By Taryn Dryfhout
An upcoming Student Engagement Forum, scheduled for May 3, will give students a chance to voice their opinions on where their money is being spent.
The Student Services Levy (SSL) is a component of the compulsory fees students pay to Massey University as part of their tuition.
Massey then uses the levy to contribute to a range of supports and services available to students in various areas including health and welfare, sport and recreation, career and employment, financial support and advice, advocacy and counselling and pastoral care.
Massey places a strong importance on the presence of student voices in the discussion surrounding the SSL and is seeking feedback at the forum from students on where they feel their money should be prioritised in the upcoming annual budget.
Online surveys will also be available to allow distance students to contribute their ideas.
Massey Extramural Students’ Association (EXMSS) President David McNab says, “as students, especially distance students, it’s easy to end up feeling that our opinions don’t matter to the university. It seems all too rare that students get actively polled for their input on issues that affect them directly,” he says.
“So, it comes as a surprise and a welcome exception that students are being consulted about the use of the mandatory Student Services Levy which the University charges on top of their course tuition fees.
“I urge all students – distance and internal – to get involved. Most of you will be paying off these SSL charges for years into the future, so it’s in your interest to have a say in how these funds get spent.”
At the forum, students will be given an overview of the current year’s budget and priorities, and will also be given an opportunity to share their feedback and ideas about the current use of funds.
The Student Engagement Forum will also provide a good opportunity for students to raise their concerns about other issues.
Students are already talking about various things they would like to see at the university including more funding for clubs and societies, more social events during Orientation Week and lower fees for membership at the Recreation Centre.
How can I ensure my voice is heard?
- Take part in the online surveys which will be available prior to the forum
- Put forward your feedback by directly contacting your ASA President Lance Walsh on email@example.com., or the Campus Registrar Andrea Davies on CampusRegistrarAK@massey.ac.nz
- Distance students are also able to make their submissions by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “SSL”
- Attend the on-campus forum on May 3