Category Archives: Announcements

What we know about you – UCount Survey

Over a third of students completed the UCount or UCPEQ surveys last year, and over $2,500 worth of prizes were won by lucky students across campus.

The Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team have created a one-page infographic of some of the things you told us. Check it out below!

Keep your eyes peeled for the UCount 2021 hitting your email inbox later in the month. Have your say and be in the draw for some epic goodies!

Email surveys@canterbury.ac.nz with any questions!

UCMe and ‘Believe U Can’ launched this week

A new ‘Believe U Can’ campaign and a refreshed version of the popular UCMe profiles launched nationwide this week, promoting UC by celebrating some of our star students (and staff in the UCWe).

UC students are inspiring, enterprising and courageous and the campaign aims to showcase the many faces of our student community.

Believe U Can weaves the story of UC and what differentiates us through each student’s personal journey. The campaign draws inspiration from you our students and brings to life the idea that belief in yourself and others can take you anywhere.

The narrator is Wairaamia Tikao Taratoa-Bannister (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Raukawa) and the others featured in the video are your classmates and UCMe students.

As in previous years, the nationwide UCMe billboard, poster, bus stops and online campaign tells the stories of students who have taken everything UC has to offer and transformed it into their own unique experience. This year we have the biggest ever cohort – 31 students – and for the first time some are accompanied by siblings, academics and support staff who have contributed to their UC experience.

Charlie Ikosi, from Papua New Guinea, is one of the students featured in the Believe U Can and UCMe campaigns. He is the recipient of a New Zealand Manaaki Scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and offered to take part to encourage other people to make a difference.

“I want to inspire people back home who have a dream of coming out into the world and getting a world-class education and taking it back home to help improve their communities.

“I feel very privileged to be here and I want to give back, by being an example. Reading about it and hearing about it is one thing but I wanted to put a face to it. When the campaign comes out I really want to share it with my friends so I can inspire them to be inquisitive about the environment and to think more widely than just what they see at home.”

Read Charlie’s inspiring story

UniSmart presentation available on demand

Last week we held our first ever UniSmart presentation live on Zoom (this session was postponed from Orientation). Students found it very informative, helping them to get the best start for managing life at UC. It was fairly entertaining – have you ever seen someone escape from a straitjacket before? Check it out!

Watch the UniSmart webinar here> 

Anyone with a UC login can view the recording until Monday 5 April 2021, so take a look, and share it with your friends.

There’s a heap of support services available to help you make the most of life at UC. If you need some help settling into uni or have any unanswered questions, take a look at:

Or contact the team at Student Care – they’re here to help you with anything that might be affecting your studies and wellbeing such as feeling homesick, assignment support and financial issues.

We wish you all the best for your first year at UC – welcome to the community!

Ngā mihi

Events team