UCIC Buddy


UCIC Buddies help run UCIC’s Orientation Programme. Each Buddy is responsible for a group of 3-5 new students, helping them to settle and integrate into UCIC, UC and Christchurch. Buddies meet with their group at least once a week for the first four weeks of the semester.

Eligibiliy/Selection criteria

UCIC Buddies have successfully completed at least one semester at UCIC. A good attendance record and academic performance is required as well as a sound understanding of UCIC and New Zealand life. Applicants take part in a semi-formal interview after submitting an expression of interest.


UCIC Buddies receive training through the UC Student Mentoring Programme, as well as training specific to the UCIC orientation process.

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 two learning and development outcome.


Tinah Tausa
Student Learning Advisor
Kirkwood Village
Email: christina.tausa@ucic.ac.nz

Work readiness skill/Graduate attribute

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

  • B1 - Communication - UCIC Buddies offer a welcoming and supportive experience to new UCIC students.
  • B2 - Initiative and Enterprise - UCIC Buddies fulfil the goals of the programme by adapting planned activities to the needs of the group.
  • B3 - Leadership - UCIC Buddies keep their group engaged and lead group activities to create a positive experience for all involved.
  • B6 - Problem Solving - UCIC Buddies work with their peers and group members to solve language barriers and other issues.
  • B7 - Self-management - UCIC Buddies behave professionally and interact with new students constructively, motivating themselves and others to get the most out of the experiences and opportunities UC offers.
  • B8 - Teamwork - UCIC Buddies work with their peers and group members to resolve issues and offer an enriched transition experience to new UCIC students.
  • C1 - Communication - UCIC Buddies communication with new students is professional and meets UC/UCIC standards.
  • C3 - Leadership - UCIC Buddies keep their group engaged, lead group activities and use their initiative to fulfil the goals of the programme.
  • C5 - Planning and organising - UCIC Buddies plan a four-week programme to suit the needs and timetable of their group.
  • C7 - Self-management - UCIC Buddies behave professionally and balance their studies with the needs of their group.
  • D1 - Communication - UCIC Buddies communicate effectively with new students from different countries and cultures and ensure they feel welcome at UCIC and UC. 
  • D3 - Leadership - UCIC Buddies develop and apply leadership skills that are appropriate and empathetic for diverse groups of young students far from home.
  • D5 - Planning and organising - UCIC Buddies plan their four-week programme to suit their group’s cultural and timetable differences.
  • D8 - Teamwork - UCIC Buddies work with their peers and group members to solve language barriers and cultural issues.
Matrix intersection points for UCIC Buddy (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 an academic prerequisite

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