Look out for Co-curricular Record displays

The Co-curricular Record (CCR) is making its presence felt on campus as students return to lectures.

You will find a CCR display  on level 2 in the Central Library – Te Puna Mātauraka o Waitaha. As well as explaining how the CCR works, it will also showcase CCR activities on a week-by-week basis, so watch out for changes. The display will be in place until June, when it moves to level 3.

CCR is also reaching out into colleges and departments campus-wide. Promotional material is being distributed, so please help raise the profile of the initiative with students by giving these materials prominence in communal areas on campus.

Go to www.canterbury.ac.nz/ccr for more information about the CCR or contact studentexperience@canterbury.ac.nz

SVA members can have their volunteer hours recognised as part of their Co-curricular Record.

SVA members can have their volunteer hours recognised as part of their Co-curricular Record.

Marsh Insurance Information Sessions

Helen from Marsh will be on site on Wednesday 4 May running short information sessions for staff wanting to learn more about the current UC Staff Benefits Month promotion, which offers staff the opportunity to join the University Voluntary Group insurance plan at discounted rates and with no medical questions asked.

This promotion runs for 30 days only, from 26 April to 25 May 2016.

Information sessions will be held in Okeover 101 (Ilam Room) at the following times:

  • 9.45am – 10.15am
  • 10.45am – 11.15am
  • 11.45am – 12.15pm
  • 12.45pm – 1.15pm
  • 1.45pm – 2.15pm
  • 3.30pm – 4.00pm

No need to register, just show up at one of the above sessions to learn more or ask questions.

See the UC Staff Benefits Month webpage for more information.




Recording China: Documentary and Digital Cultures

Confucius InstituteAssociate Professor Paola Voci has been invited by the Confucius Institute to give a lecture on documentary and digital cultures in China. Paola Voci is Head of the department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago.

Chinese videomakers are using the digital medium to create many conflicting visual records of social and political realities. These records have complex interactions with mainstream and independent media. Mainstream media is often endorsed by the state and independent media is often endorsed by academia. Digital videos have provided an unprecedented opportunity to voice and share experiences of the present and past, even when the past has been officially forgotten.

Digital media has allowed contemporary debates, for example Chai Jing’s Under the Dome, and oral histories, for example Wu Wenguang’s Memory Project, to be heard, recorded and stored. However, there are difficulties with digital media. They are easy to distort, delete and recreate. Mass recording and mass ‘archives’ lead to issues of unmanageable scale, and digital media is not reliably durable, with contstantly changing forms.

Time: 1.30 – 2.30pm Friday 6 May

Venue: Psychology-Sociology 252

Free, everyone is welcome


UC Teaching Week – dates for your diary

All staff are warmly invited to workshops in UC Teaching Week from 7-10 June.  Drop in to the Undercroft 101 to hear colleagues from across UC share effective teaching strategies followed by a chance to ask questions to enable you to adapt their teaching practices to your own needs.

This year’s topics include:

  • engaging large classes
  • successful student assessment
  • mentoring PhD students to begin to teach
  • embedding employability in classes
  • inclusion and belonging
  • culturally responsive pedagogy
  • blended learning practices

For more information, please see the Teaching Week website



SVA to help Woolston – staff invited

The UC Student Volunteer Army will again be returning to the streets of Christchurch – this time to help out residents of Woolston –  and UC staff are invited to join them.

On Saturday 14 May 2016 volunteers will be ‘mucking in’ across the suburb to respond to calls for help from local community groups and residents.

Students and staff will be getting involved in a variety of projects including property clean-ups, cleaning up the Heathcote River, tree planting and helping the community establish further habitats for the endangered black-billed gull. All of this will be culminating in a community lunch at Bamford School for volunteers and residents to enjoy the day.


Driving this event is Volunteer Army’s desire to make service a part of the student lifestyle, with the same intergenerational collaboration and community engagement seen in response to the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 remaining with the club five years on.

Sign up here!

Alex Cheesebrough – Student Volunteer Army – President