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Celebrating Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr

Following his election to the Royal Society (UK) earlier this year, UC’s Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr, a College of Science alumnus, was formally admitted as a Royal Society Fellow on 12 July.

Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr signing the admissions book
Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr shaking hands with Royal Society President , Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Photos courtesy of The Royal Society (UK)

Licence CC BY 4.0 

UC joins Shielded Site Project to help victims of domestic abuse

UC has added the Shielded Site icon to the bottom footer section of our website where it will be visible on every UC webpage.

The project, led by the Women’s Refuge, provides a way for victims of domestic violence to ask for help. The Shielded Site provides resources, such as what to do if you are in danger, how to make a plan to get out, how to be safe online, and where to go for more support and information.  

What makes this window special is that it does not appear in the browsing history of the web browser you’re using, meaning that it can be accessed without fear that an abusive partner might discover what has been looked at.

Many victims of domestic violence live in fear of their every move being monitored, online as well in person. The Shielded Site provides a safe haven for accessing help.

Many NZ organisations have joined the project including ASB, The Warehouse, Stats NZ, Trade Me, Countdown and NZ Post.

You can learn more about the Shielded Site Project here.


We need you for Open Day | Rā Tōmene 2019!

Looking for something to do during the mid-year break? Something to make you feel good while you’re helping others?

Well we’ve got the opportunity for you… and it includes FREE STUFF!

The Events team are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to share their knowledge and experience of UC while having a bit of fun with our future students, their friends, families and whanau at Open Day | Rā Tōmene next Thursday 11 July from 9am – 5pm.

You can volunteer for any of the following roles:

Supplier of smilesyou have a great smile and enjoy making people happy
We want you along our Open Day | Rā Tōmene trails, warmly welcoming our visitors to UC. Scan tickets, hand out tote bags, greet those coming from out of town on the free bus and wave goodbye at the end of the day. With a big smile, you take care of those all-important frontline tasks.

Information guruproviding help and support is your gig
We have stations across campus just for you. You’ll assist visitors with any questions they have – from where to get good coffee, to the time their next information session starts.

Foot traffic controlleryou’re there to help people find their way.
You love the buzz of people gathering, ready to learn. Every hour a new information session begins and you’ll be at the front of the line, managing the flow of people in and out of lecture theatres and helping our guests find the right session.

Campus exploreryou know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
You’ll be taking small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities (especially the sparkly new ones), helping them get a feel for UC. You’ll answer questions as you go, highlighting where things are happening on the day.

And now for the FREE STUFF – as a thank you for your trouble, you’ll get:

  1. a cool t-shirt to wear on the day (and keep!)
  2. a drink bottle
  3. an exclusive UC branded beanie and
  4. all the tea, coffee and hot chocolate you can drink from the volunteers kitchen!

Even better, as a UC Host, you can claim this on your CCR!

It’s a pretty good deal, right?

Sign up now by completing our Eventbrite form here>

Any and all questions welcomed – contact the team here>