Discover University for Yourself | Te Rā Tūhura

Discovery Day 2018

Discovery Day | Te Rā Tūhura brings Year 12 students and teachers from the Christchurch and Canterbury region onto campus to enjoy the opportunity to experience university life for a day.

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a university student?

Discovery Day | Te Rā Tūhura is your chance to find out. Experience a real university day at UC by choosing your own timetable and going to lectures, enjoying lunch with a group of new mates and exploring all the opportunities at UC.

  • Take part in lectures of your choice and see how your school subjects relate to university
  • Discover the differences between school and university
  • Learn why university study is valuable
  • Explore the support services UC provides
  • Find out what’s on offer to UC students.

2019 Discovery Day | Te Rā Tūhura

Read on to find out about this year's Discovery Day.

Date: Tuesday 9 April 2019

Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm

Venue: The day will start at the Clyde car park. View map. Entrance is only from this car park, as signage will lead you to the middle of campus. Your school will provide transport to the University of Canterbury, Ilam Campus.

Sessions: Self-select their timetable attending the sessions you want and learn more about what's on offer at UC. Make sure you read the timetable and session descriptions available here before you register. 

Register: Students/rangatahi should talk to their Careers Advisor about registering. Eventbrite is being used for Discovery Day registrations. Read the session descriptions first then please choose your sessions online. If you change your mind, it will be your responsibility to sign into Eventbrite and change your timetable. If you do need help, let the UC Events team know via email, Registrations close at 4pm, Friday 22 March 2019. 

What happens on the day? Arrive with your school and bring your timetable with you. Make your way to your first venue for your welcome session and lecture. If you are arriving alone (without your school), drop by the Info Tent to check in, before you head along to your first venue.

What will you get on the day?

  • Packed lunch (There is no eating or drinking allowed in the lecture theatres, so wait until the breaks and lunchtime)
  • Intro to UC booklet
  • Programme for the day including free Wi-Fi information
  • UC pen
  • Poncho (if it’s wet and you forget your rain jacket) 

What to wear: Visiting Year 12’s are expected to wear school uniform and bring a rain jacket or umbrella if it is set to rain.

Parking: Schools are invited to park in the Clyde Car Park with a bus drop off zone operating from 8.30am.

Info Tent: A marquee will be in the middle of campus to assist with queries regarding timetables and session times.

Sessions: Each session runs for 25 minutes. At the beginning of the day, the first session will start with an ‘Intro to UC’ talk from our Liaison team. At the end of the day, a ‘Next Steps’ presentation will wrap up the day and ensure students/rangatahi know where to head on their path to UC.

Lunch: A lunch break takes place from 12.10pm – 12.50pm to ensure everyone gets a 40-minute break. A packed lunch will be handed out from the lunch tables in the Engineering Core building. Bring your own drink bottle and make use of our café facilities on campus. Feel free to explore campus during this time. See our new Ernest Rutherford building and the Engineering Core.

Chill Out zone: The Engineering Core is the ideal location to have lunch. With many of our departments on hand to ask questions and learn more, the crew will be able to help with any uni-related questions you have.

Win a prize pack! After the event, each student/rangatahi will receive an email survey. All completed surveys will go in the draw to win a prize pack.

Enjoy the day! Year 12 is an important year in preparing for university study so make the most of the day to see what your next steps will be.

We look forward to seeing you on campus. Make sure you are registered so you receive your free lunch!

NOTE: UC photographers and videographers will be out and about on the day. These images may be used by the University of Canterbury in the future for online or print publications, and may be placed on official UC social media channels. If you would prefer not to be photographed or filmed just let the person behind the camera know (they are friendly and won’t be offended!).

Campus tours

Tours of the university campus and accommodation options are offered to members of the public, international visitors and schools. Find out about campus tours at UC. 

Events, open days and visits to campus

There are a variety of opportunities throughout the year to visit our campus or talk to our Liaison team. Find out more about campus tours and future student events.

More information

Liaison Office
Student Services Centre
University of Canterbury
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748)