New process for OU to request student involvement in meetings

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The Open University Students Association has introduced a process to enable the Open University to request student involvement in non-governance committees and steering groups.

The new Non-Governance Coordination Panel, which meets monthly to consider applications from the Open University, enables the Students Association to prevent elected Student Leaders from taking on too many commitments, while ensuring that the most appropriate individuals are representing students in important meetings within the University.

Deputy President, Gareth Jones, said “This is an important step in professionalising the way that the Students Association and the Open University work together, and enables the Students Association to better consider how we utilise our resources.

“We want to ensure that students are well represented at all decision-making levels of the University, but we also have a responsibility to protect the wellbeing of Student Leaders and Reps who can sometimes find themselves overcommitted.”

The new process was created in conjunction with the office of the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Students.

If you want to learn more about how the Students Association works with the University, visit the Student Voice area of our website.