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UC Supporters Photos: Crusaders vs Blues

On Friday 17 March, our very own Crusaders took on fierce rivals, The Blues and won 33-24 at AMI Stadium.

Supporting the team to victory were the The Cantabs with a big team of UC supporters cheering the players on and having a truly epic time.

UC supporters started off at The Foundry, did some face painting and took buses to and from the Stadium – check out some of the awesome photos below.

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UC PGSA – Who are we?

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.

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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 and

Libraries, tiddlywinks and student wellbeing

It’s a recipe a for a quick fire student poll on four wellbeing ideas.  Library Customer Services and UC Student Services have teamed up to find out what wellbeing ideas students like most:

A: greenery, living wall
B: pop up zen/chill out space
C: creative space, lego and other games
D: colour by numbers mural.

Let your heart soar and pop in to Central Library , Puaka-James Hight and have your say!  The poll is easy to do, just choose the idea you like most and pop a tiddlywink in the jar!