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).

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Encourage students to apply for 2018 Thailand Internship

Applications are now open for the 2018 Thailand Internship Programme. If you know an undergraduate student studying at UC who may be interested in spending six weeks in vibrant Bangkok in Thailand follow this link for the application details and more information. The Thailand Internship Programme is a six week programme for 14 UC students to […]

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Engage effectively with Māori students in your teaching

Are you an academic staff member who wants to teach Māori students more effectively? Have you ever wondered how you can embed culturally responsive pedagogy practices into your teaching? Well now is the time to learn! We have a brand new staff development course called Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, which is aimed at getting you to reflect on […]

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South Island Tertiary Forum: Supporting diverse learners

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 9.00am-3.00pm VENUE: Conference room at Te Kete Ika Food and Function Centre, Lincoln University This event is free to attend and will offer attendees the opportunity to talk with students and staff from across Christchurch about how student support can be improved. Held at Lincoln University, this event is for postgraduate students […]

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Engaging Pasifika Students workshop

Wednesday 26 April 10-1pm, Forestry Building F1 Lectorial This is a 3 hour interactive workshop focusing on engaging Pasifika students. Hosted by the Pacific Development Team, the workshop will: give a specific focus on the increasing number of Pasifika students at Canterbury encourage our thinking and practice of teaching to a diverse set of learners be […]

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Diversity Week is back in 2017!

Given the huge amount of interest from students and staff, we are doing Diversity Week (DW) again beginning 31 July. UCSA and the UC Foundation are funding the initiative, which will be coordinated by Student Success. But we need your help! Please find it in your heart to give us some ideas on the best […]

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