Stand Up for the TUU

We Stood Up For State Council

Now It's the SRC's Turn.

Meet Our Candidates

Ryan Burley


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The challenge of postgraduate study can be daunting and can leave candidates feeling isolated. As Secretary, I will push the boundaries of the position from simply administrating within the Postgraduate Council to creating a coherent postgraduate community, encompassing the three main campuses and its satellites.

I will achieve this through communicating to postgraduates the plans and actions of the Council, as well as the decisions being made at the higher levels of university administration. I also hope to bring candidates together through conferences designed to give postgraduates an opportunity to speak about their research and develop the communications skills that are critical in an academic career.

During my time working as a tutor in first semester of 2012 I enjoyed getting to know my students and working with them at both a class and individual level. Some of my students expressed an interest in pursuing postgraduate study at UTAS, which signalled to me the need to improve the postgraduate experience not just for current candidates but for future candidates as well. After completing my undergraduate degree at UTAS I initially moved interstate to begin my postgraduate study only to realise what an inspiring environment I had left behind. I believe we need to do all that we can to ensure that both current and future postgraduates have the best possible experience here at UTAS.

I am currently undertaking a cross-disciplinary Masters degree in English and Media/Communications and am the Postgraduate Representative for the School of English, Journalism and European Languages. I believe that the skills I have developed throughout my university experience and the passion that I have for fostering community through communication situate me well to succeed in the position of Secretary.

What I Want To Do

  1. Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Postgraduate Council by keeping accurate minutes, preparing agendas and by seeing that the Council acts on all business brought before it.
  2. Utilise the TUU website to make the business of the Council more accessible to postgraduate students.
  3. Improve the level of transparency at the University by keeping postgraduates informed about the issues that affect them and voicing their concerns through the appropriate channels.
  4. Encourage a sense of community among UTas postgraduates through both broad and concentrated communication.
  5. Work with the Council to establish a 'Postgraduate Lounge' where candidates can meet, discuss their research in a casual setting and work together to generate ideas.
  6. Organise intra-university conferences to give postgraduates an opportunity to talk about their research in a multi-disciplinary setting.

Past Experience

  • Postgraduate Representative for the Postgraduate Representative for the School of English, Journalism and European Languages.
  • Tutor at the School of English, Journalism and European Languages.
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