Call for participants in the first ever twin study at UC

At the School of Health Sciences, College of Education, we are conducting a study to understand if our genes can influence how we choose to learn (our “learning preferences”).

If you are a twin or if you know someone who is a twin and goes to uni or polytech in New Zealand, we welcome you to join us in our study and find out for yourself your own preference for learning.

In turn, you will help us to unravel the mystery of genetics of learning. The study is approved by the UC Human Ethics Committee, and the PI of this study is Dr Arindam Basu at the School of Health Sciences.

If you are a twin or you know someone who is a twin, please visit our webpage and fill in the form.

For more information please contact:


‘Pay Dirt’ book launch + competition!

Come along to the Canterbury University Press (CUP) book launch of Pay Dirt: ‘The Westland Goldfields’, from the diary of William Smart by Hilary Low.

Pay-Dirt_front coverv2Pay Dirt is the story of the discovery of payable gold in West Canterbury by English settler William Smart in the 1860s and of his claims to the government’s rich gold reward. This is an extraordinary saga of hope and persistence, lies and fraud.

When: 5.30-7.00pm, Thursday, 24 November
Where: University Bookshop, University Drive
RSVP: for catering purposes by Thursday, 17 November to

Want to win a copy of Pay Dirt(RRP $39.99)
To go in the draw to win your very own copy of Pay Dirt,  answer the following question:

Q: In what year did William Smart leave Christchurch to prospect for gold on the West Coast?’ (Hint: find the answer here)

Please email your answer to: by 12 noon Tuesday, 15 November. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Insiders on 20 November.