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.
- The Equity and Well-Being Advisory Group helps ensure students have a voice on diversity issues
- See what events our diverse communities are celebrating
Support for Maori students
Support for Pacific students
Support for international students
UC supports LGBTQI+ students and staff with assistance on and off campus, and celebrates sexual and gender diversity on campus.
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
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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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 […]
Elsa – the University of Canterbury (UC) Liaison team office dog – has entered the Top Office Dog competition run by Frog Recruitment on Instagram. Entries close today, with the judges decision expected on 18 September. You can see her entry here – she already has more than 100 likes. Elsa is a 7 year […]
To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week 2017, The Library’s i-Tautoko | e-Learning Support Team and Te Tari o te Amokapua Māori | Office of the AVC Māori have worked together to create te reo Māori translations for AKO | LEARN. This is a growing resource and we plan to […]
I look forward to Te Wiki o te Reo Māori each year, and seeing and hearing the initiatives taken in our community to honour the language and observing the gradual strengthening of use throughout the year. Radio New Zealand is a case in point. Listen to the sign-offs on the National Programme in the mornings, […]