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UC fire engineers warmly welcome new FENZ educational facility

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Hon Paul Swain Chairman of Fire and Emergency New Zealand turn the sod at the blessing of the new Ilam Fire Station.

Fire and Emergency broke ground on 6 June on a new facility on Creyke Road, beside the UC Engineering precinct which includes the Fire Lab.

The Fire Station and Fire Engineering Educational Training Facility will be a welcome addition to students and staff who will benefit from the hands-on practical learning and knowledge sharing.

Master’s student Vivian Ye is specialising in fire engineering. She participated in two summer research projects funded by Fire and Emergency – in 2017 she worked on “understanding and improving fire ventilation tactics in New Zealand” and in 2018 she investigated “existing methodologies for estimating fire flow requirements both domestically and internationally”.

“The two research projects were financially supported by Fire and Emergency, which provided a great opportunity for me to contribute to on-going practical issues,” says Vivian.

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Solidarity and support for our community

The University of Canterbury community is shocked and saddened at the horrific incidents that have unfolded in Christchurch today. Our thoughts are with all those affected and their loved ones.

Today’s events have impacted on all of us and we are committed to supporting our UC community, especially the safety and wellbeing of all staff and students, particularly those in our international community.

The University of Canterbury is proud to be a diverse and inclusive community. We host students from over 80 different countries and nationalities.

We abhor all acts of violence and extend our solidarity and support to our community.

We are offering support to all staff and students. We would like to remind our students and staff that there is help available and you are not alone.

Let us take care of ourselves and one another.

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Support for students

  • A drop in centre will be available Saturday 16 March for staff and students from 9am – 3pm in the Puaka-James Hight Library, where support will be available.
  • In addition, we have arranged for a support line to be available if you need to talk to a trained counsellor, free call or text 1737 from your mobile phone.

From Monday:

If students need to talk to someone about anything, there are plenty of people who can help at UC including:

For more see: www.canterbury.ac.nz/support

Security on campus  The Security Office provides support for students and staff on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People can call the 0800 823 637 or use the help points around Ilam and Dovedale campuses. There will be additional security at the prayer room.

Going Zero Waste as a Student

Many of us want to reduce our waste, but it can seem like a huge task, especially for busy students.

Frankie Desmond spoke to Masters student Helena Ruffell about her journey towards minimising waste, which she shares on Instagram @eatsleepsustain.

Helena was inspired to start cutting back on waste by “images of coastlines and oceans full of plastic… especially those involving marine organisms and seabirds.”

“Another big influence was the fact that our landfills will just keep filling up… There will be a point where there will be no room for our waste to go.”

Helena found some aspects of reducing waste to be challenging.
“I definitely struggled with having time to make my own lunch and going supermarket shopping.

It added a couple of extra minutes to my day but I thank myself now for taking that extra time, to avoid processed and greasy fast foods!”
Helena has also noticed other benefits from her lifestyle changes, alongside reducing her waste.

“I’m eating much healthier! I’m saving lots of money not buying processed foods, and I have a lot more energy as a result. It’s also really handy just popping out to the garden to get some herbs for dinner.”

For students wanting to minimise waste, Helena suggests moving away from packaged foods as a good first step. “Instead of buying packaged crackers, scones or muffins, you can easily whip some up on a Sunday night!”

“Bringing reusable bags to the supermarket is an obvious one, and you can extend this to not using a plastic bag for your fruit and veggies!

Just go without, or reuse the millions I’m sure are hiding out under the sink in the flat.”

For some more inspiration on ways you can cut back on waste as a student, check out some of the great ideas Helena has shared on Instagram @eatsleepsustain.