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Te Pātaka – UC’s new student services hub opening in 2022

Kia ora koutou,

I’m pleased to let you know the University is opening Te Pātaka, a new centrally located student services hub, in late January 2022.

Located on Levels 2 and 3 (the mezzanine floor) in Puaka James Hight (Central Library), Te Pātaka will be a ‘one-stop shop’ bringing together academic and pastoral services important to supporting and guiding our ākonga.

Students will be able to quickly and easily access the support they need in one place without having to visit several locations across campus. This will ensure students get the right help at the right time.  

Te Pātaka will be a warm, welcoming, and culturally responsive space where students can access advice, guidance, and support on matters relating to their experience at UC. This could be anything from guidance on what classes to take, to advice on how to access health care or IT support. The hub will embody the University’s values of whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, and tiakitanga while ensuring UC students are well prepared and receive helpful advice throughout their studies.

Te Waka Pākākano, in conjunction with mana whenua have been developing the cultural narrative associated not only with Puaka, but with the form and function of Te Pātaka. They’ve also been working closely with local Ngāi Tahu artist Fayne Robinson on design elements in the space that bring the cultural narrative to life. Keep an eye on Tū ki te tahi for more about the cultural narrative soon.

Te Pātaka services and support

The following services and support will be available alongside the Library team  in Te Pātaka from late January:

  • Help desk/reception area
  • Kaitoko (Student Advisors for first-year and new-to-UC students – see below for more information.)
  • Te Waka Pākākano Advisors
  • Enrolment and Admissions
  • Financial services and Scholarships
  • International support
  • IT Help Desk
  • LEARN assistance
  • Accommodation help
  • Library

Services located in Te Pātaka will be broadened over time to include representation from other areas like Te Ratonga Whaikaha | Disability Service, Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers and Tiaki Paenga | UC Security.  

Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre (also located on the mezzanine floor of Puaka-James Hight) is already close by, and it was recently announced Atawhai Ākonga | Student Care is moving into the Undercroft in Puaka-James Hight later this month. This will enable staff located in Te Pātaka to provide students with face-to-face introductions to Student Care staff as needed.

Recruitment activities
We’re currently recruiting for a Poutoko – Te Pātaka | Operations Manager who will be responsible for overseeing the smooth operations of Te Pātaka, as well as coordinating and supporting the teams working within Te Pātaka.

As part of Kia Angitu, UC’s student success programme, we also recently advertised multiple opportunities to become part of a new proactive student advising team based in Te Pātaka. Kaitoko | Student Advisors will be the first point of contact for first-year and new-to-UC students. They will be responsible for providing academic advice and supporting and empowering students in their successful transition to tertiary study. They will use data, such as Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE), to provide proactive advising support particularly for ākonga at risk of disengaging. These roles will be appointed ahead of Te Pātaka opening in January (note: Student Advisors for continuing students will remain based in the faculties).

Many staff from across the University are involved in bringing Te Pātaka to life in time for the start of Semester One next year. A lot of discussion and planning has gone into this exciting initiative in a short timeframe. Thanks to everyone involved for your hard work and dedication – it will make a significant and positive difference to the UC student experience.  

Ngā mihi nui,

Professor Catherine Moran 
Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic


Below: Artist impressions – Te Pātaka help desk on Level 2 and student advising area on Level 3 in Puaka-James Hight


UC is a member of the ACU. Information about their latest news, opportunities (including grants and funding) and events are available on their website.

This month:

  • Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants – applications now open
  • Early Career Conference Grants – apply now
  • Reflections from COP26: Climate Research Cohort members
  • Language-based equity in African health research webinar
  • Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth
    Scholarships – applications open next week
  • Integrating indigenous knowledge with academia, the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

and more.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture

Call for PhD Project Proposals to UC Academics

Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau PhD Scholarship

(Total $35,000 scholarship plus fees plus $4,000 other expenses)

Call for PhD Project Proposals to UC academics

The Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) aims to collaborate with other UC departments by offering a GRI scholarship. This scholarship consists of a UC PhD scholarship ($28,000 per annum) plus a GRI top-up scholarship[1] (currently $7,000 per annum) plus an additional $4,000 from GRI for travel or other research related expenses.

The funding will be awarded to one PhD candidate under the following conditions:

  • The candidate meets all UC criteria for enrolment in the PhD programme.
  • The candidate applies for the GRI PhD scholarship and the UC PhD scholarship. The GRI PhD project topics and GRI funding information will be available on the GRI website (
  • The candidate has been approved by a Senior Supervisor at UC.

UC academics are invited to submit a project idea to the GRI, where the selection process will start. One scholarship will be awarded to the best applicant for one of the shortlisted project proposals.

Procedure, Submission & Project Selection

Attached to this document is the section “PhD Project Proposal”. Please add your information and submit your project proposal and all relevant data via email to the GRI manager (, no later than Friday, 3 December 2021. The proposals will be reviewed and shortlisted by the GRI Leadership Team the week after submission. Members from the GRI Leadership Team are not excluded to submit a PhD Project Proposal, but they will not be involved in evaluation of their own submission.

After the evaluation process, the GRI will communicate if your proposal is on the list of possible PhD topics to be advertised on the GRI website. The advertisement will include the Senior Supervisor’s name and contact details. Any student interested in one of the advertised projects is encouraged to contact the Senior Supervisor to discuss the topic, and their suitability. The Senior Supervisor can then advise the student to apply or not, based on the student’s suitability.  The closing deadline for students to apply is Thursday, 31 March 2022, 5 pm NZ Time

Project Proposal selection criteria

The GRI leadership team will shortlist projects based on the following criteria:

  • Novelty in the geospatial field
  • Transdisciplinary
  • Link with organisations outside UC, e.g. industry, community groups or government. This is not required, but an advantage.
  • Vision Mātauranga partners or/and component is not required, but an advantage
  • One supervisor should have some experience with geospatial analysis. The GRI can support this process. If required, please get in touch with the GRI Manager (see details below).


If you have any questions, then please get in touch with Dr Melanie Tomintz, Manager GRI. Email:; Phone-ext.: 93824

[1] The three year scholarship stipend and grants are pro rated if the recipient is enrolled for fewer than 120 points in any year.

PhD Project Proposal

 Title of Project

<The title should have a maximum of 30 words>

 UC Senior Supervisor (Project Leader), Department/School

<Title and name of principle supervisor / person who proposes this project according to UC guidelines>

 Other members of the supervision team (if applicable), Department/School

<Insert text here>

 Links with organisations outside UC (if applicable)

<Insert text here>

 Outline Vision Mātauranga (if applicable)

<Insert text here>

 Project outline (around 300 words)

<Describe the proposed scope of the PhD research project – (it is expected that the exact nature of the research project will develop through discussion between the student and supervisors). Make sure to highlight the GIS component, novelty and transdisciplinary of the proposed research.>

You can still submit your contacts for the 2022 QS ranking survey

Every year as a University we collect 400 names of international academics and 400 graduate employers to take part in the QS World University and Subject Rankings.

We are currently collecting names for the 2022 survey and we could use your help. To submit your contacts, all you need to do is fill in the newly developed web form to provide their details – Submit your contacts by Friday 26 November using the appropriate web form for what the contact would be contributing to:

The web form also includes the following permissions options:

  • UC will request permission of your contact to share their details with QS.
  • You will request your contact’s permission to share their details with QS.

Survey responses contribute to the University’s academic reputation, making up 40% and employer reputation, making up 10% of the QS ranking metric.

In 2020 the University ranked 258 in the QS Global University Ranking, increasing its position from 270 in 2019. Improving the reputation and ranking of the University is a key objective of the Strategic Vision and will contribute to attracting research funding, international academics and students at undergraduate and postgraduate level to UC.

If you have any questions about the process to collect names for the 2022 QS World University and Subject Rankings, please email


In exciting news, this October UC was proud to sign as a partner of the new South Island women’s rugby team, Matatū.

This new partnership enables internships for students and new research into women’s performance and elite sport. Nearly a quarter of the players contracted so far for Matatū (the team name gifted by Ngāi Tūāhuriri) are UC-educated wāhine, and we are proud to help support these elite women pave the way for future generations. Matatū will compete in the Super Rugby Aupiki competition taking place over four weekends in March 2022.

The name Matatū will be proudly carried forward by the team when they compete in the inaugural competition next season. The University of Canterbury is committed to gender equity and social inclusion, and we are proud to support South Island wāhine competing under the Super Rugby banner. 

Read all about the partnership here.