Category Archives: Student stories

Join the UCSA’s ANZAC Day Service, 2021

The UCSA invites you to our annual ANZAC Day commemoration, an event that brings together our wider community – staff, students, and the public – to honour those who have served.

All are welcome to the service, which will include a performance by the Christchurch Youth Choir, and speeches, as well as a wreath laying. Afterwards, please join us for tea and coffee on Okeover Lawn.

◾️ Date, location and times: Sunday 25 April

10am–11am: Service held at the Quad between Matariki and Puaka-James Hight Library, University of Canterbury

(Note: This is an outdoor service.)

11am–11.30am: Morning Tea held on Okeover Lawn, University of Canterbury

◾️ Parking: Parking is available in the S Block car park

◾️ Speakers:

  • Kim Fowler, President of the UCSA
  • Rosa Hibbert-Schooner, President of Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association
  • Allister Baker, The RSA
  • The New Zealand Defence Force
  • John Fox, University of Canterbury Chaplin

UCSA Holiday Hours: What’s For Lunch?

Craving a lunchtime treat? Here’s what’s open at the UCSA over the term holiday …
 
 
 

The Foundry Bar (bar snacks and meals):
12pm–9pm, Mon–Fri (Note: Closes at 7pm Friday 9th April).
Open for Quiz Nights on Tuesdays and Bingo on Wednesdays.

Oishii (sushi):
10am–2pm, Mon–Fri

Otto (pizza, curly fries, and coffee):
10am–4pm, Mon–Wed
10am–7pm, Thu–Fri

Foodcourt:
Closed

Nuts & Bolts (coffee, snacks, and hot meals):
9am–3pm, Mon–Fri

Collective (bites on Dovedale Campus):
8.30am–2.30pm, Mon–Fri

1894 (café):
8am–4pm, Mon–Fri

Chilton’s (snacks-to-go):
8am–4pm, Mon–Fri

UCMe and Believe U Can campaigns launch next week

A new ‘Believe U Can’ brand campaign and a refreshed version of the popular UCMe marketing campaign will launch nationwide on Monday, promoting UC by celebrating some of our star students (and staff in the UCWe).  This is an extension of our awareness campaign launched in 2020, and this phase deepens the meaning of Believe U Can through emotional engagement with our student’s stories.

UC students are inspiring, enterprising and courageous and the campaign aims to showcase the many faces of our student community.

Believe U Can weaves the story of UC and what differentiates us through each student’s personal journey. The campaign draws inspiration from our students and brings to life the idea that belief in yourself and others can take you anywhere.

The narrator is Wairaamia Tikao Taratoa-Bannister (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Raukawa) and the others featured in the video are all UCMe students.

As in previous years, the nationwide UCMe billboard, poster, bus stops and online campaign tells the stories of students who have taken everything UC has to offer and transformed it into their own unique experience. This year we have the biggest ever cohort – 31 students – and for the first time some are accompanied by siblings, academics and support staff who have contributed to their UC experience.

Find the Believe U Can page here

Check out this year’s UCMe students

Charlie Ikosi, from Papua New Guinea, is one of the students featured in the Believe U Can and UCMe campaigns. He is the recipient of a New Zealand Manaaki Scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and offered to take part to encourage other people to make a difference.

“I want to inspire people back home who have a dream of coming out into the world and getting a world-class education and taking it back home to help improve their communities.

“I feel very privileged to be here and I want to give back, by being an example. Reading about it and hearing about it is one thing but I wanted to put a face to it. When the campaign comes out I really want to share it with my friends so I can inspire them to be inquisitive about the environment and to think more widely than just what they see at home.”

Read Charlie’s story

2021 Careers Fairs sum-up

On 10 March UC Careers hosted two Careers Fairs here at UC.  These events gave students and employers an opportunity to talk about possible employment opportunities and career pathways during and after study.

The Business and Arts Careers Fair hosted 24 employers, and Law and Criminal Justice Recruitment Evening, 30.  All employers were at the ready and keen to engage with UC students.

We received excellent feedback from the students who went along, particularly about the variety of opportunities that were on offer and the pleasant, stress-free interaction with exhibitors. There was a constant stream of students coming through the stalls, and employers were certainly kept busy talking – it was wonderful to see so many UC students keen to engage face to face with potential employers.

A big shout out to the clubs involved as these events wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without their help!

Thank you to the following clubs who supported these events:

  • 180 Degrees Canterbury
  • Accounting Society
  • The Investment Society
  • Te Putairiki
  • UC Women in Law
  • LAWSOC
  • UC Debating Society

UC Careers are looking forward to the STEM Careers Fair coming up on 6 May! If you’re interested in coming along, find everything you need to know here> and keep checking for exhibitor updates.

Teaching Quality in a COVID World

Have you ever wondered how students rate the quality of teaching they experience?

UCount survey results revealed that 89% of respondents rated teaching quality positively, an increase on 2019 results.

2020 was undoubtedly a year to remember – particularly for students who had to rapidly adjust to online learning during lockdown.  For staff, delivering curriculum completely online with minimal warning was also no mean feat.

Each year Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights (ESI) surveys students, gaining valuable feedback on academic and non-academic life at UC.

Using the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching, students provide feedback on the teaching quality they experience at UC. Respondents consider course structure and relevance, whether feedback on their work improved their learning, and whether they were intellectually stimulated. These, and other measures,  provide a deeper view of teaching quality within programmes.

Despite all of the challenges presented by COVID in 2020, students rated the quality of teaching across UC higher than in 2019, with 89% of students rating teaching quality positively.

You can check out how students in your programme or department rated their learning experience,  resources, and engagement with their studies (and more!) in the ESI Learning and Teaching dashboard here. The dashboards make it easy for UC staff members to “slice and dice” cohorts of interest.

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 surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.