Kia ora to all our international students returning to study at UC in 2021. Grades have now been released, and it’s time to get ready for next year!
Make sure you have applied to enrol for 2021 through myUC, and have added the courses you want to study. If you aren’t sure which courses to pick, contact your College Student Advisor for advice now.
International Enrolment in Person is going to run differently next year. To minimise queues and large groups gathering together, you need to book an enrolment session at Student Services L1 Matariki between: Monday 11 January to Friday 12 February 2021
If you intend to apply for a student visa through UC, make sure your 2021 fees are paid before your enrolment session, and you have enough funds in your bank to cover your living costs for the year (information about funding and supporting documents for visa applications can be found here).
IMPORTANT: UC will be accepting student visa applications up to Friday 12 February. If you don’t book and attend an enrolment session before this deadline, you will need to apply directly to Immigration New Zealand for a new visa. This could delay your enrolment so be smart, think ahead and book your enrolment session now!
My name is Ash Anderson, and I am currently interning with Zin South at UC Sustainability over summer! Zin and I are interning through the UC Arts PACE program.
I thought I would share a little about myself. I am a second year student at UC studying a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Classics. I have always been interested in living a more sustainable life so being able to work with likeminded people has been an absolute treat so far!
The main project Zin and I are working on with the incredible team at UC Sustainability is updating the edible campus map! Wait, did you not know UC was an edible campus? Well, neither did I before being introduced to this project. Thanks to the Geospatial Research Institute and their wonderful intern Matthew Conley, we have been able to partner together to create a virtual story map of UC’s food forging locations! This means that everyone can help themselves to various fruits available on campus! Including peaches, berries, apricots, figs, feijoas and much more!
The UC Sustainability Office’s goal is to help create and change practices within the university and the wider community to be more sustainable and economical. Food forging is just one of the ways they embody this. Having access to fruit trees encompasses many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we can’t wait to share more about this in our next blog post.
Stay tuned on social media for updates around this project, including the launch date of the map!
Until next time,
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Last month the team from the Canterbury College Collections Survey project visited the UC Forestry Department and discovered a bicycle with over 100 years of history. Its traceable record begins at Cass Field Station, which has been a research centre for the University since 1914 and is the oldest field station in New Zealand.
A photograph, taken at the station by Mr Charles Foweraker around 1914-15, identifies this very bicycle in the foreground. We can imagine that the bicycle was a useful addition to the station for students and researchers exploring the local area.
Foweraker was likely one who benefited from the use of the bicycle, as he spent many years taking students to Cass and carrying out research in the surrounding area. Having studied Botany at Canterbury before WWI, Foweraker returned from the War and became New Zealand’s first university lecturer in Forestry in 1921. Other artefacts that have now been surveyed in the Forestry Department include two microscopes that Foweraker built as a student of Botany and continued to use for years afterwards.
To commemorate his significant work around Cass and the surrounding area, Foweraker’s name has since been given to a prominent mountain in Arthur’s Pass National Park, which can be seen from the field station in Cass.
It is not known how long the bicycle at Cass remained in use, but it was rescued from the Cass dump site in the 1980s and brought back to Ilam campus where it was stored in the basement of the Von Haast building. In 2014 the Forestry Department gave the bicycle a new seat and fresh tyres and proudly displayed it as a symbol of the department’s valuable history for their 100th anniversary.
Artefacts continue to appear in interesting and unexpected places. The survey team are looking forward to exploring more history at some of the University’s remote field stations over the coming weeks. As always, please contact us if you would like to provide any information about heritage artefacts from around the University that may be of interest to the project.
Images supplied by the University of Canterbury School of Forestry