UC academic visits to schools

Every year many UC academics visit secondary schools around Aotearoa New Zealand to share their specialist knowledge and expertise with students.

These invitations often come directly through the academics’ own networks and connections, but some school visits are arranged through UC’s Liaison team to coincide with when academics are speaking at UC’s regional information evenings.

This year, Liaison is trialling a new way of promoting visiting speaker opportunities to schools through a new webpage and online booking form.  The page lists available speakers, photos, short bios and possible speaking topics.

Creating this page, means we can add additional speakers at different times throughout the year, so if you are interested in Liaison helping to arrange some school visits for you, please contact your College Outreach Co-ordinator or email liaison@canterbury.ac.nz. Visits are usually around one hour of class contact, but can vary.

To be listed on the page, Liaison will need the following from you:

  • A short bio
  • 3-4 possible speaking topics that are suitable for senior secondary students (Year 11-13)
  • Suggestions of which subject classes or NZ Curriculum topics your talk is relevant to
  • Where and when you are available for visits.

If you prefer, you can continue to arrange your own visits, but it will be helpful if you can email liaison@canterbury.ac.nz with brief details of the school/class you visited/are visiting, as this can be useful knowledge for Liaison Officers when they are meeting with school staff.

Feedback about the page is also welcome via liaison@canterbury.ac.nz

Learn NZ Sign Language

NZ Sign Language (NZSL) classes will be held in the Puaka-James Hight building each Thursday in term 2, (May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) from 12 to 12.50pm.

Participants will learn the finger-spelling alphabet and basic phrases, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar. No previous NZSL experience is required.

The course is open to both students and staff and the cost is $50. Please email nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz  to register.

Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day 2019

Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day 2019 takes place next Tuesday 9 April, with around 1500 year 12 students from schools across Waitaha Canterbury arriving on campus to explore university for a day.

On the day our guests will be attending lectures in the Engineering, Arts and Central Lecture theatres as they discover the differences between school and university life, while connecting with current UC staff and rangatahi students.

If you see them out and about, be sure to welcome them to campus with a smile!

Our guests will be arriving to campus by bus. Sections of the Clyde Car park will be closed to allow regular drop off and pick up – please keep this in mind should you regularly park in the Clyde Car park.