Student Blogger - Insider's Guide


Student Bloggers write a total of four blogs  per Semester for the Insider’s Guide  comprising:

  • two blogs based around the UC student experience - personal reflection –  relate to Graduate Attributes  200 – 300 words
  • two news style blogs – 200 – 250 words which add value to understanding student experiences at UC and which present the University professionally

Eligibility/Selection Criteria

Student Bloggers are required to:

  • submit a one page proposal (300 words max) for four blogs and proposed time of release. Proposal shows attention to detail (spelling, clear descriptions, and good brief story starters).
  • demonstrate attention to accuracy and to deadlines.

e.g. an assignment where citations have been used correctly, delivered on time and at least a B+ grade achieved

OR - an endorsement from an academic, tutor or supervisor (e.g. a brief email)  that they are confident that the student pays close attention to detail / accuracy, has delivered on time and can give an example/examples. 


StudentBloggers are required to attend a 1x1 hour long familiarisation meeting.

Hours involved in the activity

12 hours minimum. For every 12 hours of active learning you can claim recognition for one skill and one attribute. NB: opportunities only exist to develop the skills and attributes specified for this activity in the grey areas of the table below. For this activity you can claim a maximum of one learning and development outcome.


Fi Clayton
Team Leader - Communications
Matariki Leavel 4 South
Student Services & Communication 

Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

By actively engaging in this activity, you can claim against the pre-determined intersection points detailed below. You should reflect on your experience and select the WRS/GA intersection point(s) that best represents your learning outcome.

  • A4 - Learning - Student Bloggers write a media release/news style blog or a personal reflection which demonstrates an understanding of traditional Māori perspectives and the UC community/ wider society, and an awareness of the importance of becoming more skilled in te reo Māori and tikanga


    Note – the Student Blogger must meet minimum criteria under Co-Curricular Record Guidelines for the Bicultural Confidence and Competence UC Graduate Attribute
  • B1 - Communication - Student Bloggers demonstrably encourage community engagement (related to UC) and go beyond simple advertising about an engagement event – i.e. shifts online users from reading to participating.    
  • B2 - Initiative and Enterprise - Student Bloggers will find fresh angles and new stories to tell about the community, in both words and pictures. 
  • B4 - Learning - Student Bloggers write in a media release/news or a personal reflection style about a UC-related community engagement activity that correctly targets audience, spokesperson quotes, reflects accuracy, and is a timely release.
  • C1 - Communication - Student Bloggers represent the university well in their content/story-telling, and engage with others professionally (e.g. with interviewees).  
  • C6 - Problem Solving - Student Bloggers develop creative ideas (related to UC), which take an innovative approach, or solve a problem and is achievable within the resources and time available.
  • C7 - Self-management- Student Bloggers are able to stay on task, manage time effectively to reach deadlines, communicate any potential issues when they arise, suggest solutions and act responsibly. 
  • C9 - Technology - Student Bloggers will learn how technology provides an avenue for a media organisation to present itself to its community.
  • D1 - Communication- Student Bloggers write in a media release/news style about an UC-related event or experience which reflects global awareness and correctly targets the audience, spokesperson quotes, reflects accuracy, and is a timely release.

Matrix intersection points for Student Blogger - Insider's Guide (highlighted in grey)
Co-curricular Record (CCR)

UC Graduate Attributes (GAs)

Bicultural Competence & Confidence Community Engagement Employability Innovation & Enterprise Global Awareness
Work Readiness Skills (WRS) Communication A1 B1 C1 D1
Initiative and enterprise A2 B2 C2 D2
Leadership A3 B3 C3 D3
Learning A4 B4 C4 D4
Planning and organising A5 B5 C5 D5
Problem solving A6 B6 C6 D6
Self-management A7 B7 C7 D7
Teamwork A8 B8 C8 D8
Technology A9 B9 C9 D9

CCR criteria

  • UC affiliated
  • Not for academic credit

Are you interested in participating in this activity?