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Be part of Rā Tōmene | On campus Open Day this year!

This year’s Rā Tōmene | On campus Open Day will take place on Thursday 27 August 2020. This is UC’s key recruitment event for future students, parents and whānau and its success depends on staff throughout UC.

Volunteering on the day is a great opportunity to meet future students and experience the buzz of Rā Tōmene | Open Day first hand. If you’d like to get involved, please check with your manager then register your interest by completing the online form here>.

Our events team are looking for 100 staff volunteers to fill the following roles: 

Supplier of smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you along our Rā Tōmene | Open Day trails, warmly welcoming our visitors to UC. Scan tickets, hand out tote bags, greet those coming from out of town on the free bus and wave them goodbye at the end of the day. With a big smile, you take care of those all-important frontline tasks.

Information guru – providing help and support is your gig.
We have stations across campus just for you. You’ll assist visitors with any questions they have – from where to get a good coffee, to the time their next information session starts.

Session greeter – you’re there to help people find their way.
You love the buzz of people gathering, ready to learn. Every hour a new information session begins and you’ll be at the front of the line, to scan people in, managing the flow of people in and out of lecture theatres and helping our guests find the right session. 

Data gatherer you’ll happily ask people what they think.
iPad in hand, we’re needing you and your smile to approach our guests and get their feedback on Rā Tōmene | Open Day. Using an online survey, you’re helping us get the information we need to ensure the success of our future events.

Campus explorer you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
You’ll be taking small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities (especially the sparkly new ones), helping them get a feel for UC. You’ll answer questions as you go, highlighting where things are happening on the day.

Airport ambassadorsyou’ll be the first face they see when they step off the plane
You’ll be based at Christchurch Airport, warmly greeting our domestic and international guests as they arrive. As a representative of UC, yours will be the first face they see in Ōtautahi Christchurch. You’ll assist our visitors with any questions they have and direct them to the free bus or other transport to their accommodation or Ilam Campus.

Rā Tōmene | Open Day runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm and is based in the centre of the Ilam campus. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a morning or afternoon session.

We encourage you to volunteer for the entire duration of a shift however if you are only available to volunteer for part of the shift please still sign up and email Lauren Robb with the times you are available to volunteer for.

Team leaders and/or managers are also welcome to volunteer their teams as a group in one of the above roles. This is a fantastic opportunity for your team to bond and make an impact by ‘owning’ a significant part of the event.

If your team is interested in being involved, please email Lauren Robb confirming the number of staff and the role your team would like to volunteer for.

Where possible, the events team will do their best to accommodate all requests.

Thank you to those across the University who are involved in planning this event, it’s shaping up to be a great day.

April Graduation volunteers required

Volunteers are required to assist with the April graduation ceremonies at the Town Hall.   Roles available are either as an usher or a banner bearer.

The programme is:

Tuesday, 7 April

Morning:    College of Engineering

Afternoon: Colleges of Business & Law and Education, Health & Human Development

Thursday, 9 April

Morning: Colleges of Arts and Science

If you wish to share in what is one of the most enjoyable occasions of the academic year please contact:

Barbara Albertson 
Records, Examinations and Graduation


Herea tō waka: The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away.

For our students arriving at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.

Be part of the fun on campus and volunteer at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day. The Events and Partnerships team are looking for friendly, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students, families and whānau to the UC community. This is an opportunity to welcome new students to our diverse UC community – Kotahitanga – we’re all a part of shaping our new students’ experience.

Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day)
Friday 14 February, 9.00am – 2.30pm.

From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is a position for everyone. Read the role descriptions, check in with your manager and click on the sign-up link below.

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
  • Session Greeter – 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!

Here’s what our volunteers had to say about volunteering for Herea tō waka | Orientation Day in the past:

 “Campus was so busy, great atmosphere.”

“Was good to see a huge number of students coming through… a good number from all over the country.”

 “Helpers were so positive and everyone genuinely wanted to help students and have fun.”

If you have any questions, CLICK HERE to email the events team.