Glass invited all candidates to submit a statement about why they’re running in the Guild elections and why you should vote for them. This statement is being published as received from the candidate.
My name is Malgorzata (Mal) Fituch and I am running for the position of Post Grad Officer to be your advocate, your ally, and your voice. I am a PhD student at the Faculty of Business and Law (School of Law) and a member of QRSnet Peers (mentor initiative designed for HDR students). I understand very well that our postgraduate journey is a unique chapter, and I am a strong believer that it deserves representation that recognizes the nuances and challenges we face. Postgraduate students are forerunners of innovation, research, and critical thinking. However, we often find our concerns drowned in the larger academic discourse. I am running to bridge this gap, to ensure that postgraduate voices resonate and influence the policies and decisions that shape our academic environment.
Postgraduate studies demand a significant commitment of time, energy, and resources. I would like to ease this journey by advocating for the environment where postgraduates can work in tranquillity and where fellow students can alleviate the burdens we carry. I believe that by fostering a sense of community, we can transform our challenges into shared victories. I am also committed to facilitating the provision of essential tools, recognising that different faculties (and schools) possess unique requirements. This includes ensuring diverse access to tailored resources, workshops and trainings, accurately designed to enhance specific skills. I want to contribute to creating space where we can feel supported, inspired, and empowered to excel academically and personally.
“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
(Justice Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg)
I stand for collaboration. I will actively seek input from students to shape policies and initiatives that benefit everyone. I will be a passionate voice for our community, fighting for your rights and working to enhance your university experience.
I stand for inclusivity and diversity. I think that our community of postgraduate students is particularly diverse, and I will work to ensure that we all, regardless of our background or identity, feel welcome and valued in the QUT academic community.
I stand for transparency and accountability. I will strive to foster an environment where open communication is encouraged, and students’ concerns are heard and addressed promptly.
I stand for professional and personal development. I will advocate for resources and programs that enhance our skills, broaden our horizons, and prepare us for successful careers after graduation.
I am excited about the possibility to serve as your Postgraduate Students Officer and look forward to the opportunity of working together to create a stronger, more supportive, and more understanding postgraduate students’ community. Let us embark on this journey together, for it is through unity and shared purpose that we can achieve our goals and make a lasting impact.