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.

Start your professional networking journey right this year by attending the Nathan 2023 Careers Fair!

 

In 2023, the Griffith Careers and Employment team aim to double the number of employers present at the Careers Fair, and we are currently on track to hit our target of 80 registered employers! The 2023 Nathan Careers fair will take place on March 16th, 11 AM – 2 PM at Nathan Campus Heart (N76).

Employers hiring diverse study disciplines will be present at the Careers Fair to discuss career prospects with Griffith students and graduates. The more prior research you do about the companies you are interested in working for, the better. Come dressed to impress on the day, as the event has the potential to be a real game-changer for your future career prospects!

This year, we aim to double the number of employer booths present at the fair compared to the last year’s employer attendance. The Careers team are working hard behind the scenes to ensure that students from all study disciplines have relevant employers to network with on the day who are hiring a broad range of study disciplines. Employers hiring international students, all abilities employers and employers targeting PhD candidates will have a label indicating this on their booth to make it easier for students to approach employers who are the best fit for diverse individual needs.

Register to attend here!

 

Employers Registered for 2023 Nathan Careers Fair

  • Russells
  • JHA Australia
  • EDG Consulting Pty Ltd
  • Silverstrand Developments Pty Ltd
  • Alstom
  • Department of Education – Teach Queensland
  • Defence
  • SEE Group
  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

And so many more. View the whole list here.

 

See information on the Launch and Elevate series here!