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>

Go on, invite the Police to your party

Why would Canterbury students invite the Police to their parties 1000 times? It’s all in aid of having a good time that people remember for the right reasons.

Created in 2014, the Good One Party Register aims to ensure each party is a “good one” by promoting a positive relationship with Police and providing tertiary students with tips to help host a good party. A joint scheme initiated by Police in Christchurch to reduce the number and frequency of calls to out-of-control parties, it has recently registered its 1000th social gathering.

The multi-agency initiative is so successful it’s won a policing award. The Good One Party Register won the “Excellence in Reducing Harm from Crime” category at the 2017 Evidence-Based Problem Oriented-Policing (POP) Awards, late last year.

Pictured from the left to right: UCSA Acting President Laura Robinson, NZ Police Senior Constable Logan Steele, Good One Party Register winning flatmates UC students Mackenzie Johnson, Zeb Barry, Jerome Novak, and Jack Zarifeh, and UCSA Student Wellbeing Representative Laura O’Dwyer. 

The milestone of the 1000th party registered has been celebrated with the presentation of a prize for the 1000th party host to register on the Good One website. Reece Stanton, who is studying for a conjoint Bachelor of Product Design and Bachelor of Commerce degree at UC, has won a week of gourmet dinners from My Food Bag for him and his four UC Engineering student flatmates, Mackenzie Johnson, Zeb Barry, Jerome Novak, and Jack Zarifeh, as well as goodie bags for each of them.

The Good One Party Register reduces the likelihood of problems on the night and means any issues can be more quickly and easily sorted, according to Police.

Senior Constable Logan Steele, the Canterbury District lead for the Good One Party Register, says it’s a fantastic example of preventative policing, and the 1000th party registered needs to be celebrated and recognised.

“A large purpose of the Good One Party Register was to improve the fractured relationship police had with the local student population, and that between the students and other members of the community. This, along with other initiatives, has done just that,” Senior Constable Steele says.

“The fact that the register has reached this milestone is a testament to the effectiveness of the initiative and the continued collaboration and support it receives from its stakeholders.”

The Good One Party Register is a collaborative initiative, including the Police, University of Canterbury, Ara (formerly CPIT) and Lincoln University and their students’ associations, Canterbury District Health Board, Health Promotion Agency, Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Youth Collective and Red Frogs, a support network for university students.

The University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) Acting President, Laura Robinson, says the register has been well received by the UC student population, who see the benefits of establishing a good relationship with the police.

“When parties go wrong, it may not be the hosts’ fault but they’re the ones who are likely to be left with the damage to clean up. Sometimes you get gatecrashers and situations can quickly get out of hand, so it’s good to know the local Police are there to back you up,” Ms Robinson says.

“I remember the Tea Party last year the biggest all-day event of the year and Good One ran a competition with the UCSA so that every flat that registered a pre-party got a free breakfast delivered to them – this was a real personal highlight that I experienced from the initiative.”

Back in 2011, Police were attending out-of-control parties every weekend that involved students. Police worked with students and other residents to identify solutions to the problems at parties. The introduction of the Good One Party Register in 2014 was popular with students and resulted in fewer problems at parties. Since then more than 1000 parties have been registered.

Between 2011 and 2016 in Riccarton West, Christchurch, complaints of disorder and noise fell 54 and 22 percent, according to Police, while Fire Service callouts fell 95 percent.

Sergeant Steve Jones of the Riccarton Neighbourhood Policing Team was pivotal in establishing the Good One Party Register in 2014.

“I’m really pleased the register has had such an impact. Members of the Riccarton West community were becoming frustrated with anti-social behaviour in their area, and it’s great that by working together we’ve been able to help them be safe and feel safe.”

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>