The Student Advancement Fund

The student advancement fund has been established by the students of Massey University from funds provided by a levy charged to all students by the University and then gifted to the Massey University Foundation for investment and distribution.

Applications to the The Student Advancement Fund will be considered for projects up to a maximum value of $20,000 in 2017 and which meet the following criteria:

  1. Applications to the fund should demonstrate a clear benefit to the physical or mental welfare of students at Massey University or advance education of students at Massey
  2. Applications from groups of students would be welcomed
  3. Funding will be considered for one off expenses as well as longer projects that run for more than one financial year
  4. Applications to the fund will not be considered for those things which should rightly be funded by the university e.g. classrooms, classroom equipment, teaching staff
  5. Applications to the fund will not be considered for providing services that would normally be supplied or funded by other student service bodies
  6. Applicants must supply a bank account, and a clear proposal for accounting for expenditure
  7. Applications must be made in writing (no more than 600 words) by Sunday 3 September 2017 to:
    The Student Levy Committee
    c/o Massey University Foundation
    Tiritea House – PN213
    Private Bag 11222
    Palmerston North

The committee will make a decision of the applications and will inform successful applicants in writing.

Queen of Tears Exhibition

Recipient of a Student Advancement Grant, 2015

Queen of Tears group

“The Queen of Tears exhibition, held in October 2015, was a six day feminist exhibition in central Wellington that embraced, educated and empowered people to express how they feel. The exhibition was an emotional and artistic response to growing up and navigating the female experience put on by Massey University College of Creative Arts students Megan Alexander, Constance McDonald, Nicole Webber and myself - Jessica Ziegler. We received funding from the Student Advancement Fund to put on the exhibition which we were, and still are, immensely grateful for. We are all openly emotional women in a society that tells us that being emotional is a sign of weakness. We wanted this exhibition to highlight, embrace and empower our emotions and to show Massey students, as well as members of the public, that we should not feel ashamed of showing or expressing our emotions.

Stereotypical feminine qualities are often associated with the colour pink which is why we wanted to celebrate and reclaim those qualities as something powerful by using the colour throughout the exhibition. We were lucky enough to secure a space in central Wellington that had nice clean walls and plenty of natural light and we worked together to create a full sensory experience when entering the exhibition space. We used a combination of fresh roses and rose scented essential oils, placed the pink vinyl around the building and soft pink covers on the toilet seats, had the soundtrack of my video work playing, and served a variety of pink food. Our work was placed around the space with moving images on TVs, garments hung from the ceiling, large prints on the walls and a projected video in a side room. We were also able to put on two live performances, one on opening night and one for the closing event.

We were really excited when we were granted the Student Advancement Grant as it helped us create an exhibition far better than we could have managed with our own funds. We are also grateful for the generosity from local businesses, Flowers Manuela and Unearthed Vintage and Retro store for providing some of the flowers and the crystal dishes to serve our food. Overall, we are so proud and happy that we were able to achieve a really well received and well attended exhibition. On behalf of myself and the other Queen of Tears artists, we would like to thank the students at Massey University and the Massey Foundation for providing this opportunity.”

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