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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 17. July 23, 1968


Extracts from submissions to the Joint Committee on Student Participation in the University:

L. Cleveland, Teaching Fellow, School of Political Science and Public Administration.

"This report expresses no view on the desirability or otherwise of increased student representation in the various levels of university government.

Even if students were to be given more seats on the council of Victoria University, and places on committees within its system of administration, it is doubtful if this would improve the university's internal public relations under present conditions.

Reasons for this are to be found in the transient nature of the student population and the considerable time it takes any one person to obtain sufficient experience of the workings of the complex system of university administration to be able to play a significant role in its processes. Certainly, were such a reform to be attempted it would be likely to be fruitless unless the present complaints about the adequacy of student representation are recognised as aspects of a general communications problem which exists within the university."