Category Archives: Student stories

Golden Key at the University of Canterbury (UCGK)

Golden Key is the world’s largest collegiate honour society with a mission to enable members to realise their potential through the advancement of Academics, Leadership and Service. Membership into the society is by invitation only and applies to the top-performing 15% of all students, based solely on academic achievement. Membership has grown to a network of over 2 million members from more than 190 countries.

The University of Canterbury chapter of Golden Key (UCGK) is a student run club that is affiliated with the UCSA. The executive team of UCGK is made up of UC students who are members of Golden Key and work to host events that benefit its members and the wider community. The UC chapter undertakes a variety of events throughout the academic year, which range from community service activities to networking events. UCGK’s marquee event for the year is a mentorship programme, which is designed and run by UC students as an ongoing community service activity for local middle school students.

UCGK Website 
If you have any queries, please contact UCGK via email or Facebook.

UCSA Arts Fest is here!

UCSA Arts Fest 2021 is here! We’ve put together two jam-packed weeks of events, showcasing the Arts here at UC.

Arts Fest 2021 includes over 40 events, many of which are led by UC student clubs, or feature some of our most talented UC students!

Head to a workshop, or get your competitive streak going by entering one our Arts Fest competitions. Finalists will be invited to The Arts Fest Awards to end the week.

Check out our website for upcoming events, and grab CANTA magazine for the full programme from May 10th!

The UCSA would love to invite UC Staff to the following events:

🎨 DramaSoc Presents: Love + Information

Friday 14th May & Saturday 15th May – 7:30pm to 9:30pm – Ngaio Marsh Theatre

Dramasoc is incredibly proud to present the first show of our centenary year, Caryl Churchill’s Love + Information. In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know.



🎨 Te Rourou a Haere

Monday 17th May – 12:00pm to 1:30pm – Amphitheatre

In partnership with Te Akatoki Māori students association, we have relaunched Lunch on the lawn to further explore the cultural narratives of our whare and space. So going forward we welcome you all to join us at ‘Te Rourou a Haere’.

We will be serving free Hangi for the first 100 attendees (With snags and veggie paddies thereafter), followed by Kapa Haka and a Tu Taua demonstration.


🎨 Pub Choir

Monday 17th May – 7:00pm to 9:00pm – Ngaio Marsh Theatre

Pub Choir is a euphoric sensation that transforms a crowd of tipsy strangers into a legendary choir. Think school singing but with beer!!!

By the end of the show the YOU will be belting out a kiwi classic in three-part harmony. Don’t prepare anything! It’s not that kind of choir. You simply need to open your sound hole (your mouth FYI). We will do the rest.


🎨 Paint and Sip

Tuesday 18th May – 7:00pm to 8:30pm – Tī kōuka Room

Come along and get those creative juices flowing with a guided paint session with Christchurch’s own Paint’n’Sip. Tickets on Eventbrite.



🎨 The Court Theatre | Scared Scriptless at The Ngaio

Wednesday 19th May – 7:30pm to 9:00pm – Ngaio Marsh Theatre

Scared Scriptless is an improvised comedy show that’ll have you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next! Performed by Canterbury’s best improvisers, every show is unique, silly and absolutely hilarious.



🎨 Rekindle | String-making Workshop

Tuesday 25th May – 6::00pm & 7:15pm – Haere-roa Clubs Meeting Room

Learn how to use tī kōuka / cabbage tree leaves to make a strong and beautiful twine. Rekindle’s most popular workshop, this technique for making string and rope is simple and can be used with many different materials.

Bookings are essential – Please email


🎨 Long Story Short: A MUSOC Cabaret

MUSOC can’t wait to celebrate the joys of storytelling with you, and what better way than through song? We have collected an enchanting variety of numbers from movies, musicals, and popular artists to perform for your viewing pleasure in ‘Long Story Short: A MUSOC Cabaret’.

Sit back and let our wonderful cast and band entertain you with stories old and new – all very near and dear to our hearts. From fairytales, to myths, to real life narratives, this show is a must see during the UCSA Arts Fest!



Arts Fest 2021 wouldn’t be possible without our friends:

Te Akatoki
UC Arts
The Foundry
Mono Nights
UC Arts Society
Ucan Dance
The Court Theatre

Plus more to be announced.

UCSA By-Election Results: Finance and Engagement Officer

Congratulations to the UCSA’s new Finance and Engagement Officer Jennifer Berry!

The by-election results were announced on Friday evening, with Berry securing the most student votes out of four candidates.

Jennifer is in her third year studying Mechanical Engineering, is a self-confessed aerospace nerd, and a member of the Student Volunteer Army Executive.

In her new role, she’ll hold financial responsibilities and help the UCSA Exec to engage and communicate with students.

To view the full election results, visit our website.

UCSA By-election results simplified

Have your students had their say?

The UCount Survey for 2021 has been running for two weeks now, providing students with an opportunity to have their say. The response rate is currently sitting at 15%, compared with last year’s total response rate of 34%. With one week to go, we need your help to improve response rates!

You can encourage your students to get involved by sending an email reminder out to students in your school, or by telling them in class. Remember, there’s heaps of great prizes up for grabs! Attach the prize list below and let your students know that their feedback matters. The UC School of Business has sent out a targeted reminder to students including the prize list, and we saw a responses from this!

Remember, the UCount survey feeds into multiple ESI dashboards, which are accessible to all staff. These dashboards include particular information on the experiences of thesis students, graduates, as well as course-taking students’ perceptions of teaching quality and engagement, and much more.

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

FYI – Nominations open soon for the UCSA By-Election

The UCSA is holding a By-Election to select its next Finance and Engagement Officer! 

Nominations open soon and we’d love your help in encouraging students to consider running. Being a part of the Student Exec Team is a massively rewarding experience where they can represent the student voice on campus, as well as grow their own leadership skills.

Key Dates:

  • 22 April–29 April: Nominations open (Nominations close 12PM)
  • 30 April–4 May: Campaigning period
  • 5 May: Voting opens 9AM
  • 7 May: Voting closes 5PM (Results announced at 6PM)

To find out more about the By-Election, please visit our website