The Student Advocate is here to give you advice about your situation, explain what your options are, and also help you navigate the university system.
If we cannot help with your situation, we can definitely put you in contact with someone who can.
Independent Advocacy Advice
As an employee of the UCSA, which is independent from the university, the Student Advocate is able to act on behalf of you, the student (something that UC staff are unable to do). The Student Advocate is able to assist you with a number of matters here at UC.
We can assist with:
- Academic Appeals
- Grievances, Complaints, Concerns
- Special Consideration Applications or Late Withdrawals
- Dispute Resolution
- Disciplinary Issues
The Student Advocate can:
- Provide confidential independent advice and support
- Assist you with drafting applications and letters
- Attend meetings with university staff with you
How to get help:
The UCSA Office is located in Room 123 of the Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight Building on the Ilam Campus of the University of Canterbury. The office hours are 9am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday.
When you drop in, tell the receptionist that you would like advocacy support. You will be asked to fill in a form so we have your contact details. One of our HELP Volunteers or the Student Advocate will come speak with you in a private room.
If you are caught without, ask for a tampon or pad!
If you experience menstruation/periods, you would have probably experienced a time (or two, or three) when you need a tampon or pad and you can’t find one in your bag!
Well, the Help team at UCSA Advocacy & Welfare is here to help UC students who find themselves in this predicament!
UCSA Help has the “Menstruation Emergency” service. So if you or your friend get caught out, need a tampon or pad but can’t find one, don’t panic.
All you have to do is come into UCSA reception and either say “I would like some tampons/pads” or, if you prefer, “I have a M.E.” or something similar, and one of our respectful and discreet staff will sort you out. It’s that easy.
(Both regular and super varieties available. Every pack contains two products, and the tampon pack includes a panty liner as well.)
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Available at the UCSA.
UCSA has partnered with Specsavers (Riccarton) to provide enrolled UC students with $10 eye exams!
* PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE AT SPECSAVERS (RICCARTON) WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT *
There are a number of financial assistance options available to assist enrolled UC students in times of hardship.
If finances have gotten a bit tight and you need some help with groceries, the Foodbank may be for you. Enrolled students are eligible to apply for UCSA Foodbank once a term, and if approved will be provided with $30 New World vouchers and non-perishable items that the Advocacy & Welfare team keep in stock in their office. The vouchers, however, cannot be used on alcohol, cigarettes or phone cards. To enquire about Foodbank, drop in to see the UCSA HELP volunteers or contact the Advocacy and Welfare Team members to make an appointment.
**Please bring your own bags to hold the non-perishable items**