Category Archives: Student contributors

Blogs written by UC students.

Recipe: Delicious Winter warmer

Now that we’re in the grips of winter, I’m sure you can all identify with the familiar 3pm chocolate cravings and the desire to curl up in bed with a bag of chips and Netflix. Of course, it can be harder to motivate yourself to cook your own meals and eat your veggies when it feels like Antarctica outside! But for real, it’s important to keep yourself well fed during these freezing days.

So, here is an awesome cheap and healthy plant-based recipe that will help to warm you up on cold winter days.

Hearty ginger and lentil soup (serves 4 – 5)



  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • Optional extra: 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 1.5 teaspoons curry powder
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup dried red or brown lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1x 400g can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional extra: coconut yogurt as garnish


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add carrot and onion then cover and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in ginger, garlic, and chilli flakes (if using); cook for 1 minute. Add curry powder and cook for a further minute. Stir in stock and lentils; bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 – 25 minutes or until lentils are tender. Stir in frozen peas and tomatoes; cover and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Divide soup evenly among bowls, garnish with coconut yogurt (if using), eat and enjoy!

This recipe was brought to you by VCUC (Veg Club of UC).

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Myth-buster: Postgrad isn’t fun

Emma McCone is a postgraduate student studying towards a Master’s of Science, she shares her journey into postgrad study.

I finished the third and final year of my bachelors degree feeling like I wasn’t ready for a full-time job and the real deal adult life. I fell into postgraduate study and enrolled for a Master’s of Science. If you learn one thing from me and this blog, make it that postgraduate study can be for anyone who’s just passionate about what they’re learning and prepared to stay at uni a few years longer.

I learnt about postgrad after meeting some friends the year above me who’d just started their Masters. Second key message: postgrads aren’t scary, they’re not a different species and if you spend some time getting to know some in your department, you may find you have a lot more in common than you thought.

Once I’d met people and started the discussion about what postgrad is actually like, everything else fell into place. I talked to them more and more about the things they got to do during their Masters, I actually had conversations with lecturers and they knew my first name. All of a sudden everything seemed much more achievable and easy.

Just know that if you’re finding yourself towards the end of your degree and not sure what on earth to do with yourself, postgrad is not just for the straight A+ students. I am living proof of a student who just wasn’t ready to let go and move into the big scary world of full time work, smart casual dress and pretending to be an adult. I love what I study and I’m enjoying my Master’s degree so much. I’m so excited about having at least another two Tea Party costumes and memories to come. I love being a student and always meeting new and exciting people.

Maybe at the end of this degree, I’ll be grown up and ready! I guess there’s always a PhD if not….

Kia ora from your UCSA PG Rep

Kia ora all.

170615 Thomas Gillman-PGRepI am Thomas and I am the 2017 Postgraduate Rep on the UCSA Student Exec. Maybe not all of you have heard about the UCSA or the Student Exec or what its functions are. Not a problem though because the current Equity and Wellbeing Officer, Sam, wrote an excellent overview of the Exec in a recent blog post, which you can read here> 

Basically, we are the student voice to UC and advocate for student concerns on campus. We also offer support and guidance for students as well as run all the epic parties on campus and keep the café’s stocked so you don’t go hungry.

Last year the UCSA changed the constitution to add a designated role of Postgraduate Rep and to reserve the position for postgraduate students only. As the PG Rep on this Executive, I work hard to advocate for graduate student concerns at various committees and meetings. Further, we are working towards the creation of a postgraduate representation system that will enable a much stronger graduate voice on campus.

Given this is the inaugural year that this has run, I hope that we have been able to generate more awareness of postgraduate concerns on campus, but as we know there are a number of concerns still on-going. With this in mind and given the fact that UCSA Elections are coming up, I think that this is an excellent opportunity to promote the fact that the UCSA is also for PG’s. There may have been a stigma in the past that it did not deeply incorporate PG concerns, however this has changed and I hope that this year has portrayed that. Thus, if you feel like taking on a leadership role and want to make a difference to the postgraduate community on campus then this is your opportunity, and a fantastic opportunity at that. I would be more than happy to sit down with anyone who is interested in running and talk you through the role in more details.

I am also always keen to hear from you, so don’t be afraid to drop me a message:

Also don’t forget cheap coffee’s for PG’s at the Shilling Club on Tuesday mornings 9-10am. So get your office mates out and get along to sample some of the best coffee on campus.

Thank you all.


As we all know, however, there are on-going PG issues such as printing and space and these will not be resolved quickly. Thus we are attempting to implement Postgraduate representation system that will enable a stronger voice on campus and to further PG concerns within the university environment.