Graduate research student associations

Student Conservators at the University of Melbourne (SC@M)

SC@M is a student-run committee that acts as a point of contact between students and staff involved in the University of Melbourne's Masters of Cultural Material Conservation. SC@M aims to raise the profile of conservation in the University and wider community, by providing networking, professional development and social opportunities for students undertaking study in conservation.

SC@M is affiliated with the Graduate Student Association Inc., and with their support we are able to organise special events for graduate students and researchers, such as lectures about conservation and networking events.

School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Postgraduate Association (SHAPSPAC)

The SHAPSPAC is the School's Graduate Researcher Candidate Association. It is an independent, student-run committee made up of representatives from all disciplines, which aims to provide fair and equitable representation for all graduate students within the School. The SHAPSPAC works to build a spirit of collegiality among graduate students and provide support and training for research students. This includes running a variety of social events; acting as the graduate student voice within both the school and the university; helping to organise the two Work in Progress Days each year; etc.

The SHAPSPAC provides services and representation for all graduate researchers within the School: History, Philosophy, Historical and Philosophical Sciences, Classics and Archaeology, Materials Conservation. All candidates in graduate research are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings, raise issues regarding any aspect of candidature, offer suggestions and organise activities.

History and Philosophy of Science Postgraduate Association (HPSPA)

HPSPA is a student-run committee that offers representation and a supportive academic community for postgraduate students in the History and Philosophy of Science Department. To foster academic discussion and strengthen professional networks, the HPSPA committee organises events such as morning teas, afternoon discussion groups, dinners with visiting academics, and conferences. Membership is open to postgraduate and honours students within the HPS program, as well as other postgraduate researchers who share interests in the history of science and medicine, the philosophy of science, and the social studies of science and technology. If you have any questions, would like to become involved in the committee, or would simply like to be kept up to date on future events please email

University of Melbourne History Postgraduate Association (HPA)

The History Postgraduate Association (HPA) represents the interests of all research higher degree students in the History program in the School of the Historical and Philosophical Studies. Our aim is to develop a supportive cohort environment and provide members with opportunities to advance their academic and professional development. Each year we organise a range of academic and social events for graduate history students, including an annual professional development day, monthly informal research seminars and weekly coffee meetings. Our contact email is

University of Melbourne Classics and Archaeology Postgraduate Committee (CCAPC)

The aims and purposes of the Classics and Archaeology Postgraduate Group are:

  • Academic: To contribute to the academic and professional development of graduates within the centre for Classics and Archaeology through facilitating conferences, symposia and other academic events at regular intervals through the year
  • Social: Foster cohesive community networks within the Centre for Classics and Archaeology through the organisation of regular social and cultural activities
  • Advocacy: Ensure an effective voice for graduates at all levels of decision making, and maintain and improve graduate services and facilities

Contact us at

University of Melbourne Philosophy Postgraduate Group (PPG)

Graduate philosophy at the University of Melbourne is a community of students with diverse research interests within philosophy. We often meet up to discuss our work, in both formal and casual settings.

Our weekly Colloquia (supported by SHAPS) involves graduate philosophers taking in turns to present their work to their peers, in a comfortable and social environment. This is helpful for developing presentation skills and gaining helpful feedback, as well as an excellent opportunity to meet and talk to other students. These take place every Tuesday from 5.15pm, and are open for anyone to attend. For information on location and to be added to the Colloquia mailing list, please contact us at:

The PPG is also affiliated with the Graduate Student Association and with their support we are able to organise special events for graduate philosophers, such as weekend trips, philosophy lectures and taking contingents to conferences. We like to think of ourselves as a welcoming and diverse community, hardworking but social, and definitely friendly.

If you have any questions about the PPG, or about graduate philosophy here at the University of Melbourne, we welcome you to contact us at:

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, 1888 Building (Building 198) 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:

  • Student advice and advocacy
  • Funding for student groups and activities
  • GSA Find Facilities and Find a Space
  • 24-hour computer labs
  • Meeting rooms, study carrels and lockers
  • Assistance with thesis writing (Thesis Writing Guide)
  • Student groups