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Help Rod help UCSA!

Help Rod Carr and the UCSA raise money for the new UCSA building by donating to his give a little page as he runs the Queenstown Marathon.

On 17 November 2018 the Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae is running the Queenstown Marathon to raise funds for the new students’ association building.

Following the completion of 20 full marathons, including one on every continent, Dr Rod Carr retired from running full marathons, however he has recently decided to come out of his self-imposed running retirement to enter the 2018 Queenstown International Marathon in November, with the aim of raising funds for the UCSA building.

Please consider donating to him here>

A message from Dr Rod Carr

For the last decade I have had the privilege to play my part in leading an extraordinary institution in extraordinary times. I have been motivated by the impact education has on people, especially younger people taking a first degree. I have been inspired by the students, their community, their clubs, their self-motivation and leadership. In supporting the student body to own and control their own place, we recognise their responsibility and reward their contribution while enabling and empowering generations of future students.

The funds will go towards the $5m fundraising campaign being organised by the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) for their new building, the old home was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquake.


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.

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