Student associations

Culture and Communication Graduate committee (CCGC)

The Culture and Communication Graduate committee (the CCGC) is the School of Culture and Communication's Graduate Student Association. It is an independent, student-run committee which aims to provide fair and equitable representation for all graduate students within the School. Formerly known as Dis/course, the committee receives funding from both the University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA) and from the School itself. With this support, the CCGC works to build a spirit of collegiality among graduate students and provide support and training for both research and coursework students. This includes running a variety of social events; acting as the graduate student voice within both the school and the university; running a weekly seminar series that provides graduate students with an opportunity to present their work to peers in a supportive and friendly environment; and providing workshops aimed at giving assistance to graduate students with various aspects of academic life.

The CCGC provides services and representation for all graduate students within the School: Art History, Arts and Cultural Management, Australian Indigenous Studies, Creative Writing, English and Theatre Studies, Media and Communications, Publishing and Communications and Screen and Cultural Studies. All graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings, raise issues regarding any aspect of candidature, offer suggestions and organise activities. The annual AGM is held at the end of year BBQ, while a general meeting is held at the Work-In-Progress day at the end of first semester, and all graduate students in the school are strongly encouraged to attend a meeting and get involved. For more information on the running of the CCGC, please refer to our constitution.

CCGC events

The CCGC holds a seminar for graduate students on Friday afternoons during semester. These informal seminars provide an opportunity to workshop new material, meet with other students, and finish off the working week with wine and cheese. This seminar is also a great forum for confirmation and completion hurdle requirements. Seminars will generally consist of two 20-minute papers or one 40-minute completion seminar, with time for questions. The seminar is currently being held at 4pm on Fridays, in John Medley (Building 191), 4th Floor Linkway Room, and food and beverages are always provided.

The CCGC also holds workshops for graduate students aimed at helping with various stages of candidature. Previous workshops have been on Tutoring, Presenting at Conferences and attending academic interviews.

For information on upcoming events please email Culture and Communication Graduate committee or follow the CCGC Facebook page.

CCGC Executive and representation

Executive officers

  • President: Sarah Richardson
  • Vice President: Elizabeth Mclean
  • Treasurer: Joshua Pocius
  • Secretary: Grace Torcasio

General members

  • Alexa Scarlata
  • Will Chapman
  • Giles Fielke
  • Ryan Buhagiar
  • Mengtian Sun

Committee representatives

  • School Research and Research Training: Sarah Richardson

Join the CCGC

Any graduate student in the School may join the committee or get involved with the events that they organise. If you are interested email Culture and Communication Graduate committee or come along to the AGM at the end of year BBQ, or the general meeting at Work in progress day.

Graduate Student Association affiliation

The CCGC is proud to be affiliated with the University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA), the representative body for graduate students at The University of Melbourne.

University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA)

The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA) is your voice on committees and a great provider of community and social activities for the thousands of graduate students at the University. GSA also provides the only independent advocates on campus specifically for graduate students, so if you run into any trouble in your degree, give GSA a call on +61 3 8344 8657 or drop by the Graduate Centre for advice. GSA manages a range of graduate-only study spaces, lockers, computer labs, meeting rooms and carrels in the Graduate Centre as well, available for all of the University's graduate students.

It provides valuable services directly to graduate students:

Research Student Reference group

The Research Reference group is the primary avenue for feedback from the research higher degree student body to the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies). It is also a means of disseminating information from Faculty to research students in the schools of each of the representatives.

Login to the Research Student Reference group on the Learning Management System (LMS).