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Hayley has recently graduated from UC with a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours in Media and Communication. She is now working as a Communications Assistant in the Communication and Stakeholder Relations department at UC.

Recipe: PB, jam and banana toastie

PBJB sammies
PBJB toasted sammies

This is one you’ll either love or hate! It’s quick and easy and will definitely satisfy a hungry belly. It’s the epitome of a student snack! I suggest you try it.


  • white bread
  • jam of your choice (I find something like plum jam works best as I like the smooth texture)
  • peanut butter – crunchy or smooth
  • a ripe banana
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • margarine or butter


  • Spread a thin layer of margarine or butter on one side of the slices of bread – this will be on the outside so it goes golden and crispy.
  • Turn the bread over and spread the desired amount of peanut butter on the non-buttered side.
  • Spread the desired amount of jam on top of the peanut butter.
  • On a plate, mash the banana slightly with a fork and then spread it on top of the peanut butter and jam.
  • Sprinkle a small pinch of cinnamon over the banana. Place the other slice of bread on top, non-buttered side down.
  • Place the sandwich in your sandwich press for at least 5 minutes – you want it to be nice and gooey. If you don’t have a sandwich press you can cook it in a frying pan on med-high heat for about 4 minutes a side.

These yummy, gooey toasted sammies make a great snack on a cold day! But be warned, putting jam in a toasted sandwich is a dangerous endeavour. I’ve seen it spill out and burn someone’s hand, and it ain’t pretty!

History of writing exhibition on campus

A sneak peek of the exhibition
A sneak peek of the exhibition

Did you know we have some incredible pieces of history right here on campus?  The University of Canterbury’s James Logie Memorial Collection features unique artefacts including ancient Greek pottery, an Egyptian piece of Mummy-wrapping linen and a Roman bust.

Some of these pieces are currently on display in the exhibition From Hieroglyphs to Text Messages: A Short History of Writing which is located in the ground floor gallery of the Matariki building.

The exhibition includes samples of Egyptian papyrus, Roman grave inscriptions and early cuneiform tablets. Together these artefacts tell the fascinating story of how different cultures have developed ways to communicate and share ideas through writing.

The exhibition runs until May 22, from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Why not check it out next time you’re nearby? It’s right opposite Puaka-James Hight.

See it while you can – the James Logie Memorial Collection will soon be held and displayed in the Arts Centre in the CBD. Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr says “it will have an ideal environment for greater collaboration with the Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum, and the Art Gallery, and other key parts of the Christchurch cultural and educational community.” So make sure you view the exhibition while it’s still here!

For more information about the Collection, see the James Logie Memorial Collection website.

UCXchange Fair this Friday!

Sam Brosnahan did a UCXchange to Shanghai in 2014
Sam Brosnahan on his UCXchange to Shanghai in 2014

Have you ever thought about studying abroad? It’s an amazing opportunity and UC offers incredible support to help make it happen!

This Friday the 1st of May is the UCXchange fair, from 10.30-2.30 in the C block foyer. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out more about the UCXchange programme.

Whether you’re serious about an exchange or just curious about how it all works, you should definitely check it out – you could win a tablet!

You’ll be able to talk to students who have been on a UCXchange, as well as representatives from around the world including the French Embassy, US Embassy, University of Nottingham (UK) and Stockholm University (Sweden).

For more information, see the outgoing student exchange site.

Make sure you check it out; it could lead to the experience of a lifetime…YOLO!