Category Archives: Student Success

Opportunities and advice for making the most of your time at UC, as well as stories featuring students who are excelling in their field.

NEW ASC workshops for term 3 – Enrol now

The Academic Skills Centre is running a wide range of workshops available to all students in Term 3, and since we’re in Level 1, this time they will be on-site and in person!

Call in to our office to collect the Term 3 schedule (Level 3, Puaka-James Hight Library), or visit our website to enrol and take the next step towards improving your writing, your time management, or your English language skills, to name just a few.

We look forward to seeing you. For more information visit

New funding to boost student financial support at UC

If you are a domestic or international PhD student experiencing financial difficulties due the pandemic that are impacting your studies — for example, you’ve lost part-time work, or other financial assistance (such as parental) — you may be eligible for financial support via new Government funding.

What could financial difficulty look like? Here are some examples:

  • You’re skipping meals (and not by choice)
  • You’re having to choose between buying food and paying essential bills (eg. rent, power etc)
  • You’re struggling to meet childcare costs.

If this sounds familiar contact the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team who can provide advice. The funding will be available until the end of the year. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties not related to COVID-19, or if you’re an international student but not studying at PhD level, you may still be eligible for financial assistance. There is a range of support available and each application is assessed on an individual basis. The best thing to do is talk with the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team.

Ace your exams – check out these top study tips

Want to ace your exams? Check out these top study tips from your UCSA Finance & Engagement Officer Jack Whittam, Equity & Wellbeing Rep Georgie Dibble, and Te Akatoki Rep Tamahou Thoms (Tamahou is also a tutor at Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous studies).

Their tips cover everything from setting up your study space, to figuring out your learning style , to giving yourself a break!