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Celebrating another successful O Day

This year’s Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) at the University of Canterbury has been another record-breaker.

According to preliminary numbers we’re up 8.5% on 2018, with more than 3800 new students and whānau attending O Day.  Which is an increase on 2017 as well.

A total of 3193 people attended our College sessions – well up on 2715 in 2018.

A big thanks to our Events team and all of the staff who volunteered their time to give a warm welcome to the students joining our UC community this year.

With all new and returning students on campus from Monday, we are set for a fantastic 2019.

THIS WEEK ON CAMPUS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

With O Day just one week away, and new and returning international students on campus from this week for International Enrolment in Person, we are ready to kick off a new academic year at UC.

In preparation for start-of-year, here’s a rundown of what’s taken place, what’s coming up and an introduction to some new materials designed to support our new and returning students:

  • International Enrolment | Whakamanuhiri mai – 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.
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  • UC Orientation Day | Herea tō waka – With one week to go we are looking forward to welcoming our new students to campus next Friday 15 February from 9.30am – 2pm. For most new students, family and whānau, O Day is their first true exposure to university life, and their experience on the day will set the scene for their time here. We hope the day will set the foundations of academic success and connection with our UC community.
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  • Welcome Centre – International students can come and get help printing any documents they need for enrolment.  Students can also get help with enrolling in courses, sorting out their timetable, and can find out what services UC provides.  Domestic students can also register for their Community Card, which makes general practitioner visits free and lowers the cost of other medical services.

A new slide pack has also been developed to play on a loop at the Welcome Centre. It highlights a variety of services on campus and tells students where they can go online to find out more information about each. Stop by the Welcome Centre on the first floor of the Matariki building to find out more.

  • Student handbooks – Three new student handbooks have been developed to help students navigate their waka at UC:
    • UC Wellbeing – Details support, health and advice services available on campus, including the Student Services Centre, Student Care, the Health Centre, UniLife and equity and diversity.
    • UC Study – Provides information and guidance to help students succeed academically. Features services like LEARN, the Academic Skills Centre, Disability Resource Service and mentoring.
    • UC Student Life – Illustrates the variety of opportunities to get involved and find something geared towards a student’s specific interest. Highlights services like UC Rec & Sport, UCSA and clubs and societies.

Copies will be distributed to new students on O Day. Electronic versions of the handbooks can be downloaded HERE.

  • Staff and student referral guide – This helpful guide has been revamped to include additional services offered to both students and staff. While it is still primarily student-focused, staff members can now use it themselves for services such as Communications and Events, Media, Marketing, Design and the Canterbury University Press (CUP). Additionally, services such as IT, printing and copying and the Library have been added to help make students’ lives easier, along with a campus map highlighting the locations of some key support services.

Copies of the new referral guide will be distributed at the Staff Forum on Wednesday 13 February.

  • O Day | Herea tō waka video – An engaging video detailing a few of UC’s key services will be played on a loop around campus to help familiarise new students with the resources we offer to help them succeed. Check out the video here:

  • New Students webpage – New students can find all of the information they need on the New Students webpage. On the page, new students can download the new student guides, find information about their first six weeks, review the Code of Conduct and find information about support services.

ODay call for volunteers

Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) falls on Friday 15 February from 9.30am – 2.00pm this year – it’s our biggest event to welcome new students, families and whānau into the UC community.

To ensure the day runs smoothly, our Events and Partnerships team need your help as a staff volunteer.

O Day is a great opportunity to connect with new students and be part of the buzz. From “Supplier of Smiles” to “Information Guru”, there’s an opportunity for everyone to be part of O Day.

If you are interested in taking part, take a moment to review the roles (see below), check with your manager/supervisor to confirm your availability then click the sign-up link.

O Day volunteer roles:

  • Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people
  • Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig
  • Foot traffic Controller – you’re there to scan people into sessions
  • Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think
  • Campus Explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

If you have any questions, email the Events and Partnerships team.

Welcome Centre volunteers:

The Welcome Centre will be open between 4 February to 1 March on the Matariki ground floor. The Welcome Centre is a drop-in point of contact and referral for students and whānau, and is designed to help transition students into the UC community.

Staff volunteers are welcome to support our student leaders working at the Welcome Centre. Shifts are in two hour blocks from 9am – 4pm, 4 February to 1 March.

If you can help, please email your preferred dates and times to Elisabeth Baker by Friday 1 February.

Thanks in advance for your support of O Day 2019!