Student advice and support

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We're here to help. All of our students have access to support services within the department and College of Engineering, whether it's related to academic advice, student support, or health and wellbeing. 

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If you need assistance with a general academic enquiry contact:

Catherine Bishop

Associate Professor
Director of Postgraduate Studies (PhD/ME)
Civil Mechanical E514
Internal Phone: 92137

John Pearse

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Director of Studies
Civil Mechanical E505
Internal Phone: 92423

Don Clucas

Associate Professor
Civil Mechanical E521
Internal Phone: 92212

Exemptions from course prerequisities

Please note: If you are applying for exemption from a course prerequisite you need to complete an Exemption from a Presrequisite Application form.

Enrolment and course changes

If you need assistance with enrolment or course changes, contact the director of studies for your year level.

John Pearse

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Director of Studies
Civil Mechanical E505
Internal Phone: 92423

Deborah Munro

Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies 1st Professional Year
Civil Mechanical Rm E547A
Internal Phone: 90446

Mark Garnich

Associate Professor
Director of Studies 2nd Professional Year
Civil Mechanical Rm E529
Internal Phone: 94635

Mark Staiger

Associate Professor
Director of Studies 3rd Professional Year
Civil Mechanical E512
Internal Phone: 92181

Chris Pretty

Associate Professor
Co-Director of Mechatronics/ Director of Studies - Mechatronics 1st Pro Year
Civil Mechanical E513
Internal Phone: 92393
  • Your profile contains full details and instructions of your individual courses.
  • See the Course Information System listings for all Mechanical Engineering courses.

UC offers a range of support services for all students, especially academic support, health and wellbeing, and general pastoral care.

Christine Walker (Senior Tutor/Student Support) in the Dept of Mechanical Engineering also offers advice and assistance.

Christine Walker

Senior Tutor
Civil Mechanical Rm E527
Internal Phone: 92734

Find out more about Practical Work requirements for the BE (Hons) degree.

For general inquiries contact the College's Practical Work Coordinators at engpracticalwork@canterbury.ac.nz.

Don Clucas

Associate Professor
Civil Mechanical E521
Internal Phone: 92212

Sally Hinkley

Work Experience Coordinator
John Britten Rm 107
Internal Phone: 94274

UC offers a range of support services for students with disabilities including the Equity and Disability Service. Mechanical Engineering's Advisor to Students with Disabilities also offers advice and assistance.

Geoff Chase

Distinguished Professor
Advisor to Students with Disabilities
Civil Mechanical E502
Internal Phone: 92182

Class representatives serve as a link between the Department and its students. Primarily, they interact with the Directors of Studies for their Professional Year.

First Professional Year representatives 2020

Piper Marshall

Class Representative - First Professional Year

Jaelen Hikaka

Class Representative - First Professional Year

Katie Ellis

Class Representative - First Professional Year

Caleb Barr

Class Representative - First Professional Year

Second Professional Year representatives 2020

Felix Edgar

Class Representative - Second Professional Year

Josie Dixon

Class Representative - Second Professional Year

Tom Young

Class Representative - Second Professional Year

Third Professional Year representatives 2020

Pav Devananthan

Class Representative - Third Professional Year

Tessa Impey

Class Representative - Third Professional Year

Postgraduate Student representatives 2020

Pouria Aghajannezhad

Postgraduate Class Representative

James Ramsay

Postgraduate Class Representative

George Stilwell

Postgraduate Class Representative

Find out more about our workshop facilities. For more information about the requirements for workshop training contact the Workshop Training Team Leader.

Garry Cotton

Technician
Workshop Training Team Leader (UC workshops)
Mechanical Wing 106
Internal Phone: 92134

See full details of our laboratories and facilities or contact our Technical Services Officer.

Bruce Robertson

Technical Services Manager
Design Engineer
Mechanical Wing 213
Internal Phone: 92384

Find out more about final-year Research and Development projects in Mechanical Engineering.

Digby Symons

Associate Professor
Civil & Mechanical Engineering E537
Internal Phone: 92171

Contact our staff for information about computer access and availability.

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students. Contact our department Safety Officer for further advice or information or consult UC's Health and Safety policy guidelines.

Bruce Robertson

Technical Services Manager
Design Engineer
Mechanical Wing 213
Internal Phone: 92384

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Behavioural expectations

  • Know the Code
  • The College of Engineering expects all of its students to 'treat people with respect and courtesy' (Code of Ethical Conduct, EngNZ).
  • This is an ethical responsibility. It also applies to student-to-student interactions.
  • We do not tolerate:
    • Harrassment of any kind (including physical, electronic, or verbal bullying) involving staff, students or visitors, whether on or off campus. Harrassment can be defined as unwelcome, unsolicited and unreciprocated behaviour by a person or group that may offend, humiliate, or intimidate another, and interferes with a person's right to work or study in a non-threatening environment.
    • Discrimination
    • Unwanted physical intimate attention
  • Persistent or reckless disregard of this ethical obligation can have serioius consequences (including exclusion)
  • We expect students to respect the rights of others and contribute positively to a culture of respect and courtesy for others.

If you have a concern relating to a staff member, student or visitor, the normal procedure would be:

If you are experiencing sexual harassment, please see: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/health/sexual-harassment-and-sexual-assault/.

If you have a problem relating to an academic matter, you are encouraged to discuss the problem initially with the member of staff concerned. If you feel uncomfortable about doing this or are unable to resolve the problem satisfactorily, you may seek assistance from your Professional Year Director of Studies or from the Head of Department. You can also seek the support of your Class Representative.

We encourage students to resolve their problem within the Department. Go to UC's process, rights and responsibilities webpage or the Appeals and Grievances Regulations in UC Calendar for more information.

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