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.
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!
I would like to take a moment to thank all of the staff who worked so hard to set the University up for success with Orientation Day and opening of the Ernest Rutherford Building last week.
Orientation Day on 16 February was a great success. There was a 29% increase in registrations compared to last year and more than 3,500 people attended – up more than 1,000 on last year. There were more than 2,715 attendees at College sessions – well up on last year’s 1,598. Almost 1,200 students took a campus tour.
The opening of Ernest Rutherford, the centrepiece of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC) by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, was another highlight in a week of highlights. The opening was attended by more than 300 of the University’s key stakeholders, most of whom were clearly impressed when they toured the building once the formalities were completed.
Staff have worked hard to have the Ernest Rutherford building and the redeveloped Engineering wings ready for teaching in 2018 and I thank staff for completing that significant achievement. With the return of students to campus this week, we are set for a terrific 2018.
Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae
You will have noticed that we have a large number of new students on-campus as part of Orientation Day | Herea tō waka. If a student looks lost, please help them out – and if you don’t know how to answer a question, please direct them to the Welcome Centre at the ground floor of Matariki or the Info Hub in the Undercroft.
– Over 3000 students welcomed
– Over 1000 more students registered for this year than in 2017
– 800 bags of mini doughnuts given out
– 72kg of hash browns given out
Thank-you to all staff who have helped make this day possible.
The Orientation Day 2017 introductory sessions kick off with a 15-minute video package of key need-to-know information.
The video compilation covers health and safety, student care, security, support, the UCSA, Student Volunteer Army and lots more. The video is also playing in the Welcome Centre.
Watch it, if you want to see what new students have been informed about.