World Cup ambassador Sir Richard Hadlee enjoys a visit to campus

Hundreds of Canterbury students are expected to go to the opening match of the Cricket World Cup at Hagley Oval next weekend (February 14). The Oval is a pretty cool place to watch cricket. It’s actually the best small venue in the world to watch cricket.

The World Cup will involve 49 games over 44 days at Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.

One of our University of Canterbury students has helped a sports science academic design an app that may be of interest to the Black Caps during the World Cup. Black Caps batting coach Craig McMillan wants to know more about it.

Student Rob Genet helped Dr Carl Petersen, a sports science lecturer, research investigating where batsmen hit the ball. This work resulted in a cricket batting app which our sports science students have used to help them understand performance analysis.

The app is so cool that New Zealand’s greatest ever cricketer and World Cup ambassador Sir Richard Hadlee came on to campus last week to look at the app and is now bound to mention the University of Canterbury cricket app to his VIP contacts during the World Cup. Dr Petersen, Sir Richard and Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr chatted about cricket technology developments.

There’s a lot more postgraduate student sports-related research at the School of Sports and Physical Education since new School head Professor Richard Light joined the team.

See a cool article from a London-based online media publication here about the University of Canterbury app.

UC announces key partnerships with Crusaders and Tactix

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Yesterday UC announced key partnerships with the Crusaders and the Tactix. Check out what these partnerships mean for UC, students and the community.

UC’s communication channels

With university just about start again, everyone returning and a large intake of freshmen as always, it’s probably a good time to inform/update and even remind you all of UC’s official online communication channels. The channels help keep you updated on important information, useful things that you really should know and even some good gossip on and about campus.

Personally,  I think  UC’s official website is the best way to keep yourself in the know, as being the main page it has all the information and links to all other communication channels. It’s like a homepage to UC that helps you navigate to all other related pages.

Other than this, there’s always UC’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, LinkedIn page and Twitter account (@ucnz) to help keep you updated on the go.

UC on Facebook

UC on Facebook

Two other official channels owned and monitored by UC are #UC Now and this Insider’s Guide to UC blog. These take a more informal, student-oriented approach and are aimed towards engaging the student body with all the developments on campus.

Other useful official pages that are not managed by the University are the UCSA’s website and Facebook page ( This is the best site to follow to keep up with all the events hosted by the UCSA all through the year.

Then, there’s always all those unofficial groups and pages on Facebook (ahem, you know which ones I’m talking about) that are mighty useful and informative to an extent.

Even with all these options, it’s a good idea to follow this page closely, as it has a comprehensive collection of all things Canterbury and has a range of bloggers from UC officials to seasoned UC students. If you don’t manage to jump onto the blog, watch out in your email for a useful Insider’s Guide to UC weekly bulletin; this is a great summary sent to enrolled students throughout each semester.

The Insider’s Guide is always open to new voices to write captivating guest posts about things that students really want to hear. If you’re interested in writing guest posts just send an email to

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