December 13, 2006

the first meeting

Graduate Association meeting

The first meeting of the Graduate Association took place on 4.30 12 October

Present were; Adrienne Johnson; (Juan) Pablo Mejia-Ramos; Ian Jones; Mark Childs; Issavara Sirirungruang; Anca Alba; Mahdi Dahmardeh; Jie Hu; Stuart Cadwaller; Tracy Irish; Sabina Li-yu Chang; Brian Lighthill; Natasha Leahy; Freddy James (aka The Fred); Amanda Cumberbatch; Matthew Inglis and from the Institute staff Mick Hammond, Sulochini Pather; Jonothan Neelands.

Our first meeting discussed ways in which the graduate association could work and some priorities for future events. Three key areas were suggested:

• seminars/ conferences
• social events
• communications

Ian Jones and Stewart volunteered to work on the seminars strand – this was very much a reporting of what was already offered and ideas for graduate association led events tailored to needs and interests of research student colleagues

Freddy, Amanda, Mahdi offered to explore social opportunities

Mark, Anca and Pablo offered to look at communication and suggested setting up a mail list as the most convenient form of communication within the association. (1)

Please feel free to contact anyone in these groups with suggestions.

Next meeting would report back on these areas, 4.30 1 November 2006 WE 001. Mick Hammond was asked to chair but this would be rotated meeting to meeting.

Please feel welcome to attend this next meeting even if you were unable to attend this first meeting.


A Google Group has been set up to help communication as part of the Graduate Association. The address is

To access the this you will need to register with Google (if you’re not already), then apply for membership to the group. If you have problems contact the owner Mark’s asked me to point out that he’s just a part-time research student and should really be focusing on his PhD, so there might be a delay before he can answer, but he’s promised to get a response to you within a week.

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