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Host UC international students for a Kiwi Summer Day

Did you know that UC has approximately 1100 on-campus international students who have not been able to return home to their families for the past two summers, given NZ’s ongoing border closures? These students have committed to staying in Aotearoa so as not to jeopardise their studies with us.

This summer the International Relationships Office wants to ensure all international students who are staying in Christchurch over the break feel welcomed and supported by our UC community. We want to encourage our students to have some fun and get to know new friends in the UC community.

How can you help?

We welcome UC staff to invite a couple of international students to take part in a summer activity with you and your whānau. This could be a BBQ at your home, a walk at Sumner beach, or even a day trip to Akaroa. Perhaps students could join you for a community event in Christchurch e.g., Christmas Carols at Hagley Park – it’s up to you. This is a one-off activity, designed to fit with your existing summer plans. There is no expectation of ongoing interaction with the students, though we hope that you’ll now have another friendly face to see around campus.

Please note that we ask any staff who sign up, to host two international students. Pairing students up gives them a level of comfort and confidence. The IRO will connect you to students who are not in the same department as you, to ensure no conflict of interest.

If you’re interested in taking part in this programme please complete the form here before 10 November 2021.  IRO will be in touch after the deadline with more information, guidelines for H&S etc.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact candice.houghton@canterbury.ac.nz

Thanks for helping to ensure UC’s international student whānau feel supported and connected to our community this summer. You are truly engaging in the UC Values!

3 Years of Learning and Teaching at UC

With the closing of the UCount 2021 survey last week, we’re happy to write that that brand new data is already accessible to all UC staff in the Learning & Teaching Dashboard (opens new tab)!

Using the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (opens new tab), students provide feedback on the learning & teaching they experience at UC. Respondents consider their overall educational experience, course structure and relevance, engagement inside and outside of courses, and quality of learner resources, like physical spaces and course materials, and more. Individual items within the focus area categories undergo calculations to derive the respondents’ overall “percent positive” scores.

Ako Marake have used these QILT Learning & Teaching Indicators in the UCount survey since 2019. We now have 3-year trendlines for the focus areas, all of which can be “sliced and diced” to show your cohort of interest, whether it be a specific programme, subject, or ethnicity.

Over 12,000 respondents comprise the trends presented below:

line graph trends of UC Learning and teaching

In nearly all focus areas,  percent positive scores have reached or surpassed pre-COVID scores in 2019.

Have a look at the brand new data, and explore all of the new features in this dashboard (see this blog post for reference)(opens new tab).

If you would like, a member of the Ako Marake ESI team would be happy to come talk with you and your team about these data; reach out to Ellie and Elyse at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz with any questions or comments.

 

Closing the Loop – Feedback from the 2020 Student Experience Survey

The Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team has created a one-page infographic of high level results of 2020’s UCount and UCPEQ surveys to close the feedback loop with students. The infographic, shown below, will be distributed via the UC screens, on Tūpono, and will be posted on selected notice boards across campus.

In August 2020 17,372 enrolled students received an invitation to participate in the annual Student Experience survey. The survey asked a number of questions about the student experience focusing on both the in-classroom and wider university environment. In total, 6,053 students returned valid/completed surveys, equating to a response rate of 35% (margin of error of 1% at the 99% confidence interval).

This data is available across a variety of ESI’s dashboards – you can check them out here.

The 2021 round of the UCount survey runs between 23rd April – 16th May, with data expected to be available around the end of May. The ESI team will be promoting this new round of data collection over the coming weeks, highlighting some of the great prizes available for students to win. Staff can help promote the survey by encouraging students to participate, ensuring that they know that their opinions are valued and acted upon.

Keep your eye out on Tū Ki Te Tahi for 2021 data dashboard updates.

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 surveys@canterbury.ac.nz.

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

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team

Kia ora koutou, we are Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team.

Student experience is a generic term many of you will be familiar with, so what does it mean to be the team with that term in our name?

To us, it means we live and breathe student experience! Everything we do is designed to engage and develop our students to thrive at UC and beyond, so they are people ‘prepared to make a difference’.

About Us

We are a team of four; our strength being the diverse backgrounds and experience we bring together at UC.

Jeni Moir leads the team. Jeni relocated from South Africa in 2001 from a successful career in tertiary teaching and academic development. Jeni’s psych and social work training, together with her film and television production experience, surfaces our best ideas to keep pace with the ever-changing student and tertiary environment.

Rose Reynolds joined the team in 2017. Originally from the USA, Rose is mother of two and now calls Ōtautahi home. Rose is a UC graduate in Sociology and Media & Communication, with a background in project coordination and brings to the team optimism, enthusiasm and ideas galore.

Janina Good has been part of the team since 2018. Janina moved to NZ from her native Germany to join her kiwi wine-maker husband, and now has a gorgeous bilingual kiwi daughter in-tow. Janina’s background includes language and secondary teaching and she contributes amazing attention to detail and an uncanny ability to get things done with incredible efficiency.

Jarred Skelton is our newest team member. Jarred joined the team in 2020 after seven years in primary teaching. Jarred completed CUP and a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) at UC. Jarred moonlights as an improv-comedy expert, teller of dad-jokes, and brings joy to all. He is also an excellent meme-generator.

Our Mahi

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team are involved in university-led initiatives to support student engagement, retention and success. Our key initiatives are:

UC Mentoring

We recruit, train and support over 50 student mentors annually whom are matched with new students at all levels of study, to support successful transition into UC.

UniLife

A peer-to-peer group mentoring programme specifically for first-year students not living in the halls of residence. The programme is designed to optimise student success by facing challenges together and sharing strategies to combat common pitfalls.

Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP)

A UC-sponsored leadership programme for recipients of the Horomata, Kaitoko Māori and Kaitoko Pasifika scholarships. Programme alumni support the team to provide participants with many experiences including service, workshops, social events and more.

Check out the video our ELDP students made about the programme

Go Waitaha Canterbury (GWC)

Scholarship recipients from Auckland and Wellington receive a full-year programme of personal development opportunities and adventures exploring their new home Waitaha | Canterbury. They are mentored in small groups by GWC alumni and all live together in Tupuānuku hall in 2021.

Ākonga Leadership Incubator (ĀLI)

A professional development programme for student leaders who work as group mentors in ELDP, UniLife, and GWC. They develop their leadership profile and learn how to support their students in their transition from high school to university.

Pathways to Tertiary

The primary aim of this outreach programme into low socio-economic schools is to develop the confidence and ability of academically able students to enter and succeed in tertiary education. The main means of achieving this goal is regular peer mentoring and support engagements between UC Transition Mentors and selected senior students. The Team delivered a pilot into Linwood College during 2020 and plan to engage with two this year.

Our Vision

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team holds strongly to the UC vision of Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora | People Prepared to Make a Difference. Our particular contribution is advocating for a supportive campus environment that emphasises diversity, inclusion, wellbeing and belonging. We provide leadership and equity pathways: students in our programmes become student leaders, mentors, club leaders and UCSA exec members. Our team supports students’ personal and professional growth through our training workshops, so they can contribute to growing a nurturing and inspiring culture at UC.

We love working collaboratively across UC to create the best student experience in New Zealand; so if you are keen to work with us, please get in touch!