Apply now for the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award

The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award (VCEA) recognises excellent achievement and the value of breadth of learning in UC’s most capable students. It allows some students with a high level of achievement studying Engineering, Science, Commerce, Law, Education, or Arts, to take courses outside of their main area of study free of the usual tuition fee.

Your excellent academic achievement may qualify you to apply for the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award in 2018.

Past VCEA recipients have chosen to explore Languages, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and more. See the Bachelor of Arts website for a list of some of the subjects you can discover with the VCEA.

The Award

The award allows you to take one undergraduate course per semester, which will be registered under the award code COP VCEA. Courses will receive credit and appear on your transcript in the usual way, with the exception that course results will be listed as Pass/Fail (P/F) only. Courses taken under the VCEA cannot be credited to your first degree. Results of VCEA courses will not affect your GPA either positively or negatively. No student fee will be incurred for such courses, but any other course-specific costs or charges may apply. Students who pass at least one course under the VCEA will be acknowledged as recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award on their transcripts.


To apply for the award, see the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Award on the scholarships website and fill out the application form.  Please note, applications for Semester Two close on Wednesday 4 July, 2018.

Entry Requirements

The Award is open to (i) full-time domestic students enrolled in any undergraduate degree or degrees of the University who have an overall GPA of 7.0 or above at the time of application, and who have previously accumulated at least 90 points of study towards their degree(s), and (ii) students enrolled in any doctoral degree of the University.

Courses taken under the Award are subject to the following restrictions:

  1. No more than 60 credit points in total may be taken under the VCEA, and no more than one VCEA course per semester may be taken.
  2. VCEA courses may not be credited to, or otherwise help fulfill the requirements of, any degree or award in which you are enrolled at the time of taking the VCEA course. VCEA courses may be credited to later awards of the University on the following conditions: (a) that you have already graduated or are eligible to graduate with a UC degree, and (b) VCEA courses my contribute to no more than 50 percent of the points value/EFTS of any future qualification.
  3. VCEA courses may be no larger than 15 credit points, must be at 100 level, and may be taken from the schedules of degrees in the Faculty of Arts. These include the BA, MusB, BSW, and BFA.
  4. Entry to VCEA courses is by approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, who will take into account the breadth expectations of the award. For this reason, under normal circumstances the Dean will not approve enrolment in VCEA courses on the schedule(s) of the major subject or subjects in which your are enrolled.
  5. Entry to courses under the VCEA is subject to the normal pre-requisite or other entry requirements for those courses. Courses passed under the VCEA will count as pre-requisites for other courses, or otherwise may be used to meet requirements for further study, so long as this is not affected by their being awarded on a pass/fail basis, and also subject to point (ii) above.

Courses you take under the VCEA are subject to normal workload restrictions. Should applying to enrol in a VCEA course lead to an excess workload, you will need to apply for this to be approved in the usual way.

VCEA applications should be submitted by Wednesday 4 July, 2018. Find out more here>

Red Zone Futures Exhibition open until 30 June

Regenerate Christchurch are developing a draft Regeneration Plan for the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, and their Red Zone Futures Exhibition showcases the shortlisted land uses for this important area of the city.

Regenerate Christchurch welcome everyone to view the exhibition and give feedback, which will help shape the future of Christchurch and that of future generations.

You’ll find the exhibition at 99 Cashel Street, Christchurch, 10.00am – 3.00pm daily (or until 7.00pm Thursdays).

Or you can view it online here>

School students visit Classics Department

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The Classics Department had the pleasure of hosting its annual Classics Day on Friday 8 June. Classics Day is an exciting full-day event for Year 12 and 13 high school students from around Christchurch that incorporates their NCEA learning and shows them the opportunities to continue on with Classics at the UC. This was the second year it was held in our city location in the Arts Centre, which enabled students the chance to see how the department is developing a deeper connection with the central city and public. Our academic staff were delighted to see how popular the 2018 event was and the level of engagement from the students made it an enjoyable day for all.

The day began at Christ’s College where students were welcomed by the College of Arts and the Classics Department. Students were then able to choose from a number of lectures, workshops and museum tours held at the YMCA and our city location. Lectures ranged from Roman architecture to Dido in the Aeneid and included a key-note address of Classical Imagery and the ANZACs presented by senior lecturer Gary Morrison.

A yearly favourite for the students was the Sarissa workshop, which includes a challenge to see how long students can hold the replica long Greek spear always draws a number of keen volunteers. Students were also encouraged to try out some Attic dressing styles and had a lot of fun re-imagining themselves in Ancient-wear.

Staff at the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities were happily busy showing the students through the latest exhibition, Beyond the Grave: Death in Ancient Times and hosting them for a short talk on the display. The day finished off with the famous Classics Quiz, where a team from Christchurch Girls’ High School won for the second year in a row – a great feat, and our congratulations!

We are very grateful this year for the generous support of many of the cafés and eateries around the Arts Centre who donated vouchers and put on a number of different specials for the students. It’s always great to see energetic and keenly interested students and we look forward to seeing them all again next year! A big thank you to all staff who helped to organise and support the day.


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