UC Graduates announced in Super Rugby Squads for 2019

A big congratulations to all current and students and graduates who have made Super Rugby teams  

Braydon Ennor and Will Jordan have been named as two new outside backs into the 2019 Crusaders squad.

Current student Reed Prinsep, who is currently studying Commerce and Law, will be playing for the Hurricanes next season.

The University of Canterbury has a proud history of producing high quality graduates and Crusaders star Ben Funnell and Luke Whitelock are no exception.

Crusaders hooker Funnell is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate, and will be playing for the Crusaders next season, while Whitelock completed a Bachelor of Commerce in management and will be back playing for the Highlanders in 2019.

Whitelock will be joined by James Lentjes who is a BSc graduate. Matt Mould’s another BSc graduate will be playing for the Blues next season.

Funnell, who majored in accounting and taxation, says he chose to study at UC because of the ability to have a good balance of study and sport.

“I saw Christchurch as having a good environment for sport and also the academic side at Canterbury – there was a good life balance between sport, studies and student life.”

“It has opened up a different way of thinking when you come to look at different problems. You have background knowledge and you have an advantage over people when you have that background.”

Funnell’s advice to students is to make sure you know what you want to do when planning a degree.

“Make sure that you have a good study/life balance and base your degree around what your dream job would be,” says Funnell.


UC alumni taking war on waste global

UC alumni Dan Price (Doctor of Philosophy) and Adrien Taylor (Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism) have had a Kickstarter campaign fully funded in 5 days to take their company Offcut to the world.

Founded in Christchurch three years ago, Offcut diverts the garment industry’s scrap fabric from going to landfill by buying it and turning it into caps instead.

Adrien and Dan are now expanding the business to use leather offcuts from the furniture industry to turn those into products such as luggage tags and wallets.

Even though the Kickstarter is funded, it’s not too late to back it and secure the slickest kit around… just in time for Christmas.


Head over to Offcut’s Facebook or Instagram while you’re at it to keep up with the progress of this homegrown business with big global aspirations.

In fact, rumour has it that you might be rewarded if you follow their social accounts and mention UC in a private message….

2018 Mechanical Engineering Postgrad Video Competition

Are you sick of waving your hands around mumbling “physics and stuff” when people ask you what your research is on?

Describe your Mechanical or Mechatronics research in an easy-to-understand 60 seconds video and be in to win one of 3 $200 prizes!

The Postgrad Video Competition competition will allow you to explain your research to lay people in 60 second videos. Our audience’s curiosity has already been piqued: we’re catering to a smart bunch!

Rules of the competition:

  • Eligibility: Any enrolled postgrad student in ME at UC
  • Original footage only
  • Submission deadline: 19 November 2018
  • Video format and naming: Please submit your videos in .MP4, .MOV, .AVI or .MPEG format and titled “videoresearch_name.mp4”
  • Send your link here>

What we judge:

  1. Clarity of content 
  2. Impact of the research & original contribution
  3. Storytelling

The Judging panel: one academic and one technical staff member, two publicity team members, three postgrad students from other disciplines.

While we encourage creative freedom, we are also mindful of, and would probably disqualify videos which feature: violence, copyright infringement, high risk to you, the audience and the general public at large.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. More questions? Please send us an e-mail>