Category Archives: Student Success

Opportunities and advice for making the most of your time at UC, as well as stories featuring students who are excelling in their field.

Life after UC: Graduate Destinations

Ever thought about where UC grads work? How many students take up further study? Do clubs and volunteering experience matter?

Each year, Evaluation & Student Insights (ESI) ask UC grads these questions in the Graduate Destinations Survey, and the new Subjects Dashboard is live on the UC website for all to use. This publicly available dashboard provides an overview of where some students end up after their degree. You can select your subject, or explore others to see where past graduates have ended up post-degree!


The dashboard shows you the different kinds of industries that graduates are working in a year after having left UC, and allows you to see where your studies might take you!

Have a browse through this dashboard, and get an early jump on your career plans! The Careers, Internships & Employment team are on hand to help answer all those career related questions too.

Keep your eye out in this space for more updates from the ESI team, including results from the UCount!

UC Graduates marking the occasion with a photo opportunity

For UC students who graduated in absentia, a beautiful autumnal day set the scene for them to don their caps and regalia and participate in our UC graduate photo opportunities on campus today.

An occasion for graduates and their whānau to come together for a photographic memory of graduation. Each graduate was able to take a photo with either UC’s Tumu Kaunihera | Chancellor, Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor, Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy-Vice-Chancellor Academic and Tumu Tuarua | Deputy-Vice-Chancellor Research.


We are doing this again on Thursday, and then again in June to help mark a momentous occasion.


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.  Read Daniel’s story from yesterday here

Isabella Fanselow (2020)

There are definitely too many to choose from, but a favourite memory of mine from my time with the UC SVA was the 2018 Hokitika Camp – the Coaster community were so welcoming to us, we did around 10 different projects, we got to stay in a (potentially haunted) asylum, and I got to plan some of the volunteering projects alongside my uncle who lives on the coast. Then the local fire brigade put on an almost terrifyingly huge beach bonfire and we watched a very interesting outdoor movie. The West Coast just does it better!

Other standout memories that are too hard to fit into the word count include the incredible experience we had with MSD high school both in Christchurch and then when we were honoured with an invitation back to continue the shared growth with them in Florida. I also can’t miss being president during the SVA’s biggest activation since the earthquakes and developing our initial COVID response in 2020 – I learnt so much and it was a privilege to help lead the team during that time. 

Being a part of the SVA hugely shaped my time at UC and really developed me into the person I am today. It was also just a whole heap of fun doing good work alongside awesome friends, and the best way to meet people at uni who I might not have had the chance to otherwise!

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