Student Advisory Group

The student advisory group provides Open Polytechnic with a student perspective on our products and services. It also acts as a sounding board in the development of new ideas that may affect students.

Advisory group membership

The group may consist of up to 12 students at any one time. These students contribute to the group through an online forum and occasional on-campus meetings with relevant Open Polytechnic senior managers and the Open Polytechnic Council.

Members are appointed for an initial two-year term, but may be reappointed for a maximum of three terms.

Members are selected on the following criteria:

  • Having an interest in distance education
  • Currently students who will have been enrolled with us for at least 24 weeks at the time of appointment
  • Show in the nomination form their qualities and skills that will enable them to contribute to the Open Polytechnic Student Advisory Group.

For more information about membership of the group and how the group works read the terms of reference

(PDF, 77KB, opens in a new window)


How to apply

To apply to become a member of the student advisory group you need to fill in the application form, which will include information about your qualities and skills that will enable you to contribute to the group.

Apply now


Meet some Student Advisory Group members

Henry Geary (Taranaki, Ngati Kahungunu) is studying towards a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Management), which he began in 2013 while also working fulltime in the telecommunications industry.

Jayson Jury started studying with Open Polytechnic in 2013 and is currently studying part-time a Bachelor of Business (Management) after having already completed a Bachelor of Information Technology in 2017.

Jessica Wiperi (Tūhoe and Ngāi Tahu/ Kāi Tahu) is studying full-time towards a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) whilst working part-time at an accounting firm.

Sahana Rose is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Social Work, which she began in 2014 and will complete by the end of trimester 2, 2018.    

Hannah decided to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work with Open Polytechnic following her own journey through the state care system during her childhood. 

Sherry came to New Zealand over three years ago and decided to join the Student Advisory Group to add a different perspective as a new "kiwi". 

Grace sees the purpose of the Student Advisory Group as an opportunity for the Open Polytechnic to call on students for their opinions and to address concerns.

Jane is studying towards a Diploma in Business and a certificate in Quality Assurance. As an “older” student, Jane says she believes she brings a different perspective to the Student Advisory Group.

Diploma of Psychology and Diploma of Organisational Psychology graduate, Joanne Jennings, joined the Student Advisory Group to provide feedback to the Open Polytechnic from the perspective of a student who is both working and has a potentially disabling health condition.

Mary, who is working towards her degree in Applied Science ( Environment) says she decided to join the Student Advisory Group to give feedback from the perspective of an environmental science student.

Ewan Cameron (Tainui & Ngāti Hauā) is studying a Bachelor of Business (Management).

Tek Kingi (Ngāti Porou) is studying a New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6).