Category Archives: Postgraduate study

Special Consideration as a result of the Mosque attacks

We know the events of 15 March have had a deep impact on many people and UC is committed to supporting your academic journey. If you need to apply for Special Consideration as a result of the Mosque attacks please click the following link. The University will offer students the option of applying for Special Consideration on Compassionate Grounds between 25 March and 1 July 2019.    

All tests and exams were cancelled 16 March – 24 March 2019 inclusive. It is not necessary to apply for Special Consideration for a cancelled test or assignment during this period. The Course Coordinator/Academic Administrator will determine an appropriate academic remedy and this will be communicated to you.

We encourage you to sit your assessment items to ensure the University has enough information on which to base your final grade.

If you feel that you are unable to continue your studies please visit the Enrolments team in the Student Services Centre, Level 1 Matariki to discuss withdrawing from your course. The last day to withdraw (no refund) in Semester 1 is 10 May 2019. After this date you will need to apply for a withdrawal through the existing Special Consideration for a Late Discontinuation process.

Special Consideration for circumstances not related to the Mosque attacks will be assessed through the usual special consideration process at

Master’s theses students that have been impacted should contact their College Dean or Postgraduate Coordinator. PhD candidates should contact their Supervisor/Postgraduate Coordinator/Dean of Postgraduate Research for advice.

The University is an inclusive, supportive environment for all students and we encourage any students requiring support to go to for further information.

Meet your UCSA Postgraduate Rep

Kia ora!

My name is Katie Mills and I’m your University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) Postgrad representative for 2019.

As your Postgrad rep, I am one of the many avenues you can utilise to share queries/concerns/comments on your student experience at UC. I’m here not only to represent postgraduate students on the UCSA but I also act as a link between students and the University of Canterbury.

Besides chatting to me, there are many other forums to seek advice and support. These include:

  • Academic Skills Centre – for thesis writing support, tips for oral presentations, proofreading and more (keep your eyes peeled for GradFest, a dedicated week of bonus workshops tailored specifically for Postgrads)
  • SOAR Advisors – For peer-to-peer academic support
  • UC Mentoring – For support that addresses wider social and emotional needs such as settling into UC and finding your way around Christchurch city.
  • PGSA – For regular events that will help you connect with other Postgrad students, socialise and discuss Postgrad specific concerns.
  • There are also a variety of services available through the UC Health Centre and Rec Centre that can help keep your mental and physical wellbeing in check.

These initiatives all share the aim to make your postgrad journey as positive as possible! So please, whether you’re battling with thesis writing or looking for a pal, reach out for some help. You don’t need to take this journey alone. If you’re not sure where to start, contact me at and we can get the conversation rolling! Plus I’d love to meet you!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2019!

Katie Mills 
UCSA Postgraduate Rep


Study with confidence – Academic Skills Centre

E pokea ana koe? Tackle your study with confidence. Te Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre is here to support and help you overcome academic hurdles you encounter.

The team can help you understand assignment instructions and questions, improve your academic writing, and manage your time better. They run a series of workshops during the term to help you with topics such as the writing process, excel basics and giving presentations. See the full calendar of workshops and seminars here.

You can also book an individual consultation with a learning advisor to discuss a specific assignment, and access online resources, which provide information on a wide variety of academic skills.