Category Archives: Alumni

Crusaders v Hurricanes pre-match function 2021


You are invited to a pre-match function before the first Crusaders home game of the season on Saturday 6 March 2021. Your ticket for this event includes a buffet dinner, and a Gold seat ticket for the Crusaders v Hurricanes game, you are welcome to get tickets for friends and family also.

Our guest speaker for the evening is UC Professor Nick Draper. Professor Draper will talk on his current research, which looks at understanding collisions in contact sports more clearly and exploring the potential of soft-shell headgear and coaching programmes to make the game safer.

There will also be a Q & A with some of the Crusaders players who are not playing on the day.

When: Saturday 6 March 2021
Time: 4.45pm – 6.45pm (then head to stadium for 7.05pm game)
Where: Level 3, Addington Raceway & Events Centre

Cost*: Adult $55
Child $40 (16 and under)
Dinner only $30

Get your tickets online here by Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Hayashi Accommodation Opportunities

With many of our international students unable to travel, one of our newer purpose-built accommodation facilities, Hayashi, has a number of units still available for 2021.  Before we make contact with resources outside the campus, we would like to ascertain if you are aware of any potential programmes, opportunities, or initiatives that Hayashi may be suitable for connected with UC.

There are 16 townhouses that comprise of king single rooms, double rooms, ensuite rooms as well as 10 self-contained studios with separate access.  The townhouses are located next to Sonoda on the Dovedale campus.  With teaching resources also available at Dovedale, this option may instigate some thoughts and ideas across the campus.

If there are visiting academics, postgraduates, research centres, commercialisation partners, or staff – the option to rent the rooms on either an individual basis or as a modern 5-bedroom townhouse is open for consideration.

Please share your thoughts and ideas to Accommodation Services  at

When They Leave Us, Where Do They Go?

Have you ever wondered where University of Canterbury graduates end up?

Did you know that 47% of 2019 graduate respondents are employed in Ōtautahi Christchurch? And 62% are employed in roles directly related to their field of study? Well, it’s true!

For over a decade, the Ako Marake | Evaluation & Student Insights Team (formerly Learning Evaluation & Academic Development, LEAD) has been collecting data on UC grads through the annual Graduate Destinations Survey (GDS). The survey invites all graduates to participate during the year following the completion of their studies.

The graduates are asked about any current employment, and/or further study, and also for feedback on the courses they completed and the skills they learned. We are constantly tweaking the survey to find better ways to understand our graduates’ experiences after leaving the university.  The 2020 survey had a response rate of ~38%. This year, respondents had the chance to win one of ten $100 Prezzy Cards – not bad for 10 minutes “work”!

The Evaluation and Student Insights (ESI) team has just published the latest GDS data in a new version of the Graduate Destinations Dashboard (opens new window). More interactions and insights than ever before are available, and new features make it easy for UC staff members to “slice and dice” the numbers to investigate cohorts of interest.

If you are looking to alter curriculum, needing evidence to support a programme review, or just curious, you can find interesting information in the “Programme Feedback & Skill Development” tab. For example, about 3 in 4 grads would recommend their programme of study at UC to others, and 80% agree there was good teaching throughout their study.

These are just some examples of the insights to be found in the Graduate Destinations Dashboard (opens new window). Find all our dashboards here.

To access, you must be a UC staff member. If you are on Windows, we recommend using Google Chrome. If you are on a Mac, please use Safari.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at