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.


The University has proudly reported its ranking as New Zealand’s no.1 university in two out of four rankings  that were recently announced by the  New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

According to the TEC, UC has the highest proportion of students completing qualifications as well as the highest ratio of students progressing into higher levels of education into various NZ universities. UC was also the first university in New Zealand to be rated five stars by international university QS rankings company and remains among the top three percent of universities in the world.

Here are the specific stats from the rankings as published by the University:

  1. “The proportion of Canterbury students who completed their qualifications was 88%, compared with the national average of 81%.
  2.  The proportion of Canterbury students who progressed to study at a higher level was 95%, with the national average at 79%.
  3. The university was ranked 3rd in the successful completion of courses and for students who remained in study.”

So, be proud to be a part of UC; a holistic university with exceptional academic and social standards of excellence, that is not only recognised nationally as one of the best, but also across the globe.

My day at the Human Rights Commission Diversity Forum!

The other day (Monday 25th) I had a really awesome experience when I attended the Human Rights Commission Diversity Forum as part of their media team. I first heard about this opportunity through an email from the Media and Communications Department at UC, and as soon as I saw it I jumped at the chance to be a part of it.

The forum was held at UC, mainly in C Block lecture theatres. On the day I was given control of the NZ Race Relations Twitter page to update throughout the forum with photos, quotes from speakers and information from various talks. I sat right in the front row along with two other UC media students which was  a prime position for capturing photos! Over the day many interesting issues were discussed including:  how employers can embrace diversity, what tools are provided by Immigration New Zealand to help new workers integrate into society, and employment challenges new migrants encounter. Once the forum had ended we were invited to attend an awards ceremony where I had the pleasure of meeting the Governor General, and even the Chancellor of the University, Dr John Wood.

For me this experience was incredibly valuable, as it is in my area of interest (media) and allowed me to make contacts within the industry. My advice for UC students would be to give everything a go as you’ll never know what great chances you could be missing if you don’t try. I highly recommend making the most of opportunities such as this while you attend UC as they are enriching experiences that provide you with great work experience for the future, and are valuable on your CV! Remember to check your emails regularly to see what pops up, and don’t feel shy to ask lecturers and department co-ordinators, as they have the inside knowledge.

If you would like to read more about this year’s Human Rights Commission Forum, or would like to keep a look out for next year’s date, then visit this website (this annual event is free)

Need help finding your feet?

UC Careers, Internships & Employment

UC Careers, Internships & Employment

Whether you are half way through your first year at uni, right in the middle, or nearing the end of your degree, UC Careers, Internships & Employment can provide the support and guidance you may need. One of the great services that the folks at UC Careers offer is careers advice.

Firstly, you can book a 20 minute express appointment on CareerHub here: (once logged in, go to ‘Appointments’ on the left hand side). These are suited for any students who need help and advice with:

  • Course planning
  • Degree options
  • CVs and job application forms
  • Interview preparation
  • Searching for jobs
  • Applying for positions through the Student and Graduate Recruitment Programme.

So if you need a bit of extra support to find your way, don’t hesitate to call UC Careers and talk to them. They won’t bite I promise!

Also you can book a Career Counselling Session for a one-on-one meeting with a Career Consultant. This could settle your worries about any course or career concerns and answer questions including: “What can I do with my degree once I leave UC?” And “What are my postgraduate study options?”. These appointments can also be booked online, on the UC CareerHub website.

Check out this link for further information:

Also there is a very helpful UC Careers information page which provides various information about all the degrees and majors offered at UC. By choosing your degree/major from the list you can receive information about: the skills that the degree/subject provides, where graduates in the field have been employed, what those positions involve, and further study options.
I myself found this very useful and believe you will too! Check it out at

Good luck!