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Did you know UC is an edible campus?

Kia ora UC community, 

My name is Ash Anderson, and I am currently interning with Zin South at UC Sustainability over summer! Zin and I are interning through the UC Arts PACE program.

Zin and I by one of the many wonderful fig trees.

I thought I would share a little about myself. I am a second year student at UC studying a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Classics. I have always been interested in living a more sustainable life so being able to work with likeminded people has been an absolute treat so far!

The main project Zin and I are working on with the incredible team at UC Sustainability is updating the edible campus map! Wait, did you not know UC was an edible campus? Well, neither did I before being introduced to this project. Thanks to the Geospatial Research Institute and their wonderful intern Matthew Conley, we have been able to partner together to create a virtual story map of UC’s food forging locations! This means that everyone can help themselves to various fruits available on campus! Including peaches, berries, apricots, figs, feijoas and much more!

Pears growing on the tree near Cafe 1894
A fig growing on the tree by the Fine Arts building.

The UC Sustainability Office’s goal is to help create and change practices within the university and the wider community to be more sustainable and economical. Food forging is just one of the ways they embody this. Having access to fruit trees encompasses many of the UN’s  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and we can’t wait to share more about this in our next blog post. 

Stay tuned on social media for updates around this project, including the launch date of the map!

Until next time,

Ash Anderson. 

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Participants Wanted for a Hazard Awareness Study

Kia ora koutou,
I am looking for participants for a psychology research study on Hazard Awareness. The only eligibility criterion is age 18+ years. The study will only take about 15 minutes (often less) and involves solving some ‘spot the difference’ picture puzzles.
If you are keen to participate, please come over to Psychology 116 between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., on any weekday until November 26. You will contribute to science and also there will be chocolates. This for a test standardisation, for which I need about 1000 participants, so any help will be much appreciated!
If you are keen to do the study but cannot make it during those times, flick me an email at and we can arrange a different time and/or location.
Ngā mihi,
Oindrila Bhattacharya

UC Student Blogger | Tips for coping with stress during exams

It is this time of year again where exams are around the corner and you have all your essays due at once. Stress is something we all feel during this time. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress is vital for your success!

Some tips to help during this exam period:

  • You are not alone. Many people, including staff, are stressed during this period; talk to a friend or use the UC support services – we are here to help!
  • Plan your study sessions out, make a timetable of what you are studying and how long it will take. Planning things out will help you to see a clear picture of where you are at and where you need to go.
  • Don’t overload yourself; take sufficient breaks during and in between studies – this will help you to focus better. You could go for a walk, go to the gym, catch up with friend over coffee… This will definitely help your concentration and wellbeing
  • If unforeseen circumstances are affecting your study and you need more time to finish an essay or assignment, you can speak to your course coordinator to see if it’s possible to have an extension

What if I don’t pass my exams?

The anxiety of failing your exams can be tough to overcome, especially if it has happened before. However, remember that you have come a long way – university is not meant to be easy. Having doubts about failure will only create a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, be kind to yourself. and try talking things through with a friend.  If you have failed before, examine what happened and what you can do next time. The Academic Skills Centre is here to help; you can find free resources and workshop that will help you deal with stress and help you succeed in your studies.

Other resources:

The UC Health Centre offers  counselling for students, and can provide medical certificates if you’re applying for extensions or special considerations. You can book an appointment over the phone and this service is free for students who have a Community Services Card. 

Student Care can give advice on a variety of issues from family problems to uni work. 

For more wellbeing information, visit the Wellbeing Hub or browse through all of the support provided by UC and the UCSA.

Find out more about how to manage exams, how to deal with fear of failure,  and how to cope with anxiety and stress