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Future students, UC Bound

UC hosted 74 new-to-UC students from across Canterbury last week, for UC Bound 2018.

UC Bound is an annual event that gives our future students the opportunity to meet new friends, help them become familiar with campus and provide them with the best tips and tricks to prepare for Semester one.

This year we introduced UCGo, a specially designed scavenger hunt that took students the length and breadth of the Ilam campus. The game helped students get to know the area, and work with information that would be especially helpful for their first year of tertiary education such as where to find the heath centre, the services available from Puaka-James Hight and more.

The spot prizes given out during the day including UC merchandise, UCSA O-week event tickets and more, only sweetened the deal.

When it came to lunch, our events team decided to lean into the dietary challenges you would normally expect with an event this size, working with the team at Bacon Bros to offer an entirely plant-based menu.

And they delivered, with The Roxy (featuring Jackfruit ‘pulled pork’) and Sweet Sweet Clo (coconut bacon) burgers going down a treat.

Departing UCSA President Josh Proctor led our guests in a Uni101 session, and while he had our guests in fits of laughter at times, it was clear they picked up some really helpful uni survival tips. 

Liaison lead and event MC, Sia Evalu could see the students getting the most out of the event.

“There were some anxious faces at the start, but by lunchtime you could definitely see new friendships and connections being made,” he said.

“They left happy with the day, and how UC Bound made them feel at ease about starting their UC journey in 2019.”

If you were involved on the day and would like to provide feedback, please complete the staff survey here, before 7 January 2019.

Student First Programme: How User Acceptance Testing creates better solutions

User Acceptance Testing explained

Recently the Student First Programme team held a User Acceptance Testing (UAT) session for our new Course Selector, which will be launched in October for Enrolment 2019.

What is UAT and why is it important?

User Acceptance Testing is a critical part of the technical delivery process when we’re building software and other systems.

It’s really important to have people outside the Student First Programme team see what we’re building and give us feedback before it goes live. At UC our participants are often testing on behalf of both staff members and students, so the feedback they provide helps ensure what’s being delivered actually helps to improve the student administration experience.

What happens in a session?

Users simulate real life scenarios, such as selecting courses for a Bachelor of Arts, so they can see how the system will look and perform when students use it once it’s live. We use a test or non-production system for UAT sessions, which means people can safely ‘play’ in the knowledge they can break things and its ok!

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What happens to feedback?

All feedback is collated and reviewed by members of the delivery team to discuss and prioritise feedback, taking into consideration possible benefits, technical constraints and delivery resource.

All feedback is considered, and outside of the sessions you can also provide this by emailing studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz

How does this help us build better tools?

Conducting UAT with UC staff means we have confidence that what we’re building is aligned to business requirements and makes the student experience more streamlined and efficient. As a result of feedback gathered during UAT, we’re making 6 additional changes to the Course Selector tool in time for the release.

Thanks to all our participants for their insights!

The Course Selector: Coming Soon

The Course Selector is a new feature in myUC which helps students select their courses with an easy to use ‘shopping cart’ interface, similar to many online services. Through search and filter capability it will help students select courses quicker and with confidence – giving them a faster and more certain enrolment experience, which is one of the key benefits of the Student First Programme.
Read more here.

In July we launched the Course Selector for Certificate for University Preparation students as a pilot, and the feedback so far has been positive.

The Course Selector will be launched in myUC for all new students in late September, in time for Enrolments 2019. Watch this space for more updates!

Stunning Christchurch day brings thousands to Open Day | Rā Tōmene

On Thursday 12 July we welcomed thousands of prospective students, their families and whānau onto campus for UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene. They got the opportunity to learn more about study options, tour the campus, and get a glimpse of our state-of-the-art new facilities and a taste of the UC student experience.

The stunning Christchurch winter day brought over 4200 visitors to campus compared to 3693 visitors last year. On the trails we gave out 550 hot chocolates and 2000 packs of mini donuts.

The University is experiencing a post-quake resurgence in enrolment numbers this year as school-leavers from around Aotearoa New Zealand are coming to UC for tertiary study. Enrolment numbers were up 7% across the board in 2018 and it is hoped we will see a similar trend in 2019 which Open Day | Rā Tōmene is a direct contributor to this success.

This event takes months of planning and involves hundreds of staff and students to show UC at its best. We definitely did that today, and I thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to put this event together, and the staff and student volunteers who provided a friendly face for our visitors today.

It would be great to hear what you thought of Open Day | Rā Tōmene and how you think it can be made bigger and better in future. Please fill in the survey here>

Ngā mihi,

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

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Is there a future student in your life?

Is there someone in your life interested in studying? UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene on Thursday 12 July is the best way for your children, whānau, cousins and friends to discover study options at UC for themselves.

On Open Day, (nearly) everything is open. They can find out about study options and support services, ask questions and explore labs, workshops and studios.

Encourage those in your life interested in study to register and attend Open Day | Rā Tōmene on Thursday 12 July. Register here>