The Research Students Association (RSA) at the Melbourne School of Design (MSD) is an independently run student group representing the Graduate Research cohort of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.
The Research Students Association aims to foster a cohesive and supportive research culture within the Graduate Research cohort of the faculty. We are affiliated with the Graduate Students Association (GSA), the centralised advocacy body for all graduate students at the University of Melbourne.
Our committee is divided across four areas of focus:
President: Jarrod Haberfield (New Zealand)
Secretary: Savindi Perera (Sri Lanka)
Treasurer: Katrina Ganzon (Philippines)
The Executive is responsible for the governance of the RSA and leads our interactions with professional and academic staff both within our faculty and across the University.
Chigozie (Victor) Ndukwe (Nigeria)
Nana Yaw Oppong-Yeboah (Ghana)
The Advocacy team spearheads the interface between the Graduate Research cohort and the faculty. They facilitate specific opportunities for graduate researchers to offer feedback, ask questions and raise concerns, in turn relaying these issues directly to the faculty and working to achieve resolutions.
Guillermo Rojas-Alfaro (Chile)
Dulani Denipitiya (Sri Lanka)
Sue Huang (Malaysia)
Zhuoya Kang (China)
Iain Lawrie (Australia)
The chief aims of our Engagement team are developing cohesion amongst the cohort and encouraging ownership of the Graduate Research experience. The team facilitates social events and numerous other opportunities for collegial interaction in formats both formal and organic.
Anna Edwards (UK / Australia)
Onur Tumturk (Turkey)
The Research team works closely with the Assistant Dean (Graduate Research) and the Research Office to facilitate ongoing research training, along with leading the publication of the Faculty’s Graduate Research journal, Oculus.
A message from the President
The RSA exists to optimise a productive relationship between the Graduate Research cohort and the faculty. We work to encourage the sharing of knowledge and experiences, allow for informed thinking about career futures, build networks, and enrich the lived experience of PhD and MPhil candidates.
The 2021 RSA committee is wonderfully diverse - we have candidates of such varied nationalities, ethnicities, ages, backgrounds and ambitions, and this diversity enhances our ability to relate to all of the highs and lows of the Graduate Research experience. A sense of community makes difficult times more bearable and achievements more meaningful - you are encouraged to engage actively with the RSA and we look forward to being a constant and supportive presence throughout your time at the MSD.
We are committed to serving the cohort to the very best of our ability - if you have a question, concern, or any feedback (major or minor), please reach out without hesitation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you the best of luck and the best of times,