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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.
The group may consist of up to 12 students at any one time. These students contribute to the group through a special forum on the Online Campus 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:
For more information about membership of the group and how the group works read the terms of reference
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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.
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.
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.
Marni (Ngāpuhi) decided to enrol with Open Polytechnic at a time when she was seeking a career change and found that distance study offered her the most flexibility to change her situation, and build a better future centred on her work.
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".
Melanie Alican is an operations coordinator with an applied knowledge and passion for her work.
Janice hopes that by being involved with the Student Advisory Group she will be able to contribute to better decision-making that improves outcomes for all students.
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.
Rebecca hopes her feedback as a member of the Student Advisory Group assists the Open Polytechnic in maintaining its position as one of the best distance learning providers in Aotearoa.