Category Archives: Alumni

NZUni Talent – updated jobs board coming 1 July 2021

The Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers team are delighted to announce an exciting development for our jobs board which will benefit students, graduates and employers.

NZUniCareerHub will now be known as NZUni Talent and will continue to offer employers the same great service and unparalleled, direct access to Aotearoa New Zealand university students. The platform has some great new functionality, improving our service in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

This centralised job board, a collaboration with seven NZ Universities since 2007, has been updated, re-branded and will launch on 1 July 2021.

Developing a Digital Strategy Together

Kia ora koutou,

Under the leadership of the Chief Digital Officer (Michael Oulsnam) and Director of Digital Architecture & Strategy (Ken Lai), the new Digital team has kicked off a program of work to co-create UC’s Digital Strategy.

Why does UC need a Digital Strategy?

There is much work to be done in defining what digital for UC will look like in the next 5 to 10 years. The technologies we need, how these will share information with each other and us, the skills our workforce need to keep delivering value and the ways-of-working we need to adopt, to name just a few!

However, working out which Digital Capabilities we need to establish, grow and maintain means we need to have a vision on how far UC takes its business digital, and the corresponding experience we will provide to our stakeholders.

A Digital Strategy wraps all these elements into a single coherent plan that provides a blueprint for UC’s digital journey over the next 5 to 10 years.

How will the Digital Strategy be developed?

The Digital Strategy will be co-created, co-designed and co-developed with stakeholders across UC, so the chances are that you will be contributing to it in some way. Co-development and co-design activities will include interviews, workshops, surveys and interactive presentations.

The work has been split into three phases – Digital Vision, Digital Experience, and Digital Capabilities & Roadmap. The program has been structured to deliver outcomes throughout 2021, leading to the Digital Strategy’s publication by the end of the year.

We’re starting work on the Digital Vision, so what is it?

When we think about digital, we often associate it with gadgets, apps, technologies, automation and robots. As a society, and that includes UC, we have benefited and will benefit significantly from digitising the many aspects of our work and personal lives. Furthermore, UC’s Strategic Vision has set a number of such digitisation objectives.

However, the real benefits from digital is much deeper. It’s where the “middleman” role is no longer needed, geography no longer plays a part, and information is readily accessible. For organisations that have embraced such digitalisations, they find themselves as enviable market leaders that operate at a global scale, advancing at a pace that competitors have difficulties keeping up with.

UC’s Digital Vision will articulate our own desired and unique balance between digitalisation and digitisation as an organisation, along with the associated market characteristics and business models. This will then lead into the next phase of work – developing the Digital Experience to realise the Digital Vision.

How can you help?

Ideally we would engage intimately with each of you. However, this will be infeasible due to time and resource constraints. Over the next two months, we will be running a series of inter-related group workshops, along with surveys and questionnaires.

We really need your help and input for this co-creation to work. So, if you’re invited to one of our workshops, please come prepared with your best digitally minded ideas. Alternately, please keep an eye out for our Digital Strategy Survey / Questionnaire and respond accordingly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Michael Oulsnam ( or myself (

I thank you all in advance.

Nāku noa, nā,

Ken Lai

Celebrating exceptional UC graduates on International Women’s Day 2021

For International Women’s Day [8 March] we recognised some outstanding female graduates who’ve made or are making an indelible impact on our local, national and international communities.

Sue McCormack
A UC graduate, Sue McCormack has been Tumu Whakarae | Chancellor of the University since 2018. With her tenure coming to an end, we asked Sue to reflect on her UC education, her career and what leading her alma mater has meant to her. Read more>

Lexie Matheson
We are thrilled we can celebrate and recognise International Women’s Day during Christchurch Pride Week, as we are extraordinarily proud of #UCEducation graduate, Lexie Matheson.

When Lexie was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2016, it was an acknowledgement of her more than thirty years of dedication to LGBTQIA+ activism, education, sports and performing arts in Aotearoa New Zealand. Earlier this year she was named a semi-finalist for Ryman’s Senior New Zealander of the Year. Read Lexie’s story here>

Kahurangi | Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts
Over an accomplished life of education and advocacy, Kahurangi | Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts was named ‘Young Māori Woman of the Year’, awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and just last year, named Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Kahurangi Aroha is more than a #UCLegend, she’s taonga to UC, Ōtautahi Christchurch and Aotearoa New Zealand. We share her story, courtesy of Te Karaka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, here>

Gemma New
When she graduated in 2010, Gemma New never got a picture of herself in cap and gown as she was, quite literally, on her journey to becoming one of the world’s top conductors instead.

“It’s a privilege to be recognised for the work I’m doing… many doors have opened for me, but I’ve often had to knock on the door, turn the handle and walk through.” Read more>

Miriama Kamo
“My Bachelor of Arts has been extraordinarily useful as a journalist. You learn to think analytically, laterally and creatively. I loved my UC experience.”

Waitaha Canterbury born and bred, UC Arts graduate Miriama Kamo [Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutunga] has been telling stories her whole life, something she now considers to be both a privilege and a responsibility.” Read more>

Emeritus Professor Jane Soons
Described as “[achieving] in a male dominated world, without modelling herself on men,” UC’s first female Professor, Emeritus Professor Jane Soons was a trailblazer and role model for female academics and students of Geomorphology.  Read a little more about Jane’s journey, here>

We will be celebrating Emeritus Professor Soons’ life and her enduring impact on the field of Geography this June. We look forward to sharing more about this very special event, soon.

We shared these stories across UC social media channels, please feel free to like and share yourself, or take the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding women in your life!