General UCOL Info 


Student Guidebook

If you're a first time student of UCOL, check out our Student Guidebook for tips on how to make the most of your time here.


Te Atakura

At UCOL we prefer a relationship based approach to our teaching practices, and have an initiative called Te Atakura, based on research into what makes an effective teacher. Through our Te Atakura approach we believe students and teachers enjoy an improved educational experience and outcomes. The main focus is on listening to students experiences of education in order to create a more positive learning environment.


You will see Te Atakura Coaches observing classes and they will discuss teacher/student interactions with you.


Student Ambassadors

There is the opportunity to volunteer to be a Student Ambassador, learning about leadership and contributing your ideas to help improve the experience for students at UCOL. Contact the AS@U Student President for more information.


Computers, WiFi, Printing and Photocopying

UCOL computers are available to all students and you can also access UCOL's free WiFi network, UCOL iConnect when on campus.


Printers are usually located in the computer labs, learning hubs, student studios and the libraries. There is a charge for all printing and photocopying. You can top up your printing/photocopying credit anytime by going to the Student Information Centre in Manawatū and Whanganui, reception or the learning hub in Wairarapa, and via the self service portal


For more information check out the Information Technology page of the student intranet.


You can also check out the Computer Use Policy.


ID Cards

Keep your student ID card with you at all times. You will need your ID card to access some specialist rooms, check out material from the library, and top up your printing/photocopying credit. If you need a replacement card, please talk to our friendly staff at the Information Centres.


Message of the Day

Whenever you log into a computer on campus, you will see the Message of the Day. Reading the Message of the Day is a good way to stay up to date about events and activities that are happening on campus, and other important student-related information.


UCOL on Social Media

You can connect with UCOL on a variety of social media platforms. Use them to share your views, find out about events, and keep up to date with the latest UCOL news.








You are able to park in UCOL campus carparks all day, as long you display a parking sticker which you can get from the Information Centres. Some carparks are free, and for some there is a small charge of $1-$2. We recommend you respect any no-parking zones, particularly beside nearby businesses, as you may be towed away.


Free Buses

UCOL students are entitled to free travel on Palmerston North and Whanganui urban bus services. You just need to show your current student ID card as you board.


Between the Manawatū and Whanganui campuses there is a free bus for students to travel to classes on another campus. More information is available on the student intranet, but generally the bus leaves in the morning and returns after classes at the end of the day.


Smoke Free Campus

Smoking is not permitted on any UCOL campus or UCOL owned or leased facility, which includes:

  • All buildings, including balconies
  • All outdoor areas on site including UCOL designated car parks
  • Vehicles owned, leased or used for work purposes by UCOL


This Smoke Free Policy applies seven days a week, 24 hours a day.


Alcohol, Illegal Drugs, and Substances

All students are required to comply with the law as it relates to the use and possession of illegal drugs and the abuse of substances.


You may be excluded from class or any UCOL related activity if a staff member believes you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance that could impair your judgement or behaviour. This may lead to suspension from your programme or even to having your enrolment cancelled. The Police will be notified of any illegal activity related to the use or possession of drugs or substances on campus.


For more information, see UCOL’s Drug and Alcohol Policy on the student intranet.



Graduation ceremonies are generally held in March each year. You will need to apply to graduate once you have completed your programme. You will be sent an application form with your academic record at the conclusion of your study.


For up-to-date information about Graduation, see UCOL's website​.​​​​