.

Judging Criteria

  • Interpretation and the clarity of the GUPSA theme to the viewer.
  • Creativity and originality of the depicted theme.
  • Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme.
  • Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Overall, does the design stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?


All submissions should be emailed to m.carden@griffith.edu.au before 5p.m on Friday, 14 October 2016.

  • All designs should be electronic and be submitted as jpg or PDF
  • Use your last name followed by GUPSA T-Shirt 2016. E.g. [your last name/ID]_GUPSA_DESIGN2016.pdf

Notification of Finalists

  • Five finalists will be selected within a week after the submission closes and notified shortly thereafter.
  • The finalists’ designs will then be uploaded on our Facebook page for a poll to give our postgraduate community a chance to vote the best design.
  • The design with the highest votes wins.
  • The voting for students will be open from 24 October 2016 to 7 November 2016.
  • The winner will be announced on  9 November 2016.

Not accepted

  1. Poor color or image quality. Colors SHOULD be balanced. Washed out and not representative of the original theme will not be accepted.
  1. Sloppiness will not be accepted. We will not take designs that are crooked, have watermarks or large and over-sized artist signatures.
  1. Incomplete or poorly designed submissions will not be accepted.
  1. Anything submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
  1. Appeals about the judges’ decisions will not be accepted, as well as appeals about the votes made by students.

You can also email our Support Officer, Michael Carden, at m.carden@griffith.edu.au to request the GUPSA logo.


15 Sep

Mindfulness Masterclass 27 September between 9am and 1:15pm

GUPSA is holding another half-day mindfulness masterclass for postgraduate students during the mid-semester break. As before, it will consist of a yoga and meditation session. Both yoga and meditation have beneficial effects on health and general wellbeing and help to build resilience when dealing with everyday stressors and adversities in life. Whether an experienced yogi or a newbie, you will get a chance to participate in a gentle and yet appropriately challenging yoga practice. During meditation session you will learn and directly apply several meditation techniques that you will be able to take away for continued practice at home. A perfect way to recharge for the rest of semester!

The masterclass will take place at the Eco Centre Nathan campus on Tuesday 27 September between 9am and 1:15pm. You must register for the Masterclass  here.

Please arrive at 8:45 for a 9am start.

Plan for the masterclass is as follows:

9:00-10:45           Yoga session

10:45-11:15         Morning tea (provided by GUPSA)

11:15-13:15         Meditation session

You can either attend a yoga or meditation session, or both. Please specify at time of registration. If registering for a yoga session, you MUST complete a Yoga Health Questionnaire and send to m.carden@griffith.edu.au. We will have some yoga mats available to borrow but please bring your own if you have one.

The sessions will be run by Amanda Lynn and Venerable Drolkar, both experienced practitioners. You can read more about our instructors here.

What you need:

  • Specify upon registration whether you will attend one of the sessions or both
  • If attending a yoga session, bring a yoga mat (if available), comfortable clothes and a bottle of water, optional towel and jumper
  • If attending a meditation session, also consider comfortable and warm clothing.

Please register for the Masterclass here.