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.


For International Women’s Day [8 March] we recognised some outstanding female graduates who’ve made or are making an indelible impact on our local, national and international communities.

Sue McCormack
A UC graduate, Sue McCormack has been Tumu Whakarae | Chancellor of the University since 2018. With her tenure coming to an end, we asked Sue to reflect on her UC education, her career and what leading her alma mater has meant to her. Read more>

Lexie Matheson
We are thrilled we can celebrate and recognise International Women’s Day during Christchurch Pride Week, as we are extraordinarily proud of #UCEducation graduate, Lexie Matheson.

When Lexie was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2016, it was an acknowledgement of her more than thirty years of dedication to LGBTQIA+ activism, education, sports and performing arts in Aotearoa New Zealand. Earlier this year she was named a semi-finalist for Ryman’s Senior New Zealander of the Year. Read Lexie’s story here>

Kahurangi | Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts
Over an accomplished life of education and advocacy, Kahurangi | Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts was named ‘Young Māori Woman of the Year’, awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and just last year, named Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Kahurangi Aroha is more than a #UCLegend, she’s taonga to UC, Ōtautahi Christchurch and Aotearoa New Zealand. We share her story, courtesy of Te Karaka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, here>

Gemma New
When she graduated in 2010, Gemma New never got a picture of herself in cap and gown as she was, quite literally, on her journey to becoming one of the world’s top conductors instead.

“It’s a privilege to be recognised for the work I’m doing… many doors have opened for me, but I’ve often had to knock on the door, turn the handle and walk through.” Read more>

Miriama Kamo
“My Bachelor of Arts has been extraordinarily useful as a journalist. You learn to think analytically, laterally and creatively. I loved my UC experience.”

Waitaha Canterbury born and bred, UC Arts graduate Miriama Kamo [Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutunga] has been telling stories her whole life, something she now considers to be both a privilege and a responsibility.” Read more>

Emeritus Professor Jane Soons
Described as “[achieving] in a male dominated world, without modelling herself on men,” UC’s first female Professor, Emeritus Professor Jane Soons was a trailblazer and role model for female academics and students of Geomorphology.  Read a little more about Jane’s journey, here>

We will be celebrating Emeritus Professor Soons’ life and her enduring impact on the field of Geography this June. We look forward to sharing more about this very special event, soon.

We shared these stories across UC social media channels, please feel free to like and share yourself, or take the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding women in your life!

UC Student Blogger | Mentors at UC

Coming to university for the first time can feel scary especially if you are from out of town and don’t know anybody. Here at UC, we can make this experience a little bit easier with our targeted mentor programme for those who have just started. When you apply for a mentor you will be paired with an older student studying a similar subject or has similar interests to you. They can help you to access the services on campus and can be someone you can talk to about your experiences and studies.

Types of mentorship at UC

UC Mentoring Programme

This is the standard mentor programme which is open to all first years. The mentors come from a range of backgrounds from first in the family to study at uni, to PhD, domestic and international.

Click here to Register

Māori Leadership Programme

This is a mentor programme specifically made for first-year Māori students. You’ll be paired with one of our Māori Tuākana/Mentors, who are trained by our Māori leadership team. You don’t need to be able to speak Te Reo Māori or be studying Māori to take up this opportunity.

Register to get a Tuākana

Pacific Mentoring Programme

This mentor programme is designed for enrolled Pasifika students at UC. Your mentor will introduce you to support services, and events for Pasifika students as well as help you to become familiar with UC more generally.

Click here to register

College based and club mentoring

These are mentoring programmes created by academic clubs alongside their respected colleges and is perfect for those who want help with their studies. These include:

  • EngMe: Mentoring and academic support for first-year engineering students bought you by ENSOC.
  • LawMe: Mentoring and academic support for first-year law students bought you by LAWSOC.
  • Non-academic Arts Mentors: Mentoring for first-year College of Arts students bought you by UC Arts Society (work in progress).

Contact the relevant clubs for more information

For more information on mentorship or how to become on yourself visit:

Sign up for Academic Skills Centre Term 1 Workshops


Carpe diem – seize the day!

  • optimise the best use of your time
  • write meaningful notes
  • study smarter and ace your tests/exams

Don’t wait, check out the free ASC workshops for Term 1 and enrol online.