According to UC`s annual report, the university has a total of 17,299 students as of December 31, 2018 (14,070 full-time equivalent students). 10,965 of them are students and 1704 are international students. The UC has a total of 777 university faculty staff.  In 2007, New Zealand universities, including the University of Canterbury, were accused of taking an increasingly controversial approach to managing their employees and, despite a number of personnel managers, regularly hiring lawyers and labour lawyers to handle minor cases themselves.  In the university`s 2006 financial reports, $836,000 is paid as compensation for problems related to the employment relationship. .