Equity Networks

SUPRA currently coordinates 6 networks for postgraduate students at the University of Sydney in order to support their specific equity needs within the University. These networks aim to provide opportunities for postgraduates to connect and socialise, a means for distributing information about equity-specific issues within the University and society at large, and a forum of representation for the needs of each equity group.

The 6 Equity Networks currently supported by SUPRA are:

Each Equity Network is coordinated by the Equity Officer elected by the Network.

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduates Network

The small but significant proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduates amongst the wider postgraduate community is continuing to rise and most indigenous students are the first in their families to get a tertiary education. SUPRA not only recognises the historic educational disadvantage that indigenous people have suffered but is committed to both supporting them during their studies and voicing their issues.

For many years the office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer (formerly Indigenous Officer) remained vacant due to lack of nominations. In 2014 the post was filled with the election of indigenous postgraduate, Mike Butler, indicating the increasing importance of indigenous postgraduate students at the university.

If you have any queries about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduates Network or would like to raise some issues please contact SUPRA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer: indigenous@supra.usyd.edu.au.

You can also connect with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduates Network on Facebook.

 

International Postgraduate Students Network

SUPRA understands that international students frequently face many difficulties that domestic postgraduates do not — especially in relation to fees, visas, immigration, language and cultural barriers, and the general experience of being considered a source of revenue by the University. SUPRA is committed to the representation of international student issues and redressing the unfair exploitative practices.

SUPRA also understands that being a student from a different cultural background can mean it is more difficult to participate in the student culture on campus. SUPRA is committed to ensuring that the International Postgraduate Students Network provides a means of social engagement.

If you have any queries about the International Postgraduate Students Network or would like to raise some issues please contact SUPRA’s International Student Officer: international@supra.usyd.edu.au.

You can also connect with the International Postgraduate Students Network on Facebook.

 

Postgraduate Women’s Network

Being a woman and a postgraduate can be a challenge. The Postgraduate Women’s Network is a social, academic and policy-support network run by, and comprised of, women-identifying postgraduates at the University of Sydney. SUPRA acknowledges that women often experience many barriers to accessing and completing higher education including being the primary carers of children, experiences of sexism within the University, and the comparative lack of opportunity.

SUPRA is here to support women and is dedicated to making your postgraduate experience as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

If you have any queries about the Postgraduate Women’s Network or would like to raise some issues please contact SUPRA’s Women’s Officer: women@supra.usyd.edu.au.

You can also connect with the Postgraduate Women’s Network on Facebook.

 

Queer Postgraduates Network

Being queer on campus has its own problems, ranging from the hostility of homophobia and transphobia to simple lack of understanding of the complex questions of identity and discovery experienced by queer students. In many areas of society, queer students still face inequality.

Queer issues and queer networking on campus can be nebulous, especially because queer students can be one of the most invisible (but also sometimes the most visible) students on campus. Queer diversity is a continuing feature of the university lifestyle and representation includes, but is not limited to, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, intersex, sex and/or gender diverse students.

If you have any queries about the Queer Postgraduates Network or would like to raise some issues please contact SUPRA’s Queer Officer: queer@supra.usyd.edu.au.

You can also connect with the Queer Postgraduates Network on Facebook.

 

Network for Postgraduates Living
with a Disability

Disability is an issue about access, not an issue of difference. SUPRA recognises and supports the social model of disability, rather than trying to describe people as being disabled. Disability can include mobility issues, sensory issues, learning difficulties, neurological issues, and other differences that prevent the equal access of learning opportunities.

The Network for Postgraduates Living with a Disability is still reasonably new in SUPRA and learning to find its own feet. It is looking towards ensuring that both SUPRA and the University are as accessible as possible.

If you have any queries about the Network for Postgraduates Living with a Disability or would like to raise some issues please contact SUPRA’s Disabilities Officer: disability@supra.usyd.edu.au.

 

Rural and Regional Postgraduates Network

Whether you are a postgraduate relocating to Sydney from regional Australia or a postgraduate studying at a regional campus, SUPRA acknowledges the diverse difficulties that you may be presented with. These may be social, relocation, access to the University’s academic support, or access to facilities.

The aim of this portfolio is to bridge the gap between postgraduates on main campus and the thousands located across Australia. This is challenging, however the more regional postgraduates who connect through SUPRA, the easier this will be and the stronger the Network will become.

If you have any queries about the Rural and Regional Postgraduates Network or would like to raise some issues please contact SUPRA’s Rural and Regional Officer: rural@supra.usyd.edu.au.

You can also connect with the Rural and Regional Postgraduates Network on Facebook.