Category Archives: Student Success

Opportunities and advice for making the most of your time at UC, as well as stories featuring students who are excelling in their field.

LEARN NZ SIGN LANGUAGE

The Equity & Disability Service offers introductory New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) courses, which will be held in the Puaka-James Hight building each Thursday in term 2, (April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28) from 12 to 12.50pm.

Participants are taught:
• The finger-spelling alphabet
• Basic phrases
• Some university-specific vocabulary
• Basic grammar
• Deaf culture

No previous NZSL experience is required.

The course is open to both students and staff and the cost is $50. Please email hayley.cranstoun@canterbury.ac.nz to register.
Attendees have the option of further developing their NZSL through community-based courses.

For more information, please visit the website> www.canterbury.ac.nz/equity-disability/sign-language/

Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE) is live

The Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE) dashboard, which first-year 100 level students and teaching staff/course administrators can access through LEARN, is now back up and running following a recent system issue.

ACE provides a real-time view of your engagement with academic tools like LEARN and Echo360 – think of it as a ‘fitness tracker’ for your studies! It helps you understand how your academic engagement is going and if you are on track to succeed with your studies.

If you haven’t already, take a look at your ACE dashboard on the LEARN website https://learn.canterbury.ac.nz

Want to know more about ACE? Check out the FAQs here.

If you are concerned about your studies and how you’re settling into UC life there are a number of people and resources on campus that can help you succeed. Make the most of these services, visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/.

Greening UC Challenge winners

The Greening UC Challenge was the first two-day challenge in the UCE Disrupt series for 2020.


Participants were asked to transport themselves to 2030 and design a venture that will help UC transition to being carbon net neutral, with the potential to be used in other universities and businesses in New Zealand and beyond.


More than fifty challenge participants came from a huge variety of backgrounds, from first year to postgraduate students, studying everything from education to engineering and economics to environmental science. Teams were randomly formed to allow for a multi-disciplinary approach, with each team’s range of expertise helping to produce creative solutions. 

The challenge involved two busy days of idea generation, speed mentoring, and pitching at the showcase, all fueled by sustainable and delicious food. At the end of the challenge, each team presented to a judging panel made up of Tony Sellin, Energy Manager at UC, Michaela Balzarova, a UC Associate Professor with an interest in business sustainability, and Jill Borland, Impact & Change Strategist at Enable Change.

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First prize was awarded to the Lean Mean Grean Team, consisting of  Nadhirah Hisham, Patricia Coutts, Savannah Egerton, Samuel Sheung, and Charlie Barker. Their idea was to establish a pyrolosis plant at UC which could thermo-chemically decompose any organic or carbon-based material, such as food waste, plastic and paper into biofuels. It would provide ample research opportunities for the university as well as a potential income source, as excess fuel that is generated can be sold.

Second place went to team Kayam, made up of Maliha Gangat, Alex Manikam, Yutika Rangari, Catherine Hattaway and Amelia McLuskie. Kayam impressed the judges with their solar paint concept, which involved painting buildings around UC with bright solar paint which generates electricity like solar panels. The team made a convincing argument for their paint idea over traditional solar panels, as it will be cheaper to implement, and would make the UC campus more attractive.

Team Baby Fish took home third place with their carbon offset solution. The team was made up of Jessica Goodall, Josef Power, Kayla Drummy, Hamish Winstone and Kíra Lancz. They proposed a new approach to carbon offsetting, using a crowdfunding-style model. To offset the carbon emissions created by travel or other university activities, money is paid into a fund that goes towards supporting local offset activities, such as Student Volunteer Army tree-planting and other community projects.

Other solutions included plantings on roofs of UC buildings to offset carbon and reduce energy use, fitness equipment for the UC RecCentre that converts people’s efforts into electricity and educates people on energy use while they work out, and an on-site compost plant for compostable food packaging.