Learner Panels FAQs


To sign-up to our Learner Advisory Panels, click here.


What is the Learner Advisory Panel Project? 

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations is the peak body responsible for  advancing the political, social and economic interests of tertiary students whatever they study and wherever they live in New Zealand. This means it is important for us to listen to students and involve them in decisions that could affect their learning.

The Learner Advisory Panels are about providing a wide-range of feedback on tertiary education and student support issues, as well as other issues affecting students as learners.

If you have any questions that aren't listed here, please email research@students.org.nz and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

What’s the purpose of the panels?

The purpose of the panels is to provide a representative and engaged contribution to tertiary education and student support issues, and other issues affecting students as learners.

What do panelists have to do?

We will give you a full job description and explain what is required each time you are invited to contribute. In general, though, what we need you to do, is to participate in the discussions. You will need to commit to responding promptly and honestly to all communication from NZUSA and to maintaining your contact details with NZUSA.

Are the panels time consuming?

No. The Learner Advisory Panel Project is specifically designed to ensure tertiary students are not overburdened by questionnaires. Feedback rounds are limited to a maximum of six per year with the panels timed to avoid coinciding with busy assignment or exam periods.

Will these panels change anything?

In 2014, NZUSA enlisted the help of its Learner Advisory Panels to provide feedback on StudyLink’s campaign to encourage tertiary students to apply for student loans earlier than usual. Students from across the country got involved in the panels and provided feedback on how they thought StudyLink was doing and what they could do better.

A number of issues with StudyLink’s online application process were raised by students, including the time it took for students to apply for their students loans and the need for website upgrades. StudyLink responded by introducing a number of time efficiency-related measures as well as by providing clearer and rewritten information on the student loan application process.

For more information about NZUSA teaming up with StudyLink in 2014, you can read the resulting report here.

Where will the results of the research be published?

It is likely that the results of the particular discussions will not be published as such. However, they will almost certainly become part of the policy and implementation development process and be documented in that regard.

How do I sign-up? Click here to sign-up.

Do you have a question about something that isn't listed here?

If you have any other questions, fire off an email to research@students.org.nz and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


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