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PUKAPUKA ARATOHU TAUIRA STUDENT GUIDEBOOK 2020

GETTING U

INTO UCOL


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WELCOME TO UCOL. If you’re a new student, you might be feeling overwhelmed right now. Don’t worry; that’s understandable, and we’ve got your back. This Student Guidebook is designed to help you get settled into life at UCOL. It contains details about the different services available to you, along with information to help you get the most out of your time here. As well as keeping this Student Guidebook handy, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the Student Intranet and UCOL website. Both have a wealth of information to help you have an enjoyable and successful time at UCOL. One of the first things you should do this year is attend your campus powhiri or mihi whakatau. UCOL starts each semester with a powhiri or mihi whakatau, a traditional Ma-ori welcome. It may involve kaikaranga (being called and led onto campus), kaiko-rero (welcome speeches), waiata (singing) and hongi (a greeting in which people press their noses together), all of which are to welcome students into the UCOL wha-nau (family). UCOL staff look forward to greeting you there. If you are a returning student to UCOL, you should join UCOL staff on the kainga or home side, to welcome in our new students. Keep an eye on ucol.ac.nz/events for details about the po-whiri and Orientation Week activities.

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contents TE AHUA NOHO KI UCOL UCOL LIFE

RATONGA TAUIRA STUDENT SERVICES

Student ID Cards ...................................................6

Libraries ..............................................................13

Computers, WiFi, Printing & Photocopying ..........6

Student Learning Advisors .................................13

Need IT Help? ........................................................7

Wellbeing Services..............................................14

Student Intranet ....................................................7

Employability Hub .............................................. 15

Student Web Services ...........................................7

Advocacy & Welfare.............................................15

Parking ..................................................................8

Engagement Hub.................................................15

Free Buses ............................................................8

Ma-ori & Pasifika Student Support ......................16

UCOL on Social Media ...........................................8

Wha-nau Room .....................................................16

Message of the Day ...............................................8

International Student Support ............................17

LinkedIn Learning..................................................9

Disability Support Services .................................18

Events & Clubs ......................................................9

TE NOHO HAUMARU STAYING SAFE

Benefits & Discounts ............................................9 UniQ .......................................................................9 Student voice & representation ..........................10 Restaurants ........................................................10 Hair & Beauty Salons ..........................................10 Te Atakura ...........................................................11 Scholarships .......................................................11 Smoke-Free Campuses ......................................11

Health & Safety ...................................................20 Concerns, Complains & Harassment .................20 Drugs & Alcohol ..................................................21 Security ...............................................................21

NGA MAHERE A KURA CAMPUS MAPS

Feedback & Compliments ..................................11

Manawatu- ........................................................... 23

Graduation ..........................................................11

Whanganui ......................................................... 24

UCOL’s Policies & Procedures ...........................11

Wairarapa ........................................................... 25 Horowhenua .......................................................26

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TE AHUA NOHO KI UCOL UCOL LIFE

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UCOL LIFE

KARI TAUTOHU TAUIRA STUDENT ID CARDS We recommend that you always have your student ID card on you. You’ll need it to check out resources from the library, access some specialist rooms, top up your printing/photocopying credit, and use the printers. You may also need your ID card to ‘swipe in’ if you intend on coming to UCOL after the main doors are closed. If you need a replacement card, please have a chat to our friendly staff at the Information Centres. A replacement card will cost you $10.00.

TAPUTAPU HANGARAU WHAKAATURANGA COMPUTERS, WIFI, PRINTING & PHOTOCOPYING If you need access to a computer, UCOL has you more than covered. We have a number of computer labs and pods across the campuses ready for you to use. All you need is your login information. You can also access the free WiFi network, ‘UCOL iConnect’, while you’re on campus. Just select ‘UCOL iConnect’ from the available networks on your device, enter your student login details, and you’re away. Printers are usually located in the computer labs, Learning Hubs, Atriums, student studios and Libraries. There is a charge for all printing and photocopying. You can top up your printing/photocopying credit at the Information Centres in Manawatu- and Whanganui, and reception or the Learning Hub in Wairarapa. You can also top up your print credit online at printtopup.ucol.ac.nz

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UCOL LIFE

NEED I.T. HELP? UCOL provides IT help if you’re having trouble. The best way to access student IT support is to ring them from a UCOL phone, on extension 70602.

IPURANGIROTO - TAUIRA STUDENT INTRANET The Student Intranet is the place to access your student webmail, programme handbooks, class timetables, details about student services, UCOL policies and procedures, and the Student Feedback and Compliments form. If there is something you are looking for and can’t find it please use the feedback form and let us know.

RATONGA IPURANGI - TAUIRA STUDENT WEB SERVICES Student Web Services is where you update your contact details, enrol for your next year of study, check your grades, and access your financial statements. All you need is your login to use it. Please remember that your SWS login information is different to your UCOL network login. You can request your SWS password at sws.ucol.ac.nz. If you have any problems, you can call Student IT Support on 70602. sws.ucol.ac.nz

student.ucol.ac.nz

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UCOL LIFE

TUNGA WAKA PARKING

UCOL PAE PAPAHO PAPORI UCOL ON SOCIAL MEDIA

You can park in UCOL campus carparks all day, as long you display a UCOL parking sticker (available from the Information Centres) on your vehicle’s rear window.

Follow us on social media for the latest news, events, photos, and live videos from campus. We want to hear about all of the cool things you get up to at UCOL, so tweet us, @ us, and snap us.

Parking is free at the Whanganui and Wairarapa campuses. At the Manawatu- campus, there are some free (blue) parks, along with $1 half-day parks and $2 whole-day parks. Make sure you put your parking receipt on the dashboard each day so it can be clearly seen. The carpark is monitored and tickets are issued. We recommend you respect any noparking zones, particularly beside nearby businesses, in case your vehicle gets towed.

FACEBOOK facebook.com/UCOLNZ There are also campus-specific Facebook groups you can join to interact with other students: • UCOL Manawatu- Campus • UCOL Whanganui Campus • UCOL Wairarapa Campus • UCOL Horowhenua Campus TWITTER

PAHI UTU KORE FREE BUSES As a UCOL student, you can travel on Manawatu- and Whanganui urban buses for free. Just show the driver your student ID card and you’re good to go. There are also certain buses that travel between our Manawatu- and Whanganui campuses that you can travel on free of charge. More details and timetables for those services are on the Student Intranet. Full-time students at the Wairarapa Campus are eligible for discounted trips on Metlink bus services. See metlink.org.nz for more info. You can also ride the Horizons buses between Palmerston North and Feilding for free. 8 / UCOL Student Guidebook

twitter.com/ucolnz INSTAGRAM instagram.com/ucolnz LINKEDIN: linkedin.com/school/ucolnz

KARERE O TE RA MESSAGE OF THE DAY Whenever you log in to a UCOL computer on campus, you’ll see the Message of the Day. The Message of the Day is a good way to stay up to date about events happening on campus, and other important student-related information.


UCOL LIFE

EVENTS & CLUBS Hard work pays off, but being a student is about more than burying your head in the books. That’s why UCOL organises and supports a number of events on campus and within the community throughout the year. Some key events to look out for include Orientation, Matariki/Puanga (the Ma-ori new year), and our Public Lecture Series. You can also help run student events. It’s a great way to gain event management experience and contribute to the campus culture. If you’ve got particular interest, whether it’s a sport, hobby, or cultural activity, then how about starting a club? Clubs are a great way to make friends and share your interests with the UCOL community. Have a chat to one of our Student Life Coordinators about how you can contribute to events, and how you can join or set up a club. Contact the Student Life Coordinators: Reggie Boult (Manawatu-, Wairarapa, Horowhenua) R.Boult@ucol.ac.nz Elise Goodge (Whanganui) E.Goodge@ucol.ac.nz

HUANGA WHAKAHEKENGA UTU BENEFITS & DISCOUNTS As a UCOL student you’re eligible for discounts from a range of generous local businesses including cafes, healthcare providers, and cinemas. Just make sure you’ve got your student ID card handy. Check out the Benefit and Discounts page on the UCOL website for the full list. You can also register with UNiDAYS to receive exclusive student discounts on top brands. ucol.ac.nz/study-at-ucol/ benefits-and-discounts

UNIQ UniQ* is Palmerston North’s recreational group for LGBTIQ+ tertiary students from all education providers. UniQ’s focus is on providing a safe space for LGBTIQ+* students to hang out and make friends. They meet weekly in town, and hold movie nights, BBQs, and other fun events. UniQ also works to make campus culture better and more understanding through offering advice and resources. Join their Facebook group and anonymous email list to stay in the loop about upcoming meetings. w www.musa.org.nz/UniQ e masseyuniqpn@hotmail.com * (pronounced “YOO·nee·kyoo”) ** (LGBTIQ+ represents Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, etc.)

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STUDENT VOICE AND REPRESENTATION You, as a student, are at the heart of everything we do. We encourage a strong student voice that helps make your UCOL experience the best it can be. Get involved and have your say by joining Student Voice meetings and participate in opportunities as they come up throughout the year on different topics. For more info please contact your Student Life Coordinator (contact details on page 9) or the Student Success Team.

TOA WHAKAATANGA AHUA HAIR & BEAUTY SALONS Our Hairdressing and Beauty students are always looking for clients. We have salons on the Manawatu-, Whanganui, and Wairarapa campus you can check out a list of services and prices on the UCOL website

Book an appointment:

NGA WAHI KAI RESTAURANTS

ManawatuHair - Hair@ucol.ac.nz

UCOL has two training restaurants where our cookery and hospitality students get to experience serving real customers. We’ve got Ambitions in Manawatu- and Visions in Whanganui.

Beauty - Beauty@ucol.ac.nz

Both restaurants run a series of lunch and dinner services throughout the year. Bring your family, flatmates, or friends down for a quality, reasonably priced meal.

Wairarapa

Keep your eyes on the Events section of the UCOL website for lunch and dinner service details. facebook.com/UCOLAmbitionsRestaurant 10 / UCOL Student Guidebook

Whanganui Hair – wghair@ucol.ac.nz Beauty - wgbeauty@ucol.ac.nz

Hair - waihair@ucol.ac.nz Beauty - waibeauty@ucol.ac.nz


UCOL LIFE

TE ATAKURA Te Atakura is UCOL’s relationship-based approach to teaching and learning. Te Atakura is about teachers placing an emphasis on who you are as an individual and what unique qualities you bring to the learning environment. The main focus is on teachers listening to your experiences of education in order to create a more positive learning environment. Occasionally, you’ll see Te Atakura Coaches observing your classes.

NGA KARAHIPI SCHOLARSHIPS UCOL and our partner organisations offer a range of scholarships that you can apply for. Check out the scholarships page on the UCOL website for a list of scholarships, details on when applications close, and who to contact if you need advice. ucol.ac.nz/study-at-ucol/Fund-your-study/ Scholarships

SMOKE-FREE CAMPUSES Please remember that UCOL campuses are smoke-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes e-cigarettes and vaping. The smoke-free campus policy covers all buildings, balconies, car parks, and other outdoor areas.

AROMATAWAI / WHAKAMIHI FEEDBACK & COMPLIMENTS We want to provide the best experience for students, and to do that we need your feedback. What are the awesome things about UCOL? What do you think we could improve? Let us know by filling out the Student Feedback and Compliments form on the Student Intranet.

WHAKAPOTAETANGA GRADUATION UCOL holds Graduation ceremonies in March each year. Graduation is your time to shine after all of the hard work you put into your studies. Once you have completed your programme, we’ll send you an email inviting you to register for Graduation at sws.ucol.ac.nz. It’s important that you register so you don’t miss out on your big day. It’s also important that you keep your contact details up to date on Student Web Services so we send your Graduation pack to the right address.

KAUPAPA HERE /TUKANGA O UCOL UCOL’S POLICIES & PROCEDURES UCOL has policies and procedures in place to help make your time here rewarding, fair and safe. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with UCOL’s Policies and Procedures on the Student Intranet.

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STUDENT SERVICES

NGA WHAREPUKAPUKA LIBRARIES Our campus Libraries have the resources you need to succeed, with a wide range of books, magazines, journals, and DVDs. The Library website provides you with access to a wealth of online resources, including E-Journals, Databases and e-books. The Libraries also provide quiet study spaces, collaborative work areas, computer access, photocopying/printing, and laptop loans. We know that finding the right information for your assignment can be challenging, so our friendly library staff have got you covered. Whether it’s help with finding information on a database, or referencing your assignment, the library staff are here to help. If you’re studying at the Horowhenua campus, you can contact the ManawatuCampus Library to have resources couriered to you.

KAITOHUTOHU TAUIRA AKORANGA STUDENT LEARNING ADVISORS UCOL’s Student Learning Advisors are here to help you develop skills and strategies that will put you on the road to success. Learning Advisors can help you develop skills such as time management, critical thinking, academic writing, exam preparation, and APA referencing, just to name a few. You can arrange one-on-one appointments (both online and in person) or small study groups with a Learning Advisor. They also run in-class workshops and general workshops (open to all UCOL students) throughout the year. The best way to contact our Learning Advisors is via email:

student.ucol.ac.nz/library

Manawatu- / Horowhenua e learningservices-pn@ucol.ac.nz

The best way to contact our Libraries is via email:

Whanganui e learningservices-wg@ucol.ac.nz

Manawatu- / Horowhenua e knowledge-pn@ucol.ac.nz

Wairarapa e learningservices-wai@ucol.ac.nz *Manawatu- students can also book

Whanganui e knowledge-wg@ucol.ac.nz

appointments via the Booking Calendar on the Student Intranet.

Wairarapa e knowledge-wai@ucol.ac.nz

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STUDENT SERVICES

TE PUNA ORANGA WELLBEING HUB We take our students’ wellbeing seriously and strive to make UCOL a fun, positive, and healthy place. Our experienced Wellbeing Advisors are here to give you the right support when you need it. UCOL follows a Hauora model of Wellbeing which encompasses the physical, mental/ emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health. The Wellbeing Hub provides one on one support and can point you in the right direction to external organisations that can also assist with your wellbeing. The Wellbeing Hub also runs support groups and social events throughout the year to help you connect with other students.

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The best way to contact our Wellbeing hub is via email: Manawatu- / Horowhenua e wellbeing-pn@ucol.ac.nz Whanganui e wellbeing-wg@ucol.ac.nz Wairarapa e wellbeing-wai@ucol.ac.nz


STUDENT SERVICES

RATONGA RAPU-MAHI EMPLOYABILITY HUB

ADVOCACY AND WELFARE

The Employability Hub is here to help you develop those important ‘work-ready’ skills you need when you’re applying for jobs. This includes advice on applying for jobs, creating a standout CV and cover letter, nailing a job interview, and mapping out a career pathway.

Our Student Advocacy & Welfare Coordinator is here to be a support person/advocate for you in times of need. The Student Advocacy & Welfare Coordinator can:

The Employability Hub also has resources on Moodle, our online learning platform, which you can access anytime on a computer, or mobile device using the Moodle app. This ‘Employability Hub Online’ includes easy-tofollow lessons, videos, links to employment and volunteer sites, and much more. To find Employability Hub Online, log into Moodle and select the STUDENTS drop down menu. The best way to contact the Employability Hub is via email: employability@ucol.ac.nz

ENGAGEMENT HUB The Engagement Hub is here to help you overcome challenges that get in the way of your studies and engaging in life at UCOL. Many programmes have Engagement Coordinators who help you transition into life at UCOL, identify any challenges and barriers you face, and develop solutions to help you succeed in the classroom and fully participate in campus life. Whether it’s connecting you with other UCOL services or external agencies, our Engagement Coordinators can help you get the most out of your time here.

assist you with Hardship Fund or Compassionate Grants applications;

help you obtain foodbank parcels;

connect you with external support agencies (like StudyLink and Work and Income);

act as your support person during any kind of meetings with UCOL staff;

listen when you just need someone to talk to.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch when you need some help. Contact the Student Advocacy & Welfare Coordinator: Rebekah O’Donoghue R.J.ODonoghue@ucol.ac.nz

Ask your lecturer if your programme has an Engagement Coordinator or if you need some extra help adjusting to UCOL life.

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STUDENT SERVICES

TAUTAWHI TAUIRA MAORI / PACIFIC MAORI & PACIFIC STUDENT SUPPORT UCOL’s Raukura team is here to provide academic, cultural, and social support for Ma-ori and Pacific students. The Raukura team meets with new Ma-ori students to help you map out a road to success. They are a friendly team and look forward to meeting new students. The best way to contact Ma-ori & Pacific Student Support is via email:

WHANAU ROOMS/ WHARENUI: To promote ka-upapa Ma-ori as a foundation for success, the Manawatu- and Whanganui campuses have wha-nau rooms, while the Wairarapa campus has a wharenui. These are available for all students. Our Wha-nau Rooms/wharenui are located:

Manawatu- / Horowhenua e Raukura-PN@ucol.ac.nz

ManawatuTe Hiringa I Te Mahara, Room 3.0.04

Whanganui e M.robb@ucol.ac.nz

Whanganui Te Whare Huihuinga, Room E.1.52

Wairarapa e Raukura-Wai@ucol.ac.nz

Wairarapa Whakaoriori

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STUDENTSTUDENT SERVICESSERVICES

TAUTAWHI TAUIRAO TE AO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT Coming to a new country to study can be quite the adventure, but we know that it can take time to settle in. UCOL’s International Student Support staff are experienced in looking after the needs of international students and follow the New Zealand Government Code of Practice for pastoral care. Taking care of all our students is important, and family back home need to know that there is support here. We can help international students with information and advice about living in New Zealand and studying at UCOL. Things like where to shop and what to do and see in your spare time are important, so we are here to help.

Contact our International Student Support Team e internationalsupport@ucol.ac.nz International Student Emergency phone p 0212427625 Pastoral Care phone p 021324826

LINKEDIN LEARNING All UCOL students can access LinkedIn Learning for free. LinkedIn Learning is an online course website that can help you learn various software, business, and creative skills. The video tutorials are taught by industry professionals, and you earn a certificate when you complete a course. LinkedIn Learning can be a great tool to assist you with your learning, and it might even spark a new interest. You can access LinkedIn Learning via a link on the Student Intranet homepage.

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STUDENT SERVICES

TE PUNA AWHI HAUA DISABILITY SUPPORT UCOL is here to help all students succeed. If you have a disability or impairment, we have staff who can work with you to maximise your independence and plan for success. If you have a disability or impairment which you think will affect your studies, please contact us for a needs assessment interview. From there we can make a plan for the personalised support you may need. Types of support we may offer you include: •

Assistive technology and advice on specialised apps or software

Alternative arrangements for tests and exams (e.g. reader/writer, extra time, alternate venue)

Alternative assessment formats

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Information about campus accessibility

Communicating with your lecturers and other UCOL staff

Communicating with external disability support services, including referrals.

The best way to contact Disability/ Impairment Support Staff is via email: Manawatu- / Horowhenua e disabilitysupport-PN@ucol.ac.nz Whanganui e disabilitySupport-Wg@ucol.ac.nz Wairarapa e disabilitysupport-Wai@ucol.ac.nz


TE NOHO HAUMARU STAYING SAFE

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STAYING STAYING SAFE SAFE

HAUORA / HAUMARU HEALTH & SAFETY All staff and students are responsible for keeping UCOL a safe place to learn and work. Here’s how you can play your part:

TAKE OHORERE CONCERNS, COMPLAINTS & HARASSMENT

• Report hazards to your lecturer or a UCOL staff member.

Your time as a UCOL student should be one of the most rewarding and fun experiences of your life. It’s a chance for you to make new friends and achieve awesome things.

• Always follow the health and safety guidelines of your lecturer, inside and outside of the classroom.

We’re proud that UCOL is a safe and inclusive place to study, and any form of harassment or bullying will not be tolerated.

• In the event of any emergency, immediately call 111.

If you have any concerns or complaints, please talk to a UCOL staff member right away. You can also fill out the Student Feedback and Compliments form on the Student Intranet, and we’ll move to resolve the issue as a quickly as possible.

• Familiarise yourself with the emergency exits, fire alarms, evacuation procedures, and assembly points. If you have any questions, please ask your lecturer. • Evacuate the building immediately whenever you hear a fire alarm, and meet at the assembly point outlined on your room wall. • Report all accidents, fires, and ‘near misses’, by completing an Incident Report Form. Your lecturer will help you to access and fill in this form. • Keep emergency evacuation routes, fire alarms, fire equipment, and electrical switchgear tidy and free from obstacles.

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STAYING SAFE

RATONGA TARUKINO DRUGS & ALCOHOL UCOL should be a safe environment for all students and staff, so we take the use of illegal drugs and alcohol on campus and at all UCOL activities very seriously. The manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, sale, and use of drugs is strictly prohibited. The police will be notified of any illegal activity on campus or at UCOL activities Students thought to be affected by drugs or alcohol that could impair their judgement or behaviour shall be excluded from class, and may face disciplinary proceedings. Any instance where a student’s behaviour or actions suggest that they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol is considered reasonable cause for testing.

HAUMARUTANGA SECURITY The Manawatu-, Whanganui, and Wairarapa campuses all have security guards on site or on offsite patrol. If you are concerned at any time, please don’t hesitate to ring. Contact Security ManawatuExtension 70032 Mobile 027 447 9480 Whanganui Extension 61835 Mobile 021 242 3209 Wairarapa Extension 72056 Mobile 027 431 2154 Horowhenua 0800 347 787 These phone numbers are also printed on the back of your student ID card.

Remember, a lot of classes at UCOL involve equipment that could be very dangerous if operated by someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s about not only following the law, but also about keeping you and your classmates safe.

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NGA MAHERE A KURA CAMPUS MAPS

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BLOCK

4

BLOCK

BROADWAY AVENUE

Room 3.1.02 means Block 3 on Level 1 in Space 02

Entrance to Building

Cafe

Carpark

Disability Parking

KING ST

QUEEN ST

2

BLOCK

GREY ST

Information Centre

ROOM NUMBERS

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BLOCK

Princess St, Palmerston North

MANAWATU CAMPUS

3

BLOCK

7

BLOCK

Atrium

6

BLOCK

VISI TOR

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BLOCK

10

BLOCK

AMESBURY ST PRINCESS ST


Lifts

Room B.1.02 means Block B on Level 1 in Space 02

Stair access to other levels

Toilets

Cafe

Disability Parking/Access

HAIR & BEAUTY SALON

Carpark

TAUPO QUAY

E

BLOCK

RUTLAND ST

Entry to block

C

BLOCK

VISIONS RESTAURANT

Information Centre

B

BLOCK

ROOM NUMBERS

16 Rutland Street, Whanganui

WHANGANUI CAMPUS MAP

DREWS AVE

TO THE RIVER

Matapihi Ki Te Ao

WHANAU ROOM

LIBRARY (2ND LEVEL)

MARKET PL


VISITOR

WHAKAORIORI MARAE

143-159 Chapel Street, Masterton

WAIRARAPA CAMPUS MAP

DRIVEWAY

STAFF

LOLLIPOPS CHILDCARE

Information Centre Disability Parking/Toilets

LIBRARY

Toilets Cafe Carpark

CHAPEL STREET

HAIR & BEAUTY SALON

REAP HOUSE

QUEEN STREET

Masterton


HOROWHENUA CAMPUSLevin MAP Campus Horowhenua

160 Oxford Street, Levin

UCOL LEVIN

BATH STREET

OXFORD STREET

South Lane Information Centre

Entrance to Building

FIRST FLOOR

OFFICE

SECOND FLOOR

ENTRY LOBBY

CLASSROOM 1

BEAUTY SALON

STORAGE

COLLABORATIVE LEARNING SPACE CLASSROOM 2

TEA SPACE CLASSROOM 3

STORAGE

STAIRS LOBBY

STORAGE

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10 tips for

SUCCESS AT UCOL 01 02 03 04

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KNOW WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU IN CLASS AND ON CAMPUS Familiarise yourself with your programme’s handbook, which is available on the Student Intranet.

MANAGE YOUR TIME Have a plan and stick to it, but be sure to give yourself breaks. Our Learning Advisors can help you with your time management.

GET TO KNOW THE CAMPUS Take the time to explore the campus, and find spots that suit you for studying or just chilling out.

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Cramming for exams and doing assignments the day before they’re due is not a great way to learn and it can really stress you out. Pace your learning throughout the semester.

GET TO KNOW YOUR CLASSMATES The classes here are smaller than what you’d see at a university, so it’s easier to get to know your classmates and make great friends.

ASK QUESTIONS AND CONTRIBUTE TO CLASS DISCUSSIONS Speaking up in class can be scary for some people, but it’s a great way to keep your learning on track. If you don’t ask the question, you may never know the answer.

COMBAT PROCRASTINATION Write down the tasks you need to complete. Breaking complex tasks down into smaller ones can make them feel more achievable. Reward yourself when you finish something really difficult.

DON’T CRAM

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STAY HEALTHY Eat well and get a good amount of sleep. Our Wellbeing Advisors can point you in the right direction if you have any health concerns.

ASK FOR HELP Whether you’re feeling lost on campus or you’re having trouble with your studies, ask for help before it starts feeling like a big problem.

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HAVE FUN Your time at UCOL will probably fly by, so make the most of it. Keep an eye on the Events page of the UCOL website for cool things happening around the campus and the community. UCOL Student Guidebook / 27


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UCOL CHECKLIST I AM ENROLLED IN THE RIGHT PROGRAMME Please talk to someone at the Information Centre if there are any issues. MY PROGRAMME FEES HAVE BEEN PAID Please contact StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00 if you need a student loan. I’VE READ MY PROGRAMME HANDBOOK You can find these at student.ucol.ac.nz. I HAVE MY STUDENT ID CARD You can get a student ID card from the informtion centre. I HAVE MY TIMETABLE You can check your programme’s timetable on student.ucol.ac.nz. If you can’t find it there please contact your Programme Leader. I CAN LOG INTO A UCOL COMPUTER Contact IT help on extension 70602 if you need assistance. I CAN ACCESS MY STUDENT WEB MAIL Log into webmail.ucol.ac.nz. Any problems, contact 70602. MY DETAILS ON STUDENT WEB SERVICES ARE UP TO DATE You can check and update your details at sws.ucol.ac.nz. I HAVE A UCOL PARKING STICKER FOR MY VEHICLE You can pick up a parking sticker from the information centre. I’M FOLLOWING UCOL ON SOCIAL MEDIA See page 9 of this Guidebook for information on how to connect with us. I KNOW ABOUT THE ORIENTATION EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS Go to ucol.ac.nz/events to see what’s happening. 28 / UCOL Student Guidebook


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