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Open Day numbers second highest ever

Despite yesterday’s cold wet weather, more than 3,000 potential students and whānau braved the elements to attend our second biggest Open Day.

Initial feedback indicates people found the day very informative and 78% of those surveyed so far said they are likely to enrol at UC.

The following comment received via the UC Open Day  App sums up what a positive difference the day can make:

To be completely honest… I freaking loved it. I’m from Auckland and Canterbury was just an option but after today, I am 110% coming next year!! A young man named Angus from University Hall made my entire day. He was enthusiastic, lovely and sold the whole experience! 11/10 would give a high five and buy him some chocolate.

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Be part of UC’s biggest on campus event – Volunteer on Open Day

Get in quick, there are only 16 spots left to be part of UC’s biggest recruitment event. It’s a great opportunity to get away from your desk and show off what you love about UC.

The Events and Partnerships team is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help potential students have the best Open Day experience possible.

We need you to volunteer in the following areas:

  • Information Guru (Campus Ambassadors)
    Providing help and support is your gig.
    There will be a special station for you on Open Day. You’ll assist visitors with questions like ‘where will I get a good coffee?’ and ‘what time is the next info session?’ You’ll also monitor sessions taking place in your area.
  • Campus Explorer (Tour Guide)
    You know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
    We need you to lead small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities and answering questions. We’ll make sure you know where activities are taking place during the day so you can point them out and help our visitors feel comfortable on campus.

Volunteer by filling out the form here>

If you have any questions email the Events team at events@canterbury.ac.nz

Volunteer on Open Day for spot prizes and rewards

More volunteers are needed to welcome people to campus on Open Day, next Thursday 14 July, 9am – 5pm.

Meeting prospective students and their whānau is a fun and energising experience. There are also heaters in the tents to keep you warm and you can opt to volunteer for half the day.

Volunteer to help out at an information tent now by emailing events@canterbury.ac.nz and go in the draw for special spot prizes and rewards.

Meeting and greeting at Open Day

For the last two years UC staff member Jamie Hape from the Māori Development Team has volunteered to help at Open Day. Here’s why she will be helping out again this year…


I decided to get involved with UC Open Day to meet staff from other departments and to greet new students to UC.

My role was to meet and greet students and whānau at the Clyde Road carpark and provide them with an information pack and handwarmers. Although it was a little cold, it was a great opportunity to learn more about UC and the students that would be starting their degrees in 2016.

I was able to talk with whānau and reassure them that their children would be in good hands at UC and there was plenty of support services to guide them along the way.

All UC staff should get involved in this event to have the same experiences that I have had for the past two years.  I look forward to taking part again this year.


This year, Open Day is on 14 July. If you are interested in being involved, please check with your manager and register your interest by emailing the Events Team. You could even volunteer as a team.

The day runs from 9am to 5pm and is based in the centre of Ilam campus, with subject and information sessions, as well as tours of the campus, departments and UC accommodation options. The UCSA will also be running Winterlude activities.