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UC 3 Minute Thesis Final – Tuesday 10 August

Come join us for the finals of the University of Canterbury 3 Minute Thesis competition on Tuesday 10 August. This year’s competition is proudly brought to you by the Postgraduate Research Office and sponsored by Research First.

This is the culmination of the heats carried out across the campus and we will announce the top three research students who can summarise their entire thesis in only 3 minutes. The top PhD winner will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific finals, and the top Master’s winner will represent UC at the NZ finals. The competition winner receives $5,000. Second place still goes home with $2,000 and third place will receive $1,000.

We will also have some kai, spot prizes and voting for the people’s choice awards, so plenty of reasons to come along, learn about the exciting research happening across campus as well as connect with others from UC and beyond.

Register Here. See you in the Tī Kōuka room.

UCSA Presents RE-ORI 2021

UCSA’s RE-ORI is just around the corner, featuring a full calendar of events to welcome you back to UC for semester 2!

Coming to Haere-roa:

  • Postgrad Schmooze
  • Pepsi Max Presents: Ngaio Movie Night
  • Te Rourou a Haere (formerly Lunch on the Lawn)
  • Te Whiringa
  • Clubs Day
  • Winter Wellness Expo
  • And more!

Postgrad Schmooze, 15 July

Calling all UC Postgrads! Join us for an evening to mix, mingle, and indulge in some delicious canapés. On the night we’ll also be joined by representatives from UC. Free tickets are limited – register today, and we can’t wait to see you there.

Pepsi Max Presents: Ngaio Movie Night, 18 July

Wind down on your Sunday with a movie at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre, Haere-roa. This event is open to the public so bring the fam’ down for a free flick (or two) on us. Stay tuned for the movie announcements. Read more.

Te Rourou a Haere, 19 July

What better way to start semester than a free snag (or veggie pattie) at Te Rourou a Haere (formerly Lunch on the Lawn). Grab a bean bag and relax with live music from student club TuneSoc. Plus we’ve got giant games, FREE Fresh up, Boss Coffee and more! Read more.

Te Whiringa, 19 July

Tauti mai ki Te Whiringa – join us for a night of cultural festivities!

Treat your taste buds to a selection of free Māori and Pacific kai (food). Come connect with the whānau of UC Māori and Pacific on campus, enjoy cultural performances and demonstrations from our Māori and Pacific community, then sit back and relax to watch a home-grown movie from 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome, food is while stocks last, GF & V options are available, and please bring a blanket for the movie. Tēnā, nau mai! Read more.

Clubs Day, 20 July

Around 160 student-run clubs and organisations support the  intellectual, artistic, cultural, social, and recreational pursuits of the UC community. From engineering to film buffs, we have a club for you! Read more.

Video: Fun and games at Clubs Day, Semester 1. This time ’round, we’ll be holding the event inside Haere-roa.

Winter Wellness Expo, 22 July

This free, all ages, alcohol-free event is brought to you by our UCSA Advocacy and Welfare Team. They’ll be giving away free second-hand items, plus beanies, scarves, toothpastes, toothbrushes, cake, drinks and more!* We also have over 30 stalls including bunny rabbit cuddles, haircuts, a sewing/mending station and more! Read more.

*Giveaways are available while stocks last. First in, first served.

Highlights from the SVA Nelson Camp

The Student Volunteer Army’s (SVA) first camp of 2021 took place from 7 –  9 May in Nelson. The team headed up to help local community groups with weeding, planting, track maintance and setting up a new pop up shop. Take a look at the blog from the SVA below to find out more about the work they did and how they made the most of their time in the Tasman region:

The UC calendar is not complete without at least one SVA camp in the mix! Over the past weekend, some 60 UC students headed up to Nelson to bring the SVA spirit to the Tasman region. Volunteering was spread over two days with a large group planting happening on the Friday afternoon and then split group projects on the Saturday morning.

The SVA worked alongside local community groups, including Tasman Environmental Trust, Habitat for Humanity and ReStore, Keep Richmond Beautiful, the Cohen Family, and the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. The mahi of our students meant 3000 trees were planted, a brand new pop-up store was set up with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity (a global charity providing families with housing support), a walking track was built in the Richmond hills, and over 100 extra volunteer hours were completed at a 700-acre sanctuary for endangered species.

Community leads were thankful for the support we provided and in return, inspired our volunteers with their stories. The wide variety of projects on this camp allowed for different skill sets to shine through but all provided a common motivation of contributing to the community. One of the volunteers working at the Brook Sanctuary said “We’re not doing this for ourselves, but for all of the future generations” – such an important reminder that the work done may not have an immediate result but the future impact is outstanding.

After a busy two days, volunteers were keen to kick back for the rest of the weekend, and were released to explore Nelson on the Saturday evening. Sunday was the trip back to Christchurch, with a detour to Kaikoura where we were treated with a whale sighting!

Overall, the camp was a huge success with President Luke Burke commenting “I honestly couldn’t be happier with how this weekend went. We thought we might have difficulty selling tickets, and we didn’t. We thought we’d get nothing but rain all weekend, and we didn’t. I have nothing but praise for all our volunteers, who put in two days of hard mahi with smiles on their faces. I didn’t hear a single complaint, despite them doing more than 9 hours of work each. Thank you, you troopers, you legends. It should go without saying that you’re welcome back any time! I should add that much of the success of the camp has to be attributed to the meticulous planning our events and logistics team put in. Thank you guys.”

The UC SVA would like to thank all the community groups that we worked with. These are dedicated, passionate people who are going above and beyond for the good of Tasman and New Zealand. We couldn’t run the events we do without the work these groups put in day in and out.

Our first camp of 2021 is the Student Volunteer Army’s seventh since 2018, now having covered the north, west, south and east regions of the South Island. We’re looking forward to hosting another towards the end of the year! Who knows where we’ll be heading next?