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Unilife ‘Lunch for Locals’

Kia Ora!

My name is Saranya and I’m a part of a wonderful programme called UniLife. I’m a student leader (mentor) for UniLife, and can’t hide my excitement to share this programme with you!

UniLife is a non-residential hall programme run for all first-year undergraduate students who do not live in the halls. Not only does UniLife involve heaps of social activities and fun-packed events, but it also provides mentoring and social support to all first-year students registered under the programme.

Last year we organized events such as movie nights, quizzes, and games nights, as well as off campus trips including an escape room, bowling, pole exercise, and more! All the events are paid for – all you have to do is register by submitting an online form, and you’re good to go! We even have a group for students aged 25+!

You will be able to find us on the UC website, under Support Services (here). You can also head over to the Forestry Building and chat to the Student Experience Team to find out more! 

Lunch for Locals
This is our first event of the year, which will be held on the 14th of February! There will be a small presentation to take you through the programme, as well as the chance to meet our student leaders, who will be available for a chat to answer any of your questions. Register here!

I hope to see all of your fresh faces at this event and collaborate with you all throughout this year! The entire UniLife team is excited to help make your first year memorable, so make sure you register and come along to the Okeover on Friday to have a yarn over some delicious food!

Heads up first-year students, we’re calling you

Attention all first-year students, you’ll likely have received, or soon be getting a phone call from us this week! You might even get a voicemail…

Every year since 2015 we’ve been calling all first-year students to check-in and find out how you are doing. This gives us an opportunity to let you know what support is available to you. The caller will be a senior UC student who knows how daunting the first term can be, so they are calling to see how they can help. If you miss the call we’ll send you a follow-up email with information about support services.

If you have any questions about the call out contact Student Experience Advisor (projects) Rose Reynolds by email rose.reynolds@canterbury.ac.nz 

First year student? Tell us what you think and be in to win…

If you’re a first year student – we’re keen to hear about your experience so far at UC.

Early Experience Survey
Check your UClive email address for the Early Experience Survey. The survey asks a range of things about your early experience at UC – such as why you chose to come to UC, how your first few weeks have been and what you think of student life.

Why your feedback is important
UC runs this survey to help us understand what is needed to best support first year students. Your feedback will help us shape new initiatives and support for future first year students. Previously a number of initiatives have been implemented based on feedback from the Early Experience Survey, including:

  • the subsidised dental scheme
  • extended library hours
  • heat and eat areas across campus
  • more storage lockers
  • women only hours in the gym
  • skills training courses for research students.

How long will it take?
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. You have the option to save your responses and come back to it at a later time if you need to. 

Be in to win
If you participate in the survey, you will go in the draw to win one of three UE Wonderboom bluetooth wireless speakers.

More information
Contact Kaylene by emailing surveys@canterbury.ac.nz