Supporting Second-Chance Education for Women

18 October 2019

New Horizons for Women: Hine Kahukura is a national charitable trust that supports education, innovation and research that benefits women. Their Second-Chance Education Awards are for women engaging in tertiary education for the first time, and one award has been granted to a UC Primary Teaching student studying in Rotorua.

  • Coral Bryant

    Coral Bryant (pictured second from left) with her daughter and Professor Janis Swan.

This year’s recipient of a Second Chance Educational (Degree Studies) award is Coral Bryant, a UC Rotorua Regional Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (BTchLn) (Primary) Year 2 student. Coral was presented the award at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology by Professor Janis Swan on behalf of the Waikato Graduate Women Educational Trust. Coral was supported at the award ceremony by her daughter (far left). Coral was one of 52 successful New Zealand-wide awardees, selected from over 500 applicants. The award is a one-off-grant to help with study and/or living expenses.

Coral lives in the King Country (Waikato/Piopio) and during 2018–2019 she chose to travel two hours each way to Rotorua, once a week, to attend her Professional Inquiry workshop mornings with her Rotorua lecturer and peers.

UC has a proud history of delivering teacher education programmes in Rotorua and has built strong relationships with local principals, Iwi and the community. UC Teacher Education are partnering with the Rotorua Principals’ Association to offer a tailored support package to Rotorua-based student-teachers studying via the distance pathway.

The Rotorua Initial Teacher Education (ITE) hapori (community of learning) will provide student-teachers with direct support, including their own kaihautū (leader) from UC, a designated local study space, mentorship through local schools, and lecturers delivering study workshops face-to-face.

This week an Open Evening was held at Mokoia Intermediate School inviting prospective students to meet with staff and current students. To be a part of the Rotorua cohort, apply for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) distance study option and you will be contacted by the kaihautū before the programmes start date (mid-February). For more information about study options, programme details and applications visit

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