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Did you take a gap year?

A growing number of students are taking a gap year before starting university. Were you one of them?

  • What challenges did you face after taking a year out?
  • How did you get back into study mode?
  • How did taking a gap year help you succeed at uni?
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started your gap year?

One tip we’ve heard is “don’t throw away your Year 13 study notes as they can be a useful refresher before starting uni.”

Do you have other tips, advice or experiences to share?

UC’s Liaison team is compiling a list of tips so we can share these with students starting uni in 2019 after a gap year or with those taking a gap year in 2019.

Please share your tips and advice by clicking ‘leave a comment’ under the heading of this blog or by emailing

If you submit your tip before 26 June 2018, you will go in the draw to win a $50 Westfield voucher.

Will Elsa be the Top NZ Office Dog?

Elsa – the University of Canterbury (UC) Liaison team office dog – has entered the Top Office Dog competition run by Frog Recruitment on Instagram.

170913 Elsa1Entries close today, with the judges decision expected on 18 September. You can see her entry here – she already has more than 100 likes.

Elsa is a 7 year old re-homed greyhound, who was adopted  through Hounds4Homes by UC’s Manager Future Students, Denise Hall.

On her first day at work, she ate a member of the team’s lunch and hid under the desk, but 18 months down the track she has progressed to become a chilled-out member of the team, who relaxes in her office bed for much of the day, but always joins the team for morning and afternoon tea breaks.

She also wanders round the office periodically during the day, visiting different staff at their desks to enjoy a stress-reducing pat. Highlights of her office career include wearing her official mascot jacket at Orientation Day, when she helps welcome new students, as well as contributing to the general health and wellbeing of UC staff and students. #nztopdog #ucnow

Elsa and members of the Liaison team at 2017 Orientation
Elsa and members of the Liaison team at 2017 Orientation
Elsa helps new Promotional Activities Co-ordinator Mel Ward settle in to the team
Elsa helps new Promotional Activities Co-ordinator Mel Ward settle in to the team

Summer school at UC

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Want to get ahead in your studies? Beat the rush and see what’s on offer in UC’s Summer School. You can enrol now for a November start and from 3 October you can also enrol for courses starting in January.

There are almost 100 undergraduate and postgraduate courses available, ranging from Antarctic studies to engineering and from Chinese to statistics.

Summer study is a great way to shorten the duration of your degree, spread your workload or pick up a prerequisite course – while still leaving you enough time to make the most of the long summer days.