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.

UC Student Blogger | How the Equity & Disability Service can support you

New Zealand Sign Language Week is coming up soon! One of our Student Bloggers takes a look at NZSL, and the disability-related study support available for students at UC:  

Celebrate this year’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week from 21 to 27 September. The NZSL week celebrates and brings awareness to the deaf community here in NZ. It is signed by over 20,000 people and is one of NZ’s official languages.

Here at UC, the Equity and Disability Service (EDS) is here to help with any condition which may affect your study such as hearing impairment, mental health condition, learning difficulty, or any other condition or injury. EDS provides a wide range of services which includes but not limited to:

  • Practical support (e.g. sign language interpreters, peer note-takers)
  • Assistive technology (e.g. digital voice recorders, CCTV, screen reading
    and voice recognition software)
  • Information in alternative formats (e.g. electronic, enlarged, tactile
    diagrams, Braille)
  • Special arrangements for exams (e.g. extra time, separate room, writer).

In order to use the service, you need to register with EDS and need to provide evidence of your impairment such as a medical certificate or a psychological report. For more information, you can visit:

Alternatively, you can visit the EDS centre located on the ground floor of the Forestry building. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm.

EDS also offer sign language classes. It is open for all UC students and staff and you can find more information at

The EDS is also looking for Peer-note takers who can take notes for students who are unable to themselves. It is paid and you can apply it to your Co-curricular Record.

If you want to learn more about NZSL cheek out these links:

Learn NZSL:
Deaf Aotearoa:
NZSL dictionary:
Sign Ninja: (learn NZSL as you play)

PACE Internships: Cameron’s Story

Hello, my name is Cameron and I am studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography (with particular interest in GIS). Through the PACE Internship Programme, I interned with a charitable trust called the Water and Wildlife Habitat Trust. Their primary interest is the restoration of the ecological health of waterways in Canterbury.

My role was to produce maps to assist in the development of catchment management plans for two different catchments in Canterbury. I was able to attend meetings about the processes of acquiring land and funds, building relationships with landowners, and learn how environmental initiatives actually occur. The internship allowed me to not only gain a general understanding of the processes that are involved in restoration, but also helped me to develop my technical mapping skills.

PACE gave me the chance to use knowledge I previously learned in my studies and apply it to a real world project. Throughout my internship, my most improved skill was communication, both written and spoken. The biggest takeaway was the importance of asking for help. I needed to communicate my progress to my supervisor at the Trust, and we would have weekly catch-ups to discuss next steps and alterations that needed to be made. On a few occasions, I also needed to ask for help from people who I had not met before, and this forced me to practice constructing emails for a professional environment.

Thinking about a PACE Internship?

PACE is unlike other University courses, and it will challenge you in ways you are not used to. Do not hesitate to speak up and contribute in class discussions, because this will help you absorb the ideas they are teaching you. In addition, honesty, both with yourself and classmates/lecturers, really does help the learning process.

PACE Information Session:

Hear from current partners
(NZ Police & Christchurch Adventure Park )
as well as current PACE students:

  • When: Wednesday 9 September
  • Where: Undercroft 101
  • Time: 5:00 – 5.45 pm


Find out more at our website or previous Insider’s Guide blog

Your Roadmap to Success: The Academic Skills Centre

As we move into Term 4, now is a great time to make the most of what the Academic Skills Centre has to offer. Check out this blog from a UC student on how the ASC can support you with your studies: 

The Academic Skills Centre is an advisory service and resource hub that focuses on writing and study strategies to maximise achievement.

They offer individual consultations, workshops, seminars, lectures and online resources which provide advice on everything from the correct use of semi-colons to referencing.

Currently in Level 2 consultations can still be booked, however, they will be run through Zoom or over the phone. These individual consultations provide you with the space to ask an advisor about anything related to writing, critical thinking or study. Written assignments can also be looked over with possible suggestions for improvement.

The Academic Skills Centre also run workshops that you can attend covering topics ranging from:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Time Management
  • Effective Notetaking

…and many more! 

They are located on Level 3 of the Puaka-James Hight Library and are open 8:30am – 4pm Monday to Friday.

The Academic Skills Centre is a great tool to use at any point in your degree. Personally I found it very helpful in my first year as they provided me with the guidance and steps I needed to succeed at uni. They were able to help with the transition from high school study to uni study. The Academic Skills Centre is great for when you are feeling unsure about an assignment or you need a fresh pair of eyes to look over you essay, or just to have a chat to someone about where to start. I couldn’t recommend it more as it gives you piece of mind for all your assignment queries.

If you have noticed that your engagement is dropping through the ACE dashboard, the Academic Skills Centre can help you get back on track and assist you in solving the issues that are causing you to disengage, especially if they are assignment related.