UCMe and ‘Believe U Can’ launched this week

A new ‘Believe U Can’ campaign and a refreshed version of the popular UCMe profiles launched nationwide this week, promoting UC by celebrating some of our star students (and staff in the UCWe).

UC students are inspiring, enterprising and courageous and the campaign aims to showcase the many faces of our student community.

Believe U Can weaves the story of UC and what differentiates us through each student’s personal journey. The campaign draws inspiration from you our students and brings to life the idea that belief in yourself and others can take you anywhere.

The narrator is Wairaamia Tikao Taratoa-Bannister (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Raukawa) and the others featured in the video are your classmates and UCMe students.

As in previous years, the nationwide UCMe billboard, poster, bus stops and online campaign tells the stories of students who have taken everything UC has to offer and transformed it into their own unique experience. This year we have the biggest ever cohort – 31 students – and for the first time some are accompanied by siblings, academics and support staff who have contributed to their UC experience.

Charlie Ikosi, from Papua New Guinea, is one of the students featured in the Believe U Can and UCMe campaigns. He is the recipient of a New Zealand Manaaki Scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and offered to take part to encourage other people to make a difference.

“I want to inspire people back home who have a dream of coming out into the world and getting a world-class education and taking it back home to help improve their communities.

“I feel very privileged to be here and I want to give back, by being an example. Reading about it and hearing about it is one thing but I wanted to put a face to it. When the campaign comes out I really want to share it with my friends so I can inspire them to be inquisitive about the environment and to think more widely than just what they see at home.”

Read Charlie’s inspiring story

Checking in with mates

Jazz Thornton is one of three finalists currently in the running for the University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year Award. Julie Pratt,  manager of UC’s Student Care team, recently sat down with Jazz to talk about what she does to keep well, how we can be a support for others, and her work with Mentemia.

In this video (3mins), Jazz and Julie talk about how simple things can make a big difference to wellbeing, including when it comes to supporting others by just checking in with them.

ICYMI: Mentemia is a wellbeing app that has been made freely available this year with all features unlocked to all UC students. If you would like to download the app or learn more about how it can be used to support wellbeing, you can find more information about it here.

Introducing Mentemia – free for all UC students

Starting this year, all students at UC have free access to the full version of Mentemia, a wellbeing-focused phone app designed to support people with feeling good and functioning well.

The app is based on the idea that there are simple things everyone can do on a daily basis to feel happier, less stressed and less anxious, and provides a set of tools and resources to help with that.

Created by former New Zealand rugby player and current mental health advocate John Kirwan, the app was provided with funding by the Ministry of Health during the COVID-19 lockdown to make it temporarily available for free to the New Zealand public.

You can check out the app by downloading it from your phone’s app store. When you create an account, enter your student email address (either or to gain access to the full range of features.

Be assured that your use of the app is confidential and no personal information concerning how you use the app is shared with the University of Canterbury by Mentemia.