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Looking back at the Festival of Hope

At the end of 2020, postgrad student Julie Meates organised a Festival of Hope to discuss major global issues in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Students, academics, national and international experts (virtually) joined together to discuss potential solutions to social and environmental challenges, including inequality and climate change.

Read Julie’s summary of the event here> 


Here’s your shot to get vaccinated against Covid-19!

Kia ora koutou, 

Following the Government announcement at 1pm today, after two confirmed cases in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Waitaha Canterbury will maintain Covid Alert Level 2. See locations of interest and all the latest information on the Government Covid-19 website.

End of year exams will go ahead as planned. We know this is a stressful time, that’s why it’s important to take some time out to take care of your wellbeing and give yourself a bit of a break – check out this video on managing stress. 

Remember to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 by following these simple steps – wear a face covering, maintain physical distancing and good hygiene, stay home if sick, keep track of where you’ve been using the NZ COVID Tracer app and get vaccinated.

Pop-up vaccination clinic on campus

Earlier this month, in partnership with the Canterbury District Health Board, the Ministry of Health and UCSA, the University of Canterbury hosted a Covid-19 vaccination clinic on campus vaccinating over 2000 people in three days.

Now, due to popular demand, the pop-up clinic is returning to campus this Friday 29 October.

Friday 29 October – Haere-roa

  • 10am – 12pm [Māori and Pasifika Clinic]
  • 1pm – 4pm
  • Free kai!

No booking is needed but please wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing.

Bring your friends, your whānau, your flatmates, workmates – anyone! The clinic is open to the whole community and walk-ins are welcome.

Two shots for summer.
Vaccination is your key to unlocking the classic Aotearoa New Zealand summer. So, if you’re due for your second vaccination, or you’re keen to get your first out of the way so you can book your second and ensure you’re fully vaccinated before Christmas – this is your shot.

Let’s do our bit to hit 90%

The University of Canterbury strongly encourages staff and students to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Reaching the 90% vaccination target will help Aotearoa New Zealand return to a more normal way of life sooner.

While the decision to vaccinate is yours alone, it’s important to remember that by being vaccinated you’re not just protecting yourself; you’re also reducing the risk of passing Covid-19 to your whānau, friends and the community.

For additional information on the Covid-19 vaccination, click here>

Kia kaha koutou,

​Paul O’Flaherty
Acting Executive Director of Student Life, Services and Communications 

Get ready for exams with these top study tips

It’s nearly exam time, are you getting the most out of your study? Take a look at some of our tips below to help you ace your exams. You’ve got this. 

1. Organise your study space
Make sure you have a comfortable chair, good lighting and a desk free of distraction. Seems simple, but can make such a difference. 

2. Use a study timetable
Work out how much time you’ll spend studying for each exam. Keep a to-do list of the different tasks you need to do each day – such as different textbook chapters to read and take notes on.

3. Figure out your study style
If you’re a visual learner then things like diagrams, mindmaps, colour coded notes and flashcards may be good learning tools for you.

If you’re a verbal learner you could read your notes out loud, talk to others about what you’ve learnt, listen to voice recordings of your notes and use tools like acronyms or rhymes.

4. Get a study group together
Form a study group so you can revise with others. Try question and answer sessions.

5. Go through your notes
Gather your lecture notes and decide what the most important areas of focus are. Review your notes by reading actively – concentrate on what you are reading. Condense your notes and underline/highlight key terms.

6. Make the most of your resources
Use past exam papers for practice. You can get these from the library, or through your lecturer. These allow you to see what questions are typically asked and what is expected of you.

7. Give yourself a break
Study getting a bit intense? Take regular breaks, get some exercise, eat well and make sure you get some sleep. Research suggests if you keep moving and eating well you will find it easier to concentrate and retain information, so it’s definitely worth making time to take a break.