July 1st 2007 marks VSU “one-year-on”. CAPA has completed its survey: The Impact of VSU on Postgraduate Students. The final report is now available:
As of July 1, 2007 at least 8 universities no longer have an independent postgraduate student organisation. Of the 20 Postgraduate students associations that responded to CAPA’s 2007 questionnaire:
It is difficult to know the full extent of the situation faced by the PGSAs that were unable to respond to the survey. It is clear however that in a number of cases where the CAPA VSU survey was not returned there was simply no one left who could. This reflects a situation on those campuses where the needs of postgraduates formerly catered for by postgraduate student organisations are now no longer being catered for at all. Postgraduate students are among those most disadvantaged by the impact of VSU.
Attachment: CAPA Submission
The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) is the peak body representing Australia’s 264,000 postgraduate students. This submission focuses on the sections of the Bill of most relevance to postgraduate students.