Student Lifecycle Programme Change

Kia ora koutou,

I wanted to update you regarding a recent change to the sponsorship and delivery organisation accountability for the Student First Lifecycle Programme (which incorporates Student First, the peripherals project as well as the operational management of Jade, our Student Management system).

UC Council recently endorsed a decision by our Senior Leadership Team to realign the governance arrangements for the Student Lifecycle Programme which now reports through to an Executive Sponsor rather than an Senior Responsible Owner (SRO).  Responsibility will transfer from Professor Ian Wright, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research to the new Executive Sponsor, Keith Longden, Executive Director, Planning, Finance and IT.

Day to day delivery accountability will also change to be through the Digital Unit – with the Project Director Iain MacPherson now reporting to me and joining the Digital Leadership Team. This change has no other immediate operational impact on the programme team or ITS.

Ngā mihi nui


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.

Are you part of the 173?

Over the past few months, the Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team have been sharing some of the high level results from UCount 2020 in Tū ki te tahi. This campaign has been successful, with over 170 staff members accessing at least one of the dashboards available for staff use. Keep your eyes peeled for more interesting data as the year progresses!

These dashboards, which house data on students’ academic and non-academic experiences at UC, are accessible to all staff. They 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.

The 2021 UCount survey, which feeds into multiple ESI dashboards, has gone live to all students today! There’s a heap of prizes that have been put up by various teams and businesses across campus to incentivise students to participate. You might see advertising around campus promoting the survey, and a concentrated effort is being undertaken across UC to try and ensure every voice is heard.

If you’d like to be involved in the promotion efforts, we’ve included a picture below that you can put at the start of your lectures of print off to put in your common areas.  You can save the image by right clicking on it. The more responses we get, the better the data is for you, our dashboard users.

Watch out for new posts in Tū Ki Te Tahi for news on when the dashboards are updated with 2021 data (expected end of May).

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

UC Kuputaka | Glossary of Bilingual Names and Terms

Te Waka Pākākano is pleased to announce an early Christmas koha (gift) for all UC whānau: a new searchable UC Kuputaka | Glossary of Bilingual Names and Terms!

The new UC Kuputaka which you will find by clicking on the tohu (icon) above adds to the reo Māori resources available, such as the recently released UC Reo Māori Style Guide, on the UC Style Guide webpage.

Designed for UC staff and students, this new UC-specific rauemi reo (resource) is a culmination of many hours of translation work completed by the UC Ohu Reo over the past 5+ years, with inclusion of some newly coined bilingual names for all UC:

  • Colleges
  • Schools
  • Departments
  • Service Units
  • Research groups
  • Academic disciplines/ subjects

We envisage this list will be updated periodically throughout the year to reflect the changing bicultural naming and nature of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.  Sound files to help you with your pronunciation will be added in the new year along with a list of role titles and other important bilingual names adopted by the institution.

Ko te manako ia, e whakamahi ana koutou i tēnei rauemi kia whakakaha ake i āu mahi, i tō tātou kākanoruatanga hoki.
It is our hope that this resource can be used to support your everyday work.

Kia hari te Kirihimete, kia haumaru te Tau Hou, tēnā rawa atu koutou katoa!