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.
- See what events our diverse communities are celebrating.
- The Equity and Well-Being Advisory Group helps ensure students have a voice on diversity issues.
- We celebrated the theme of belonging in UC Diversity Week 2015.
- We celebrated the theme of connecting with nature for Mental Health Awareness Week 2016.
Support for Maori students
Support for Pacific students
Support for international students
If you have conflicting priorities to juggle, such as family and work, knowing what support is available for you can help to ensure your success.
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!
"Embracing diversity in engaging with others provides a reciprocal learning opportunity which is enriching”
"Prejudice and discrimination are equal opportunity blights – and if you have been on the receiving end of them for whatever reason, you can certainly relate to how people feel on the receiving end of them for other reasons."
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)
- 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 Director Student Success, Liz Keneti - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details about the CEDAC are available to staff on the intranet - Central Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (CEDAC) (staff only).
UC Diversity on Intercom
Cafe Reo is an place where UC staff and students can practice their conversational ability in Te Reo Māori. It’s held every Tuesday at 2pm in the foyer of the Te Ao Mārama building. Eat, drink, talk, laugh and listen! All welcome. Cafe Reo is an Aotahi initiative to help normalise the use of Māori […]
Join UC FemSoc in marking International Women’s Day on campus by gathering at the C-block lawn at 2pm on the Wednesday 8 March. There will be music and short speeches celebrating women’s achievements and histories. There will be some baked goodies prepared by exec members. Feel free to bring and share snacks, posters and most […]
Q Canterbury is proudly hosting Pride Quiz night on the UC Campus for students, staff and the wider community. Teams of 4 – 6 people, must register before the event. The sign-up form is here. This is an R18 event as Bentley’s is a licenced bar with drinks and snacks available throughout the night. Details: […]
Support for students who require English Language Proficiency Certificate for programme entry: The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) in the College of Education, Health and Human Development is delighted to become part of the IDP global network of IELTS test centres by gaining approval to open an IELTS test centre at the University of […]
UC lecuturer in women’s and feminist history, Katie Pickles writes about participating in the Women’s March on Saturday 21 January. Christchurch is a global hotbed for women’s rights as human rights, and for the promotion of social reform, diversity and strong communities. On the edge of the UC campus is the house where Kate Sheppard lived […]