Student Learning

Leadership opportunities at Student Learning

Student Learning offers lots of student leadership opportunities. We recruit postgraduate students as our Peer Writers. We also recruit students for programmes such as PASS, ExcelL and Conversation. These leadership positions, either paid or unpaid, offer excellent opportunities to develop your interpersonal skills, cultural understanding, networking skills and communication skills. Training is provided.

If you are interested in any of the leadership opportunities below, email, telephone 463 5999, or call in - Student Learning, Level 0, Kirk Wing.

Peer writers

For casual Peer Writing positions you will:

  1. be a post graduate student with a high level of written and spoken English

  2. have a high level of achievement in your own study

  3. be able to facilitate individual appointments for students wanting to develop their academic writing skills

Preferably you will also have some tutoring experience and knowledge of the university ( Information sheet; Role description). These positions are paid.

PASS leaders & PASS mentors

Become a PASS leader

Want to

  • Meet new people?

  • Share your love of the subject?

  • Reinforce your own understanding? Develop your leadership and communication skills?

This is what former PASS Leaders have to say about the experience: "Watching the group dynamic change from bunch of individuals to working as a team, and realising that you've been the catalyst"

"Seeing students faces light up when they figure out a problem themselves: the 'a-ha' moments - priceless!"

"Best experience I've had at uni so far :)"

Become a PASS study group Leader by completing your application HERE. Please note that this is a paid role. More information about the role:

Trimester 1 2018 Interviews and Training:

Leader interviews (indicate preferred time on your application):  

  • Monday 26 February 2018

  • Friday 2 March 2018

  • Monday 5 March 2018

Leader training: Saturday 10 March 2018, 9.00am-1.00pm, MY632 (Successful applicants must be able to attend full session)


Become a mentor

  • Have you already been a PASS leader (2 trimesters or more)?

  • Do you want to extend your leadership skills,  help recruit  and train new  Leaders and provide ongoing support throughout the trimester?

  • Role description (pdf - 541KB) and application form (doc - 16KB). Applications close on 19 December 2017.

  • Mentors  will be required to participate in Leader interviews and attend Leader training (10 March 2018).

ExcelL Volunteers

Would you like to:

  • learn about cross-cultural communication
  • develop your leadership and communication skills
  • contribute to effective internationalisation of our campus?

If your answer to these questions is 'yes', then you might like to become an Excel volunteer.

'Excel' means 'Excellence in cultural experiential learning and leadership'. The Excel programme is a 15-hour programme where students from different cultures learn how to communicate successfully in their new host culture—in our case, New Zealand. Put in another way, Excel teaches newcomers the rules of the game for their new environment. Excel uses volunteers like you to help explain these rules. You’ll be given some training before the programme starts. Once the programme starts, you’ll need to come along to five 3-hour sessions. In these sessions, you’ll:

  • answer questions about how to communicate successfully in certain situations
  • perform roleplays to show students exactly how kiwis communicate
  • coach a small group of students from other cultures
  • gain knowledge and skills that will benefit you in your future multicultural workplaces

All hours are Victoria Plus and VILP approved. If this sounds like an experience you'd enjoy, please contact us.

Conversation Leaders

These are voluntary positions. The experience will improve your leadership skills, provide networking opportunities and boost your CV. To be a leader, you need to be a native speaker of English, and enjoy meeting people from different cultures. You’ll be expected to attend the programme one hour a week for at least 10 out of 12 weeks of the trimester. Vic Plus and VILP approved.

ExcelL and Conversation Coordinator

This is a paid position. The student coordinator is required to promote both the Excel programme and the Conversation programme. The coordinator also needs to recruit volunteers for both programmes, help train volunteers, and coordinate volunteer participation. Time commitment is approximately 100 hours spread over the year. Apply to Student Learning in October for the following year. Victoria Plus and VILP approved.

Role description (pdf - 300KB)