Mindfulness Course 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 (aged 8-11 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improve focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduce stress.
  • The group will run from 4 – 5pm, starting Wednesday 23 October for 8 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury. It requires both child and parent/caregiver to attend and learn together.  The total cost of the program is $200.
  • For more information, please email justine.brougham@canterbury.ac.nz

View the following YouTube clip to hear children explain PBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awo8jUxIm0c

Further information about the research and benefits of PBS can be found here: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1707/S00094/pause-breathe-smile-mindfulness-training-will-help.htm

Under Pressure: Understanding assessment anxiety

Help your students cope with assessment-related anxiety with this new online resource by Dr Valerie Sotardi (College of Education, Health & Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora educational psychologist) and Associate Professor Erik Brogt (Learning Evaluation and Academic Development team).

First year students can be particularly vulnerable as they transition to university life, but help is at hand with new resources for students and teachers, funded by Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand’s Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and available on their website.

Top tips for teachers:
• Being familiar with NCEA content and structure
• Teaching for transfer of knowledge
• Setting clear expectations
• Communicating the purpose of an assessment
• Building student confidence
• Identifying a clear contact person for the course
• Creating a sense of belonging
• The learning environment matters
• Knowing the referral process

Read the full guide here: Mitigating Assessment Anxiety in First-Year University Students: A resource guide for teaching staff

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Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Scholarships

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury postgraduate and doctoral scholarships

Three NTRC scholarships are offered annually to Doctoral students which are worth $21,000, plus fees, for three years.

The NTRC also offers five scholarships annually for Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Master’s students. These scholarships are valued at $12,000 plus fees, for one year.

Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at the University of Canterbury, but preference will be given to applicants whose projects promote mātauranga Māori within the sciences, commerce, law or engineering and are linked to the mission and current research foci of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre.

Subject matters of particular interest to the centre are:

  • Environmental sciences
  • Indigenous and tribal economies
  • 19th Century textual translations of rare South Island manuscripts

Applications are currently open and close at 4pm on 31 October.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Postgraduate Scholarship

Description

This scholarship supports postgraduate diploma, honours, and master’s students at the University of Canterbury whose research is facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. Up to three scholarships are available annually for applicants of Ngāi Tahu descent. A further two scholarships are available annually to all students undertaking studies facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. The scholarship provides financial assistance to a value of $16,000 per 120 points of enrolment for scholarships reserved for those of Ngāi Tahu descent, and to a value of $12,000 per 120 points of enrolment for an open scholarship. The scholarship also covers full tuition fees for the specified programme of study, at the New Zealand domestic rate, and the Student Services Levy for the term of the scholarship.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Doctoral Scholarship

Description

These scholarships support PhD students whose study is facilitated through the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury. The University will make available up to three scholarships annually. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will make available up to two scholarships every third year.

To download a copy of the scholarship regulations and to apply online please visit

https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ntrc/scholarships/

To enquire please contact the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Administrator, phone: +64 3 369 5527 or email: ntrc@canterbury.ac.nz

Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Education, Health and Human Development

We have commissioned global recruitment firm, Fisher Leadership to assist in conducting an international recruitment search for the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development. If you would like to know more about the position it is currently being advertised on our Work at UC page on the internet>

 

Campus Experiences for Kids

During the October school holidays the Children’s University team ran 5 campus experience events at UC, Lincoln University and ARA. These experiences allow children and their parents the opportunity to participate in fun, educational activities on campus.

The two UC experiences were hosted by the College of Arts and the College of Science and activities included a drumming workshop, exploring the Teece Museum, learning about the brain and communication, checking out biological sciences displays and an activity with the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Thank you to the academics and students who ran the activities.

If you would like to be involved with the Children’s University programme in 2020 please contact Amy on amy.underdown@canterbury.ac.nz.