All Monash graduate students are welcome to seek free advice and advocacy from the MGA on any issue relating to their study.
The road to a graduate degree has its ups and downs.
That’s why it’s important for you to know that when things aren’t going according to plan, there is someone you can turn to. Our advocacy service is free, confidential and runs completely independently from the university. Our advocates provide advice and options, but you make the decision as to how to proceed, and we’ll support you all the way.
Our team of advocates can assist graduate students on a range of issues including:
- Academic, general and research misconduct
- Academic progress
- Course quality
- Grievance process
- Intellectual property
- Research progress
To read the MGA Advocacy Charter, please click here.
Book an appointment with an MGA advocate
Our advocates are available for one-on-one appointments during regular business hours. Our advocates are located at Caulfield and Clayton campuses, but provide services for graduates enrolled at all on-campus and off-campus locations, and distant education.
Appointments can be conducted over the phone, via Zoom, or in-person at either the MGA’s Caulfield or Clayton office.
Clayton office | 9905 3197
Caulfield office | 9903 1880
Meet the Team
The MGA advocacy team is led by legally qualified senior advocate, Zuzana Quinn. Zuzana is highly experienced and has a detailed understanding of the challenges faced by graduate students. Find out more about the team below:
Zuzana Quinn has been an MGA Advocate for over 25 years and she coordinates the advocacy service. She has a legal background with Monash University as her alma mater (her last degree being a Master of Laws).
Zuzana’s area of expertise is advising students on their intellectual property rights and authorship. Her experience and expertise has helped her support literally thousands of graduate students over the years. She is often seen around Monash presenting MGA inductions and ‘tips of the trade’ to graduate students and believes the traits to success are persistence, lobbying, integrity and kindness.
Zuzana’s mission at the MGA is to continue to deliver tailored, quality support to all the different cohorts of graduate students.
James Breheny has been an MGA Advocate since 2018. He has previously worked as both a Victorian Parliamentary and Parliament of Australia Electorate Officer. Through these roles, James gained firsthand experience assisting young adults and disadvantaged groups with navigating unfamiliar processes and procedures.
James’ tertiary qualifications comprise a Bachelor of International Relations and Master of International Development. As an MGA Advocate, James has assisted in resolving hundreds of MGA cases, including: general/academic misconduct allegations, placement terminations, declined special consideration applications, complaints and PhD/Research course progression issues.
James is a mental health first aider and in his spare time, enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with his family and friends. He is passionate about assisting disadvantaged groups, and recently volunteered as board member for not-for-profit organisation Latitude: Directions for Young People.
Sarah taught English as a second language in South Korea, so she remembers what it’s like to pack up one’s life, move to a new country, settle in a new town, with a new language, and begin working, all from day one.
As an MGA Advocate, Sarah has assisted hundreds of students with various difficulties and issues. These include: general/academic misconduct allegations, placement terminations, declined special consideration applications, supervision cases, and PhD and Coursework progression issues.
As a member of Monash’s Ally Network and a mental health first aider, Sarah is passionate about helping students from diverse backgrounds. Outside of her work she is an avid cyclist and gamer.
Ying Xu joined the MGA advocacy team in 2018. Her prior background is in the fields of migration and business consulting. Ying’s tertiary qualifications comprise a double Bachelor of International Relations and Bachelor of Laws.
Ying understands the difficulties of navigating a complicated system like Monash, as well as what it’s like to find yourself suddenly immersed in a new system of rules and expectations. Ying has assisted hundreds of graduate students across a range of issues which include: misconduct allegations, placement terminations, fee refund applications, declined special consideration, supervision issues, milestone issues, and PhD/Research course progression.
Ying is a member of Monash’s Ally Network and a mental health first aider, and is passionate about helping students from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Information on other common graduate student issues:
- Bullying and problematic behaviour
- Discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- Extension of candidature for HDRs
- Extensions for graduate coursework students; each faculty has its own procedures, so please consult your faculty.
- Financial assistance
- Intermissions/ leave entitlements for HDRs
- Intermissions for coursework
- Community Legal Centre Volunteers
Contact the MGA Student Advocacy and Academic Support team
Got questions? We’ve got answers!
Over the years we have compiled a list of FAQs in response to the inquiries we have received. Bookmark this page for future reference and if your question isn’t listed, get in touch with us!
Click here to read our advice and advocacy FAQs.
Have you been excluded from your program?
Being excluded means you will be or have been discontinued from your current course by your faculty and you will cease to be a student at Monash.
Click here to find out more about exclusions.
Advocacy for Distance Education graduate students
Need to talk to an MGA advocate? The best way to contact one of our Advocates is by email. For students located off-campus or studying via distance education, advice can be provided by email and supported by phone calls (funded by the MGA).