Category Archives: Updates from UC staff

Important information for students from UC staff.

Look after yourself, your mates (and call your mother some time)

Call your mother some time
Luke’s Dad.

There are some exciting improvements occurring around campus at the moment but as you’d expect, there’s more of a hazard risk with the increased mix of pedestrians, skateboarders, cyclists and moving vehicles. We want you to stay safe so please take extra care when moving about campus. We’ve also made a pretty good guess that your parents want you to stay safe too so you may notice some new signs appear by construction zones around campus (like the image displayed on the right). Take a look at these signs and see what other messages parents have for you.

What do you think of these signs? Leave us a comment.

Student Services Centre moving to the heart of campus

We’re excited to inform you that the Student Services Centre is relocating to the heart of campus and will open in Matariki (opposite the Central Library) from 11 August 2014. There is a new Information Desk on level 1 where friendly staff can help direct you to the right people or place on campus.

Matariki used to be known as the Registry building and was built in 1974 purposely as a fortress to keep students out (would you believe!). Times have  changed and in 2014 the University welcomes students to the heart of campus with Matariki being the first point of contact for student services on campus.

Here’s a photo of what the Matariki building entrance is going to look like once all of the work is complete (about late-September):

Artist impression of Matariki main entrance.
Artist impression of Matariki main entrance.

A little background about the name: Ngāi Tahu specially gifted the name Matariki to UC. In the Māori language, Matariki is both the name of a small distinctive star cluster (Pleiades) and the season of its first rising in late May or early June, and is seen as the beginning of the New Year. In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year.

If you’re struggling to find the right people on campus, the Contact Centre can help you find your way (phone: 0800 827 748).


Sophie Pascoe gold medal winning para-swimmer

We couldn’t possibly leave Sophie Pascoe out of the Inspirational New Zealanders category.

Sophie won two gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (you can read all about it here) and that makes seven world Paralympic gold medals to this date.

What an amazing achievement and how inspiring!

UC bio-mechanics expert, Matt Ingram is Sophie’s performance analyst. He works with Sophie to refine her technique, run a strength and conditioning programme and help keep her free of overuse injuries.

If you consider yourself a high performing athlete then it’s so worth taking a look at how the Sports Science Centre can help you.

Well done Sophie – you make us all so proud!