Student led clubs and societies
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) facilitates a wide range of graduate student groups. These groups are organised and run by your peers – why not join them? If you don't see a group relating to your interests or discipline, you can always start one yourself! Contact the GSA for more information.
The University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU) also has an extensive list of clubs and societies that you can join. These university-wide clubs are a great way to broaden your horizons, meet new people, and make the most out of your university experience.
Get involved in sports
Participating in Melbourne University Sport is a great way to get involved, get active and meet new people. They offer on-campus recreation, fitness and sport programs to suit everyone. As a graduate researcher, you can also receive discounted membership rates.
Check Melbourne University Sport for more information.
Indigenous clubs and activities
The Indigenous Graduate Student Association (IGSA) is a student-led representative body to foster the communication of research ideas an collaboration between all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate students and non-Indigenous students with an interest in related research. They host both academic and social events that help strengthen the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate community.
In addition, UMSU's Indigenous Department organises events and provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders The Murrup Barak Institute offers a range of programs and facilities.
Writing can be difficult. Joining a writing group can help maintain your motivation. Shut Up & Write! is a casual writing group that can help you to keep that word count climbing in a pleasant environment.
Your faculty or department may also offer thesis writing retreats and other writing workshops.
Research symposiums and seminars
A number of graduate schools, departments and student societies hold graduate research seminars and symposiums throughout the year. These events are a fantastic opportunity to present your research and/or project to a supportive group of peers and guests.
Talk to your supervisors or graduate school for other opportunities in your area. A number of opportunities from across the University are listed as upcoming events on the Researcher Development Portal.
Volunteer in the graduate research community
There are many ways you can volunteer within your graduate research community and share your experiences. Graduate research volunteers can participate in community/youth outreach programs – USMU have a number of volunteer opportunities available or you can ask your department or graduate school for more information.
You may also be interested in helping out at events such as Orientation. Being a host at a graduate research event is a great way to network, gain some events experience, help out and have fun!
Mentoring and peer support
There are a number of ways you can provide peer mentoring and buddy support to help other students while also studying for your degree. This can be an extremely positive experience for both you and those you support.
For more information for volunteering opportunities, see the UMSU Peer Support Program and Student Life Peer Mentor Program.