Category Archives: Events and entertainment

Events, movies, concerts, books, funny stuff…you name it – we’re talking about it!

International students – opportunity to give rugby a go

Rugby is a hugely popular sport and conversation topic in Aotearoa NewZealand. If you knew nothing about rugby, it could be quite challenging to immerse yourself in kiwi culture.

Do you want to give it go? Rugby X “Have a Go” sessions are taking place in July and August. These are especially designed for new comers and international students with no experience or previous knowledge of rugby.

Come and join us for a fun afternoon of rugby, meet some new friends and learn something new together. It will be an unforgettable experience for all.

Find out more here>

Fill your heart with warmth – volunteer at Open Day | Rā Tōmene

Looking for something to do during the mid-year break? Something to make you feel good and like you’re helping others? Well, we’ve got an opportunity for you and it includes free stuff!!

The Events and Partnerships team are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to share their knowledge and experience of UC while having a bit of fun with our future students, families and whānau at Open Day | Rā Tōmene – Thursday 12 July, 9.00am – 5.00pm.

We need you to volunteer in the following roles:

Supplier of smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you along our Open Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC. Hand out tote bags, scan tickets, greet those coming from out of town on the free bus, and wave them goodbye at the end of the day. You take care of those all-important frontline tasks, wearing a big smile on your face.

Foot traffic controller – you’re there to help people find their way.
You love the buzz of people gathering, ready to learn. Every hour a new information session begins and you’ll be at the front of the line, managing the flow of people in and out of lecture theatres and helping people find the right session.

And now for the FREE stuff! For your trouble you get a cool tee shirt to wear (and keep), a drink bottle, UC scarf and all the tea, coffee and hot chocolate you can drink from the volunteer’s kitchen.

Volunteer by filling out the form here>

If you have any questions email the Events team at

Take a walk through time – UC Chemistry

Chemistry lab 1914: Taken by Samuel Page, a staff member of the Canterbury College Chemistry department, this 1914 photo shows the first year laboratory, which is today the site of UC’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities.

To celebrate the history of the Old Chemistry building at the Arts Centre – now home to the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata – you can visit a free public display at Pūmanawa, the community exhibition space in the Arts Centre.

Take a walk through time, see old photographs and instruments and try to imagine what it was like to be a Chemistry student without the modern conveniences and technology we enjoy today.

This display is the result of a collaboration between Chemistry alumni, the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata and the College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao, and is made possible by generous support from the UC Foundation.

The exhibition is on from Wednesday 27 June – Thursday 5 July, 10.00am – 4.00pm and is free to attend.