Fairtrade Fortnight is here!

UC has been a Fair Trade Accredited University for over a year now, and we get to celebrate by being part of Fairtrade Fortnight: 3 -16 August.

Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand are holding their annual Fairtrade Fortnight in August to raise awareness of all the benefits that fair trade brings. 

UC Sustainability is joining the celebration by holding several events, presentations and activities on campus throughout the fortnight. Check out some highlights below and follow UC Sustainability on Facebook for all the event details!

Intro to Fair Trade
Friday 3 August | Presentation from Trade Aid NZ: What is Fair Trade? | 12 – 2pm | Puaka James-Hight 210

We’re kicking off Fairtrade Fortnight with an interactive Q&A from Trade Aid, one of New Zealand’s biggest importers of Fair Trade products. It’s the perfect introduction to what fair trade is. Drop in any time during the session, and learn what Trade Aid is doing for fair trade producers around the world.

Ethical Fashion with Little Yellow Bird
Friday 10 August | Ethical Fashion with Little Yellow Bird | 10 – 11am | Puaka James-Hight 210

Our second event is close to home, with a one-hour presentation from Samantha Jones, UC alumna and CEO of fair trade clothing company Little Yellow Bird.

Sam will be discussing the importance of ethical fashion and knowing where your clothes come from.

This event is also sponsored by All Good Bananas, the only fair trade and organic banana company in NZ. During the talk there will be a spot prizes of banana bunches and organic fair trade tee shirts made by Little Yellow Bird (with bananas on them of course).

Fair Trade Fair
Friday 10 August | Fair Trade Fair | 12 – 2pm | Undercroft

Our biggest event during Fairtrade Fortnight this year is our Fair Trade Fair. It gives staff and students a chance to meet some of the suppliers that helped UC earn their Fair Trade accreditation.

The brands and businesses will be sharing how they celebrate and support all things fair trade with stalls, competitions, and giveaways.

Expect to try Trade Aid’s delicious chocolate range, sample their tea, coffee and hot chocolates, enjoy free tastings of fair trade soft drinks from Karma Cola, and free iced coffee shots from our coffee supplier Common Good Coffee Roasters.

Plus more fair trade giveaways throughout the fair, from local fair trade businesses.

Fair Trade Film Night
Tuesday 14 August | Film Screening: Black Gold | 5 – 7pm | Undercroft 101

And finally, to wrap up Fairtrade Fortnight, we are holding a fair trade film night. We’re screening Indie doco ‘Black Gold’, which explores Ethiopia’s coffee industry, and the ways fair trade can benefit the 15 million coffee workers in the county.

Fair Trade hot chocolates and baking will be provided by our wonderful eco volunteer team. See the documentary trailer here.


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Clinical Education Symposium – October 2018

The 2018 Clinical Education Symposium will suit anyone with an interest or involvement in clinical education.

  • Date: 26 October 2018
  • Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm
  • Cost: $80 per person
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided

Keynote topic: Culturally and linguistically diverse students in workplace learning contexts: strategies for positive, mutual learning experiences with Stacie Attrill, PhD from Flinders University, Adelaide. 

Have a topic, idea, experience or study to share with the group? Email clinicaledsymposium@canterbury.ac.nz to find out more.

To register your attendance or request to present, email clinicaledsymposium@canterbury.ac.nz with your name and work role. 

Registrations close Monday 15 October 2018. 

Distinguished Visiting Fellow: Professor Tim McCormack

New Zealand Law Foundation’s Distinguished Visting Fellow for 2018, Professor Tim McCormack will be visiting UC from Wednesday 2 – Monday 6 August.

Professor McCormack is Dean of the University of Tasmania Law School and a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. He is also the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Director of World Vision Australia.

Next Monday, Professor McCormack is holding an event for UC staff: ‘The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations’,

An international group of experts met under the auspices of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in the Estonian capital and drafted two Tallinn Manuals on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations.

The initiative was a proactive attempt to identify applicable law before there is a major cyber-attack on critical infrastructure with potentially devastating consequences.

Professor McCormack was a member of the international group of experts to draft the 2nd Tallinn Manual and he will discuss the drafting process, some of the most important findings in the Manual and the future significance of the Manual.

Mindfulness for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) a group for children (age 7-11 years) who struggle with stress, anxiety and their parents to develop skills of mindfulness. 

PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improved focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduced stress. Our recent pilot group at the Psychology Centre also found that PBS is effective at reducing anxiety and improving coping in children.

The group will run between 4 – 5pm, from Wednesday 15 August  for 7 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury. The course requires both child and parent/ caregiver to attend, and learn together. The cost of the program is $120.

For more information, call 3693777 or email ann.huggett@canterbury.ac.nz.

Technology Enabled Learning Facility (TELF): A service for Lecturers

The Technology Enabled Learning Facility (TELF) is a service offered by the e-Learning team to support lecturers in the use of learning technologies.

James Hight Room 502 is equipped with a lectern and other technologies typically found in UC teaching spaces (lectern, document camera, Echo369 lecture capture etc.).

Lecturers use this facility to:

  • Practice using and/or receive training in the use of the technologies found in UC teaching spaces (lectern, document camera, Echo369 lecture capture etc.).
  • Create teaching materials (video recordings, narrated PowerPoint presentations etc.).
  • Teach classes and conduct tutorials to students at a distance using web conferencing (using Adobe Connect, Zoom or Skype for Business).

If you wish to use this facility it can be booked via online room bookings (search for Puaka James Hight Library 502 TELF).

Alternatively contact a member of the e-learning Support team.