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We need you!

We need 100 of you to be exact, to volunteer at this year’s UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene on Thursday 11 July.

Open Day | Rā Tōmene is our key recruitment event for future students, parents and whānau, and its success depends on staff throughout UC. Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet future students and enjoy the atmospheric buzz this event creates on campus.

We need volunteers in the following roles, can you help?

Supplier of smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you along our Open Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC. Hand out tote bags, scan tickets, greet those coming from out of town on the free bus, and wave them goodbye at the end of the day. You take care of those all-important frontline tasks, wearing a big smile on your face.

Information guru – providing help and support is your gig.
We have stations on campus just for you this Open Day | Rā Tōmene. You’ll assist visitors with any questions they have, from where to get a good coffee to what time the next info session starts.

Foot traffic controller – you’re there to help people find their way.
You love the buzz of people gathering, ready to learn. Every hour a new information session begins and you’ll be at the front of the line, managing the flow of people in and out of lecture theatres and helping people find the right session.

Data gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think.
iPad in hand, we need you to approach attendees with a smile to get their feedback on Open Day | Rā Tōmene. Using the pre-populated survey online, you will ensure we get the data we require to keep running successful events.

Campus explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
We need you to take small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities, especially the sparkly new ones, to help them get a feel for UC. You’ll answer questions as you go and point out where things are happening throughout the day.

The day runs from 9am to 5pm and is based in the centre of the Ilam campus. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a morning or afternoon session.

Register your interest by completing this online form, but please check in with your manager first.

Thanks for your support to make this event a success.

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Talented UC lecturer a finalist in 2019 PANZ awards

UC’s Aaron Beehre is a finalist several times over for the Publishers Association of New Zealand PANZ Design Awards again, as he was last year, when his design of New China Eyewitness (CUP, 2017) made an almost clean sweep of the board.

Aaron is a finalist for Bonsai (CUP, 2018) in the best non-illustrated book category. He is also a finalist in both the Penguin Random House Best Illustrated Book, and Mary Egan Publishing Award for Best Typography for Us vs Them (Christchurch Art Gallery | Te Puna o Waiwhetu).  His design work is also included among the finalists in both the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book, and the Edify Award for Best Educational Book for ART-TASTIC (also published by Canterbury Art Gallery).

The winners of all eight categories will be announced at a special ceremony in Auckland on Thursday 25 July.

  • Us v Them: Tony de Lautour (collector’s edition)
    By Peter Vangioni with Giovanni Intra, Peter Robinson, Zarah Stanhope, Lara Strongman and Alice Tappenden (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū), designed by Aaron Beehre
  • Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand
    Edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe (Canterbury University Press), designed by Aaron Beehre
    By Sarah Pepperle (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū), cover designed by Aaron Beehre, interior designed by Aaron Beehre with Raquel Joseph, Emma Kevern and Ryan Patrick

Essay buying and cheating in the news

You may have heard recent news allegations about international students at Auckland University buying their essays from ghost writers. (Source: 1 NEWS)

Cheating and academic dishonesty are not tolerated at UC. Academic integrity is one of the cornerstones of being a successful student, and breaching academic integrity can lead to serious consequences, including exclusion from the University.

Students have been reminded of the following:

Behaviours that put you or others at serious risk can impact on your enrolment at UC, your career and subsequent employment opportunities.

A UC student’s responsibility is:

  • to be self-motivated and actively contribute to personal learning
  • to complete course work to the best of your ability
  • to honestly engage in your course work
  • to understand that academic dishonesty including plagiarism and cheating has serious consequences

Please refer to the Know the Code – Student Code of Conduct pamphlet (available at Student Success, Security and UCSA offices) or Know the Code webpage for more information.

If students need support with their academic writing, the Academic Skills Centre | Pokapū Pūkenga Ako can help. They offer services and resources that focus on academic writing and strategies to support student success.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua


Applications are now open for the 2019 Explore Beijing programme.

This five-week programme, organised in collaboration with Peking University, provides an opportunity for 10 students to explore Beijing while studying at one of China’s most prestigious universities.

2018 ‘UC to Peking’ students.

In 2019, Peking University ranked as 31st in the THE World University Rankings and 30th in the QS World University Rankings.

The programme allows our students to develop important transferable skills by working on a project for an Aotearoa New Zealand organisation.

The students will benefit by living near Peking University in the Zhong Guan Cun area of Beijing (‘China’s Silicon Valley’) and this, combined with the project, as well as language, history and culture classes will enable them to gain a unique insight into another culture, which is supplemented by a series of day trips in, around and beyond Beijing.

These trips include visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and other attractions. A three-night stopover in Guangzhou is also provided. The programme provides a series of experiences that would not normally be possible, framed by an academic programme designed to maximise learning and growth.

‘Explore Beijing’ is funded by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), enabling UC to offer the programme at a heavily subsidised fee of $500(NZD), which includes flights, accommodation, meals, activities and day trips in and around Beijing, airport transfers, travel insurance and the Chinese visa fee.

The programme will run from Friday 15 November to Sunday 22 December 2019. If you’re aware of any students who would benefit from and enjoy this experience – let them know!

BSc/BA student Alysha Voon took part in the 2018 exchange, hear her first-hand experience here>

Applications close on Sunday 21 July.

For more, students are welcome to attend the upcoming information sessions – 


  • 5pm Wednesday 22 May
  • 3pm Friday 7 June


  • A9 Lecture theatre

Interested students can register to attend here>

Additional information can be found here, or by emailing