Night Against Procrastination (NAP)

The Urban Dictionary, the world’s most reliable* dictionary, defines procrastination as 

1) the act of putting things off for ‘later’

2) the act that 97.466% of all people are committing this very second

3) i’ll tell you later…

4) ………

… Huh… sorry, back on track… 

It’s time to combat your procrastination struggles

Night Against Procrastination (NAP) is the one-stop shop to help you combat your procrastination struggles. At NAP, you can connect with various support staff and get free study materials and food. Come along to fight against procrastination! 

  • Do you need some help with your research, referencing, and writing? Our excellent GUPSA Editors will be there to answer your questions. Yep, even if you’re an undergrad student! 
  • Finding your life outside of university is making it hard to study? Have a chat with our wonderful WALi Student Leaders, who will be there to listen and share their knowledge of all the different services available at Griffith University and in the community.  
  • Confused about academic integrity? Wondering if you should consider applying for special consideration? Check-in with our amazing Advocacy Officers who can help you understand all the curly questions you might have about University policies and procedures.  
  • Is the stress getting too much and causing tension in your neck and shoulders? Grab a free massage and take a moment to unwind. 

Event itinerary (for people who like to plan): 

  • Where: Nathan Campus Clubs Lounge (N11_0.06) 
  • When: Wednesday 22 May, 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm 
  • Cost: FREE, including snacks and goodies all night, and free dinner at 6:30 pm.  

Please note: You must arrive before 4:30 pm to be eligible for the freebies throughout the night, including dinner. Students who arrive after 4:30 pm are more than welcome to attend but will not be able to get the freebies. 

Need we say more? Get your study on track and register below.

*This is, of course, sarcasm. The SRC and GUPSA do not recommend citing Urban Dictionary as a source in any of your assignments.  

On International Women’s Day 2024, Griffith University Student Associations, the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the Postgraduate Student Association (GUPSA) are launched a report titled: “Where Is the Social Justice for Students? Experiences of Poverty on Placement”  

Our report findings, drawn from a survey in which 86% of the participants were women, have shed light on the critical intersection of gender and poverty on placements, highlighting the urgent need for systemic change. This situation not only undermines students’ educational experience but also their future professional trajectories.  

The release of the report aligns with the 2024 International Women’s Day theme, “Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.”, urging us to confront the barriers that hinder economic and educational equality for women. Despite notable advances, women continue to face challenges in achieving equal participation.

Key Insights from the Report 

  • As students face the escalating cost-of-living crisis and find it increasingly challenging to cover essential expenses like food, accommodation, transport, and household bills during unpaid placements.

 

  • 82.5% of survey respondents identifying with one or more equity groups, educators and policymakers must address the intersections of disability, race, gender diversity, sexuality, and age to ensure inclusive responses to poverty on placements that reflect the diversity of students and future professionals working in these fields. 
  • Financial struggles during placements significantly exacerbate stress, mental health issues, sleep disturbances, overall well-being, learning outcomes, and interpersonal relationships.

 

  • The report highlights the disproportionate representation of women in placement-required industries, critical sectors that form the backbone of society and comprise our essential workforce. Urgent action is needed to foster social justice within these student communities and professions.

What is next?

The concerns raised in our report are a call to action for urgent reform. Peak professional registration bodies must consider greater flexibility in placement requirements, while the education sector and governments are urged to provide more accessible and significantly increased financial support for students on placement. 

We invite educators, policymakers, students, and all stakeholders to engage with our findings, and extend our gratitude to those already undertaking work in this space including: Professor Ann Bonner (Griffith University) and Professor Karen Strickland (Edith Cowan University) on behalf of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM), the Australian Council of Heads of Social Work Education (ACHSWE), and Griffith University’s Professor Caroline Rueckert (Dean, Career Readiness) and colleagues. 

To stay updated on our advocacy, future consultations, and how you can support or benefit from our initiatives, please email advocacy@griffith.edu.au and follow us @waliwellnesshq for updates and insights. 

"Thank you to each student who shared your experience on placement at Griffith University to contribute to our Poverty on Placement Report. We, your SRC Board, empathise with the significant commitment and challenges that come with your placements, particularly the substantial workload and financial stress that you undertake during these placements. Your insights play a pivotal role in this report. Through your experiences, we aim to influence positive changes within the university and the broader community for future students and enhance current support mechanisms, contributing to a more promising future for all Griffith students on placement."
Emily Parker - QCA President
Emily Parker
2023 SRC Board Chair

International Woman's Day 2024 events

International Women’s Day is when we reflect on the past and reimagine the future. And it’s when we hear stories – sometimes uplifting, sometimes heartbreaking, always powerful – from extraordinary women.

This year, to celebrate, the Student Representative Council (SRC) is organizing two events for students. Please find details of the events below.

Win 1 of 10 tickets to the 2024 Business Chicks International Women’s Day Breakfast in Brisbane!

Winners will receive a ticket to the @businesschicks event, where they will join other students to reflect on the past and reimagine the future through the stories of powerful speakers.

How to enter: Tell us why you think IWD and events such as these are still so important in 2024 by the 11th of March.

The Resume Review Crew are recognised as "An excellent example of a low cost program with big outcomes."

We are pleased to announce that the Resume Review program has won the “Most Successful Volunteer or Development Program” award of distinction at the 2023 Student Experience Network (SEN) awards. This achievement is a result of the hard work and commitment of students, the Griffith Careers and Employment team, and support from the SRC. 

The Student Experience Network Awards is an annual event that recognises the achievements and excellence of all of the student associations around Australia and New Zealand. It is an excellent platform for SEN to showcase outstanding initiatives and accomplishments across various categories in the student services landscape. 

The Most Successful Volunteer or Development Program category acknowledges programs allowing students to develop skills and beneficial relationships outside their degree. The judges awarded the Resume Review Crew program a distinction based on the why, how, who, and evidence of success. The judges remark:

"Griffith University Student Representative Council x Careers & Employment Service Resume Review Crew is an excellent student led initiative which benefits not only the wider student cohort at Griffith University, but also offers a wonderful opportunity for leadership and skill development for the Resume Review Crew team. Not only through initial training, but also through regular feedback and mentoring from the Careers and Employment Team.  The Service is readily available and accessible to students through its location, timing, in person or online offering, diversity of students recruited to the Resume Review Crew, and comprehensive communication and marketing.  Great outcomes have been achieved in the initial year, and we look forward to seeing how the program grows in future years, in particular through the expansion of the program to other campuses.  An excellent example of a low cost program with big outcomes. 

In 2023, the Resume Review Crew helped 1,239 Griffith University students with resumes, exceeding the total number of resumes reviewed in 2022 by August 2023. The program trains 6-10 students to help other students write resumes for internships, casual jobs, part-time jobs, full-time jobs, and graduate positions. This program offers regular, accessible and high-quality support to students for resume writing and job application advice.

This program aims to:

1.Develop the skills of the Resume Review Crew through training from the Griffith University Careers & Employment team.

2.Develop the skills of the Griffith University student community through detailed feedback on their resumes and referrals to experts in the Careers & Employment staff team.

3.Lower barriers to accessing resume support at Griffith University by locating the Resume Review Crew in the heart of the campus and having this as a drop-in service and online.

Overall, The Resume Review Crew plays an essential role in fostering a culture of career development and success on campus. Its peer-to-peer approach, combined with its emphasis on quality and accessibility, makes it a valuable resource for students. 

The program is offered both as an in-person and online service. The Resume Review Crew has a stall on the Griffith Nathan Campus twice weekly from 11 am to 2 pm to capture students through the busiest part of the day. 

The most reliable dictionary, The Urban Dictionary (this is sarcasm of course), defines procrastination as:

Putting something off that eventually must be done to the very last minute. Sometimes this method can be successful, and the person will get to spend a lot of time relaxing and still get work done. Other times, however, it can lead to poor grades, incomplete work, etc. If one has a lot of work, it is understandable that the person will leave some for the last minute, although this person may be subject to adjectives such as lazy.

Example: Wow, I’ve got an 8-page history paper, a French project, a science lab, and a lot of other nightly assignments… I’ll do some now, but to avoid exhaustion, I’ll have to use procrastination with the rest.

So, Night Against Procrastination (NAP) is the one-stop shop to help you combat your procrastination struggles. We will have a range of different support staff, free study material, and free food to give out to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Griffith Students. Come along to fight against procrastination.

For Postgrads, you might need some help with your research, referencing, and writing. We will have our wonderful GUPSA Editors there to answer your questions.

Or, if you are an undergrad and are having problems outside or inside of academia making it hard to study; Have a chat with our fabulous WALis, who have a wealth of knowledge in the different services Griffith University offers and our amazing Advocacy Officers who can help you navigate your options and help set up emergency support.

Event itinerary (for people who like to plan):

  • Where: Nathan campus Goanna Lounge (N16)
  • When: 11th October from 4 pm – 7 pm.
  • Cost: FREE including snacks and goodies all night, free Subway Dinner at 6:30 pm and all students will also get 1 free coffee during the event.

Need we say more? Get your study on track and register below.

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

From the 11th until the 14th of September, the SRC are partaking in ‘University Mental Health and Wellbeing Week’.
 
This week includes World Suicide Prevention Day and RUOK Day, and more than 30 Australian and New Zealand universities are participating. The week aims to create a sense of connection among students. Events, activities and workshops will be hosted at our Nathan and QCA campuses, with some workshops online that are accessible to all students.

Monday 11th September

LivingWorks safeTALK is a half-day workshop that teaches anyone over 15 how to recognize and help those with suicidal thoughts. These individuals may not want to die, but aresafeTALK helps people recognize and assist those with suicidal thoughts and offers life-saving resources.

When: 11th Sep from 9 am-1 pm 

Where: Nathan campus (N53.0.58) 

WALi HQ with free massages

10am-2pm 

QCA campus quad

Paint and Sip

12pm-4pm 

Nathan campus (N.17 Uni Bar) 

Meditation Session

3pm-3:45pm 

Multifaith Centre (N.35.1.08)

Tuesday 12th September

Laughter Workshop with Griffith Institute for Suicide Prevention

The Laughter Clinic is a presentation that covers Suicide Prevention, Self-Care, and the Mental Health Benefits of Humour and Laughter. 

When: 12th Sept from 3pm-4pm 

Where: Nathan Campus (N76.1.01)

Read and Relax Opening

9am – 9:30am 

Goanna Lounge (N.16)

WALi HQ

10am-2pm 

Nathan Campus Heart  

Rage Cage

10:30 am – 2:30 pm 

Bus departs @ Nathan Campus

Wednesday 13th September 

Identity + Values Zoom workshop by Chris Cheers, Psychologist 

Who am I? What do I want to do with my life? These questions puzzle and challenge many people throughout their lives. This workshop will support you on the path to finding your answers, and show you how these questions may also hold the key to your identity, resilience and wellbeing.

When: 13th Sep @ 4 pm-5:30 pm 

Where: Online via Zoom

  • Meeting ID: 992 4245 9708
  • Passcode: 486201

Mental Health First Aid

10am-3pm 

Nathan Campus (N53.0.60) 

WALi HQ

10am-2pm 

Nathan Campus Heart 

Wellness Wednesdays

2pm-3:30pm 

Nathan Campus (N53_-1.20) 

Thursday 14th September

Headspace Workshop

Mental health literacy workshop by Headspace. This 1-hour workshop covers three topics. They are:

  • What is a healthy headspace
  • Stress and how to cope
  • Healthy relationships

When: 14th Sep @ 3pm – 4pm

Where: Nathan Campus (N76_1.02)

Yoga and Breakfast

8am – 10am

Meeting at Nathan Campus Heart

Market Day Stalls

10am – 2pm  

Goanna Lounge and Campus Heart 

(Nathan Campus)

Comedy Show

6pm – 9:30pm 

Nathan Campus (N17 Uni Bar)

Proposed SRC Constitution Changes

 

The Student Representative Council has commenced the process of changing the SRC Constitution. In accordance with the SRC constitution, a referendum must be held to allow the Brisbane, Logan and Digital undergraduate student body to vote on these changes.

 

Please click here for the proposed new SRC constitution.

 

A summary of key changes are below:

  • Board structure
    • 4.1.1. The board of the SRC must have at least three members and no more than nine members.
    • 4.1.2. A board member must be a member of the SRC in accordance with clause 1.3.
    • 4.1.1. The board of the SRC must have at least three members and no more than nine members.
    • 4.1.2. A board member must be a member of the SRC in accordance with clause 1.3.

 

  • Appointment of subcommittees
    • 4.6.1. The board may create and dissolve any subcommittees considered appropriate by the board to help with the conduct of the SRC’s operations.

 

  • Term of office
    • Subject to clause 4.2.2, the term of office for board members is two years.
    • A person elected as an SRC board member in accordance with this constitution shall hold office for 24 months from 1 November in the year of election until 31 October of the second year following the year of their election.
    • 4.2.3. The board shall have the power to determine the sequence of retirements for board members to ensure rotational terms, whereby approximately one half of the board members retire in each year.
    • 4.2.4. There is no maximum number of terms for which a board member may hold office.

 

Filling board vacancies

  • 5.4.1. If a casual vacancy occurs on the board, the continuing members of the board may appoint another eligible person to fill the vacancy.
  • 5.4.2. A member appointed to fill a casual vacancy in accordance with clause 5.4.1 will do so until the next board election when they must retire from office, but are eligible, on nomination, for re-election.
  • 5.4.3. The continuing members of the board may act despite a casual vacancy on the board, provided the number of board members is at least the number required by clause 4.1.1.
  • 5.4.4. If the number of board members is less than the number required by clause 4.1.1, the continuing members of the board may act only to increase the number of board members to the number required by clause 4.1.1.

 

Voting in the Referendum

Voting will be conducted by electronic means from 9 a.m. on Monday 25th September 2023 and will close on Friday 29th September at 5 pm.

If you wish to vote in this referendum, you should record your vote electronically at the Student Election website here.

 

More Information

Please use the following link to watch a presentation from the SRC Board which outlines the changes:

If you require further information on the process or have any general enquiries, please contact src@griffith.edu.au.

We know that the cost of living can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to finding affordable rentals in Queensland. To be honest, the rental market isn’t looking too great right now. However, we’ve got some good news! We’re here to help students navigate through this situation by bringing QTARS to campus on the last Thursday of every month for Trimester 2.

 

So mark your calendars for August 31st, September 28th, and October 26th from 10 am to 12 pm!

 

But hold on, what’s QSTARS exactly? It stands for Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice and Referral Service, and it’s an amazing free statewide service for Queensland tenants. Their main goal is to provide all renters in Queensland with top-notch, independent tenant advisory services that help them manage and maintain their tenancy.

 

Here’s what they can assist you with:

  • Giving advice and assistance to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant
  • Providing support to resolve any tenancy issues you may be facing
  • Offering advocacy support to help you communicate with your lessor or agent
  • Helping you write letters or fill in any necessary tenancy forms
  • Guiding you through the preparation for a QCAT tenancy tribunal hearing
  • Referring you to other services if needed

 

The best part is that instead of having to wait in the QSTARS phone queue, they are now offering drop-in support to Griffith students who walk by. You can find them conveniently located next to our lovely WALi Stall in the Nathan Campus Heart. They’ll be available from 10 am to 2 pm, so swing by and get the assistance you need.

 

Remember, you don’t have to face the rental market alone. Let QSTARS lend a helping hand and make your tenancy journey a little smoother.

Check out all the upcoming events for T2

So, we know there are a couple of departments, running a couple of events for T2. So, we have made an easy list for you to reference! Check out the upcoming events below.

O-Week events

10th July 2023

Logan Hangout Day

What’s On

12th July 2023

Mt. Gravatt Hangout Day

What’s On

12th July 2023

Meet the SRC Virtual Session

SRC

13th July 2023

Nathan Hangout Day

What’s On

13th July 2023

On-Campus Movie Night (Nathan)

SRC

13th July 2023

Fast Friends Online Trivia

What’s On

14th July 2023

Fast Friends Trivia Lunch

What’s On

15th July 2023

SRC First Aid Course

SRC

Week 1 events

17th July 2023

Market Day at Southbank

What’s On

18th July 2023

Market Day at Mt Gravatt

What’s On

18th July 2023

Market Day at Nathan

What’s On

19th July 2023

Karaoke Night

SRC

20th July 2023

Market Day at Logan

What’s On

2oth July 2023

Event Cinemas Movie Night: Barbie

SRC

21st July 2023

“Kick Off” try out Griffith sporting clubs

Griffith Sport

21st July 2023

Australia Zoo Trip

SRC

17th, 18th, 22nd

July 2023

SRC First Aid Course

SRC

Two exciting workshop series from Student Health, Counselling and Wellbeing are happening in Trimester 2, 2023.

“Wellbeing Wednesdays” workshop

Make this trimester a great trimester!

Don’t wait to take care of your mental well-being and learn strategies to help you be your best self!

  • Where: Nathan Campus – N53_-1.20
  • When: Wednesdays, Weeks 1-10
  • Time: 2 – 3:30 pm 
  • Cost: Free

We’ll be covering topics such as life balance, beating procrastination, self-care for real, resilience mindsets, exam stress and much more to keep you feeling good through the trimester! 

Places are limited; register your interest.

Please note:

“Mindful Mondays” workshop

Mind full or Mindful?

Practice and learn about mindfulness in a skills-based and experiential workshop.

Each week we will explore a foundational attitude of mindfulness with mindfulness practices. 

  • Where: Nathan Campus, Multifaith Centre (N35_1.08)
  • Time: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
  • When:  Mondays, Week 1-10
  • Please note: Dress comfortably.