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Communications and Events Team

Our role is to help drive UC’s global reputation through engaging communications. We focus on ensuring that our powerful stories are communicated to the world, that we celebrate our achievements, and that we stand out as a University that makes a difference and takes a lead on the global stage. Our vision is to develop communications and events that are relevant, engaging, focused and impactful – locally, nationally and globally – to enhance our reputation among our many different audiences.

We take the lead in creating and coordinating the delivery of communications to students via a wide range of channels to enhance the student experience. To keep our staff informed, we produce professional internal communications that are vibrant and engaging, using a consistent approach and making sure we stay focused on what our staff need to know and that they hear it from us first.
The team’s core responsibilities are:

  • Media and PR
  • Events and Partnerships
  • Student Communications
  • Internal Communications
  • Corporate Affairs

Our values: Written by the Communications and Events team, the following values were identified as what is important to, and unique about, the team and how we want to work with others.

UC Bloggers – we’re hiring!

The UC Blogger role is a casual based role and is open to current students studying either part time or full time (including postgraduate study) at UC. UC Bloggers will be part of the front line team to communicate with staff and students and assist our Communications and Events Team in a number of ways.

UC Bloggers will help the Communications and Events Team deliver a number of different staff and student communications throughout the year including blogposts to support upcoming events, announcements and promoting UC services. Having strong time management skills, the ability to keep to deadlines and excellent writing skills are key elements to this role.

Some key benefits of being a UC Blogger:

  • Flexibility of shifts and the ability to work remotely
  • Raising your personal profile around UC
  • Valuable and reputable work experience for your CV as well as references for future positions
  • Building your writing portfolio and adding valuable experience for your future career development
  • Your hours can be applied to your Co-curricular record

For further information, please see the full position description> 

To apply, send your CV through to communications@canterbury.ac.nz by 5.00pm Wednesday 25 September 2019.

(Only students studying at UC in 2020 and are eligible to work in NZ will be considered for this position.)

Advice for aspiring writers

Professor Patrick Evans has officially retired from his role at UC where he specialised in New Zealand Literature and Creative Composition. Here he shares his advice for aspiring writers.

Pat teaching crop– If you want to be a writer, commit to it or give up now. It’s hard work and particularly so in New Zealand where there’s so little money in the publishing industry. There are so few readers and the reviewing and literary-critical system is so primitive.

– Few successful writers I know have managed to write full-time; the crucial question is how you will support yourself as a creative writer by doing something that doesn’t draw from the same well writing draws from (hint: avoid school teaching: all that spare time you think you’re going to use for writing will be taken up in marking and therapy).

– Marry someone rich and naïve, someone who ‘believes in you’; around them set up a supportive network of friends who will read your work and criticise it intelligently, honestly and kindly.

– Don’t have kids, as they will suck up all your time and money. Or do, and be prepared to write less and on cheaper paper.

– Remember that writing can be a selfish and lonely existence; be aware of what you’re doing to those around you. Write about them, not you, and learn what it is as well, and how to write about it.

– Remember that novels in particular are hard things to write, particularly if they’re going to be any good. You might think you’ve written a novel, but you’ve probably just written 80,000 words of stuff. Be patient. Life is long. You might not be a writer now, but you might be a writer then.

– Learn to write out of love, not hate – out of the gratitude you feel for being allowed to live in the wonder of the world (see R.K. Narayan for this). You think the world is two gin-and-tonics below par (see Humphrey Bogart)? Then why do people want to live in it as long as they can? Learn to recognise that wonder around you (this will take you the rest of your life). Learn to read the Book of Life (Allen Curnow’s idea). You will know what that means when you find you are starting to do it.

– Avoid meetings.

Fine-tune your essays!

Got essays due this exam period?

There are many elements that go into writing a brilliant academic essay. To stand out and achieve the best grade you can, you need to make sure your amazing content is backed up with the correct formatting, layout and of course, perfect spelling and grammar.

Have a look at this simple one-page tip sheet put together by the Academic Skills Centre. This will help you get the basics right!

Make sure you’re also aware of the requirements of your particular subject. There are expectations unique to each department, so check your college’s website and your course information on Learn to make sure you’re informed!

See the Academic Skills Centre’s website to learn more about the many ways they can assist you.