The SAFS Postgraduate Association aims to enhance the student experience for all postgraduate research students in the school through organising social activities, student support initiatives, and professional development opportunities. It provides a forum for postgraduate students to meet and discuss ideas, raise issues, and organise activities together. It is organised and run by students and for students to have fun, learn from each other, and make the most of our time here at SAFS and UQ.

Who is involved?

Everyone is encouraged to be involved! This includes PhD and MPhil students, as well as Research Assistants, Honours students, and Postdocs.
The association consists of a small organising committee, and everyone who participates in any activities is also part of the wider community of the association. We encourage all students to participate in a range of events and activities, and we especially encourage and welcome new students to become involved in the organising committee.
It’s easy to become involved! Just keep your eyes out for notices of upcoming events and come along. If you would like to be part of the organising committee, then come along to one of the regular meetings (approximately every 3-4 weeks). Contact us or talk to us at an event to find out more information.

Activities and initiatives

Some of the types of activities that we organise include:

  • Lunches, potlucks and afternoon teas
  • Social sport events
  • Practice seminars (e.g. for students preparing milestone seminars)
  • Opportunities for students from across the school to better get to know each other
We also seek to facilitate student involvement in school activities such as representation on committees, participation in planning activities, and seek to provide a point of communication and advocacy between school management and postgraduate students.


There are many benefits of being involved in the SAFS Postgrad Association including:
  • Meeting new people, having a break from studies and having fun!
  • Contributing to the social life of postgraduates and the school
  • Making new contacts and networking
  • Professional development and building skills that benefit both your current studies and future employment opportunities
  • Contributing to student support and having a voice in postgraduate student representation


Meetings of the organising committee are held regularly approximately every 3-4 weeks. Look out for the next meeting notice in your email, or contact someone from the list below to find out more.

Postgraduate representatives on school committees

  • SAFS RHD Committee St Lucia rep – Crystal Concepcion (Room N312 Hartley Teakle Building, Ph: 3365 5812)

  • SAFS RHD Committee Gatton rep – Connor Ferguson (Room 217B NRSM 8117A Building, Ph:  -)

  • SAFS RHD OH&S rep – Andrew Jones (Room 332 John Hines Building, Ph: 335 2859)


Here are links to some further useful information for postgraduate students:


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