A massive thank you to everyone who voted in the UCSA elections recently. 38.5 percent of you turned out to cast a vote, which remains the highest voter turnout of any university in NZ or Australia. You can view the full election results on the UCSA website.
Why the elections matter
- The elected Student Executive team make sure the UCSA is working in your interests. They’re our governing body.
- The Executive help strengthen the student voice at UC. They’re your student reps on a range of college/faculty boards and project groups. The UCSA President also sits on the University Council – UC’s governing body.
Congratulations to the 2020 UCSA Student Executive:
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Since 1913 the UCSA has been recognising and awarding students who excel in their chosen sport. In 2017, the UCSA in association with UC developed the traditional sports focused Blues event into an all-round awards night celebrating a broader scope of student success. The event now consists of Sports, Community Engagement and the Arts categories.
Blues will be awarded to students who reach the required level of achievement in each discipline. Receiving an award at our Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in these areas.
2019 also sees the introduction of two new awards. The University of Canterbury Sport Recognition and Art Recognition awards recognise those who have performed exceptionally, however are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual. For example coaches, managers, directors, producers, administrators, executives etc.
This award allows for recognition across a broader range of categories, while retaining the prestige and level of performance that characterises University Blues
All successful nominees are then considered for the following major awards:
- Sportsperson of the Year
- Outstanding Contribution to University Sport
- Team of the Year
- Coach of the Year
- Official of the Year
- Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement
- Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding Contribution to the Māori community
- Outstanding Contribution to the Canterbury Community
- Outstanding Contribution to Equity and Diversity
- Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability
- Outstanding Achievement in the Arts
- Outstanding Contribution to the Arts at UC
- Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the USCA website, with all sections completed
- Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
- The full criteria can be found on our Website.
Nominations for the Blues Awards close Monday 12 August. Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.
Nominees will be announced on 3 September. Updates on the awards will be posted on the UCSA’s Facebook page.
The Blues Awards will be held at Haere-roa, Saturday 28 September.
The University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) is holding its annual election this month, and we want all UC students to get involved!
Your vote matters, so please take the time to read about the candidates and get ready to cast your votes. Voting is open 14–16 August. At 9am on Wednesday 14 August, you’ll receive a message to your student email that will contain your online voting link. Make sure you get into it.
Why vote? Well, the UCSA’s Executive plays a key role in campus life. Their core role is to ensure that the UCSA is operating for students. The Executive also represent you at UC by sitting on a range of college/faculty boards and project groups, while the UCSA President also sits on the University Council – UC’s governing body. Because of this, it’s important you vote for someone who best represents you.
For more information about the election, visit the UCSA website.