University of Canterbury Students' Association
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The University of Canterbury Students' Association (UCSA) is a student organisation associated with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, established in 1894. All current students of the University have automatic membership. It is funded by students and is governed by a constitution through 12 elected representatives. Since its inception the Association has grown into a diverse organisation with an annual turnover of around $7.0 million, approximately half of which is catering-related, and approximately 15% of which is derived from student membership levies.
Most facilities are situated at 90 Ilam Road. The UCSA is separated from the university by Ilam Stream, which helps demark the part of campus that students own and run. The association provides services ranging from an Early Learning Centre to a Chaplaincy team through to student bars and cafes; from Student Job Search to places to spend free time by way of the 120 clubs and societies.
The UCSA operates a number of other facilities spread around the campus including cafes in the Law (Alibi), Engineering (Eng Cafe) and James Hight Library (Threesixty) buildings as well as Collective (a cafe and support centre for students based at the Dovedale Ave campus). A second Early Learning Centre is situated on the corner of Montana & Ilam Roads.
Students can receive academic advice and support through the Education Team, and social comment and entertainment by way of UCSA’s media: Canta magazine. The association also runs other events like Orientation, End of Lectures Tea Party and the Lowland Games.
One of the many roles of the UCSA is to coordinate with Canterbury University clubs such as ENSOC and the Canterbury University Tramping Club. The organization provides services such as advertising, facilities and grants to clubs.
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