“The opening day of this important symposium has been deeply empowering."

That was the summary of Nathan Laurie, Otago Polytechnic Student Association president, at the close of formalities on the first day of the inaugural Student Voice Symposium hosted by Otago Polytechnic.

Around 50 student representatives from several polytechnics, including Otago Polytechnic, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Whitireia/WelTec and Eastern Institute of Technology (Hawkes Bay) were present, as were some Otago University students, who offered opinions.

“Students from all levels have had their voices represented," Nathan reflected.

“And it has been heartening to have so many Otago Polytechnic staff present to listen to students. Our concerns are not aimed at any one institution, but we do need to be heard.”

The opening day comprised a conference with speakers, presentations and panels, to give local and wider perspectives on the ITP student experience.

The second day begins at 9.30am tomorrow (Friday September 25) and will consist of workshops around self-growth, student lifestyle, community building, workplace knowledge, campaigning, and student representation.



Published on 24 Sep 2020

Orderdate: 24 Sep 2020
Expiry: 24 Sep 2022