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Graduate research students October 2018

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Dear students,

Final due dates are drawing closer so it’s a great time to prepare for submission. This edition of the International Newsletter includes research tips and information on where to get support. Scroll down for a special section with key tips for final semester students.

Don’t forget to check out the Partners and Parents edition of the newsletter if you are supporting a family while studying.

Campus life

Re-enrol for 2018
Make sure you re-enrol via the Web Enrolment System (WES) before Wednesday November 28 to avoid a fine.

BorrowCup launch
BorrowCup is an environmentally-conscious and free alternative to disposable coffee cups where you can borrow reusable cups and return them later. BorrowCup is now available in all cafes in the Learning and Teaching Building at Clayton campus. Like the Discover Sustainability at Monash Facebook page for more information and to get updates on environmental-friendly events on campus.

Fares Fair campaign
Fares Fair PTV is a student-led campaign pushing for public transport concessions for postgraduate students in Victoria. Postgrads are entitled to standard fares in all other states. In the lead-up to the November state election, we’re calling on both major parties to make public transport fares fair. There are many ways you can help. You can also follow this Facebook event for updates on when we’ll be campaigning on campus.

Are you planning for a baby?
Ensure you’re informed and join our Pregnancy Information Session. Hear Dr Rimma Medres from Monash University Health Service discuss how to prepare for a pregnancy and the mode of pregnancy care in Australian hospitals. Allianz Global Assistance staff will also speak to you about how pregnancy impacts your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Parents, children and friends are welcome to attend. A light meal and drinks will be provided.
When: Friday October 12, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Where: The Seminar Room, Campus Community Divison, Level 1, Campus Centre, Clayton campus

Need help finishing your tax return?
If you were paid last financial year then you need to lodge a tax return by Wednesday October 31. Luckily the MSA offers a free and confidential Tax Help service to help students complete their tax returns online using myTax. You can make an appointment anytime until Tuesday October 30.

Be Rent Smart and make sure your landlord attends to repairs
Repairs and getting your agent/landlord to attend to them is a common problem for students who are renting. Report required repairs via email and attach a photo. If possible, don’t wait longer than a few business days for a reply. Get in touch with Monash Residential Services’ Off-Campus Accommodation team if you are being ignored.

Building Resilience documentary
Monash’s student Mental Health Champions recently launched the first episode of their new Building Resilience documentary. Sometimes life throws a bit more at us than we can handle. Resilience helps us recover and allows us to get up every time we feel like we’ve hit the ground. Check out episode 1, all about mindfulness, on the Monash University Mental Health and Wellbeing Facebook page.

Help us improve Monash Sport!
Take the 2018 Monash Sport survey to help us improve the facilities, programs and services that are on offer to you. If you’d prefer to fill in a physical copy of the survey, you can visit a Monash Sport service desk at Clayton, Caulfield and Peninsula campuses.

Daylight savings reminder
This is a reminder that your nights are about to get longer and warmer. Daylight savings starts in Victoria on Sunday October 7. Don’t forget to move your clock forward one hour.

Be research ready

Laptops available for borrowing
The MPA has laptops available at Clayton and Caulfield campuses exclusively for Monash postgraduates to borrow and use for study.  These laptops can be borrowed for up to four hours at a time within MPA office hours. Fill out the loan agreement form to use this service.

Tips from the Library
The Library blog has useful articles to help you research effectively, including advice on how to check your sources are reliable and tips on how to balance study and life.

Staying safe on campus

Project Study Safe
Sometimes it’s hard feeling alone in a new city. The Study Safe Project is a partnership between Crime Stoppers Victoria and Study Melbourne, aiming to improve safety for the international student community in Victoria. Check out their website for tips to keep yourself safe and info on how to find help when you need it. Call Crime Stoppers Victoria on 1800 333 000 to report a crime, or call 000 in case of emergency.



How will you get the job? Show them you’re a leader – Apply to be a student leader in 2019
How do you get a job when you don’t have the experience? How do you stand out from other applicants with similar degrees and academic results? Volunteering shows you have professional level skills that can give you the edge in the job market. Apply to be a Student Leader during International Student Orientation in 2019. Apply to volunteer at Caulfield campus or Clayton campus. You must be available to start by early February 2019. Successful participants will receive an official Volunteer certificate and a Letter of Recommendation. In addition you’ll complete a Project Management module to really mark you out as a future leader.

Cross-Campus Volunteering
We have a brand new cross-campus volunteer program starting in 2019. Running for six weeks before and up to four weeks into each semester, this program will combine orientation events volunteering, ASK me aspects and virtual volunteering on Monash’s brand new networking app for new students, aMigo. You’ll be provided with all necessary training and a certificate upon completion of the program. You must be available from mid-January 2019 to apply.

Become an NRC Advisor
Non-residential colleges (NRCs) provide students living off-campus with access to all the benefits experienced by those living on-campus. As a college advisor you’ll support and mentor other students in your college. You’ll also be provided comprehensive training and a range of development opportunities. Check your eligibility and apply now.

Be scene on stage!
Be You – Be Scene (Stories at the hear of change) is a Study Melbourne program which gives international students the chance to express themselves on stage through a fun workshop and consultation process. Sessions are completely free and even have free food!
When: Every Wednesday, 5.30pm – 8:00pm (you can drop in at any time)
Where: RMIT Training, Level 4 cafe, 235-251 Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

Looking for a job overseas?
Australia’s international students are highly valued by employers. Overseas experience and a high quality of education can help you get noticed. If you’re hoping to secure work back home or anywhere else overseas, check out Monash’s Global Careers portal to be linked with over 2,000 employers and hundreds of job opportunities. What are you waiting for?


What’s on?

MPA Queer Inauguration
MPA Queer is back in action and our new Queer Officer, Roby, will be hosting social sessions at Clayton and Caulfield campuses. If you’re a queer postgrad or an ally, come along to enjoy some colourful drinks and snacks, socialise and let us know what you want MPA Queer to do for you.
When: Caulfield – Tuesday October 9, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Clayton – Thursday October 11, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Where: Caulfield – MPA Lounge, Level 2, Building C
Clayton – MPA Lounge, Level 1, Campus Centre

Build resilience and deal with research stress effectively
The MPA is running a super useful and free workshop called Managing Transitions and Building Resilience. It’s all about building resilience and mental strength so you can handle an increasingly demanding world where you may feel pressured to get more and more done. Students enrolled in a PhD program will also be able to receive credit towards their Monash Doctoral program hours for their attendance. Make sure to register before you come along.
When: Tuesday October 9, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: Lecture Theatre S9, 16 Rainforest Walk, Clayton campus

Enjoy coffee and biscuits at the Alfred
Did you know that each month the MPA holds a monthly coffee and biscuit afternoon catchup for postgrads at the Alfred? It’s a sweet way to get away from your desk and socialise with other students. Search for future coffee and biscuit afternoons on the MPA’s social events calendar.
When: Wednesday October 17, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Where: Postgraduate Lounge, Level 2, 553 St Kilda Road

Things to do in Melbourne this month


Tips for final semester students

The end of the semester will be here before you know it.  Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to plan ahead you have many important decisions to make. Whether you decide to return home or stay in Australia, there is a lot of useful information available to assist you with your preparation.  You can also download a handy checklist to assist you with your plans.

Plan ahead before moving out
Ending a tenancy is not quite as simple as setting a date and moving out. You will save yourself headaches, time and money if you consult with staff at Monash Residential Services (MRS) and plan ahead. Here are some basic tips to consider:

  • Provide adequate notice (preferably in writing) that you intend to vacate the property.
  • If you need to break your lease before the end of your contract, check it thoroughly. If it’s a fixed-term contract, you’ll be liable for paying the remainder of the lease unless you find someone to replace you.
  • If you are leaving a share house, make sure your name is taken off the lease.
  • If a new person is moving in to replace you, the landlord should agree to replace your name with the new person’s name on the lease.
  • If renting an entire property, allow time to arrange a final inspection of the property with the landlord and complete the Bond Claim or Bond Transfer form.
  • Complete the ‘moving out’ section of your condition report and keep a copy for your records.
  • Do not sign a Bond Claim or Bond Transfer form if you do not agree with the landlord or agent’s claim.

For more information, visit the Tenants Union website. If a problem arises between you and your housemates, landlord or agent, please contact MRS for advice.

Staying in Australia for further study or work
If you decide to undertake further study or work in Australia, check whether your current visa allows this. Depending on your circumstances, here are a few visa options which can facilitate an extension of your stay in Australia:

  • Student Visas
    If you plan to continue tertiary study in Australia, you will still need to extend your visa. Monash Connect can provide information and advice on extending/applying for a student visa.
  • Graduate Temporary Visa (subclass 485)
    Depending on your qualification, this visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to four years to gain valuable work experience. It’s important to understand that finding a job is your responsibility. For details, check out the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) website.
  • Skilled Migration
    International students can submit an expression of interest for skilled visa. Points are available for studies in Australia, particularly if you’ve completed higher qualifications or have studied in a regional area. Visit the SkillSelect website for more information.
  • Company Sponsorship
    If you have a job offer with an Australian company or employer, it may be possible for them to sponsor you for either temporary or permanent residence through the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186).
  • Partner Migration
    If you have an Australian spouse, partner or fiancée, it is possible for them to sponsor you for permanent residence. Your partner needs to be an Australian permanent resident, citizen or eligible New Zealand citizen for you to be eligible.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information. If you need assistance applying for a visa, consider using a registered migration agent.

Graduate research students September 2018

Saturday, September 1st, 2018

Dear students,

In this edition of the International Newsletter we’ve included heaps of events and opportunities to help you kickstart your future career. Don’t forget to check out the Partners and Parents edition of the newsletter for help with supporting a family while studying.

Campus life

R U OK? Day

R U OK? Day is a national day of action and a reminder to regularly check in with family, friends and workmates to make sure they’re OK. Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. Monash will be holding events at all campuses on the day.
When: Thursday September 13

Support for postgrads at AMREP
The MPA’s advocate Sunshine will be stationed at Clinic Room 3 (G10) at the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct on the third Tuesday of every Month from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Sunshine can help you with any issues or questions related to your postgraduate studies at Monash!

A guide to research data management
Do you often find yourself frantically searching for files you downloaded weeks ago, or have you ever lost them all together? Situations like this can be very stressful, especially as your deadlines get closer. Fortunately, you can easily avoid them by putting together a data management plan. Check out the Library blog to access Monash’s brand new guide to research data management.

The Study Melbourne Student Centre is moving!
The Study Melbourne Student Centre will be moving to a new location at 17 Hardware Lane, Melbourne CBD from Monday September 17. Doors will be closed on Friday September 14 and Monday September while we move in, but phone support will still be available to students. Normal activities will resume from Tuesday September 18.

Progressing your career

Global Leaders’ Week
Monash is about to host its annual Global Leaders’ Week, where the university’s most senior international alumni return to Clayton campus to engage with current students. We have three global leaders visiting from Hong Kong and Indonesia, who will be delivering a free Alumni Advice in Asia workshop for Monash students who want to work in Asia. Make sure to register for the workshop and check out other inspiring Global Leaders’ Week events.
When: Thursday September 6, 2:45pm – 4:00pm
Where: Room 303, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton campus

Join us at International Career Workshops
Thinking about expanding your career horizons or returning home to work when you finish your degree? Delivered by Career Success Coaches, Career Connect’s international career workshops can help you consider your options in Mainland China, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, North America and more. Join us to learn about recruitment processes and graduate employment. For a full list of Career Connect workshops, head to Career Gateway.

Future Work, Future Leaders
Prepare for the future of work at Monash’s Future Work, Future Leaders Conference. Hear from Google, EY, Thankyou Group, Marita Cheng and others who can help you make sense of global megatrends like globalisation and AI. You’ll also go into the draw to win an iPad mini by joining our competition on the day! Places are limited so register now.
When: Thursday September 13
Where: Alexander Theatre, 48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton campus

Alumni Experience Conference
Monash’s Alumni Experience Conference will bring together current students, alumni, scholars and researchers to discuss ways of bridging the gap between university and employment. This free event will provide you with relevant professional development and the opportunity to contribute to an important discussion.
When: Wednesday September 26 – Thursday September 27
Where: Learning and Teaching Building, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton campus

Career fair for Malaysian and ASEAN students
Malaysian and ASEAN students living in Australia are encouraged to come along to the GRADUAN – MASCA Australia Career Fair. You’ll get the chance to engage with top employers with a desire to recruit talent in Australia and ASEAN member countries! Make sure to register.
When: Saturday September 29 – Sunday September 30
Where: Crown Conference Centre, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

Staying safe on campus

Monash security buses
Security buses help students get around after dark. They run every 30 minutes from 5:30pm – 12:00am from Monday to Friday on our Clayton and Caulfield campuses. Clayton campus students can download the Clayton security bus route and use the live Clayton campus tracker to see exactly where the bus is when it’s running. Caulfield campus students can download their security bus route and check out the live Caulfield campus tracker.



Do you have an idea for how to improve connection at Monash?
Monash is home to students from all over the globe, but there are still gaps between local and international student engagement. All current Monash students are invited to design a campaign to improve cross-cultural connection at uni. The winning proposal will be awarded $5,000 and will see their idea implemented across all Monash Australian campuses. Competition entries close Friday September 14 so make sure you get your idea in quick!

Apply to join the International Newsletter focus group
We’re trying to improve the International Newsletter to make it better for you and other international students – but first, we need your help! The International Student Engagement team is currently taking expressions of interest from students just like you who want to take part in an International Newsletter focus group at Caulfield campus. Please fill in this form if you’d like to get involved or just want to share your thoughts now.


What’s on?

MPA Free Lunch
The MPA is running free lunches at Clayton, Caulfield and Peninsula campuses every month. Sign up for lunch at your campus to get your hands on delicious, free food from all around the world.

Phillip Island Day Trip
Now that Melbourne is starting to warm up, it’s the perfect time to spend the day on stunning Phillip Island and witness the famous Penguin Parade with the MPA. Make sure to buy tickets before they run out!
When: Sunday September 9, 10:00am – 8:00pm

Clayton Wine and Nibbles Evening
Do you study at Clayton? Do you love wine and cheese? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should definitely come along to a social evening for Clayton postgrads the MPA is running in September. You can find more information on the MPA social calendar page.
When: Friday September 21, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Where: MPA Postgraduate Lounge, Campus Centre, Clayton campus

Central Australia trip
If you love adventure travel and want to see more of the outback, then the MPA’s trip to Central Australia is just what you need! And the best part? The whole trip is subsidised just for Monash postgraduates. Grab tickets before they run out!
When: Tuesday September 25 – Friday September 28

Things to do in Melbourne this month

  • Check out this handy article to find out more about the funky Melbourne laneways you’ve never heard of!
  • Celebrate the best of Melbourne fashion and discover leading designers, workshops, parties and free fashion experiences at Melbourne Fashion Week.
  • For a few weeks in September, Melbourne Fringe transforms our city into a platform for all kinds of art.
  • Come and celebrate at the Royal Melbourne Show, which has been running for 170 years and includes fuzzy animals, live music, crazy rides, crafty markets and more.