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 120 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.

ENSOC strives to make the transition from secondary school to university as smooth as possible. Regular academic tutorials are offered to students at University Hall, the largest hall of residence at UC. The annual Fresher Field Trip aims to connect students who are new to university early in the year.

Older students are also catered for, with the Engineering Yarns night and the ENSOC Engineering Careers Expo connecting engineering students with summer internships or graduate jobs with New Zealand’s leading engineering organisations. ENSOC’s Speed Interviewing event gives students valuable interview practice with industry representatives.

ENSOC recognises that university is a great opportunity for future engineers to connect with each other early in their careers. Social events such as BBQs, the ENSOC Ball and the Hokitika Wild Foods Trip encourage engineering and non-engineering students to mix in a more informal setting.

Social sport is important to ENSOC. Not only is this another opportunity for students to connect with those outside of their academic field, engaging in physical activity also enables students to clear their heads and focus on their coursework. As such, ENSOC offers social sports teams in rugby, netball, football and basketball and more depending on student interest. ENSOC organises a touch competition in Term Four which includes social and competitive grades for both men and women.

ENSOC is proud to be the largest club on campus at UC, with a membership roll of over 1900 in 2016. This large student subscription reflects the positive influence ENSOC has on university life. We welcome suggestions from all students which will help us to make your university experience even better!

Please have a click through the links on our website to find more detailed descriptions of our events and our involvement in all facets of university life.