Research and policies

GSA develops policies on issues that affect graduate students.

GSA’s advocacy wins 2020

Read a summary of GSA’s successful advocacy results in 2020.

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Parents on Campus report

As part of GSA’s representation and advocacy mandate, the GSA has conducted research to understand and improve the educational experiences of graduate student parents.

Parents on Campus highlighted factors that hinder the academic success and sense of belonging at the University for student parents, including:

  • The failure of the University to adequately accommodate the caring responsibilities of students through a family friendly environment in terms of support, facilities, physical space and culture
  • Failing to represent student parents in dedicated policies
  • The inaccessibility of University childcare due to cost and inflexibility
  • The sense of invisibility and alienation student parents experience as a result of these factors.

This report informs recommendations for improving the student parent experience for the University, the Federal Government and within GSA.
Recommendations to the University include:

  • Ensure University policies align with student parent needs and are implemented appropriately
  • Increase access to University childcare
  • Make facilities, supports and physical spaces more ‘family-friendly’.

GSA continues to advocate to the University for change to improve the experience of all students.

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GSA’s response to proposed changes to special consideration

Special consideration is a crucial component of ensuring equity. GSA strongly opposes the amendments that propose removing a student’s capacity to apply for special consideration for completed assessments – among several other recommendations.

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Policy statement on climate emergency

GSA demands that the Australian Government immediately declare a climate emergency, followed by concrete commitments; and that the University of Melbourne uses their influence to put pressure on the government to meet those demands and take action.

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Supporting Climate Strike on 20 September 2019

GSA endorses the September 20th general Climate Strike and advocates that the University of Melbourne release graduate students and staff from work and study in order to attend the climate strike.

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Law School Seminar Recordings

GSA calls on the Melbourne Law School to revise its policy around students’ access to recordings of seminars.

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Conversion of student start-up scholarships to loans

GSA condemns federal legislation that has moved to convert Student Start-up Scholarships to loans.

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Professional editors for RHD theses

GSA supports the University of Melbourne’s current policy which precludes the use of professional editors for research theses in all but exceptional cases.

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Public transport concessions for graduate students

GSA believes that all full-time Victorian graduate students should have access to student public transport concessions.

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RHD timely completion

GSA recognises the importance of timely completion for Research Higher Degree (RHD)
students at the University of Melbourne. However, measures to increase the percentage of
timely completion should focus wholly or mainly on initiatives that support RHD students
toward completion.

Study spaces for graduate students

GSA asserts that the University has a responsibility to ensure that all students have adequate and appropriate study spaces, and to monitor and enforce provision of study spaces in faculties and graduate schools.

Supporting Respect. Now. Always.

GSA supports the Respect. Now. Always. campaign, founded by Universities Australia and endorsed by the University of Melbourne, intended to prevent and address sexual assault and harassment among university students and staff.

Supporting Safe Schools

GSA is an official supporter of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia, and values their work in making schools safer for young LGBTIQ+ people.

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Win for researchers: Reps convince uni on part-time scholarships

GSA is fighting against the cap on your education

Explainer: what is SSAF?

Update on research degree completion changes

GSA’s response to ‘Change the Course’ report

Explainer: #tryingtostudy campaign