Postgraduate Coordination Team

Our postgraduate prospectus for Engineering and Computer Science gives information about the graduate programme, and many courses have their own specific homepages. You are welcome to approach one of the following people:

  • Diana Siwiak - first point of contact and postgraduate development coordinator (Masters and PhD),
  • Lindsay Groves - seminar chair (PhD),
  • James Noble - academic consultant (Masters and PhD),
  • Tony McLoughlin - postgraduate administrator (Masters and PhD),
  • Patricia Stein - data processing and management for enrolment modifications (Masters and PhD),
  • Neil Dodgson - Associate Dean (Postgraduate Research).


  • Winston Seah - concerning our thesis programmes (ME, MSc (Part 2), and PhD), or
  • Alex Potanin - for non-thesis postgraduate programmes in Science, or
  • James Quilty - for non-thesis postgraduate programmes in Engineering, or
  • Karsten Lundqvist - for non-thesis postgraduate programmes in Software Development, Engineering Practice, or matters related to the ICT Graduate School.

Thesis Information

The following links contain more specific information relevant to postgraduate research:

Postgrad Life @ ECS

Shut Up & Write: ECS Writing Sessions

Mondays & Thursdays 11:00-12:30 in Cotton Room 344.
  • Arrive early : We begin our first writing set at the top of the hour; each set occurs every 25 minutes, with 5 minute breaks in between.
  • Come when you can : Since each writing set happens every half an hour, you can (quietly) come late or leave early.
  • Have a plan of attack : Which section will you focus on? What is your completion goal for the session? What is your word count goal?
  • Go offline : You can’t unplug, but you can disconnect from the internet and put your phone away during each set.
  • Stay as long as you need : If you’ve hit a writing groove as the group disbands, keep on writing!

Social Media: Connect with us on social media

Helpful Notes

Do you need to register for an ECS account? Please visit the Account Registration. This will give you access to the ECS computer systems and ECS email service. Reset your password if you cannot access your computer systems or email account. You can also forward your ECS email to your preferred email address.

Do you know how to access your and email addresses? Please see the following links to assist you with your staff email, your student email, staff password reset, and student password reset. You can forward your student email and your staff email to your preferred email address. Contact Tony McLoughlin to acquire your staff ID and temporary password.

Do you know how to properly report a bug or request a job? Our wonderful tech team have put together an extremely useful tech note on how to expediently acquire what you request or address what you report. Please take the time to read this over!

Need to get on the VUW wifi? Check out: WiFi Access. If your ITS Student ID isn't working, reset it: Password Reset

Trying to access University resources from off campus? Set up the VUW VPN. Cisco AnyConnect works well with Mac and iOS devices.

Are you a new PhD student? Check out Resources & Information for New Doctoral Candidates

Are you feeling stressed and need to have a chat with someone? ‘1737, need to talk?’ is New Zealand’s new national mental health & addictions helpline number. It's free to call or text.

If you would like to participate in some of the free Wellbeing events around campus, check out Student Services (even if you're a postgraduate student!).

Are you to the point of getting your thesis bound and submitted to the library? One of the preferred vendors for binding, The Bookbindery, is up in Auckland.