Postgraduate HDR Candidates Committee

We support Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates by providing networking and educational opportunities to enrich candidates’ experience while completing their research degree.

Membership on the Committee is an excellent way to engage with and contribute to your HDR cohort. It also provides opportunities to raise your profile across the Faculty with key members of academic staff, and it provides professional experience which can be added to your CV.

The Committee is made up of members who:

  • create a strong postgraduate culture across UNSW Arts and Social Sciences
  • contribute to and improve the postgraduate experience
  • develop strategies for the Committee to support candidates experiencing issues in their research candidature

Membership involves a mix of advocacy and organisation. This entails:

  • regular attendance at Committee meetings (at least 70%), which are generally held every 1-2 months, and attendance at Faculty and School/Centre inductions
  • providing thoughtful input at meetings and timely responses to email communications
  • participation in event planning and coordination, and volunteering for at least one event in addition to the Arts & Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference
  • a willingness to discuss postgraduate issues with your peers and raise issues to the committee


2020 Committee Members

Committee Chair:

Axelle Marjolin (Social Policy Research Centre)


Committee Members:

Sujith Kumar (Centre for Social Research in Health)

Sylvester Okeke (Centre for Social Research in Health)

Jodie Kidd (Social Policy Research Centre)

Metab Alzahrani (School of Education)

Muhammad Zeeshan (School of Education)

Diana Kreemers (School of the Arts & Media)

Nathan Jackson (School of the Arts & Media)

Nakita Dass (School of the Arts & Media; First Year Representative) 

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns to raise with the Committee.


Details of upcoming and past events can be found on our Facebook Page and will be updated here. The planned events for 2020 are:

HDR Welcome Breakfast Held at the beginning of each term to welcome new HDRs, and  returning HDRs.
Nuts and Bolts Workshops These workshops cover topics of particular interest to HDR candidates, as determined by the cohort. They are run twice a year in April/May and October.
Arts & Social Sciences Annual Postgraduate Conference Open to all Arts & Social Sciences HDRs to present at. This will be held in September
Arts & Social Sciences Thesis Writing Boot Camp For HDRs who want to focus on an intensive 2-day writing up session. This will be held in November.
HDR End of Year Lunch A chance to celebrate the end of another busy year, held in December.