The first year at university can be the hardest – whether a student is coming straight from a secondary school or wharekura, or they have been in the workforce, the transition into study can be hard.
Kia Angitu, UC’s student success programme, focuses on the early experiences of students at UC. It brings together a range of initiatives to help students transition into their first year and make the most of their studies.
These initiatives work together to remove barriers and create an environment that gives students the opportunity to thrive and succeed. They pay particular care and attention to the journey of students who are Māori, Pasifika, have disabilities, are first in their whānau to attend university, and students from low-decile schools or a low-income background.
ACE combines technology and proactive outreach to identify and contact students who may need extra support with their studies.
PALS is a peer-to-peer programme that brings students together in regular group study sessions which are aligned with a first-year course.
Takere is a five-week academic programme and cultural live-in experience staying in a hall of residence over the summer break with other Māori and Pacific ākonga.
Kaitoko provide academic, pastoral and holistic support for first-year students to help them navigate UC and achieve their study goals.