Need some help?

Wow, it’s hard for me to believe that it’s already the last term of the final year in my undergraduate degree! Because it’s nearing the end of the year, it really is crunch time and I know that I’m feeling the stress, so I assume many others are in the same boat. Often stress can be managed by creating organised study plans, and taking breaks to exercise and see friends. However sometimes it can all become too much, and whether you are stressed out, or just feeling a bit out of kilter, it’s okay to seek help.

The University Student Support Centre at Level 2 of James Height is available to students either by appointment, or just by dropping by. They can help you if (among other issues)…

  • You’re feeling overloaded with work
  • You’re new to the city or uni
  • You’re confused about a uni policy
  • You aren’t enjoying your courses
  • You’re having issues with a lecturer or student
  • You’re not sure why things are going wrong, or
  • You just need someone to talk to.

The Student Support Centre is a FREE and confidential advisory service for all UC students, and their doors are always open. If you don’t feel ready to go in and talk then feel free to give them a call!

What’s The Haps?!

Monday 29th:

Thursday 2nd:

  • If you want to know why the tiles in the Undercroft are so slippery, or about more serious issues including the Student Levy, and prices of services at uni then head along to The Living Room at 12.00pm to the Student Forum with the Vice Chancellor.
  • UC School of Music is holding a lunchtime concert in their Music Recital Room 205 with performances from many fabulous piano students. This FREE event could be just the relaxing study break you need!

Saturday 4th:

  • The Blues Awards 2014 Ceremony to celebrate sporting excellence at UC will be held this evening at 7.00pm in the UCSA Events Centre.  Olympic Medalist Sarah Walker will also be present as a guest speaker. Ticket details are yet to be announced. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Cheap Feeds- Brownie in a mug!

Lets set the scene…. You are craving dessert. But when you search the cupboards you come up empty handed. UGH. You start to despair. Can you really be bothered to go and buy something? You can’t even be bothered to make something…

How about a dessert that requires minimal ingredients, time and effort. The perfect student dessert awaits you – the chocolate mug brownie!

Brownie in a mug

Prep time: 3 Minutes!
Cook time: 1 minute and 30 seconds. Adjust this timing as neccessary

1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa (unsweetened)
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp canola/vegetable oil
1-2 drops vanilla essence


  • Place flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and cinnamon in a microwave safe ceramic mug. Stir and make sure its  not too lumpy!
  • Add oil, water and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  • Place in microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds. You may need to adjust the time for your microwave. Start with 1 minute if you don’t know how powerful your microwave is!
  • When its cooked through it should be moist and not too dry.
  • Let it cool and serve with icecream or whipped cream!