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 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:

  • 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

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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.

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Student Advisory Group Members

  • Hannah Watson

    Hannah Watson

    • Bachelor of Social Work

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

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  • Marni Small

    Marni Adlam

    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.  

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  • Sherry Lai

    Sherry Lai

    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". 

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  • Melanie Alican Small

    Melanie Alican

    Melanie Alican is a quality inspector with an applied knowledge and passion for her work. 

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    Janice Reddy

    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. 

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    Grace Heiss

    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.

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  • Jane ChapmanWEB

    Jane Chapman

    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.

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  • Jo Jennings web

    Jo Jennings

    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.

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    Mary O’Neill

    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.

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    Rebecca Battersby

    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.

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    Sam Burton

    • Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)

    Sam Burton, Ko Ngati Porou raua Ko Te Aitanga a Mahaki toku Iwi, hopes his feedback as a member of the Student Advisory Group provides an insight to his experiences as a student and benefits others who are in a similar situation.

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