Membership allows you to be part of a distance students’ network that supports personal and academic success, and advocates locally and nationally for equal opportunities for part time and distance students.
Important information, connections, advocacy and representation, scholarships, and regional support are some of the benefits of EXMSS membership.
EXMSS Area Representatives (EARs) are your regional support people, many of whom have been (or are) extramural students. EARs are a good starting point if you are trying to resolve study-related problems, facilitate the formation of local study groups or just want some help navigating the Massey system. Some EARs organise social activities for extramural students, such as post-exam parties or mid-winter motivation boost parties – you may have ideas for other activities so get in contact with them. The full list of EXMSS Area Representatives for 2013 can be found HERE.
As a member of EXMSS you will receive an electronic magazine that gives you insider knowledge of what is happening with distance learning support, scholarships, changes in funding, and changes in academic regulations. If there is a new service being offered, new scholarships and publications, or changes in rules that will affect you, then Off Campus is your information source. No more sifting through the morass of information to find what’s useful. Off Campus filters the dross and gives you what you need to know.
Off Campus will also encourage you in times of difficulty. Heartening stories of student success will inspire you to succeed and offer connections to other students in your region. If you study abroad this is the ideal way to stay connected with Aotearoa and perhaps find out that there are distance students in your part of the world.
The EXMSS website
This service is provided to all students. An information hub that directs you to the services you need. The EXMSS website provides a buy/sell service, and access to Review It! comments about papers students have taken.
The EXMSS Facebook page
If this is your preferred method of keeping in touch then members will find links to all the topical issues here. Increase your connections and options of support by taking part in the continual cycle of Facebook discussions.
Support and a Student Voice
Representation and Advocacy
As a member of EXMSS you will have access to advocacy that engages at the highest levels of Massey. If your issue is taking too long to resolve, or has not had the outcome you feel you deserve, the President of EXMSS is ready to champion your cause.
The EXMSS President is also striving to improve courses that fail to satisfy students. By being a member of EXMSS you are supporting Review It! and the quality assurance of papers at Massey. If you have had a dud paper let EXMSS know and we can alert other students and ask for a review of the paper to be carried out.
The EXMSS President also speaks up against legislation that reduces opportunities for part time and distance study. EXMSS believes the current Ministry of Education focus on full time youth students is flawed. Political pressure to change this negative tack, through strategic partners (such as the New Zealand Union of Students Associations) and media discussion, is part of the EXMSS strategic plan. Your membership ensures the voice of distance students is heard in Government and at the highest levels of Massey University. The EXMSS President is a member of Massey Council, and the Tertiary Academic Audit Unit, and sits on the Learner Advisory Committee at the Tertiary Education Commission, and the Ministry of Education’s E-Learning Reference Group.
EXMSS supports opportunities for all students including Maori and Pacifika students. EXMSS is affiliated with Te Mana Akonga (TMA), the national union for Maori students and actively supports TMA lobbying and messages that align with EXMSS goals.
Extramural Student Support Trust Scholarships
EXMSS has oversight of the Extramural Student Support Trust. This trust awards scholarships to distance students each year. You must be a member of EXMSS to apply for the Extramural Student Support Trust awards.
Services and Events
Each year EXMSS hosts a Graduation Dinner at Wharerata, the fabulous historic function centre on Massey’s Manawatu campus. The dinner is attended by graduates, their families and friends, and Massey dignitaries, with a guest speaker chosen for their style and flair. Graduates are encouraged to share their stories in a friendly environment where the music, food and people come together to provide the perfect celebration for distance student graduates.
Promotions, Services and News
As a member you will receive occasional emails regarding EXMSS services as well as society news including calls for nominations and election notices.
Not a current Student? you can still become an Associate member.
Download the necessary form HERE.