An interesting discussion at recent forum

By Jessamine Watersun

Do we actually get sufficient value for our student services levy? What do these fees go towards? These questions and more were answered at the 2017 Student Engagement Forum.

Around 60 people attended the forum, which was held on Wednesday, May 3 at Massey’s Albany campus.

The forum, hosted by campus registrar Andrea Davies, gave students an opportunity to learn more and give feedback in relation to their student levy.

The levy, part of compulsory student services fees, contributes to making a range of support services available to all students according to need.

Services planned to be delivered to students include health and welfare, sport and recreation, career and employment-related services, pertinent student information, financial support and advice, advocacy, counselling and pastoral care.

Information provided to students on the day shows most levy money is spent on Health and Counselling Services, followed by clubs and cultural groups.

Albany Students’ Association Student President Lance Walsh says while the turnout wasn’t terrible, he would have liked to have seen more people attend.

He says he believes the university could make levy information more available to students.

There will be a further forum later in the year.

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