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UC Blues Awards – open for nominations

Since 1913 the UCSA has been recognising and awarding students who excel in their chosen sport.

In 2017, the UCSA in association with UC developed the traditional sports focused Blues event into an all-round awards night celebrating a broader scope of student success. The event now consists of Sports, Community Engagement and the Arts categories.

Receiving an award at our Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in these areas.

The categories for major awards are:

Sportsperson of the Year, Outstanding contribution to University Sport, Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in the Arts, Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement, and Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the UCSA website, with all sections completed
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of nominations date. Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 5.00pm, Sunday 12 August.

Nominees announced 3 September. Updates on the awards will be posted on the UCSA’s Facebook page.

The Blues Awards are being held at the UCSA Event’s Centre, 29 September.

Education is our passport to the future

University of Canterbury Pasifika student Olivia Shimasaki is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts this week. We asked her to share her story with us. Congratulations to all of our graduates this week!

Olivia Shimasaki

My time at the University of Canterbury has been an amazing experience where I have been inspired to learn and grow as an individual.

My first involvement with UC was the 2013 UC Explorer programme. Alongside 100 other year 13 students from around New Zealand I had opportunities to attend lectures, stay in the halls, go on activities, and make new friends. I was also introduced to the Pacific Development Team, which has provided me a huge amount of support throughout my undergraduate studies.

I pursued courses which helped me to expand my knowledgebase and allowed me to question the world around me.  An ability to learn things which I am passionate about and being able to meet like-minded people in lectures and clubs were some of my favourite aspects of university.

My education has been crucial for my future professional path. I intend to continue my studies in the Human Services and Anthropology, in hopes that one day I will be able to use the skills which I have acquired to help achieve positive change and recognise human rights in the wider community.

Despite the late nights, stressed days, and extensive nail-biting over results, it was all worth it. Today, I have my degree; I have goals for the future and a supportive network to help me achieve my future aspirations.

To future students, my advice is, make the most of your time here and take opportunities you are given. As Malcolm X said, “education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

To the tutors, lecturers, and the internship programme who have given me support during my studies, thanks. Specifically, I would like to thank Patrick McAllister, a special lecturer who showed passion and taught me about accepting others, and showed me that with determination and passion, you can achieve your dreams.

I would also like to thank my family, friends, and boyfriend for keeping me sane when assignments got overwhelming, and helping achieve a good study and life balance. To my brother for introducing me to university life, and helping me to recognise the value of time and effort put into work. Most of all, my two biggest supporters, mum and dad – thank you for taking time out of your already busy days for me, giving useful advice, listening, putting up with my moodiness, and reminding me that I am a strong woman who can achieve whatever I set my mind to. Thank you both for your unconditional love and support.

Finally, I would like to give thanks to God, for with Him all things are possible.

PhD student and Fulbright scholar Emma Marshall recommends studying psychology at UC

Emma Marshall
Emma Marshall

Emma Marshall is a student who has worked hard and fully immersed herself in her academic experience at the University of Canterbury. She completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and then went on to do PhD research in psychology, which lead her to an amazing American opportunity.

In 2012 Emma received a Fulbright scholarship of $25,000, funding her academic year at the University of Minnesota in 2013. Emma’s PhD research in psychology focuses on the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes on the relationships of couples. I spoke with Emma about her time in Minnesota, the progress of her exciting research, and her plans for the future.

When faced with the decision of which University in America to choose as part of her Fulbright scholarship, Emma wisely based her decision on which university would be most beneficial to her research. The esteemed Dr Jeffry Simpson of the psychology department at the University of Minnesota swayed her decision, with his specialty in interpersonal relationships. On her time at the university, Emma professed “it was fantastic”.

For her PhD research Emma chose to focus on the psychology of couples in relationships in the aftermath of the earthquakes, as “couples capture how people deal with trauma better than individuals”. She noted that couples are also an understudied area in psychology, as they are much more difficult to study than individuals. For more on Emma’s research so far, see this UC media release from July.

Since returning to UC from the University of Minnesota, Emma has coordinated and taught a 400 level psychology course, Intimate Relationships, as well as continued her PhD research. Emma loved taking the course, which she believes also benefitted her PhD work as “teaching sharpens your research”. Emma also intends to continue teaching psychology, as well as undertaking further research beyond the completion of her PhD, which will be around March.

Emma highly recommends studying psychology at the University of Canterbury, particularly to new students in 2015. Her go-to advice for all students in general is to “surround yourself with the best people, and you will emulate them”. Great advice coming from a UC student who has achieved so much!