Category Archives: Student First

Simple, Fast, Certain: Watch the online enrolment process

The Student First Programme is helping prepare UC for the future, and putting students at the heart of our business. It’s focused on transforming the student administration experience so that UC can continue to deliver world-class education.

Since 2017 the Student First Programme has been focused on making our enrolment process simple, fast and certain. This video takes you through the online enrolment process on myUC from a student perspective. You can change the speed by using the gear icon on the toolbar.

Students have told us the new enrolment process is user-friendly, intuitive and fast. In a first for UC, students can use social logins to apply and from any device.

myUC was first released in November 2017 and since then we’ve continued to improve it, with more than 10 versions or enhancements deployed. The system has performed well over the 2019 enrolment period, processing over 200 applications per day and gaining positive feedback from students, with reports from some getting their enrolment offer within half an hour.

We’ve also built a version of this platform called connectUC, for international agents. In 2019 we are turning our focus to development of a staff portal, ourUC, with the Contact Centre starting to use an early version.

If you have questions about the Student First Programme, ask your manager or SMT member. You can also contact the team directly at studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz.

Student First Programme Momentum Continues in 2019

With our start of year enrolment period drawing to a close, staff from various UC departments were keen to catch up with the Student First Programme (SFP) team at the March community update.

Hot topics included the programme’s focus for 2019, how the course creation work stream might be approached and some of the issues implementing change in large organisations.

Process Manager, Tim Hatherley-Green highlighted SFP’s key projects in 2019 and was quick to acknowledge that what the team were able to complete this year would not have been possible without the work staff have done in the last 18-24 months.

“Last year a lot of our work was student facing, this year it’s all about improving the processes and systems [staff] interact with to get a student from the moment they register an account on myUC until they pick up their Canterbury Card.”

Student First Programme’s focus for 2019 includes:

  • Better application administration – improving the application and enrolment process for students and staff, introducing new ourUC staff portal and pipeline view of student’s enrolment process.
  • Academic Model – making course creation easier, a strategy for migrating our academic model out of Jade
  • Finance Phase – still in discovery phase
  • Support & Maintenance – will continue for myUC and connectUC
  • Strategy & Leadership – driving strategic decision making at a senior level
  • Transition – transitioning improvements back into business-as-usual

Project Manager – Academic, Rachel Motejo, gave the audience an overview of Course Creation Utopia versus Course Creation Reality, highlighting the scope of work involved navigating this large piece of work.

To keep the momentum of the SFP moving forward, Business Change Manager, Marcus Cullen emphasised the importance of communication cascading up and down the layers of UC’s hierarchy. It’s this action that will instil effective change into UC.

Watch the highlights of the March community update here.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the team at studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz.

International Enrolment in Person sessions begin Thursday 7 February

We’re welcoming all new and returning international students to campus this week, with International Enrolment in Person sessions running from Thursday 7 – Friday 15 February.

Following a successful pilot led by our Student First Programme in 2018, international students now have the ability to choose from a selection of dates and times for their enrolment in person session.

Bookings have been available since early December 2018, allowing our international students the convenience in knowing they can simply turn up at the date and time of their choosing.

Staff from all around the University have volunteered to help welcome our new students to campus.

In each enrolment session, staff will take a copies of the student’s passport and visa, check their visa application (if required) and check their insurance details.

While waiting for their documentation to be processed, our new-to-UC students will attend a 45 minute information session where they will be taken on a tour through the Undercroft and Library, while also allowing them to connect with other students.

If you see our international students out and about over the coming weeks, please stop and say hello!

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Student First Programme and Contact Centre working together for better staff and student experience

The Student First Programme and Contact Centre teams have worked closely this year as part of the continued enhancements to our myUC online enrolment system.

The Contact Centre receives up to 6150 contacts per month by phone, email and web chat, rising to up to 15400 over the enrolment period from November to March. On average, questions about the enrolment process make up about 45% of queries.

Since the Contact Centre is usually the first point for contact for prospective students wanting more information about enrolling or help with their application, it’s been vital to ensure the team has the latest information on hand for a positive customer experience.

With the enhancements to myUC there are increased self-service options for students, and the application and enrolment process is much faster and more user-friendly.

This has meant a significant decrease in calls to the Contact Centre asking for help with enrolment or problems with the system – calls about help with enrolment are down 20% compared to the same period last year, even though the total number of applications is higher.

“The Student First Programme is great for us…it’s made our lives easier and simpler. We look forward to every release – we don’t know how we got through without the ourUC staff portal!” – Acting Contact Centre Team Leader, Jane Pearce

With less time taken up on basic queries or system issues, the Contact Centre team have more time to spend on high value tasks and assisting customers with more complex enquiries. Student First Programme team members have supported them with training and by sitting with the team to understand their needs. This means releases have gone smoothly and the team can focus on what they do best, providing excellent customer service.

The latest exciting development is the ourUC staff portal, which allows UC staff to apply on behalf of a student and perform admin tasks in myUC. The Contact Centre were the first to get access to this new feature, which has made an enormous difference to their work and ability to efficiently help students. Their feedback will help inform future developments.

If you’d like to know more, contact the Student First Programme anytime. We are always happy to provide demos or training for your team so we can help you get the maximum benefit from the new tools we’re developing.

New enrolment experience gets thumbs up

Student feedback on new Course Selector

The Student First Programme is helping prepare UC for the future, and putting students at the heart of our business. It’s focused on transforming the student administration experience so that UC can continue to deliver world-class education.

In 2018 one of our key focus areas has been improving the online enrolment process so that it’s faster, simpler and more certain. Recently we released a new Course Selector tool to help do just that. We asked some students what they thought of it, and you can see their reactions in this video with a comparison to the old UC Student Web experience.

The new Course Selector in myUC will be available for returning students from 27 November 2018, in time for the release of exam results. This means that all students can now complete their enrolment using the new system.

We’re actively seeking more student feedback on the new enrolment experience from students, and we encourage you to pass on any feedback to us at studentfirstfeedback@canterbury.ac.nz.

Celebrating success

Recently the Student First Programme team held a morning tea to celebrate the successful launch of the Course Selector and acknowledge the input of the staff who have made it possible. This has included extensive work on the Academic Regulations and input from subject matter experts across the University.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua, Professor Ian Wright and Assistant Vice-Chancellor | Amokapua Akoranga, Professor Catherine Moran both spoke how the new enrolment experience has benefited UC students and staff, and acknowledged the hard work that UC staff and the Student First Programme team have put in to make this possible.

The improved enrolment experience is reflected in the positive trends and year-on-year growth in Applications to Enrol so far for 2019 enrolment. Students are moving through the process quickly and smoothly, with minimal issues. We’re looking forward to seeing this continue over the next few weeks as we progress through the enrolment period.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported this important work. We welcome your feedback – contact us anytime at studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz