Category Archives: Celebration

Celebrating SVA over Student Volunteer Week

This week we’re celebrating our awesome volunteers for 2022 Student Volunteer Week. 

Throughout the week join us as past and present UC Student Volunteer Army (SVA) members share special moments from their time with SVA. 

Daniel Stack (2016)

As Christchurch moved forward with its earthquake recovery, the amount of silt to be shovelled and yards to clean thankfully started to dwindle. The SVA’s response to this was to carry its momentum into initiatives that focused on sustained community engagement.

The idea for an In-Schools programme came from the simple premise that people are intrinsically kind, but often struggle to find an avenue to channel this kindness. Our aim was to take a group of high school students and equip them with the skills and support they needed to start their own volunteering journey.

With close support from staff at UC, we created the UCAN Volunteer programme in 2016 and ran two separate initiatives, one with year 10 students and the other with year 12.

I was immediately awe-struck at the maturity, compassion, and ambition we saw from both of these groups; these were young people who had an immense drive to help others.

Giving them a space to meet like-minded people and helping them to develop as young leaders was an incredibly rewarding experience. Since then we have seen a plethora of “mini SVA’s” pop up in schools as this culture of volunteering has cemented over time.

I am so happy to have been a part of this endeavour and given the chance to meet people who embodied the values that I still strive to live by to this day.

To find out more about SVA or get involved with volunteering for yourself visit here.

Te Ratonga Whaikaha | Student Accessibility Service name change

Tēnā koutou katoa,

In line with our strength-based approach to students accessing their learning, and after a period of consultation with registered students, the team at Te Ratonga Whaikaha has updated our ingoa Pākehā (English name) to reflect better the way we work, and to align with our ingoa Māori.

As of Friday 11th February 2022 the Equity and Disability Service will now be known as Te Ratonga Whaikaha | Student Accessibility Service.

As a service we aim to support and empower our students to embrace their differences and achieve academic independence and success, and this is now reflected in both of our names.

​​​​​​​We estimate that between 20-25% of students at the University experience barriers to accessing learning, and Te Ratonga Whaikaha|Student Accessibility Service (TRW|SAS) is here to provide support services, assistance, and advice to ensure that you make the most of your time here and achieve your academic goals.

Visit our updated website to see what support we can offer, and to book an appointment with one of our Accessibility Advisors.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at our new email address:


Congratulations to our 2021 graduates!

We’re celebrating the achievements of our graduates at the end of a challenging year. We know our new graduates are well eqipped to make a difference in their communities here in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. 

Check out some of the many inspiring graduate stories from across UC here>