Relaunch of the UC Foundation Doctoral Publication Prize

This year sees the UC Foundation Doctoral Publication Prize relaunched with a new structure and format to reward Doctoral students who publish their research whilst studying.

The purpose of the prize is to reward students who publish in highly-regarded research outlets whilst studying towards their doctoral degrees. This offers you a stronger CV when applying for roles post-doctoral studies as well as supporting UC’s commitment to world-class research excellence.

The UC Foundation Doctoral Publication Prize ranges in value from $500-$1000 per publication with no limit on the number of times a student can win a prize. So, multiple publications in top tier journals can yield multiple awards.

The full criteria for winning the prize and information on how to apply is available on the Postgraduate Research Office’s website here. 

The prize is made possible through the many kind donations to the UC Foundation and the ongoing commitment by the UC Foundation to support our research students.

Postgraduate Research Office Team

Semester 1 Internships Available

There are a number of internships available through the PACE Internship Programme for Semester 1 – applications are now open.

  • 140 hours over Semester 1 interning with a local business/organisation
  • 30 academic points
  • Apply your coursework to the real world
  • Focus on personal & career development
  • Build networks and gain confidence

Here are a few of the current opportunities available:

OrganisationInternshipPerson sought
Bishopdale PharmacyContent creation for marketing campaignA fluent writer with an interest in developing skills for engaging with consumers
Christchurch City CouncilCo-ordinating intern development programmeA pro-active student with great organisational skills from any discipline
Christchurch City CouncilDeveloping communications strategy for Eastern suburbsA community-minded communicator good at sharing information based on sound analysis
Christchurch City CouncilHistorical research in Raekura/RedcliffsSomeone with an interest in social history and communicating findings effectively
Earth Sea Sky EquipmentCommunications through social media, e-newsletters and websiteIdeally for a media and comms student adept in story-telling
Lyttelton Information CentreEvaluation of the centre’s efficacy and its publicationsAn all-rounder interested in systems, community and tourism
Enviro Hub“My garden – our ecosystem” project, ultimately creating a small public exhibitionAn environmentally-minded student keen to hone both research and presentation skills
GapfillerCreating playful urban seating enhancementsA pro-active evaluator of civic spaces, social media savvy and creative with installation ideas
Prisoners Aid & Rehabilitation SocietyAssisting with volunteer recruitment and retentionFor someone with an interest in HR
UC Communications teamLearn what it takes to work in a fast-paced comms teamFor writers and thinkers
UC National Centre for European StudiesCreating content for and organising a “Model EU” conference for kidsAn organised and mature student (includes a day in Auckland to deliver the goods)

For more information on these projects and more opportunities, or if you want to bring your own internship opportunity or idea to us, contact the PACE Team. 

Renewing your RecCentre Membership for 2021


Exercise Instructor teaching a member deadlift technique.

So, the blur of Christmas/New Year (what day is it?) has passed, and there is some semblance of a routine back in your day.  Some of you might be wondering if you can still use the gym?  Yes, yes you can!

(Most) 2020 UC Student memberships expire March 1st, 2021 

For the majority of students, your 2020 membership is valid up to and including March 1st, 2021.  There are a few exceptions (for example, short term students or postgraduates with bespoke study end dates).    If you’re not sure, you can check online in your RecCentre account.

If you’re not studying at UC in 2021, your access will be cut from March 2nd. If you wish to keep exercising with us, you’ll need to join as a member or pay casually/by concession card. Read on at the end for more info.

Returning to study at UC in 2021? Easy.

As long as you pay your study levy by Feb 28, 2021, you should have uninterrupted access to the gym.  Cross fingers, because well, technology! Our systems talk to each other, and it will scan daily and once your payment is seen, it will roll over your membership to 2021.

If you don’t wish to renew your membership, you’ll need to email us at Please note that you won’t be entitled to any levy refund, but we will remove your access and your name from our membership database.

Graduated, but still want to come to our gym? 

Excellent, we welcome you with arms open wide! You’ll be eligible for a discounted rate as an alumni. Keep an eye out in your inbox and on our website & Facebook pages in mid-Feb, for a special alumni deal. We can also arrange short-term memberships as a one-off, if you’ll be sticking around for less than 3 months.

Didn’t graduate, but just giving study a break in 2021?

No problem, we get it! Life. You can still exercise with us if you like.  We offer community rates, including off-peak rates to save you ~40%,  so please keep us in mind as you look into your options. As you know, we have a great range of stuff to do, we’re more than just a gym.

Keep moving and we look forward to seeing you all through our turnstiles soon.

Nga mihi
Ta Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec & Sport

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