ECS Student Support and Resources
We offer a range of support services and resources for our students.
The School of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to the academic excellence and well-being of our students. This page is a reference to the wider University resources, as well as the services offered by our School. There are a number of staff who are available to help you with your studies.
Victoria University of Wellington provides a number of student support
services to help you, including finances, accommodation, and health & well-being.
For first year students and our equity groups (at every level), please enjoy our 2020 ECS Intro Video
Health & Safety
In an effort to educate you about emergency preparedness, please watch the University's 'Be Prepared'
and Student Counseling
provide confidential health care and mental health consultations. Our doctors and nurses provide a full range of free
health services to enrolled students.
There are sports, recreation, wellbeing, fitness and club services
available to you, as well.
Students with Disability
Students with impairments are protected by the "Meeting the Needs of Students with Impairments Policy"
. This policy aims to give students with impairments the same opportunity as other students to demonstrate their abilities. You should contact your course coordinator if you feel your impairment will hinder your academic progress in any way. You may wish to approach a Student Adviser from Disability Support Services
to confidentially discuss your individual needs and the options and support that are available.
Conflict Resolution and Social Safety
While we hope to promote a positive, supportive, and respectful place for students to study, live and socialise, interpersonal conflict does happen. There's a good number of official and unofficial ways to help manage conflict.
In particular, please report issues to your Course Coordinator, Programme Director, and/or Head of School, as well as VUW entities outside of ECS, including the Rainbow and Inclusion Advisor Sterling Jones
the team at Student Interest and Conflict Resolution
, and the VUWSA Advocate
. There are also a list of staff below who can support various equity groups.
There are also a number of external resources to help you, including NetSafe
, and various crisis helplines
Student Learning Services
aims to develop independent and active learners at all levels of tertiary study. Go to their workshops or book a one-to-one appointment to enhance your writing, reading, research, maths, and general study skills. Learn how to get the most out of your studies, manage your research, and improve your assignments. You can also view their offerings
and be proactive about your upskilling!
Visit Victoria Info Ihonui
for guidance, help, directions, and information. You can find them outside the library entrance. They will help with general library assistance and learning support, as well as Justice of the Peace and a Community Constable.
ECS has its own network, so if you need assistance, please reference the Get Help
Māori and Pasifika Students
Pasifika student support
and Māori student support
are your whānau and community here on campus. Te Rōpū Āwhina
offers tutoring and academic mentoring to our Māori students. Pasifika Student Success
offers tutoring and academic mentoring to our Pasifika cohort.
We also have a brand new Pasifika STEM Space in Cotton 254
ECS Support Staff
you can talk to include Kirita-Rose Escott
, Kerese Manueli
, Kevin Shedlock
, and Monoa Taepa
Our rainbow community is supported by Victoria University of Wellington in a number of ways. The University's Rainbow and Inclusion Advisor Sterling Jones
is here to support and advocate on behalf of students. See the support website
for more information on how to gain medical access to the Outreach Nurse and find your community.
ECS Support Staff
you can talk to include Jennifer Ferreira
, Andrew Lensen
, Kirita-Rose Escott
, and Ian Welch
We have a number of lovely female professional and academic staff who are available to any of our female students. We will soon have a social media presence, but for now, please feel welcome to approach any of our School Staff in an official or unofficial capacity.
ECS Support Staff
you can talk to include (in alphabetical order) Betty Bai
, Ying Bi
, Qi Chen
, Monique Damitio
, Kirita-Rose Escott
, Jennifer Ferreira
, Xiaoying Sharon Gao
, Suzan Hall
, Hui Ma
, Jyoti Sahni
, Monoa Taepa
, Bing Xue
, Fangfang Zhang
We have a wonderful group of international student support staff
who manage our international students, from orientation and enrolment through to graduation. They can help with insurance, visas, and academic assistance.
Student Groups and Clubs
One of the main student organisation on campus is Victoria University of Wellington Student Association
. They provide, among other things, advocacy services, free bus passes, and social events.
VUWWIT (VUW Women in Tech)
is a group for undergraduate students who identify as women or non-binary and are studying computer science, engineering and other STEM subjects at VUW.
VEC (Victoria Engineering Club)
is a group for students interested in Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology.
The Postgraduate Student Association
is the representative organisation for postgraduates (Honours, Masters, and PhD) on campus. They provide, among other things, representation, excellence, and community.
There are a number of other clubs
on campus. You will hopefully be able to find one that fits your interests!
The School of Engineering and Computer Science has an official Facebook page
. Like and/or follow us!
VUW UniQ discord server is to be found on Discord at: https://discord.gg/PyxnDu6