Applications are now open for the 2019 Explore Beijing programme.

This five-week programme, organised in collaboration with Peking University, provides an opportunity for 10 students to explore Beijing while studying at one of China’s most prestigious universities.

2018 ‘UC to Peking’ students.

In 2019, Peking University ranked as 31st in the THE World University Rankings and 30th in the QS World University Rankings.

The programme allows our students to develop important transferable skills by working on a project for an Aotearoa New Zealand organisation.

The students will benefit by living near Peking University in the Zhong Guan Cun area of Beijing (‘China’s Silicon Valley’) and this, combined with the project, as well as language, history and culture classes will enable them to gain a unique insight into another culture, which is supplemented by a series of day trips in, around and beyond Beijing.

These trips include visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and other attractions. A three-night stopover in Guangzhou is also provided. The programme provides a series of experiences that would not normally be possible, framed by an academic programme designed to maximise learning and growth.

‘Explore Beijing’ is funded by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), enabling UC to offer the programme at a heavily subsidised fee of $500(NZD), which includes flights, accommodation, meals, activities and day trips in and around Beijing, airport transfers, travel insurance and the Chinese visa fee.

The programme will run from Friday 15 November to Sunday 22 December 2019. If you’re aware of any students who would benefit from and enjoy this experience – let them know!

BSc/BA student Alysha Voon took part in the 2018 exchange, hear her first-hand experience here>

Applications close on Sunday 21 July.

For more, students are welcome to attend the upcoming information sessions – 


  • 5pm Wednesday 22 May
  • 3pm Friday 7 June


  • A9 Lecture theatre

Interested students can register to attend here>

Additional information can be found here, or by emailing partnerships@canterbury.ac.nz.

NZ Sign Language Class

If NZSL week has sparked your interest in learning NZ’s third official language then here’s an opportunity for you to learn some sign!

Classes will be held each Thursday of term 3, from 12 to 12.50pm. Cost is $60. You’ll learn the finger-spelling alphabet, basic phrases and some university specific vocabulary.

Email nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz on how to register.

Keiran Horne joins the UC Council

I am pleased to advise that Minister Chris Hipkins has appointed Keiran Horne to the University Council | Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha for a four year term from 20 May 2019 to 31 April 2023.

Keiran is a chartered accountant, specialising in business rescue and insolvency, who comes to Council with a wealth of financial and governance experience.

Ms Keiran Horne has been appointed to the University Council.

During her career she has held positions on the boards of Solid Energy NZ, Coalcorp Services Limited and Crown Asset Management Limited. Currently she is Commissioner on the New Zealand Lotteries Commission, Director of Breastscreen Otago Southland Limited and Screen South Limited, and a member of the Hamilton City and Timaru District Councils.

Her educational interests include involvement in Entre Limited and Conductive Education Canterbury.

I look forward to welcoming Keiran to her first Council meeting on 29 May.

Sue McCormack
Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera

New anonymous reporting tool launches on Pink Shirt Day

At UC we want everyone to feel safe on campus and to report any behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason.

Today we’ve launched a new anonymous online reporting tool, Report It, to coincide with Pink Shirt Day, the global movement that celebrates diversity, promotes positive relationships and takes a stand against bullying.

Staff and students can use Report It to raise concerns anonymously. We understand you may not always feel comfortable making a formal complaint and would prefer to remain anonymous.

The information provided via Report It will be used to inform future strategies and education initiatives that address behaviour and improve respect and inclusiveness at UC.

Many universities here and overseas already use similar tools and UC has drawn from their experience. A number of UC teams have been consulted about the development of the tool including staff and student representatives from across the University on the Central Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (CEDAC).

Bullying or harassment, whether on or off campus, is not okay. Without exception UC will not tolerate bullying, harassment or discrimination of any kind.

We can all work together to build an even stronger and supportive community for all.

  • More information about the Report It tool is available here>
  • You can find the Report It tool here>
  • You can still make a formal complaint by following the Raise a concern process here>

Update on E tū, kia ora

Staff feedback is vital to the development of E tū, kia ora our new academic strategy and we have been delighted with the level of engagement from staff throughout the University.

We had a great response to the staff survey and look forward to sharing the results over the coming months. We’ve also been delighted with the number of registrations for our E tū, kia ora staff workshops and thank all those who took the time to attend our first workshop last Friday.

There are still two sessions remaining, on 29 May and 7 June, if you would like to have your say, please register here>

To keep the conversation flowing about the E tū, kia ora process over the coming weeks keep an eye out for a series of video thought starters on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo. We encourage you to have a discussion with your colleagues about each topic and tell us what you think.

Keeping UC staff informed