Giving voice to RMIT students

Giving voice to RMIT students

Diverse, clear and confident student voice is essential to shaping and delivering engaging student experience.

In a world that is constantly changing, input and feedback from our students is essential to delivering optimal student experience.

At the latest Executive Leadership Forum, students were given the opportunity to shed light on what is working well and what can be improved around life at university.

The forum welcomed Adam Steiner, RUSU President, Hannah Rutherford, George Alexander Foundation Scholarship recipient, Koushik Mukherjee, International student and Naomi Kelly, VE student and refrigeration apprentice. 

The student panel deliberated with event chair Dene Cicci, Executive Director, Students at RMIT and Vice Chancellor Alec Cameron about their lived experiences at university.

Key themes that were covered in the discussion included connection to the RMIT community during COVID, returning to campus and the benefits of co-curricular opportunities.

Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) student Koushik Mukherjee said the forum gave him a great platform to share the experiences and challenges that comes with being an international student.

“I feel very happy and honoured to come here and speak in front of RMIT leaders,” he said. 

As an international student, it means a lot to me to be given the opportunity to speak about my university experience.

The panel continued to explore ways that student experience can be improved.

Improved financial literacy for students, payment plans for international students, improving opportunities for social engagement on campus and online, and better coordination of assessment due dates were just some of the useful insights shared by the students. 

Bachelor of Environment and Society student Hannah Rutherford emphasised that she loves life at university and coming to campus, but there some adjustments she would like to see around assessments.

“The best thing about being back on campus is finding all the quirky spots and checking out all the new facilities on offer,” she said.

“I would like to see a bit more coordination around assessments as I’m finding many deadlines are due at around the same time.”

Dene Cicci said student voice is key to meaningful student participation in university decision making and helping to shape and co-create an improved student experience at RMIT.

“This forum is just another example of how we support student voice at RMIT,” he said. 

“This is in addition to the great work we do with the Student Experience Advisory Group (SEAG), Have Your Say Day as well as our ongoing engagement and partnership with RUSU.”

Find out more about Student Voice at RMIT

Story: Mark Moffat

03 June 2022


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