Executive

Governance 

The UCSA Executive is made up of 14 students that are the governing body of the UCSA and is the equivalent of a Board of Directors. As directors, the Executive's core role is to give strategic direction to the organisation, monitor performance and ensure that the UCSA is operating for the benefit of its students. 

Representation 

The University of Canterbury formally recognises the UCSA as the student representative body on campus. As elected student representatives, the Executive have a responsibility to make sure they are accurately representing student needs, viewpoints, and concerns on the various Faculty and UC committees that they sit on. Faculty matters can then be presented at Academic Board meetings before flowing up to the University Council (UC’s governing body), which the UCSA President is a member of. 

Executive Meetings 

Executive Committee meetings take place every fortnight during term time. These meetings are usually held on the first, third and fifth week of term time from 5–7pm. The meetings are chaired by the UCSA President. All UC students are able to attend. Send us an email before coming along so we can confirm the meeting time and venue. 

Student feedback is essential to our work, and that's why we have four advisory groups.

International Advisory Group (IAG) 

The UCSA IAG is responsible for providing student feedback to the International Rep, the Executive Committee and the Chief Executive regarding international students’ needs and any related issues within the student population. The IAG’s aim is ensure that the UCSA hears the international student voice and works to create a stronger sense of belonging for all international students on campus. 

The IAG will meet 1-2 times per term, with an expectation of a meeting duration of up two hours. 

To get in touch with the International representative, email: international@ucsa.org.nz 

Read the Charter.

Postgraduate Advisory Group (PGAG) 

The UCSA PGAG provides student feedback and direction to the Postgraduate Rep, the Executive Committee, the Chief Executive and any relevant parties involved in postgraduate students’ needs and issues. PGAG’s aim is to ensure that the interests, advice and feedback of postgraduate students are conveyed to the UCSA who in turn work with UC to create a campus that values postgraduate students. 

The PGAG will meet 1-2 times per term to go over feedback and to work on materials, policies and events. It's expected that meetings will last up to two hours. 

To get in touch with the Postgraduate representative, email: postgraduate@ucsa.org.nz 

Read the Charter.

Equity and Wellbeing Advisory Group (EWAG) 

The UCSA EWAG is responsible for providing student feedback to the Equity and Wellbeing representative, the Executive Committee and the Chief Executive regarding students’ needs and any issues surrounding equity and diversity within the student population. The EWAG’s aim is ensure that the UCSA hears all student voices and can in turn work with UC to initiate actions and programs to create a greater sense of inclusiveness on campus. 

The EWAG will meet 1-2 times per term, with the expectation of a meeting duration of up to two hours. 

To get in touch with the Equity and Wellbeing representative, email: studentwellbeing@ucsa.org.nz 

Read the Charter.

Pasifika Advisory Group (PAG) 

The Pasifika Advisory Group is responsible for providing student feedback and direction to the UCSA Executive Committee and Chief Executive regarding Pasifika students’ needs and issues. The aim is to support the UCSA Executive to hear the Pacific student voice and initiate actions and programs to promote student success and create a stronger sense of belonging for Pacific students on campus. 

Read the group's guiding document