Equity and diversity

A sense of belonging is an important part of University life

UC recognises that a sense of 'belonging' is an integral part of University life and we are committed to developing a diverse, culture-rich, and cooperative environment for all. Our policies aim to ensure that all staff and students are given the opportunity and support to grow as individuals and as part of the wider community.

All UC students and staff can be assured that without exception the University will not tolerate harassment or racism of any kind. We support institutions, policies and practices that protect and promote individuals on the basis of who they are and what they do, not on the basis of the colour of their skin, their sexuality, religious beliefs or who their parents were.

Support for Maori students

As a Māori student at UC, you will have access to a network of support services to help you to succeed in your chosen field of study.

Support for Pacific students

UC welcomes new Pacific students from throughout New Zealand and across the Pacific.

Support for international students

The Student Care Team is your international student support team.

Use of preferred names

If you would like your preferred name to appear on your Student ID card, this change can be requested via UC Security. You can either have your preferred name appear in place of your legal name, or put alongside your legal name in brackets—it is entirely up to you.

To make this request, please contact Ken McEwan

UC Diversity Champions

A UC Diversity champion is someone who is knowledgeable on, and sympathetic to, diversity and equity issues. Please feel free to contact our diversity champions should you have any questions or issues regarding diversity. They are all very approachable and are keen to hear what you have to say!

UC is committed to providing equitable work and study opportunities

UC’s policies and work practices have been developed with the aim of providing equitable work and study opportunities to our staff and students.

We are committed to increasing the recruitment, appointment, development and retention of individuals from under-represented groups and to reducing and removing barriers to staff and student participation.

Equity and diversity advisory committee (CEDAC)


  • Provide advice to Senior Management regarding Equity and Diversity issues.
  • Provide advice regarding amendments Equity and Diversity UC policies.
  • Monitor performance of departments and the University as a whole in Equity and Diversity matters.

Guidance and advice

The committee is composed of academic staff, general staff, and UC students. If you have any questions, concerns or would like some advice, please contact Director Student Success, Thomas Koruth ([email protected]).

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Diversity at UC – this is me.

As part of Diversity Fest 2019 we are exploring what a diverse and inclusive UC community looks like. This week the UCSA International Rep Kevin Fernando was out and about on campus talking to students about how they are their true self, how they are represented and how they are able to express themselves at … Continue reading Diversity at UC – this is me.

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Meet UC’s new Rainbow Coordinator

Ari Nicholson joined UC a few weeks back as Rainbow Coordinator in the Student Success team. We had a chat with Ari to find out about what the new role involves, Diversity Fest (which is coming up in September), and all about Ari’s background. Watch here> Drop in to Ari’s office and say hello. Ari … Continue reading Meet UC’s new Rainbow Coordinator

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Unconscious (implicit) bias – some take-outs from the talk

Dr Benjamin D. Reese (Duke University) presented a well-attended and fascinating talk on Dilemmas of our time: Unconscious (implicit) bias and race relations last night, organised by the Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies at UC. This topic is especially relevant to us in Christchurch at the moment, as many of us reflect on the … Continue reading Unconscious (implicit) bias – some take-outs from the talk

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R-Ladies Christchurch chapter

Greetings from the newly created Christchurch chapter of the R-Ladies global organization! Our mission is to promote gender diversity in the R community via meetups and collaboration. We welcome all gender minorities in STEM, including but not limited to cis/trans women, trans men, non-binary, genderqueer, bigender and agender people. We are planning to meet once … Continue reading R-Ladies Christchurch chapter

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UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinner 2

UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinners are social evenings for our mature or adult Pasifika students, who might like to spend time with other adult students and staff. The dinners are an opportunity for these students and staff to get together, unwind and escape the stress and pressure of exams, research and or writing. Please note … Continue reading UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinner 2

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