10.3 Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA)

10.3 Monash Postgraduate Association Inc. (MPA)

10.3.1 About the MPA

The Monash Postgraduate Association Inc. (MPA) is the representative body for all graduate students enrolled through Monash University’s Australian campuses.

The Association aims to serve the interests and welfare of graduates by directing activities and projects towards their specific needs. The committee and staff work closely together to achieve these aims. It represents graduates, both collectively and individually, by providing a recognised means of communication between the graduate body and the academic and administrative bodies of the University. As an enrolled graduate at the University students are entitled to use the services provided.

10.3.2 MPA committee and staff

Each year up to fifteen graduates are elected to form the Monash Postgraduate Association Executive Committee (MPAEC). Occasionally, graduates are co-opted onto the Committee. The MPAEC governs the MPA by setting policy and providing broad direction. The Committee meets monthly, except in January. The Association employs several staff members to carry out its work.  Individual graduates or groups are able to raise issues by contacting the MPA’s office or by approaching Committee members.

10.3.3 Publications

The Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) produces a bi-weekly email news bulletin, which keeps students informed of any relevant events, news and opportunities. Subscription is free and students can subscribe via the ‘quick links’ section of the MPA website. You can also follow MPA on Facebook.

10.3.4 Advocacy

The Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) staff assists graduates with any problems or grievances, ensuring confidentiality at all times. For assistance, graduate students can contact their campus advocate. The MPA can assist students with a broad range of issues including:

  • academic and general misconduct;
  • academic progress;
  • assessment;
  • grievance process;
  • intellectual property;
  • research progress; and
  • supervision issues.

10.3.5 Workshops, social  functions, graduate trips and seminars/conferences by students

The Monash Postgraduate Association (MPA) co-ordinates inter-disciplinary seminars and workshops on topics relevant to graduate education across all Australian campuses, including off-campus locations. The Association hosts a wide range of social functions, including regular free lunches and afternoon teas.

For graduate research students, in conjunction with the Library, on the first Wednesday of each month MPA hosts a ‘practice presentations’ workshop at Clayton campus followed by a graduate research social night – check the MPA calendars for details. The Association also hosts an annual ‘Battle of the Brains’ trivia challenge for research students in August each year.

Various trips and tours are organised by the MPA, which cater purely for graduate students. Trips have included family days, snow tours, winery trips and a 5-day trip to Central Australia.

Since 1992 the MPA has run an annual ‘Supervisor of the Year’ competition. The award is truly a decision of the graduate community, with supervisors nominated by their graduate students and judged by an independent subcommittee of research graduates.

The MPA can also give financial assistance for graduate organisers of seminars and student conferences.

10.3.6 The Monash  Postgraduate Association office

Graduate students are encouraged to visit the offices to meet the staff and to learn more about the Association. There are two MPA offices, one located on Clayton and the other on Caulfield. Details are as per below:

Clayton office

First floor, Campus Centre, 21 Chancellors Walk
p: +61 3 9905 3197
e: mpa@monash.edu
Office hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Caulfield office

Level 2, Building C
p: +61 3 9903 1880
e: mpa-caulfield@monash.edu
Office hours:
Monday to Thursday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm

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