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UCE Summer Startup students announced

The UCE Summer Startup Programme is a chance for students to work full time on fast-tracking the development of their ideas into realistic business ventures.

The ten-week Programme includes engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem. Students are supported through comprehensive mentoring and coaching while exploiting the Lean Business Model methodology to rapidly progress their ventures.

This year’s scholarship recipient’s ideas range from innovative shoe brands made with Coir (Coconut Fibre), to biodegradable hay wrapping alternatives for farmers, to an app for patients suffering from aphasia to overcome social isolation.

Returning scholars include Luke Campbell and Lucy Turner with Vxt, a smart assistant that converts voicemails to text.

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This is the seventh year the programme has run. It offers students the opportunity to push themselves to the next level over the summer semester and apply the knowledge they have to a real world application they are passionate about.

The Summer Startup Programme cohort is supported through $5,000 UC Innovators’ Scholarships. Scholarship recipients include five postgraduates and 23 undergraduates from across all five UC Colleges. Students come from a range of degree programmes including engineering, science, arts, commerce, law, product design, and Māori and indigenous studies.

At the end of the summer, every participant gives a five-minute presentation. The top ten are selected to compete at the Summer Startup Pitch Showcase. The Showcase on Tuesday 4 February is open to the public.

Congratulations to the following 28 students for earning a place in this year’s Programme:

  • Adarsh Raju
  • Ally Callinicos
  • Amanda Board
  • Amelia Morgan
  • Annabel Hurton
  • Anzac Gallate
  • Caitlin Buchanan
  • Caitlin Dow
  • Caitlin Soal
  • Chelsea Aitken
  • Corbyn Greenwood
  • Eleanor Hurton
  • Emma Pickup
  • Helen Mataiti
  • Jack Fraser
  • Jonathan Ring
  • Kaspar Soltero
  • Katie Young
  • Kayla Drummy
  • Kyla Allen-Jennings
  • Lucy Turner
  • Luke Campbell
  • Ngarie Scartozzi
  • Raghav Sood
  • Samuel Corder
  • Sara Al Halwani
  • Stefano Barfucci
  • Stephanie Beattie

 

UC’s Strategic Vision 2020 to 2030 launched this week

Earlier this year, UC launched E tū, kia ora – the first step in establishing a new strategic plan to carry us through the next 10 years.

Students and staff have played an integral part in the development of the Strategy that was officially approved by the UC Council on 25 September and publicly launched this week. After various student workshops and nearly 2000 responses to “The Future of UC” survey emailed to all students in July (facilitated by the UCSA), the three most important things you wanted prioritised were:

  1. supporting student success and wellbeing
  2. a sustainable university by 2030 (socially, financially and environmentally)
  3. improving UC’s teaching and research.

Your input has had a significant influence in the direction of this strategy which you can see below in the diagram of the overall framework.

We encourage you to explore UC’s future direction through the Strategic Vision 2020 to 2030.

Implementation plans are well under way and actions are being prioritised around the near term and beyond. If you have further comments on the implementation of the Strategy and priority actions you can email your comments to strategicplanning@canterbury.ac.nz.

UCGO: campus safety info in your hand

The UCGO app has been enhanced to provide you more information about campus safety at UC.

From the Campus Safety tile on the UCGO app you can directly call the UC Security team for assistance, and see new information categories: security at UC, general emergency information, help towers, assault and consent, and reporting hazards at UC. There is also an easy-to-read banner display showing the status of campus as open.

As always, we like getting feedback from you on how you’re using UCGO, what you like and what could be done better. You can provide feedback directly from the app through the settings function at the bottom of the screen, or you can provide feedback in the blog comments below.

Download the UCGO app from the Apple App Store or Google Play now, or find out more about the app here>