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)


  • 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 - liz.keneti@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

Samoan Language Week

As part of Samoan Language Week, the UC Pacific Development Team is releasing a series of videos that aim to educate and also show off our awesome students and staff. Today’s theme is Samoan history. Watch further videos on YouTube

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Pink Shirt Day photos

Staff and students are supporting Pink Shirt Day today and making a stand against bullying. Check out some of the photos below. You can get your photos added to the slideshow, by e-mailling them to communications@canterbury.ac.nz #pinkshirtdayNZ Read about UC tools to support an anti-bullying culture Watch short video  on Facebook explaining what workplace bullying is and […]

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Support Pink Shirt Day

The Student Services Engagement Team invites all staff to wear a pink shirt on Friday, 26 May to celebrate Pink Shirt Day and take action to stop bullying. On 26 May 2017 Canterbury University will celebrate Pink Shirt Day and Speak Up, Stand Together and Stop Bullying. This is the first year Canterbury University has participated […]

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Re-Globalisation: When China Meets the World Again

New Zealand Institute of International Affairs event: Speaker:              Associate Professor Wang Dong Date:                     Tuesday 2 May 2017 Time:                    5:00pm for 5:30pm Venue:                 Arts Lecture Theatre A9,                              University of Canterbury, Ilam Road Christchurch Everyone welcome About the speaker Wang […]

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Encourage Māori students to apply for Stanford Scholarship

Applications are now open for the First Nations’ Futures Programme 2017.  The First Nations’ Futures Programme provides an unrivalled opportunity for high achieving Ngāi Tahu and other Māori postgraduate students to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a uniquely indigenous context. This programme is designed for aspiring leaders with established long term […]

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