The Magic of Chemistry

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Join Professor Mark Turnbull as he takes us on a journey through The Magic of Chemistry. A series of chemical demonstrations will be presented highlighting many aspects of chemistry and materials.  Expect changing colours, minor explosions and fire (randomly throughout the presentation).

This event is suitable for young people aged 8-15 years.

Professor Mark Turnbull is a Visiting Erskine Teaching Fellow to the Department of Chemistry. He is a professor of Chemistry at Clark University (Worcester, Mass., USA) and has been a visitor to the University of Canterbury since 1995. His research focusses on the design, synthesis and study of low-dimensional antiferromagnets and is done in collaboration with Chris Landee (Clark, physics) and a variety of international collaborators including Jan Wikaira and Matt Polson at UC.

He also has a strong background in science outreach to audiences of all ages and will present his Magic of Chemistry show in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.

C1 Lecture Theatre, 6pm, Tuesday 6 June.

Progress your PD in Semester 2

In addition to UC’s in-house Professional Development workshops, there is also the opportunity for staff to enrol on the wide variety of courses offered by UC to our students.

Semester 2 commencing on 17 July provides a great opportunity for UC staff to enrol on these courses and continue progress with their professional development.

If you’ve already had your professional development and review (PD&R) discussion with your Head/manager, then you’ve probably already identified areas where you want to develop your skills. If you haven’t yet had this discussion, there is still time before Semester 2 to explore options with your Head/manager.

A wide range of courses across all Colleges are relevant to a variety of UC roles, so visit the Semester 2 section of the website or do an Advanced Search on the course lists to identify something that might suit your interests, ambitions and availability.

One option that is applicable to any role at UC and is in keeping with UC’s commitment to biculturalism is the BSNS201 Business and Culture in Aotearoa and Beyond course, which explores biculturalism,  interacting with Te Ao Māori – the Māori world and the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the history and current business context of Aotearoa New Zealand.  Before enrolling on this course, staff should first attend Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora through the UC in-house Professional Development workshops.

When you’ve identified a potential course of interest and spoken to your Head/manager, check the Staff Tertiary Study Assistance information on the intranet to see if you are eligible for fee payment assistance.

Whatever your role at UC, enrolling in one of our study options also provides a great opportunity to experience UC from a student perspective.

Intercom welcomes contributions from UC staff who have worked and studied here simultaneously, and who would like to share their experience. Contribute by following the instructions here>

If you have questions about professional development at UC, contact:

Volunteers needed to help at Open Day

The Events and Partnerships Team is seeking volunteers to help potential students have the best Open Day experience possible.

Thursday 13 July, 9am – 5pm.

170601_Open DayVolunteers are being sought in the following areas.

  • Supplier of Smiles (Welcome Ambassadors)  (NOW FULL)
    You have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
    You’ll be stationed at one of our welcome points to warmly greet our visitors to UC, hand out tote bags, scan tickets of registered attendees, welcome visitors off buses, and wave them goodbye at the end of the day.
  • Information Guru (Campus Ambassadors)
    Providing help and support is your gig.
    There will be a special station for you on Open Day. You’ll assist visitors with questions like ‘where will I get a good coffee?’ and ‘what time is the next info session?’ You’ll also monitor sessions taking place in your area.
  • Data Gatherer (Survey Collector) (NOW FULL)
    You’re confident asking people what they think.
    iPad in hand, we need you to confidently approach attendees and get their feedback on Open Day. Using the pre-populated survey online, you will ensure we get the data we need to run a successful event every time.
  • Campus Explorer (Tour Guide)
    You know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
    We need you to lead small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities and answering questions. We’ll make sure you know where activities are taking place during the day so you can point them out and help our visitors feel comfortable on campus.

If you are interested in volunteering, please volunteer by filling out the form here>

If you have any questions email the Events team.


JUNE is Men’s Health Month. The theme is #MenStartTalking, and every week we’ll be focusing on a different aspect of Men’s Health.

This week, get a Check-Up. If you’re going to your doctor regularly, they’ll tell you there’s almost nothing they can’t help you with. Even something like cancer is treatable if you catch it early. But if you haven’t been to the doctor for a few years, (some of us haven’t been for ten years or more), the fear factor can be massive. You almost don’t realise how big it is until you phone up to book your appointment.

Brave it out. Pick up the phone and make an appointment to see your doctor for a general check-up this week, even if you don’t think there’s anything wrong.

Try this Men’s Health Check interactive.

Want to check out a Men’s Health Topic? Everything from concussion, depression , testicular cancer, alcoholism, sleep apnoea and much more is looked at here. 

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Lane Neave LawTech Bootcamp

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) has a new opportunity for students—the Lane Neave LawTech Bootcamp.

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As the digital world continues to evolve, technology plays an increasingly central role in how customers do business and how law firms deliver their services. Technology can make legal advice and services more accessible, quicker, and cheaper. It is now more important than ever for law firms to meet the market through the smart use of technology.

Taking place in Term 3, from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 August, the Bootcamp brings teams of students together from a range of disciplines where they will work to develop tech-based solutions for the legal sector. The weekend will finish with student teams pitching their strategies to a judging panel and the chance to take away a share of the $3,000 prize pool.

This opportunity is open to all current UC students from all levels and areas of study. However, it may be of particular interest to students in law, management, marketing, information systems, computer science, and/or software engineering disciplines.

If you know any students who would be interested in this Bootcamp, please forward this information on or direct them to the UCE website. Applications are now open and are closing at 12pm (noon) on Friday 28 July. Students can apply by completing the online application form.

Additionally, if you are an academic with expertise that may be beneficial to the cause and would like to get involved in this competition, contact Michelle Panzer at ext. 93404