Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

NZUSA to monitor impact of policy on Postgrad students

3 December 2012

NZUSA to monitor impact of policy on Postgrad students

In response to a request from Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce, the New Zealand Union of Student’s Associations (NZUSA) has undertaken to collect more feedback from postgraduate students who will be impacted by withdrawal of Student Allowance eligibility from January 2013.

The Minister’s request coincided with the release of the independent Keep Our Talent ‘snapshot’ survey carried out by two Victoria University doctoral students into likely effects of the policy change. As widely reported over the weekend the findings of that survey highlighted a potential threat to research, alongside the likelihood of some students either giving up their studies or being pushed overseas.

“We fully support the initiative taken by students Amanda Thomas and Bella Duncan to draw attention to an issue that might otherwise be injudiciously ignored. We also appreciate that the Minister has given NZUSA an acknowledgement that the impact of the policy change has to be monitored closely, and that he has invited us to provide more student feedback on the scale and implications of any negative policy effects,” says Pete Hodkinson, NZUSA President.

“For NZUSA’s part we actively collected together the views of Postgraduate associations earlier this year, and are well placed to maintain those connections in order to do more to monitor this and other shifts in policy through a balanced, evidence-based approach.

“In fact we have a proposal currently being considered with central education agencies such as the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Commission and Studylink, to step up methods of collecting more timely feedback through a collaborative nationwide network of Learner Feedback Panels,” says Hodkinson.

“As well as filling a gap left by the Tertiary Education Commission’s recent decision to look for alternatives to a Learner Advisory Committee, a well thought out network of feedback panels will ensure genuine input from the people who together constitute the biggest individual investor group in tertiary education, namely adult students.

“Just today TEC Board members added their enthusiastic support to the principle of setting up such a network of panels in 2013. These would act as a reliable arm’s length channel for providing feedback on a whole range of relevant policy development and implementation matters”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Gold For RNZ: Muslim Post-9/11 Series, Kim Hill Win In New York

The Radio New Zealand podcast series Public Enemy has won a gold award for excellence for its presenter, Mohamed Hassan, at the prestigious New York Festival Radio Awards announced in Manhattan today. RNZ National’s Saturday Morning host, Kim Hill, also received a gold award for Best Radio Personality. More>>

Human Rights Commission: Give Nothing To Racism

A campaign urging New Zealanders to give nothing to racism and refuse to spread intolerance has been launched by some of the country’s most well-known people. More>>

Louis Vuitton Series Win: Emirates Team NZ Will Challenge For The America’s Cup

By beating Artemis 5-2 they now take on Oracle Team USA in the America’s Cup match starting next weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Monterey: Rodger Fox Big Band Invited To Celebrated Festival

The Rodger Fox Big Band has received an invitation to perform at the 2017 Monterey 60th Anniversary Jazz Festival in the USA in September of this year. More>>

AntARTica: Scientist’s Painting Discovered In Antarctic Hut

The New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust has discovered an almost perfectly preserved 118 year old watercolour painting among penguin-excrement, dust and mould covered papers found in an historic hut at Cape Adare, Antarctica. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Set In Stone

Tthere are over a thousand public war memorials scattered around the country, commemorating over 30,000 New Zealanders who have died in wartime, and most of whom are buried overseas. More>>>More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland