Mentoring programmes

Student mentors make a huge difference in a student's first year at uni.

Benefits of mentoring

Starting university is an exciting yet challenging time – meeting new people and making friends, learning new skills and dealing with new pressures. Even the simplest things like finding your way around campus can be a big task. That's why student mentors make a huge difference. As well as the UC mentoring programme, the University also offers specialist Māori, Pacific and Postgraduate student mentoring programmes.

What is a student mentor?

Student mentors volunteer their time to welcome you as a new UC student and to help you settle in during your first semester. Your student mentor will be a second- or third-year student, who can answer your questions and help you settle into university life – from study tips and great places to eat to where to go if you need support.

Mentoring programmes at UC

UC Mentoring Programme

Our huge pool of student mentors can help you make a successful start to your studies. When you join the programme, you will be matched with a UC Mentor who is studying similar subjects to you. Your mentor will give you information on how to access the services on campus and can be someone you can talk to about your experiences and studies. Your mentor will help you through the enrolment process, take you to the orientation activities, answer questions you may have and continue to give ongoing support.

Register to get a mentor

Māori Leadership Programme

The Māori Leadership Programme is a mentoring programme specifically for you as a new UC Māori student. If you are a first year UC Māori student, you will be paired up with one of our Māori Tuākana/Mentors. Tuākana/Mentors are trained by the Māori Development Team based on the Tuākana/Tēina Relationship, an integral part of traditional Māori culture. You don’t need to be able to speak Te Reo Māori or be studying Māori to take up this opportunity.

Register to get a Tuākana

Pacific Mentoring Programme

Pacific Mentoring Programme is peer support mentoring for you as a Pacific student in your first year of study. Your mentor will introduce you to support, services and events for Pacific students as well as helping you become familiar with UC more generally. To access the Pacific Mentoring Programme, you must be enrolled as a Pacific student at UC.

Register to get a Pacific mentor

Postgraduate Student Mentoring Scheme

The Postgraduate Student Mentoring Scheme is for PhD students at UC. Your mentor will help you with any questions you might have about starting out on a PhD and settling into life at UC.

Register to get a Postgraduate mentor

Become a student mentor

A small time commitment can make a big difference in a new student’s experience at UC. It’s a great chance to meet new people, develop your leadership and communication skills, and it looks great on your CV. Training will be provided before the start of semester so you won't be thrown into the deep end.

As a mentor, you will be involved in meeting with new students (individually and in groups) to help them become established on campus. Throughout the year, you would have the opportunity to guide and support students who may be new to university or even new to New Zealand, to work with local high schools, and to become involved in orientation events.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, fill in the relevant registration form.

More Information

To find out more about the mentoring programme, contact

Jane Hall

Email jane.hall@canterbury.ac.nz
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