Fri 5 May 2017

Students ready to take a lead

Student leader Charlie Death-Beare attended a two day forum in Wellington this week and returned with the message that’s what is good for WITT will be good for students.

Charlie is one of almost 20 students who have volunteered to be leaders this year, following on from last year when the group was re-established at the prompting of staff after several years in abeyance.

She said the conference in Wellington underlined the importance of the student voice.

“Students leaders should work to maintain a working relationship with the chief executive and academic board and ensure student needs are met and at the same time assist staff, ’’ she said.

Speakers from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, the New Zealand Union of Students’ Association, AKO Aotearoa – the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and the Ministry of Education also addressed the conference.

Charlie is enthused to see the 2017 team comprises a diverse range of ethnicities and students from both the New Plymouth and Hawera campuses. She is also looking forward to getting feedback form students.

Student Leaders wanted to work together to improve WITT’s results and rankings, she said.

Chief Executive Barbara George said she was pleased the Student Leaders were up and running and she and the academic board were looking forward to working with them.

Charlie’s email address c.death-beare@taranaki.ac.nz