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.

Vote for PhD student Natasha Gardiner in the Asia-Pacific 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Semi-Final

There are 54 competitors from unis across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Asia-Pacific Semi-Final, and UC’s very own Antarctic Studies PhD student Natasha Gardiner is one of them! 

Natasha’s thesis explores the relationship between the Antarctic research community and policy makers, which she says is a critical interface between knowledge and action. You can watch her 3MT video here> 

Only 8 competitors will go through to the 3MT Final, including a ‘wild card’ people’s choice which closes on Sunday 10 October. You can cast your vote for Natasha here> 

Find out more about the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Asia-Pacific Semi-Final here>  

NZUni Talent: check out the latest summer and grad jobs

Jobs, jobs, jobs! Over 200+ summer and grad jobs are up for grabs on the UC jobs board NZUni Talent. 







Log in to follow the latest jobs, activate notifications and apply for roles directly from your NZUni Talent jobs board.

Employers looking to recruit UC students and graduates list their opportunities here, so keep an eye out!

Noho ora mai,

Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers Team

Nominations open for Blues Awards 2021

Nominations for the 2021 University of Canterbury Blues Awards are open now until 10th of September.

Receiving an award at the Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in the Sport, Community Engagement and the Arts categories.

Check out the criteria on the UCSA website to see if you are eligible for an Individual Blues award. Winners will then be eligible for the following major awards:

  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding contribution to University Sport
  • Outstanding achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding contribution to University Arts
  • Outstanding achievement in Community Engagement
  • Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding contribution to the Māori community
  • Outstanding contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Outstanding contribution to Sustainability

We have also introduced a limited number of University of Canterbury recognition awards. These awards recognise students those who have performed exceptionally, however are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual. For example coaches, managers, directors, producers, administrators, executives etc.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the UCSA website, with all sections completed
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of the nominations date.
  • Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.
  • Nominees must have reached the required level of achievement during the nomination period

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 10am, Friday 10th September.

The Blues Awards will be held at Haere-roa on Saturday the 16th of October.