UC PGSA is the University of Canterbury Postgraduate Students’ Association. We’re not sure who came up with the name, but they’ve confused a number of us over the years. We’re not actually a students’ association (what?!) but are like every other club on campus affiliated to the UCSA. However what makes us slightly different is that our focus is on postgrads. Y’know – those people who turn up in your lab as demonstrators and say the phrase ‘when I was doing this course’ or ‘when I was an undergraduate’ with a longing you are yet to understand.
There are 10 of us on the Committee, ranging from Masters to Doctorate, local to Kazakhstan, 21 to 35. We’re pretty friendly (although we’ll always do better after we’ve had a coffee) and are doing our best to understand postgrads and offer services that are of benefit within the areas of socialising, academics and advocacy.
So who actually is a postgrad? Well if you’ve graduated you probably count. But we know it is a bit confusing at UC because some Honours courses are considered postgraduate programmes and some aren’t. So to keep it simple, we consider anyone who is doing a paper at 400 level or above a postgrad, regardless of whether you’re sneakily still undergraduate or not. That means all you Honours students in Engineering and Law – you’re important to us too.
We’re free to join and are always looking for ways to help the postgrad experience, so hit us up (figuratively) if you want to know more. Check us out at www.ucpgsa.org and facebook.com/ucpgsa.
On Wednesday 9 November the Undercroft was swarming with Year 10 ākonga Māori (Māori students) from various schools around Canterbury. It was an excellent day filled with activities run by UC Colleges. The purpose of the event was to welcome ākonga Māori onto campus and to inspire the idea of Tertiary education as a possibility as they enter into their first year of NCEA in 2017.
The theme of the day was “E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tōu ao…” (“Grow up and thrive for the days destined to you…”) a quote from the whakatauki of well-known political leader Tā Apirana Ngāta. It seemed fitting to follow his words as he was a UC graduate himself and the first Māori graduate to complete a degree at a New Zealand university. With many opportunities available at UC, ākonga Māori have the ability to grow up and thrive for whatever they choose.
Ākonga Māori were connected with UC Tuākana (mentors from the Māori Development Team) and together they participated in college activities which were led by UC staff. Tuākana and Staff were amazing, their enthusiasm on the day was infectious and you could see ākonga really getting involved, the competition for prizes was intense at each activity. There was lots of noise and laughter coming from the Undercroft, a sign of a great event.
Michelle Bergman, Māori Outreach Advisor
21 – 27 November 2016
Last year I joined the Canterbury Branch of the New Zealand Psychological Society as their student representative, because I love creating opportunities for students (and myself) to hear about the different paths psychology can take them.
Because psychology as a field is so diverse, fascinating and often misunderstood, we thought it would be cool to have a public event as part of the annual Psychology Week. At this event you can hear different psychologists speak about their roles in the Christchurch community. We will have psychologist representatives from the health, justice, corrections, educational, organisational and other sectors attend.
Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Time: 5:30pm – 8.00pm
Location: University of Canterbury (specific location to be emailed to attendees). Please RSVP here
Find out more via our website or facebook page.