Category Archives: Student contributors

Blogs written by UC students.

What is peer notetaking?

Have you heard about peer notetaking before? It’s a valuable service for students who are unable to take their own lecture notes. Find out more from a UC student who is a peer notetaker, and how it is beneficial for everyone involved! 

Peer Notetaking, run by the Equity and Disability Service, is a great way for UC students to support their peers. Note takers provide their lecture notes along with extra information from class discussions and announcements.

Applying for this service is open to all students from undergraduates to masters, with accepted applicants being paid $8 per lecture. After having completed a minimum of 12 hours you can apply for your notetaking to be recognised on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Your CCR reflects the work-readiness skills you have acquired by participating in activities outside of academic study, which peer notetaking applies to. It shows your future employers that you have made the most of the opportunities that are available to you while at UC. These work-readiness skills include:

  • Planning and Organisation
  • Self-Management
  • Communication

The notes provided allow your peers who are unable to take notes for disability-related reasons, whether that is temporary is ongoing, to succeed and continue to find their place at UC. 

Personally being a peer note taker has positively influenced my own study. Knowing that someone else is relying on my notes for their own study has motivated me to make sure my notes are as clear and informative as possible. It has also made me more engaged in class as all of the information discussed may be helpful for the person I am providing the notes for.

Peer Notetaking is a rewarding experience as you are helping someone you have never met to continue to succeed and find their place at UC, while also supporting your own study by enhancing your engagement and note taking skills.

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: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/equity-disability/

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 https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/equity-disability/sign-language/

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: http://www.learnnzsl.nz/
Deaf Aotearoa: https://www.deaf.org.nz/
NZSL dictionary: https://www.nzsl.nz/
Sign Ninja:  http://www.nzslsignninja.co.nz/ (learn NZSL as you play)

UC Student Blogger | UC Rainbow Community – Finding Your Place

At UC every student should feel happy, welcome, and confident to be themselves. Diversity is an important part of campus life and our differences should be embraced. That’s why UC aims to provide an amazing variety of services to meet the needs of each and every student. 

That’s why we have our very own Rainbow Coordinator, Ari Nicholson, to support students.

Ari plays an important role on campus advocating for the University’s LGBTQIA+ community, with the goal of increasing knowledge and visibility for the 15% of UC students who identify as being members of rainbow communities. 

Ari provides students with advice, and can help you meet new friends by connecting you with other Rainbow students on campus. If there is any part of your UC experience you would like help with, or just for a chat, pop in and see Ari.

Ari’s office is located on Level 1 of the Forestry building (Room 118) and you can visit between 9 am and 5 pm Monday, and 9am to 2.30 pm Tuesday and Wednesday.

More information about Ari can be found here

Aside from a dedicated Rainbow Coordinator, UC offers other great resources for the Rainbow Community as it aspires to provide equitable study opportunities. 

Students can meet to discuss any concerns with UC Diversity Champions and the UC Health Centre can provide counselling services. More information on Student Care can be found here. The UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team is also always there to help you.

To find out more about the LGBTQIA+ support at UC, click here>