Communications received a number of emails this week from young people with disabilities who were inspired by the story of Eleanor Hurton, reported in The Star newspaper recently.
Communications put Star reporter Jess Gibson in touch with Eleanor because she’d won two Blues awards and seemed an ideal fit for the newspaper’s new ‘Young & Successful’ column.
Eleanor is an amazing disability advocate as well as a Master’s of Sociology student who has an auditory processing disability herself.
The young people who emailed us had disabilities themselves or were looking for more information for siblings with disabilities. Many of them had been told they wouldn’t succeed at university – even those at the top of their class! – due to their disabilities. They had never seen a positive representation of someone ‘like them’ and were so excited and inspired that is was quite humbling. Many of our email writers are now applying to UC!
Communications replied to the emails and shared our equity and disability webpage links for further information. Eleanor is already part of the UCMe campaign launching at the start of 2020, so that also is very inspiring for young people with disabilities.
Takeaways from this experience:
One news story can make a huge difference to someone’s life.
Young people with disabilities don’t often see successful examples of people like them.
There may be some misinformation out there about who can succeed at university.
Enrolments are open now for UC’s Summer School courses starting in November. Tell your students or check out the options for yourself.
From 1 October, students will also be able to enrol for summer courses starting in January.
There are over 100 courses available, ranging from Biology to Te Reo, and from Economics to Statistics. To see the full list, read more>
Summer study is a great way for students to shorten the duration of their degree, spread the workload or pick up a prerequisite course – while still leaving enough time to make the most of the long summer days.
There was plenty of success for UC alumni at last night’s Westpac Champion Business Awards, run by Champion Canterbury Ltd.
The annual awards ceremony has been running since 2003 and has evolved into one of the largest business awards ceremonies in Aotearoa New Zealand. The awards recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and success of businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Canterbury.
Congratulations to all the winners, including the following UC alumni:
- Medsalv – Oliver Hunt
- Christchurch Engine Centre – Jonas Aust and Ben Bainbury
- Taska Prosthetic – Jamie Carins
- Ethique – Brianne West
- The New Zealand Merino Company Limited – John Brackenridge
- Canterbury District Health Board – John Wood and David Meates
- Anton Matthews (Fush) – Anton Matthews
- Special Commendation – Bruce Irvine
We would also like to acknowledge our UC alumni who were chosen as finalists:
- ENGEO – Greg Martin
- Berkano Foods – Britteny Bryan
- Totalspan North Canterbury – operated by Jamie and Ellen Petersen under Petersen Construction Ltd
- Jeuneora – Meg Falconer
- Trees for Canterbury – Tim Jenkins
- Can Do Canterbury – Kathryn Jones
Ari Nicholson joined UC a few weeks back as Rainbow Coordinator in the Student Success team.
We had a chat with Ari to find out about what the new role involves, Diversity Fest (which is coming up in September), and all about Ari’s background. Watch here>
Drop in to Ari’s office and say hello. Ari is in the office at the following times:
Monday, 9am – 5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am – 2.30pm
Location – Level 1, Forestry building
UC is sending weekly emails to new students during term one to help them settle in to life at UC and ensure they have the information they need for a successful start.
The emails align with the new student handbooks and include information and advice on studying, wellbeing, support services and getting involved in UC life. They also address some of the issues we know new students face, such as feeling homesick and the fear of failure.
The messaging has been structured to provide information to students when they need it, and is based on findings from previous UCount surveys and student feedback.
Read the first three emails sent to new students
Week one email
Week two email
Week three email