Volunteering for the SENZ council

Thank you for volunteering to be part of the Student engineers New Zealand Council. We’ve put together some information to help you make the most of this role. Not sure what you should or shouldn’t do? This is the place to start.

What is SENZ?

SENZ is represented and organised by the SENZ Council, which is made up of a representative from each of the main tertiary institutions. SENZ Council members take their studies to the next level, through IPENZ industry and networking events.

All SENZ Council members need to be IPENZ student members. Each tertiary institution has a student Chair, and there is also a national Chair.

What are the key things I need to do as a SENZ Council volunteer?

To make sure that SENZ is successful, we encourage you to

  • Recruit engineering students who aren’t members.
  • Delegate – you don’t have to do it all yourself.
  • Make sure you celebrate success.

To run a safe, trouble-free calendar of events, you need to:

  • Follow IPENZ policies and procedures, including the Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • Understand your obligations under the Health and Safety Act.

What you need to do over the year:

  • Organise events throughout the year that appeal to a broad cross-section of students.
  • Attend your local IPENZ Branch committee meeting and Branch events.
  • Help organise SENZ events, and assist with IPENZ speed interviewing nights and the Secrets to Success evenings.
  • Keep us up to date with what’s happening in your group.
  • Send in text and photos for the student newsletter by the 10th of the month.
  • Send in your text for the monthly board report to your Chair by the 25th of the month.
  • Complete the Volunteer Role Agreement so we can track your volunteer work and place this on your IPENZ Membership record.

What does the tertiary institution Chair do?

Each main tertiary institution elects a Chair. The role of the Chair is to:

  • Provide leadership for your group and keep them informed.
  • Liaise with IPENZ on funding, your group’s activities and any issues.
  • Provide an annual report of SENZ activities to include in the IPENZ Annual Report.
  • Attend IPENZ events in your region.
  • Attend regional Branch meetings (or nominate someone else from your committee to go).
  • Have a succession plan in plan to recruit new committee members.

What does the national Chair do?

The role of the national Chair is to:

  • Maintain continuity of SENZ activities at both the regional and national level.
  • Represent engineering students at IPENZ-branded events.
  • Provide a centralised point of contact with IPENZ and promote stronger integration with (and recognition within) the wider IPENZ work programme.
  • Provide advice and support to the SENZ Council and regional SENZ members; acts as a “sounding board”.
  • Assist with the approval of annual regional Committee budgets and funding requests for individual SENZ-organised events.