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Department of Computer Science

Offering academic assistance, pastoral support and scholarship opportunities to their students

The Department of Computer Science runs their Tuākana programme based on a model inherited from the Department of Mathematics – where a Coordinator (who is an academic within the Department) oversees a group of tutors, mentors and liaisons who deliver the programme to the students.

The programme offers dedicated tutorials for first year computer science courses, with a strong focus on COMPSCI 101 and COMPSCI 105, as these are the ‘first hurdles’ that most Computer Science students need to pass in order to progress through their studies. Academic assistance is also provided for COMPSCI 107 and most recently COMPSCI 230. Tutors and mentors are also available to assist with queries relating to other courses as well.

Similar to other schools and departments, Computer Science focuses not only on academic assistance, but also on providing students with opportunities to meet and make new friends. Social events are organised, and a student-led Facebook Group was set up this year to allow students to ask questions, arrange study groups and interact with one another outside of University.

As an additional layer of support, a Tuākana Bursary Fund was established in 2002, with financial support from the Department of Computer Science and the Vision Mātauranga programme of the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (now MBIE). In the first awards ceremony, seventeen Māori and Pāsifika students received a total of $3950.

When the governmental grant finished in 2007, the Department made the decision to continue the bursary. Originally the selection was handled by the Department, however since 2010 it has been managed through the Scholarships Office. The Department’s Māori and Pacific Island Coordinator sits on the selection committee.

Meet our people - past and present

  • Kisina Finau

    Spotlight on Kisina Finau, who graduated with a BSc in Computer Science in 2013

  • Richard Hopkins

    Richard Hopkins graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Computer Science in 2012, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Statistics in 2013.

Key contacts

Programme Coordinator:

Ulrich Speidel

Further information

For further information about the Tuākana programme in Computer Science, please visit their website.