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UC Alumna Tyne Gordon wins prestigious art award

UC Alumna Tyne Gordon, a Christchurch based artist has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award from a field of over 40 applicants.

Tyne Gordon graduated from Ilam School of Fine Arts in 2015, where she studied her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Honours in painting.

Tyne recently travelled to Iceland where she investigated the liminal state between the wild and the domestic. Her work concentrates on the fusion of opposites; through colour, texture and scale.

Over the past few years Tyne has had exhibitions both in New Zealand and overseas.

The Olivia Spencer Bower award will enable Tyne to commit to a full time studio practice in 2018. She intends to use this time to experiment with new materials and approaches towards her practice.

Fact file:

  • Since 1987, the Olivia Spencer Bower Award has built a reputation as one of the most valuable and prestigious forms of sponsorship available to New Zealand artists.
  • The Art Awards offer financial assistance to promote artists more particularly emerging painters and sculptors, with emphasis on future artistic potential. 
  • The awards give the opportunity for the recipient to work for one year pursuing their own direction as a painter or sculptor, free from the necessity to seek outside employment.
  • Discover more about Olivia Spencer Bower here>

Education Library moving to the Central Library

The Education Library on the Dovedale campus will be closing on Thursday 16 November and from Tuesday 21 November, you’ll see the familiar faces of the library assistants behind the desk on Level 2 of the Central Library and the subject librarians will be based on Level 5. Kathryn, Kim, Fiona, Waitangi, and Margaret can meet with you wherever is most convenient – on the Dovedale campus, at the Ātea Ako consultation space on Level 2 of the Central Library, via email or phone. Just make an appointment, email, or give us a call.

The classroom, Māori classroom, Māori and fiction collections are moving to Level 4 of the Central Library and the academic education collections will mostly be shelved on Level 7. While the collections will be inaccessible to the public for approximately a week, you can still place requests on materials and retrievals will take place daily as usual. These requests can be collected from the Central Library. The existing returns box will be available 24/7 (and emptied daily) until the College moves into Rēhua.

A pop-up library service is planned for the Dovedale campus in Semester One, 2018 and more details will be released once finalised.

We look forward to showing you around the new collection, study and service spaces in the Central Library.

Careers – are you guilty of narrow thinking?

You might be unaware of the huge range of opportunities that are available to you, says Chris Bridgman, Manager | Kaiwhakahaere of UC’s Careers, Internships and Employment Centre | Te Rōpū Rapuara. Might be time to pay a visit?

Chris says many students think in terms of quite a prescribed pathway.

Careers 2“But the world of work is changing rapidly, so we encourage students to be alert to these changes and to seek opportunities to enhance their employability.”

He says the Careers Kit – a series of 74 brochures on all the major subjects taught at UC – helps illustrate some of the wide range of real-world career options.


The Centre also works hard on your behalf out in the ‘real world’.

“We’re continuously working with employers, so we have current information about industry developments and what employers are looking for in well-rounded employees. Skills and qualities in high
demand include communication skills, analytical and critical thinking, interpersonal and team skills, and a work ethic.”Careers 1

“We’re able to inform employers about how to attract young employees and what their expectations are.”

The Centre helps broker relationships with industry bodies and employer groups via numerous employer information sessions
and Careers Fairs throughout each year.

Are you work ready?

The Careers team also manages UC’s Co-Curricular Record (CCR) system, which is aligned to UC’s graduate attributes and formally recognises students’ extracurricular activities as evidence of their work readiness.

Although only in its second year, the CCR already features 40 different activities – ranging from Student Volunteer Army work to peer note-taking – and involves nearly 1,000 students.

Don’t wait until 3rd year to visit (but if you have, visit now!)

The Centre works hard to listen to the student voice and what they need and want.

“Increasingly we’re seeing students right throughout their studies, which is the key to making the most of their time at university in terms of career planning and development.”

The Centre also advises those returning for postgraduate study and assists recent graduates with finding jobs through the UC CareerHub, which lists job vacancies.

So contact Careers now…or a couple of days after exams.

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