Equity and diversity

A sense of belonging is an important part of University life

UC recognises that a sense of 'belonging' is an integral part of University life and we are committed to developing a diverse, culture-rich, and cooperative environment for all. Our policies aim to ensure that all staff and students are given the opportunity and support to grow as individuals and as part of the wider community.

Support for Maori students

As a Māori student at UC, you will have access to a network of support services to help you to succeed in your chosen field of study.

Support for Pacific students

UC welcomes new Pacific students from throughout New Zealand and across the Pacific.

Support for international students

The Student Care Team is your international student support team.

UC Diversity Champions

A UC Diversity champion is someone who is knowledgeable on, and sympathetic to, diversity and equity issues. Please feel free to contact our diversity champions should you have any questions or issues regarding diversity. They are all very approachable and are keen to hear what you have to say!

UC is committed to providing equitable work and study opportunities

UC’s policies and work practices have been developed with the aim of providing equitable work and study opportunities to our staff and students.

We are committed to increasing the recruitment, appointment, development and retention of individuals from under-represented groups and to reducing and removing barriers to staff and student participation.

Equity and diversity advisory committee (CEDAC)

Purpose:

  • Provide advice to Senior Management regarding Equity and Diversity issues.
  • Provide advice regarding amendments Equity and Diversity UC policies.
  • Monitor performance of departments and the University as a whole in Equity and Diversity matters.

Guidance and advice

The committee is composed of academic staff, general staff, and UC students. If you have any questions, concerns or would like some advice, please contact Acting Director Student Success, Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui (ripeka.hurunui@canterbury.ac.nz).

Details about the CEDAC are available to staff on the intranet - Central Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (CEDAC) (staff only).

UC Diversity on Intercom

Thursdays in Black re-launch – 22 March

Being safe on campus, in public or in your home is everyone’s right, regardless of your race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, class, disability (visible or not), religious affiliation, political views, or even the way you choose to dress.  Thursdays in Black is a national student/whanau movement that works towards a world free of rape and […]

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Sexuality education symposium at UC

On 15-16 March internationally leading sexuality education researchers and local youth workers are convening at UC to engage with the public to consider what else sexuality education could become at State of the Art: New Directions in Sexuality Education/ Current Social Science Theories In Practice Symposium. Panel presentations and interactive workshops will draw on cutting […]

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Event: Oceanic Memory – islands, ecologies, people

Oceanic Memory: islands, ecologies, people 30 November – 2 December, 2017 UC Arts, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Nau Mai Haere Mai | Welcome | Afio Mai | Aere Mai | Malo e me’a mai | Fakatalofa atu | Veikidavaki | Fakaalofa lahi atu | Ulu tonu mai Memories are complex, selective, and evolve over time. […]

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Invitation to special presentation on NZQA Code of Practice for International Students

Have you heard about the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students? The Code of Practice is part of the Education Act and requires education providers to ensure that international students are well informed, safe, and properly cared for. UC is currently completing its annual self-review reflecting on its support for international […]

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PNG Independence – a moment of pride

 On 16 September 1975,  Papua New Guinea became an independent state after 70 years under Australian rule. Student Raho Kila shares the significance the day has for her. I am proud to call myself a Papua New Guinean, home to seven million people who are so friendly. Papua New Guinea is split into four regions; Papua […]

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