Jump for health

We’ve all heard the recommended amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes, done at least five times a week. But what is the best way to get fit? High-intensity? High frequency?

Here’s your chance to find out.

PhD student Tane Clement from the School of Health Sciences | Kura Mātai Hauora is investigating how low-dose, high-frequency exercise on a trampoline affects aerobic capacity and common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Join in this research study for a chance to learn more about your health. The study involves completing 100 bounces of a trampoline three to five times a week, over a period of eight weeks. So about two minutes of exercise per day. An application will be used to record your jump height each day, with the goal being to improve the total jump height over the eight weeks.

The trampoline is located in the Robert J. Scott Atrium (Mechanical Engineering building), so is nice and convenient for anyone who comes into uni each day anyway.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the study or to sign up, contact Tane for more information>

The project is being carried out by Tane Clement, under the supervision of Nick Draper and Keith Alexander. Nick can be contacted at nick.draper@canterbury.ac.nz. He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.

Self-Care Staff Specials at the UC RecCentre

“If you listen to your body when it whispers, you won’t have to hear it shout”.      

Are you listening to your body?  The small daily aches and pains are signs you may need to address your health and wellbeing.   You may already have some self-care routines in place, but are you ready to take it to the next level and add some exercise to that routine?

As the weather gets colder, now is a great time to pop over and see what activities we have on offer that will serve your wellbeing.

Self-Care Staff Specials

In conjunction with Self-Care fortnight, UC Rec & Sport are pleased to offer a range of membership specials and TWO FREE WEEKS at the UC RecCentre for you and your support people. 

Exercising alone is tough, we’re much more likely to be successful if we do it with a friend (or two!).   Your exercise buddy doesn’t need to be a staff or student at UC.  Just make sure you read up on how to access your 2 week passes – they’ll start the day you pick it up and start your fitness journey.

How to exercise

Going solo
Essentially, just move!  Any kind of movement will be beneficial, so it’s best to find something you enjoy.   If you’re a little unsure on how to use the gym, then book in for a free StartMe session and our instructors will take you through a simple starter programme.  

We also have a sharp deal for UC staff on our PushMe personal training – experience the PushMe package deal at student prices.

Do the group thing
Blend into one of our large group fitness classes and get your workout on.  If large groups aren’t your thing, then perhaps try our Zone classes – Fit45, Yoga Restore and Spin –  they are smaller in size and in a more private setting.  These do cost an additional $3 per class, we do have a concession special that makes things faster, easier and even cheaper.

Small Group Training (SGT) is also be a good fit for many – small classes, private rooms, same group of people each week building up your skillset each session.  New in Term 2 are Ballet and TRX-Pilates, check out our website for information and some cool videos.    You don’t need to be a member to join our SGT courses but if you are, you do get a good discount.

Sport to be well

So your dreams of making the Silver Ferns or the All Blacks is over? That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of friendly competition, connections, skill development and fitness that sport offers.   UC Staff can enter our social sport leagues, or come along to an organised drop-in session if committing for 6 weeks is a bit much.    As a member, squash and badminton court hire is free on weekdays before 4pm, on a turn up and play basis.

Have a fabulous fortnight!
UC Rec & Sport

“Leadership Consciousness and Organisational Transformation” Whiria te Taura Tangata #16

Kia ora koutou!  Our first Blue CLUES for 2019 was held on 4 April, with around 100 people attended.

It was centered around Leadership Consciousness and Organisational Transformation.

Shaun McCarthy (Chairman, Human Synergistics New Zealand & Australia and Director Human Synergistics International) presented research undertaken by Human Synergistics in collaboration with Professor Dexter Dunphy (Professor Emeritus UTS and co-author of several textbooks and articles about organisational culture) which examined various stages of organisational transformation and levels of consciousness among leaders within these organisations.

They developed a hypothetical model to help illustrate these stages and levels and the impact of leaders own thinking on how organisations approach culture change.

The organisational transformation model has 6 stages:

  1. Denial;
  2. Non responsive;
  3. Compliance;
  4. Efficiency;
  5. Strategic proactivity; and
  6. Sustaining.

The stages of Leadership Consciousness also has 6 levels:

  1. Myopic Visioning;
  2. Blinkered Visioning;
  3. Conventional Visioning;
  4. Strategic Visioning;
  5. Proactive Visioning; and
  6. Total Visioning.

Change is often viewed as a threat. But what happens to the organisational culture outcomes (as shown in the Human Synergistics “How Culture Works Model“) if we do change?

The organisations operating above the line experience an increase in Individual, Group and Organisational outcomes, e.g. higher job satisfaction, role clarity, greater adaptability along with higher quality and service as opposed those organisations who are below the line. These organisations report outcomes with higher stress and job insecurity, and low intention to stay.

Shaun talked about moving through the stages and about transformational change in a short space of time being unlikely (not impossible) particularly for a large organisation. Typically for large organisations movement through each stage would take deliberate and supported effort over 18 months to 2 years.

View the video You can view the video of Shaun’s session and see the slides on the Organisational Development Blue CLUES website.

Admin Plus Professional Development Day
Karen Mather had the privilege of talking about culture with a group of about 45 attendees at the recent Admin Plus day on campus. It was an excellent conference-style day. HR is a proud sponsor of Admin Plus, which is a very active professional learning community.

Finding Out More

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes),

Karen Mather and Rachel Dillon
Organisational Development


The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following Visiting Erskine Fellows to the University:

  • Professor Hezy Ram from Ram Energy Inc, Israel, arrived 25 April and will be teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor Duncan James from Fordham University, USA, arrived 26 April and will be teaching in the Department of Economics and Finance
  • Associate Professor Karen Green from the University of Melbourne, Australia, arrived 27 April and will be teaching in the Department of Psychology
  • Associate Professor Vinaya Channapatna Manchaiah from Lamar University, USA, arrived 28 April and will be teaching in the Department of Communication Disorders
  • Associate Professor Harry Nelson from the University of British Columbia, Canada, arrived 28 April and will be teaching in the School of Forestry

We wish all our visitors and their families the very best for their stay.

An outstanding 2019 graduation at the Town Hall

UC returned to the newly reopened Christchurch Town Hall this week for the first time since the 2010/11 earthquakes, to celebrate the graduation of 1109 graduands over three ceremonies.

UC’s new Vice Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack presided over their first graduation in their new roles, assisted by Senior Management Team | Te Ohu Whakahaere, the Records, Examinations and Graduation team and academic staff.

Our many nationalities
UC values the diversity on our campus and has over 100 nationalities represented amongst our students. Students from 46 different countries graduated during this week’s ceremonies with the highest number of students coming from China, followed by India and Malaysia. 

Honorary Doctorate
The gifted editor and publisher Elisabeth Calder was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) at the University’s Arts and Science graduation ceremony on 18 March. Read more here >

Livestream and photos
The ceremonies were livestreamed on Facebook to enable families outside of Ōtautahi Christchurch to be part of the events and we later published an album of photos celebrating our graduands and their whanau. See the photo album here >

Graduands – making a difference
On Tuesday 16 April, the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha, College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture, and College of Education, Health, and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora celebrated 813 qualifications, awarded to 768 graduands.

Almost 30 graduands received Doctoral Degrees, 139 received Masters Degrees and 92 graduands were international students.

On Thursday 18 April the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata and College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao celebrated 341 graduands receiving 353 qualifications, including 21 Doctoral Degrees and 92 Masters Degrees. Of these, 35 graduands were international students and 11 graduands were Māori. 

Ongoing relationships
Graduates become part of the UC Alumni community and the University continues to celebrate their success throughout their careers. Read more here >

A long history of celebrating success
The first Canterbury College degrees were conferred in 1878 in the Canterbury Provincial Chambers with the ceremonies moving to the College Hall, now the Great Hall of the Arts Centre, after its completion in 1882. Read more here>

Looking ahead

There are seven Graduation Ceremonies held in Ōtautahi Christchurch each year, as well as one ceremony held in Rotorua for College of Education students based in the Te Ika a Maui North Island centres. End of year graduations will be held on 18 and 20 December 2019.