Category Archives: Student contributors

Blogs written by UC students.

Join us for Parly to the People *location change*

This Friday, Speaker Trevor Mallard and MPs are bringing Parliament to UC. Students are encouraged to come along for a BBQ and a chat.

The travelling non-partisan event was launched in South Auckland at the end of last year, and aims to encourage student engagement. They’re out to prove that you don’t need to live in Wellington to get involved with Parliament – there are loads of ways to have your say.

Friday’s event will be hosted by the UC Pols club, a non-partisan political group here on campus. They’ll be joined by Mr Speaker and MPs David Carter, David Seymour, Matt Doocey and Jan Logie.
If you’re keen for a chat and a bite to eat, stop by Parly to the People in the Undercroft this Friday from 1.00pm to 2.30pm.

See you there!

  • When: Friday 15 March, 1.00pm–2.30pm
  • Where: the Undercroft.

Meet your UCSA Postgraduate Rep

Kia ora!

My name is Katie Mills and I’m your University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) Postgrad representative for 2019.

As your Postgrad rep, I am one of the many avenues you can utilise to share queries/concerns/comments on your student experience at UC. I’m here not only to represent postgraduate students on the UCSA but I also act as a link between students and the University of Canterbury.

Besides chatting to me, there are many other forums to seek advice and support. These include:

  • Academic Skills Centre – for thesis writing support, tips for oral presentations, proofreading and more (keep your eyes peeled for GradFest, a dedicated week of bonus workshops tailored specifically for Postgrads)
  • SOAR Advisors – For peer-to-peer academic support
  • UC Mentoring – For support that addresses wider social and emotional needs such as settling into UC and finding your way around Christchurch city.
  • PGSA – For regular events that will help you connect with other Postgrad students, socialise and discuss Postgrad specific concerns.
  • There are also a variety of services available through the UC Health Centre and Rec Centre that can help keep your mental and physical wellbeing in check.

These initiatives all share the aim to make your postgrad journey as positive as possible! So please, whether you’re battling with thesis writing or looking for a pal, reach out for some help. You don’t need to take this journey alone. If you’re not sure where to start, contact me at and we can get the conversation rolling! Plus I’d love to meet you!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2019!

Katie Mills 
UCSA Postgraduate Rep


Kevin Fernando: UCSA International Rep 2019

Kia ora and welcome to UC!

I’m Kevin and I’m the International Representative at the UCSA (University of Canterbury Students’ Association) and we are thrilled to welcome you to UC!

As an international student myself, that only stepped foot in New Zealand in the first quarter of 2017, I would have never imagined that I would be voted on as the 2019 UCSA International Representative or being on the executive of multiple clubs on campus. International student issues really resonate with me as I, too, have faced issues such as integrating with UC and New Zealand culture in my first few months at uni.

However, I can proudly say that UC is an incredibly welcoming institution and there is a place for everyone. The number of opportunities in the form of UCSA events, weekly societies’ events and others really contribute to give you the platform to make your University experience one to remember; they certainly made mine memorable so far!

Possibly the most anticipated event of 2019 will be the launch of the new UCSA building. I am most looking forward to seeing our student body engaging with the building and witnessing all the new and improved events unfold! The new Foundry bar, Bentley’s, and the 1000-person capacity auditorium?! Music to my ears.

My one tip for you all would be to make the most out of the opportunities that are present during your Uni life, you will certainly not regret it. Wishing all of you the best for the year ahead!

Kevin Fernando

UCSA International Rep