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UC’s Strategic Vision 2020 to 2030 launched this week

Earlier this year, UC launched E tū, kia ora – the first step in establishing a new strategic plan to carry us through the next 10 years.

Students and staff have played an integral part in the development of the Strategy that was officially approved by the UC Council on 25 September and publicly launched this week. After various student workshops and nearly 2000 responses to “The Future of UC” survey emailed to all students in July (facilitated by the UCSA), the three most important things you wanted prioritised were:

  1. supporting student success and wellbeing
  2. a sustainable university by 2030 (socially, financially and environmentally)
  3. improving UC’s teaching and research.

Your input has had a significant influence in the direction of this strategy which you can see below in the diagram of the overall framework.

We encourage you to explore UC’s future direction through the Strategic Vision 2020 to 2030.

Implementation plans are well under way and actions are being prioritised around the near term and beyond. If you have further comments on the implementation of the Strategy and priority actions you can email your comments to strategicplanning@canterbury.ac.nz.

Re-enrol for 2020 now – it’s easy

Re-enrolment is now open for 2020. It’s easy, simply log in to myUC and follow the instructions. If you have any difficulties, email enrolments at enrol@canterbury.ac.nz or call the team on 0800 827 748.

For advice on planning your next year of study, contact a student advisor within your College and book an appointment.

Find your College student advisors:

College of Science
College of Engineering
College of Arts
College of Business and Law
College of Education, Health and Human Development

Under pressure: coping with assessment anxiety

“Did I study the right topics for this exam?”

“If I don’t get a good mark, will I ruin my opportunities for university and career success?”

“Am I suited to university?”

Sound familiar? You are not alone!  

Educational psychologist Dr Valerie Sotardi from the College of Education, Health and Human Development and Associate Professor Erik Brogt from UC’s Learning Evaluation and Academic Development team have created a free online resource to help students understand assessment anxiety.

They say these types of stress-related thoughts are common among students – especially first year students.

“Any time we challenge ourselves, stress will be a natural part of learning. Any time we value our performance, stress will be a natural part of assessment. It’s crucial for students to remember that these are typical experiences, and nothing to be ashamed of,” Dr Sotardi said in a recent interview.

In moderation, these kinds of questions can be good. Taking the time to reflect on our own preparation, progress, and future outcomes can help us to evaluate and modify our behaviours to achieve success. However, if we are unable to cope effectively with these thoughts, then anxiety can take control.

Try the tips below to help keep the stress and anxiety in check.

  • Set daily achievable goals and stick to them. For example – read chapter 1 and take notes, use flash cards to review material etc.
  • Aim high, be realistic and focus on mastering the material – this is something you have more control over than a score or grade.
  • Multitasking does not help you to learn! Don’t try to study while watching TV or chatting with friends. People generally are really poor multitaskers and perform poorly on these tasks while also being more stressed.
  • Use the student support on campus. All institutions have people on staff whose job it is to help you – this includes people such as librarians, student support staff, and learning skills staff. For more information see canterbury.ac.nz/support/
  • If you are worried about your performance, talk with your friends and classmates about what they’re concerned about and how they’re handling it.

Want to know more? Read Under pressure: Understanding assessment anxiety – Resource for students