Student support resources

Victoria Business School is committed to fulfilling its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, and nurturing diversity across Pacific cultures.

All our schools work closely with Āwhina, Pasifika Student Success, Student Learning, and other services to support and facilitate the success of Māori students and Pasifika students in the Faculty, and to ensure a genuinely inclusive learning environment. Some of the initiatives are listed below.

Academic mentoring

Āwhina and Pasifika Student Success run academic mentoring programmes which pair Māori and Pasifika students with a student mentor who has achieved good grades. There are three types of mentoring offered to students: one-on-one mentoring, group mentoring or informal mentoring for final year students who can communicate with their mentor through social media platforms.

Study wānanga

During Study Week, Āwhina and Pasifika Student Success run course-specific examination preparation sessions for Māori and Pasifika students. These sessions are facilitated by lecturers of the courses and run over 3-4 days.

Make an appointment to have a chat with a staff member at the Pipitea campus, RHMZ18 on the Mezzanine level of Rutherford House.

Disability support

Victoria Business School is committed to ensuring all students who have physical, mental, learning or sensory impairments to fully participate and achieve their aspirations. We work closely with Disability Services to give students tailored advice, support and services to aid their learning and assessment.

Services include adaptive technology; alternative test and/or exam facilities; note-taking; mobility parking; education access plans and access suites located on the ground floor of Rutherford House.

Rainbow students

At Victoria University of Wellington, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual/agender (LGBTQIA+), and takatāpui communities are known as the rainbow community.

Student associations

Ngā Tāura Ūmanga (NTU), the Māori students' Commerce Association, plays a key role in developing strong relationships between Māori students, staff and alumni. NTU organise social and networking events, participate in national hui, and have access to scholarships and other information that will encourage and assist you along your path as a Māori in the business world.

Pacific Island and Commerce Students Association (PICSA) has a number of goals including:

  • protect and promote the interests of all Pasifika Commerce students
  • manage the Pasifika students based at both Kelburn and Pipitea
  • to be a place of transition and growth
  • to help raise Pasifika students' academic achievements
  • to provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.

UniQ provides safe spaces, support and social events for queer and questioning students of all gender and sexual identities. They are an inclusive and welcoming group and offer:

  • queer mentoring
  • information and resources
  • peer support
  • discussion space
  • movie nights
  • PRIDE week events
  • queer advocacy

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