Will you have enough money when you retire?

Retirement should be a time to look forward to, a time when there will be more opportunity to learn different skills, devote more time to hobbies or self development, travel or just relax. One of the most important keys to a happy and comfortable retirement is preparation, which means understanding your options to deal with all the changes you will face in retirement.

Register for our FREE Planning for Retirement workshop on Thursday 10 August to learn about your options and get the knowledge to ensure you have a comfortable retirement.

Find out more, including how to enrol, here.

Not the course that you are looking for? Please visit our Learning and Development intranet page to view our courses/workshops and programmes or if you have any questions contact Learning & Development.


Nominations open: cultural enrichment of Australia

Nominations open for 2017 Library Council Honours

The State Library of NSW is calling for nominations for the 2017 Library Council Honours.

The inaugural Honours of the Library Council of New South Wales were presented in 2014. These awards recognise distinguished individuals who contribute to the cultural enrichment of Australia through excellence in the library, information and related fields.

The following categories are awarded:

The Medal of the Library Council of New South Wales
The highest honour conferred by the Library Council and is awarded for exceptional and sustained achievement at the highest level in a field of endeavour consistent with the mission and values, vision and strategic priorities of the Library.

The Dixson Medal
Awarded for distinguished and sustained achievement in a field of endeavour consistent with the mission and values, vision and strategic priorities of the Library.

The Ifould Medal
Awarded for distinguished and sustained achievement as a professional librarian, archivist or curator consistent with the mission and values, vision and strategic priorities of the Library.

Emeritus Curator
Awarded for eminent and sustained contributions to the development, preservation or interpretation of the collections of the State Library.

Honorary Fellow
Awarded for exceptional and sustained contributions in support of the aims of the State Library.

The Honours will be announced at the State Library of NSW on 20 November 2017.

Nominations close: 5pm, Friday 11 August 2017. Submit a nomination here

For more information, please contact the Senior Project Officer, Awards on (02) 9273 1582 or (02) 9273 1605 or email honours.library@sl.nsw.gov.au

Workshop on Mental Health in the Workplace

The Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce (CECC) is running an ‘Understanding and Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace’ workshop as follows.

Given that nearly 50 percent of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, with depression projected to overcome heart disease as the biggest global health burden by 2020, there is a fundamental need for workplaces to understand and support mental health.

Shaun Robinson, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation New Zealand will present on:

  • The current state of mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand workplaces – prevalence, impact and presentation
  • The role of the workplace in fostering a mentally-healthy environment
  • Where to start – and what workplaces can do as initiatives, practical tools, strategies and support for staff

Date: Monday 31 July

Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue: The Chamber, 57 Kilmore Street

Member’s Cost: $20 koha (donation) to the Mental Health Foundation

Given UC’s ongoing commitment to Health, Safety and Wellbeing, we encourage any staff member to attend. UC has a membership with Canterbury Employer’s Chamber of Commerce and details about our membership number and password can be accessed here; https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/ld/dev_plan/cecc/index_cecc.shtml

See Xenia Pestova perform live in July

During July, the School of Music is delighted to host internationally renowned performer Xenia Pestova. Xenia will be taking part in a number of events while she is here, including New Music Central, the School of Music’s weekly concert series. During this concert Xenia will be performing works by UC Head of School of Music, Glenda Keam, as well as other internationally celebrated composers Ed Bennett and Miriama Young.

Photo: Chris Webb

Xenia appears at UC courtesy of Chamber Music NZ, she is currently touring with Chamber Music New Zealand as part of their 2017 Encompass Series.

This will be the premiere performance of Glenda’s work, ‘Mind Springs’. The initial images that preceded the composition of ‘Mind Springs’ work were of water springing and bubbling from the ground, and  Aotearoa New Zealand’s geysers, with their accompanying babbling flow of mineral-laden water that over time build sinter structures and pathways. But as the piece took form it became clear this was not made of bold, grand explosions but rather a more contemplative series of leaps that were inward-looking.

Another work in the programme, by Miriama Young, invites the audience to engage with the electronic part for the piece, which can be streamed during the concert performance via an interactive smartphone app. The App with its embedded audio is available for free download from the iOS App Store or Google Pay, by searching for ‘SyncSound’. Once downloaded, follow the downbeat of the pianist to press ‘play’. The downloading and use of this app during the concert is entirely voluntary.

You can see Xenia Pestova at the following events:

Composition Workshop with Ed Bennett

  • Monday July 17 at 3.30pm-5pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

New Music Central featuring the premier of Glenda Keam’s ‘Mind Springs’

  • Monday July 17 at 7pm-9pm
  • Recital Room UC Arts, The Arts Centre of Christchurch, 3 Hereford Street.

Watch Xenia performing Chaandanee (Egidija Medeksaite).


Revenge of the Rich?

Austin Mitchell argues that neoliberalism has caused wealth to trickle up, not down. 

CUP Publisher Catherine Montgomery writes:

170630-Revenge_lo res coverUC alumnus and best-selling author, Austin Mitchell, author of The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise, has just published a new book Revenge of the Rich: The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand with Canterbury University Press.

It’s an outspoken commentary on the impact of neoliberalism as a governing ideology, which in Mitchell’s view has failed to deliver on its promises, including the ‘trickle-down effect’, and has led instead to much greater inequality.

Yorkshireman Mitchell’s connections with Aotearoa New Zealand and UC go back a long way and were refreshed quite recently. He lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for eight years while lecturing in political science at the universities of Canterbury (1964–7) and Otago, and returned to UC as a Canterbury Scholar in 2016 to deliver a series of summer lectures. These lectures on ‘Britain and New Zealand: The Great Unravelling’ were a discussion of the evolution of recent British politics, drawing analogies with parallel developments and implications for Aotearoa New Zealand, and they form the nucleus of Mitchell’s new book. He says he believes it is the first to look at the rise and fall of neoliberalism as the prevailing ideology in the two countries where it was imposed ‘further and faster’ than in any others.

On hearing about the forthcoming book, one of his former politics students remarked that Mitchell’s lectures were always ‘packed’ as they were so entertaining.  Helen Clark, prime minister of Aotearoa New Zealand 1999–2008 remarks in the Foreword to the book: ‘Agree with it, or disagree with it, love it or loathe it, Austin Mitchell’s writing provokes us to reflect on what our common future could be. It is written in a lively fashion with highly quotable turns of phrase.’

CUP has a copy of the book to give away. Just answer the following question:
Which English county does Austin Mitchell hail from?
Entries to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by cob 7 July 2017. First correct entry to be drawn from the hat will be notified by email.