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Rainbow student advisors

27 October 2023

UC's friendly team of Rainbow Advisors are here to support you throughout your time with us. Whether you need help with a specific issue, feel like you're falling behind, or need a supportive person to talk to, we can help with a wide range of challenges. Meet our rainbow student advisors and get in touch straight away if you need support.


Get support

The University of Canterbury and the wider community have a range of diverse support services and social groups for you to use and get involved with.


Rainbow Advisors

UC has a friendly team of Rainbow Advisors who can help support you throughout your time here. Whether you need help with a specific issue such as name changes, feel like you are falling behind, or need a supportive person to talk things through with. We can help with a wide range of problems and are a great starting point for almost any issue.


What we can help with:

  • Settling into University
  • Name changes
  • Academic planning and support
  • Hardship funding
  • Transition related support
  • Rainbow related enquiries, concerns and complaints

No issue or concern is too small or insignificant so please reach out anytime. If we can't help, we'll try our best to find someone who can.

Feel free to get in touch with the team below or email us.

Information for trans and gender diverse students

Useful information for transgender and gender diverse students at UC can be found here.

UCSA-affiliated Rainbow supporting clubs

QCanterbury is UC's main rainbow club on campus. Their focus is to create safe social spaces for sexual, romantic and gender diverse students at the University of Canterbury.

They have a wide variety of events throughout the year, and encourage the community to get involved where possible, in whatever capacity they feel comfortable.

Check out their Facebook page or sign up to stay up to date with the latest news and events.

There are a number of other clubs including QUIL and UC Rainbow Engineering.

Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room, in James Logie 107, is available for students to use as a friendly study or hang out space. This can be found via the building entrance marked “James Logie Level 1 (Teaching Rooms)”.

Support for rainbow neurodivergent students

Neurodivergent is an umbrella term for people whose brains think, learn and or behave differently to what society considers "typical". Examples of neurodivergence include Autism, ADHD, dyslexia and Tourette’s. Check out the below supports for neurodivergent students at UC:


Information for parents

Check out our section or the links below to learn more about the rainbow community and how to best support and be there for your child:



Free counselling services are available to any UC student who has paid the student levy. You can find out more about this service on the UC Health Centre website.

In the case that the counselling services offered through UC Health are not suitable, the rainbow advisor team can help you find the support to meet your needs.


Other supports

Check out some of the other support services and social groups at UC and in the community:


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