History

The University of Canterbury Engineering Society Inc. (ENSOC) was founded in 1897 by Professor Robert J Scott, and is one of the oldest surviving student clubs at the University of Canterbury. ENSOC has evolved a lot over its 113 year life and nowadays strives to help its engineering members further both their academic and professional aspirations. ENSOC has also established close ties with the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand (IPENZ) and is currently the IPENZ student chapter representative.

In conjunction with our academic activities, ENSOC also caters for the social side of student life at the University of Canterbury. ENSOC provides social activities for both engineering and non-engineering students alike, and we continue to exert our dominance as the biggest club at the University. The membership roll is over 2900 2010, and the club continues to go from strength to strength—expanding the variety and quality of all our events each and every year.

Renowned at Canterbury for its legendary BBQs, the largest student Ball in the Southern Hemisphere and the infamous Undie 500 Charity Drive, the Society also organizes various other events such as the Back to School Pub Crawl, the Fresher Field Trip, the Hokitika Wild Foods road trip and the Traffic Light Party – all highlights of the social calendar for engineers and non-engineers alike.

Alongside the numerous social activities that ENSOC provides, the professional side of the Society continues to develop. With a much improved e3 Expo in 2010, as well as extensive Professional Development Training, academic tutorials and industry speakers, you can rely on ENSOC to assist as much as possible in easing the transition from student life to the real world.

Finally, ENSOC boasts six different sport teams in a full range of sports – including rugby, netball, football, waterpolo and basketball – as well as organising a full touch competition in Term Four of the University year.