School of Government

Student Resources


Blackboard is Victoria University’s online environment that supports teaching and learning by making course information, materials and other learning activities available via the internet through the myVictoria student web portal. Students should ensure that they can access Blackboard before the course begins.

To access the Blackboard site for your course:

  1. Open a web browser and go to .
  2. Log into myVictoria using your ITS Username (on your Confirmation of Study) and password (if you’ve never used the Victoria University computer facilities before, your initial password is your student ID number, on your Confirmation of Study, Fees Assessment or student ID card – you may be asked to change it when you log in for the first time).
  3. Once you’ve logged into myVictoria, select Blackboard (from the options along the top of the page) to go to your Blackboard homepage.
  4. The 'My Courses' section displays the courses you have access to – select the appropriate link to access the course-specific Blackboard site.

Please note that while most courses use Blackboard, some do not, so if your course does not appear in your 'My Courses', check with your course coordinator to make sure that the course is using Blackboard.

More information on using Blackboard can be found on the Innovation Incubator.

If you have any problems gaining access to Victoria University’s computer facilities, such as myVictoria and Blackboard, you should contact the ITS Service Desk on (04) 463 5050 or . See for more information.

Computer Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides all enrolled students with access to electronic resources which are accessible on- and off-campus using myVictoria, the student portal. The website provides secure access to:

  • Student email
  • Workspace (an allocated space for storage of personal files)
  • Blackboard (an online teaching and learning tool)
  • Student Records (to check your fees, update contact details, view grades and check your timetable)
  • Library Resources (via Te Waharoa) and Databases

Computing facilities are located at all campuses and within the libraries. CyberConnect computers are located at various spots around campus, including outside main lecture theatres and in cafes.

ITS Help Desks are located on Level 2 of the Central Library on Kelburn Campus, in the Commerce Library on Level 2 of Railway West Wing on Pipitea Campus and at the Law Library in the Old Government Buildings on Pipitea Campus. Support is available for students with disabilities through Disability Services.

A computer lab for Professional Programmes students is located on Level 1 of Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus. Please email the School Administration staff for the room number and door code.

Course Outlines

Course Outlines are a valuable source of information about your course, including when and where your lectures and any tutorial sessions will be held, information on lecture subjects and the structure of your course, and information on your assessments.

Course outlines from previous years can be downloaded from the Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce) website. Undergraduate, Honours, Master's by Thesis and Doctorate courses are listed as PUBL (Public Policy). Professional Programmes courses are listed as GOVT (Public Management and Public Policy) and EGOV (e-Government).


Various administrative forms can be found on the Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce) website, including:

  • Application for Academic Transcript
  • Application for Fee Reconsideration
  • Application for Advanced Graduation
  • Application for Return of Examination Script

Grades and Results

Grades are accessible online via the Student Records database.

To log into Student Records, visit the myVictoria website. Log in with your username and password, then click on the Student Records link. Your username is on your Confirmation of Study. Your initial password is your student ID number. If you have difficulty logging in or if you need to reset your password, please contact the ITS Help Desk.

If you would like to request an official transcript, please visit the Victoria Business School (Faculty of Commerce) website for a request form.

International Students

Victoria International is the first point of contact for all international students thinking about study at Victoria. Visit their website for all of the latest information on the University's degrees, fees, admission requirements, international scholarships, student visas and other support. All applications must be sent direct to Victoria International.


Library facilities are available in the Rankine Brown Building on Kelburn Campus and in the Railway West Wing and the Old Government Buildings on Pipitea Campus. Full details including Library hours can be found at the Library website.

Student Loans

You may be eligible for a Student Loan to finance your study. Contact Studylink for more information. Arranging for a Student Loan can sometimes take up to six weeks, so apply as soon as possible.

Student Services

Student Services provides a range of services to all students to help you make the most of your time at University. Services include:

Please visit the Student Services website for a full list of services.

Style Guide for Post Experience Students

This guide was compiled by Associate Professor Bill Ryan, and provides a general overview of expectations and guidance in preparing assignments for Post Experience courses.

Some courses may have specific requirements relating to assessments. If you have any questions about format or submission method, check your course outline or contact your course coordinator.

Online resources for academic writing and referencing are also available on the Student Learning website or the Library website.

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