Vice-Chancellor welcomes students to a refreshed UC campus

With the University of Canterbury launching the academic year on February 23 the campus is starting to buzz with activity; summer school is wrapping up – congratulations to all of you who are finishing papers – and staff are busy preparing for semester one courses to begin.

Now that semester one is so close, everything is falling into place. A lot of work has been done around campus over the summer and it’s looking and feeling refreshed. No detail has been forgotten – even the lawns have been mowed.

UC Media Consultant Kip Brook spoke to Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr about the big plans for the upcoming year. “It looks like we’ve had a significant lift in new to UC international students,” says Dr Carr, which is a sure sign that UC is a great place to study – as reflected in our rankings, “we’re ranked third most international university in Australasia.” Watch Kip’s full interview with Dr Carr here.

I also spoke with Dr Carr, taking the opportunity to find out a bit more about our Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the students.  It turns out that he was a bit of a party animal as an undergrad, he often struggles to balance his family life – he has four children – and work, and he is fuelled by coffee. On the University of Canterbury, he says “it is an institution which is constantly refreshing itself – it’s dynamic, it’s alive”. Watch my full interview with Dr Carr here.

Dr Carr welcomes all students, new and returning, to the University of Canterbury in 2015, “We look forward to a new chapter in the history of the university and the city. You will be a part of that. It’s an exciting time to be at the University of Canterbury. Study hard, play hard, seize the opportunity. Welcome to the University of Canterbury.

Lots of exciting changes are planned for this year, including “some tangible progress with our UCSA building,” says UC Students’ Association President Sarah Platt. Watch my recent interview with Sarah to hear why 2015 is set to be the best year at UC since the earthquakes, her top tips for new students and more.

Top student in NCEA chemistry chose engineering at UC

Marlborough Boys’ College 2014 dux Piers Landon-Lane has achieved the top result in NCEA chemistry. With $15,000 in scholarships, Landon-Lane has chosen to study engineering at the University of Canterbury.

Landon-Lane, 18, received the top mark in the scholarship chemistry exam, with a superb score of 35 out of 40. He also scored scholarships in physics, calculus and statistics. For each of these subjects Landon-Lane achieved a result in the top three per cent, as well as being in the top 0.3 per cent with his ‘outstanding’ results in chemistry and physics.

The top achiever also received a University of Canterbury Emerging Leaders scholarship, arriving in Christchurch on February 14 to take part in the Emerging Leaders Development Programme retreat. Landon-Lane has settled into Rochester and Rutherford Hall, saying “it’s very good, the facilities are great and it’s a lot of fun.”

Landon-Lane chose to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) rather than a Bachelor of Science, saying “engineering is the course that will satisfy me the most and is where I’ll have the opportunity to have the greatest effect.” He decided to pursue engineering at the University of Canterbury as it’s close to home in Marlborough, and has the best reputation for engineering in New Zealand.

Landon-Lane is very happy with his scholarship gains, saying it will ease a lot of the financial burden of university costs. He also says he is happy to be recognised for his hard work – which he certainly has been, with this feature in The Press.

The new university student is not only excited to start his engineering courses next week, but is also excited for the big events during Orientation Week. He says he has already been to the Foundry opening and the outdoor movie, and has purchased tickets to ‘The Big 4’ events – Colour my Toga, Under the Big Top, Mardi Gras and Summerstein.

To purchase tickets to the events for Orientation Week, visit the Dash Tickets website.

To see the full interview with Landon-Lane, click here.

UC Orientation Day 2015

UC Orientation Day 2014

If you haven’t heard already, UC Orientation Day is this Friday!
It’s the biggest event hosted by UC and is something you don’t want to miss. So if you’re new to UC this year, come along to Ilam Fields this Friday the 20th at 9am and seat yourself under the Big Top for an energetic, fun-filled day. The great thing about this year’s event is that parents who attend, have their own orientation!

It starts off with a formal welcome by the man himself, Dr Rod Carr and the Mayor decided to drop in too! Students then get taken to groups to mingle and meet a bunch of new people before being taken into a briefing session by their respective departments. After a quick (and free) lunch, there’s finally professional entertainment! A comic show by professional comedians promises to be a  riot that will leave you in splits.

Be sure to register yourself for the day  and there’s plenty of free parking available in theClyde andUCSAcar parks. It’s going to be a great, highly energetic day and make sure you bring your happiest self to an event that is sure to set you up for a great year at UC.

As always, feel free to comment on this post with any questions or concerns. Otherwise, there are plenty of students and staff on site  on Friday to help you fit right in.

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