Elected Candidates

The 2021 PARSA General Election has now concluded. Following the counting of votes, the below PARSA members have been declared winners of the 2021 PARSA Election. 

Please note there are a number of vacant PRC positions still available. As a result, PARSA will be running a by-election in early 2022. Watch this space for more information!

 

Your Candidates

General Secretary

Eleanor Cooper

I’m running for the position of General Secretary to open up PARSA to every postgraduate, and provide transparent and up-to-date information about the organisation. I’m passionate about making sure students know what support is out there and will endeavour to create an even more vibrant university community. I hope to work with the executive committee, portfolio officers and college officers to make information accessible through diverse media. Recognising that more of our cohort is online than ever before (thanks, Covid!) I hope to work with other representatives to create engaging online spaces that postgraduates can use to connect whether they’re in Canberra or Colombo, Australia or Azerbaijan. A further project I’m hoping to work on is encouraging collaboration between the undergraduate and postgraduate students’ associations to strengthen the whole ANU community and build ties between students, no matter their discipline or background.

 

 

International Officer

Sonia Jeena 

Hello Everyone! My name is Sonia Jeena (She/her), and  I am excited to announce that I am running for the Position of International officer for the upcoming PARSA Election. I'm studying for Master of Marketing Management. I genuinely believe that PARSA would provide me a platform to advocate for Postgraduate & HDR International students' rights and make a safe space for them at University.

We saw the way the international students were ignored in the Pandemic by the University. Most of us were not able to get the support we were looking for from the University.

If Elected as an International officer, I would work towards the betterment of Postgraduate & HDR international students, aiming to make sure that their issues are heard and worked upon. The two most important things I'm looking to work on is to provide professional mental health support to remote students and the safe return of Postgraduate & HDR international students On-Campus on a priority basis. We deserve respect and compassion from the University, we deserve to be heard, and most importantly, we deserve to be treated equally.

Thank you

 

 

Member on ANU Council

Sonia Jeena 

Hello Everyone! My name is Sonia Jeena (She/her), and  I am excited to announce that I am running for the Position of International officer for the upcoming PARSA Election. I'm studying for Master of Marketing Management. I genuinely believe that PARSA would provide me a platform to advocate for Postgraduate & HDR International students' rights and make a safe space for them at University.

We saw the way the international students were ignored in the Pandemic by the University. Most of us were not able to get the support we were looking for from the University.

If Elected as an International officer, I would work towards the betterment of Postgraduate & HDR international students, aiming to make sure that their issues are heard and worked upon. The two most important things I'm looking to work on is to provide professional mental health support to remote students and the safe return of Postgraduate & HDR international students On-Campus on a priority basis. We deserve respect and compassion from the University, we deserve to be heard, and most importantly, we deserve to be treated equally.

Thank you

 

 

College of Engineering & Computer Science (CECS) Officer (HDR)

Zhangcheng Qiang 

My name is Zhangcheng Qiang. You can also call me Wilson. I am currently a PhD student in the Knowledge Graph Engineering Group, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science (CECS). I am running for the CECS Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Officer position in the 2021 PARSA election. Your support is highly appreciated.

My priority will be assisting HDR students with their overall wellbeing, academic excellence and career development. Nowadays, CECS research is multidisciplinary and I believe teamwork is the key to success. I will make efforts to arrange research seminars and workshops that involve candidates from different disciplines. These activities will help HDR students to broaden their social network and promote novel multidiscipline research. Also, I strive to help HDR students find a balance between work and life. I will organise leisure activities such as movie nights, reading clubs, excursions, etc. These activities will help HDR students relax their bodies and minds. 

 

 

College of Health and Medicine (CHM) Officer (Coursework)

Upasana Pathak 

Hello! My name is Upasana, a 3rd-year medical student and I am nominating myself for PARSA’s ANU College of Health and Medicine (CHM) Coursework Representative. This year, I had the privilege to be your CHM Coursework Rep. Through this role, I have led several advocacy initiatives for CHM Coursework with help of students and PARSA Committee, including CHM Change Implementation Plan advocacy, Exam Viewing advocacy for Med students, CHM Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment protocol change advocacy and other wider PARSA initiatives. I have also organised several events as CHM rep including O’Week BBQ, Online Kokoloco Dance Workshop and $30 UberEATS voucher giveaway and have aided in several PARSA Event preparations. In the upcoming year, I would like to continue the above-mentioned advocacy initiatives and advocate for other priorities such as improvement of coursework delivery for offshore students and organise more social and well-being events for CHM students for the post COVID-world.  

I have gained extensive work, leadership, advocacy, and event organising experiences as the AMSA’s National Council Convenor, ASSA’s Events Director and ANU COVID-19 Peer Support Program Graphics and Promotions Lead., President and Social Officer for ARMS and UniLodge Residential Committee member. I am also an active volunteer in the community and have volunteered for several organisations in Canberra and Melbourne. These experiences make me prepared to tackle any issues arising within this role and have enhanced my communication, leadership, advocacy, and time management skills. My experiences and my interpersonal skills make me a strong candidate for PARSA’s CHM Coursework Representative.

 

 

College of Science (CoS) Officer (HDR)

Shukla Promite

I’m Shukla Promite, a Ph.D. candidate at the Research School of Biology and a commonwealth scholar. Prior to my Ph.D. journey, I graduated in infectious disease from the University of Leeds, UK.

I received colossal assistance from PARSA including easing my entrance to ACT and finding accommodation during lockdown. For a newbie, these supports were tremendously helpful. This makes me feel if I were to be a part of the PARSA! I had studied in multiple countries which has taught me to become matured, independent decision-maker, and compassionate, sympathetic, and understanding to others. I worked as a Captain in school to organise academic and cultural programs and as a Student Representative at the University of Leeds to provide student supports related to academic information, issues, and courses. These activities boosted my leadership skills.

Because of my passion, experience, and leadership potential, I believe I’m a good fit for the Higher Degree by Research Officer position. I will aim to support potential HDR students who always seek assistance like finding a supervisor, preparing research-proposal, managing scholarships during admission and ensure required counselling. I will encourage students to attend relevant seminars for their professional development and networking. By collaborating with the Coursework Officer and Education-Committee I could confidently address any issues raised by the HDR students.  

PARSA is a trust for students to get assistance, advocacy, and legal help. As a Higher Degree by Research Officer, I would like to serve efficiently and professionally with my altruistic, amiable, compassionate, and generous personality.

Contact PARSA

PARSA Office
Level 2, Di Riddell Student Centre
Kambri Precinct
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

Office Hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
Call Us: +61 (02) 6125 4187
Write to Us: parsa@anu.edu.au