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Petitioning DVC (Provost), Macquarie University Professor Judyth Sachs and 1 other
This petition will be delivered to:
DVC (Provost), Macquarie University
Professor Judyth Sachs
Vice Chancellor, Macquarie University
Professor Bruce Dowton

Professor Judyth Sachs, DVC (Provost), Macquarie University: Maintain independent postgraduate representation at Macquarie University

Macquarie University Postgraduate Representative Association (MUPRA) is one of the oldest independent, democratically-elected postgraduate representative bodies in the country, and one of the few remaining independent postgraduate associations at a non-Group of 8 campus in the post-VSU era. Macquarie University should be proud of the vibrant postgraduate student culture that this achievement embodies, but instead appears intent on closing MUPRA to the detriment of postgraduates on campus.

Postgraduates and Higher Degree by Research students have overwhelmingly indicated their preference for independent postgraduate student representation on campus. In CAPA's recent report into the implementation of the Student Services and Amenities Fee, it was clear that postgraduate students felt strongly about the right to independent and elected postgraduate-specific student representation.

We do not support student advisory boards that are comprised of representatives "cherry-picked" by University administration to agree with them. The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, and postgraduates across Australia, stand firmly behind MUPRA.


Letter to
DVC (Provost), Macquarie University Professor Judyth Sachs
Vice Chancellor, Macquarie University Professor Bruce Dowton
I am signing this petition because I strongly support independent and democratic student representation.

Macquarie University Postgraduate Representative Association (MUPRA) is one of the oldest independent, democratically-elected postgraduate representative bodies in the country, and one of the few remaining independent postgraduate associations at a non-Group of 8 campus in the post-VSU era. Macquarie University should be proud of the vibrant postgraduate student culture that this achievement embodies, but instead appears intent on closing MUPRA to the detriment of postgraduates on your campus.

Standing alongside the closure of MUSRA last year, I am concerned that the closure of MUPRA will send a strong message to Australian students and potential students that your University does not support or recognise the voice of students on your campus. Independent student representation, conducted by leaders elected by their peers, is one of the cornerstones of the student experience and is critical to a positive and supported student environment.

Postgraduate students at Macquarie University deserve to have their voices heard.

The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations, and postgraduates across Australia, stand with MUPRA.