A committee delegation from SCPA along with staff representative Craig Wilson attended the annual Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) meeting in Sydney from 23-25 November 2016.
This year, representation from Southern Cross University (SCU) was particularly vital, as there were numerous issues that needed to be addressed on behalf of the 300,000 postgraduate students that CAPA represents. Some highlights of the conference are summarised below.
We were also particularly proud of our staff representative Craig Wilson who volunteered to undertake the role of Returning Officer for the conference. This is a task usually performed by an employed election officer. However, this had not been arranged for this year’s conference. Craig performed this role with expertise and clarity that saw his final report being accepted without any challenges to the election outcome. SCU was thanked for Craig’s community spirit.
A final reflection from the conference, here at SCU, unlike some of the other Universities, we were proud to note the amount and quality of support we can provide to our postgraduate students. One reason for this, we believe, is the constructive relationship that our association maintains with the SCU Executive. The CAPA conference gave the delegation an opportunity to keep up to date with upcoming policies, campaigns, and many other issues that impact our postgraduate students. We are particularly pleased that our participation and engagement at the conference has led to the newly elected CAPA Executive and office bearers being more accountable, which will lead to better representation for our members.
Angie Walker, Jock Mackenzie, Barbara Kinder & Craig Wilson
(SCU 2016 CAPA Delegation)
Image: Jock Mackenzie (SCPA), Angie Walker (SCPA), Barbara Kinder (SCPA), Jim Smith (CAPA National President)