Student Advice - College of Business and Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand


Student Advice

If you are a new or advancing student and have questions regarding your degree, courses or programme of study in business, law and criminal justice, please contact us.

We give advice on:

  • first year course options
  • degree planning
  • entry requirements
  • exemptions
  • suspensions
  • extensions
  • part-time enrolment
  • withdrawal from courses

Who do I contact for student advice?

School of Business and Economics
Visit School of Business and Economics Student Advice to make an appointment online

Malcolm Scott, Student Advisor
Tsun-En (Ben) Meng, Student Advisor
Room 209 Business and Law Building
Phone: +64 3 369 3888

School of Law
Visit School of Law Student Advice to make an appointment online

Simon Dorset, Senior Tutor
Room 333 Business and Law Building

Margaret Ricketts, Academic Manager
Room 331 Business and Law Building

Ariana Johansson, Student Advisor
Room 302 Business and Law Building

Phone: +64 3 369 3598

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Where else can I find assistance?

Student Support Advisor

The Student Support Advisor responsible to the College of Business and Law is your first point of contact for advice and referrals on issues that affect your academic and social life at UC. Some of the areas that the Student Support Advisor can guide you on are:

  • Understanding UC regulations and processes
  • Accessing appropriate resources around your study (e.g. extra tuition, study groups, Learning Skills Centre, etc.)
  • Accessing broader UC services such as accommodation, career advice, immigration, student clubs, etc.)
  • Seeking solutions to disputes
  • Developing appropriate communication skills that assist your UC study life

Contact Student Support by
Phone: +64 3 364 2350 or +64 3 364 2987 ext 6350
Or check out Student Support People for specific support staff phone numbers

International Students

The College Internationalisation Administrator and the UC International Relationships Office staff may be some of the first people you meet before you arrive at UC. They can help with any questions you may have about your studies and coming to UC. Check out the International Students website at for useful information on studying and living in New Zeland.

Māori and Pasifika Student Support

There are numerous support programmes, mentoring and fun activities for Māori and Pasifika students at UC.

The Pacific Development Team runs many events throughout the University year. Pasifika Welcome is our first major event and is for all Pacific students and their families. Jandals, the Pasifika Postgraduate Symposium and the Achievers Evening are some of the things students can look forward to during the year. To find out more about these events as well as the Pacific Mentoring Programme visit their website:

The Māori Development Team offers a wide range of support programmes and services for all UC Māori students. UC is committed to contributing to the development of Māori students undertaking university study and supporting their achievement of iwi aspirations. Activities include the Māori Leadership Programme (a peer buddy support system for new UC Māori students) and Māori Academic Support. To find out more visit the UC Maori website

PhD students

Any queries should be directed to the PhD Administrator in the Postgraduate Office, see their website for the right people to contact

Support Services at UC

UC has a huge array of support services to help you before and during your time at UC. Take a look at the Student Services website at and take advantage of the help they have to offer or any of the support services listed below: