The 2014 Postgraduate Student Council is comprised of 9 members representing the interests of senior students in the Faculty
After an absence of almost five years, the newly established Humanities Postgraduate Student Council hosted a networking evening on the 6th of May 2014. The event was an informal networking session to raise awareness of the services on offer from the postgraduate council and to discuss issues of concern to senior students in the Faculty.
More than forty students converged in the atrium of the Humanities Building where they listened to speeches, participated in lively discussion and enjoyed good food and entertainment, the latter courtesy of the Darryl Andrews ensemble (South African College of Music) which delivered a rendition of Abdullah Ibrahim's 'Mannenberg' that got fingers snapping and feet moving.
According to Council Chairperson Senzo Hlophe, the event was a great success and the perfect balance of an information session and fun night out. In his address, Senzo spoke about the relevance of student representation as well as the various functions of the new council which include: representing students in Faculty committees, advocating students views, organising events and providing the crucial link between the student body and the Faculty. Professor Mugsy Spiegel, Director of Postgraduate Studies and Funding in the Faculty, provided an informative and humorous overview of the workings of the Faculty’s Postgraduate Office including top tips on navigating the academic environment as well as advice on securing postgraduate funding opportunities. He also reminded the audience that the role of his office (and that of the student council) is to provide a ‘shoulder to lean on’ when the inevitable quarter-life crisis hits!
2014 is set to be a busy year for the new PG council. To stay informed on council activities and student events access the PGHSC Facebook page (Humanities Postgrads Uct) or follow them on Twitter: @uct_pghsc or email the PG council
Faculty of Humanities
University of Cape Town
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