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Dan Court-Patience reflects on receiving a Francis Small Scholarship to support his master’s research in engineering. Applications close for this scholarship on Thursday 30 November. Find out more and apply here>


Good engineers are not employed because of how much they know but rather their ability to solve problems for others. Post-graduate studies for me is not a means to an end but rather a journey on how to navigate a problem that has conflicting and limited information. It has exposed me to some great individuals and teams that are motivated by real-world problems and has taught me that in order to solve these sorts of problems we have to work together and communicate effectively between ourselves and the public.

During my undergrad studies I started to grasp the fundamentals of engineering and therefore wanted the opportunity to craft these skills before going into industry. The Masters Programme puts you in charge of your own project, which is both challenging and exciting. It gives me the ability to continually learn and apply new knowledge in support of my research.

I am truly pleased and proud to receive the Francis Small Scholarship. Post-graduate studies can be a financial burden that deters many students from following their passion.

Learning about Francis, particularly his involvement in key New Zealand projects and willingness to give back, has given me something to aspire to in my engineering career.

Take a break – Okeover community garden

With Mental Health Awareness Week just finished, this year’s theme could not have been more relevant. This year, MHAW was all about celebrating ‘Nature is Key’, and what better way to take a break than an afternoon spent in the community garden?

If you need a break from your study and exam stress this year (or, at any time of year!) our garden is the perfect place to chill out. Bring your lunch, bring a book, have a nap… and if you feel like getting your hands dirty, our regular working bees are on every Friday from 1-5pm, throughout summer. Check out the Community Garden Facebook page for updates on working bees, and other events on during the year.

Another good page to follow (if you don’t already) is UC DigSoc – our official gardening club on campus. Check them out on Facebook too, and you’ll never miss a chance to garden (or eat pizza, if that’s more your thing).

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At the end of term we held a pizza party for our valued volunteers. A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers – whether you have come once, or come every week, we couldn’t do it without you!

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