Education, Health and Human Development in the spotlight

On Thursday 2 November the College of Education, Health and Human Development is hosting a one-day Postgraduate Student Showcase.  This inaugural showcase has been timed to acknowledge the move of the College into its new home in Rehua, a purpose-built space on the Ilam Campus, early in 2018.  The idea of the Showcase came from a desire to acknowledge the postgraduate research at both masters and doctoral level that has occurred on the Dovedale campus over many years.  With the move to Rehua, the College wished to acknowledge the journey of so many students, and the work of their supervisors, in contributing to our understandings of education, health and human development.  Once the College is settled in Rehua, this gathering will be part of our annual programme of events.

The venue is Wheki 302 and will be opened by Professor Angus Macfarlane at 9.00am.  The morning will be dedicated to Pecha Kucha presentations from across the College; the afternoon session will be poster displays and a keynote address by Associate Professor John Freeman-Moir – The Worth of a Doctorate.   The day will close at 2.00pm.  All welcome – if you’d like to be in the audience please rsvp to

Associate Professor Annelies Kamp – PG Coordinator

Connect with SOAR Advisors at GradFest

As next week’s Spring GradFest 2017 approaches, there has been heaps of excitement from the UC SOAR Advisors. We are a diverse group of PhD students from across UC who offer peer support to postgraduate students in all areas of research and thesis life. At GradFest, we will be facilitating many of the sessions, including several new offerings that will augment long-time favourites on core academic skills, tips and tricks to survive your thesis, and job-preparation skills. See the complete timetable and enrolment information here>

Especially exciting at Spring GradFest will be the enhanced social events, including Monday’s welcome social and Friday’s afternoon barbecue provided by the Canterbury Postgraduate Students’ Association (UC PGSA), as well as morning teas throughout the week courtesy of the Postgraduate Office.

The SOAR Advisors are also thrilled to be hosting a special session at GradFest, Let’s SOAR together on Thursday 2 November from 1-1:50pm in Central Library room 308. We’d love for you to come, meet us, share your own story and learn with us as we explore some vital ‘tricks of the trade’ that we have honed as senior PhD students. Also, feel free to contact us via our Facebook page (SOAR Peer Advisors) or contact us individually to learn more about how we can help you succeed. Let’s make our PhD journeys easier and more enjoyable, together!

See you at GradFest next week.

Written by Brandon Goeller, PhD student in Biology & member of SOAR Advisory Team

von Haast demolition update

You’ll have noticed the hoardings going up around von Haast in preparation for demolition.

This is scheduled to begin late November once exams are completed. Work will commence initially at the northern end, and a week later, also from the southern end.

The contractors will work from 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and from 7.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays.

As demolition proceeds, dust will be managed on site with water as required, however it is unavoidable that some noise and vibration will be felt by those in the immediate area.

Extra truck movements will be restricted to the SBS car park and Forestry Road out to Creyke Road, with no impacts expected on the wider campus.

During the first phase of demolition (late Nov – Dec) a temporary diversion of the north/south accessway through the Engineering Core will be required. Signage will be in place to indicate the detour.

The demolition is expected to be completed by mid February when the hoardings will be reconfigured in preparation for construction of the new building.