Massage Therapy | Haumanu Mirimiri @ the Rec Centre

The year has started with some wonderful hot summers days. No doubt people are very busy getting back into academic programmes and maybe some outdoor sports and gardening. Achy muscles are sometimes hard to get on top of and our massage therapists are here to help.



At the UC Rec Centre we have had massage therapy available at discounted rates for staff and students. We are currently going through some staff changes and we say goodbye to one of our therapists who has been with us since the start.

Shyanne Poutai has been a great asset to our team and we wish her the best for her future endeavours as she has developed a great start to her massage therapy career.

WELCOME: To Jared Williams and Hadassah Topp.

Jared is currently a clinic supervisor at the NZ college of massage and is covering our tuesday afternoon shift and likes to offer therapeutic deep tissue treatment for headaches and musculoskeletal discomfort.

Hadassah Top is starting her saturday shifts whilst she completes her therapeutic training this year. Hadassah (Darcy) is a relaxation, stress management and pregnancy specialist with a wonderful kind and caring nature.

If you would like to book an appointment for a discounted massage at the Rec Centre please go to this link



Introducing an amazing UC wahine

Whakanuia te hā o Hineahuone! With International Women’s Day coming up this Rātapu, 8 o Kahuru-kai-paeka | Sunday 8 March, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate wāhine around UC.

One of our hidden heroes at UC, Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu) is ‘walking the talk’ as she balances teaching, chasing her PhD, being a super-māmā and her out of hours pursuit: body building.

Annabel is currently working towards her PhD in Health Sciences, investigating the experiences of Māori adopted in the closed adoption system. In between that, she’s busy raising 3 active kids (with 2 now studying at UC), and training hard as an IFBB athlete, where she currently holds the national title in Masters Figure!

Known for her dedication and amazing work ethic, Annabel describes herself as “just a woman doing what lots of other women do – juggling their full-on lifestyle.”

Linguistics and Civil & Structural Engineering rank top 100

Today the annual QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject were released.

Linguistics and Civil and Structural Engineering have received a ranking in the top 100 – Linguistics regaining this ranking for the first time since 2013. Nine other subjects have also ranked in the world’s top 200 including: Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Philosophy, Environmental Sciences, Education, Law, Sociology, and Politics and International Studies.

For the first time Politics and International Studies has achieved a subject ranking and it is positive to see it ranked in the top 200 globally.

Five subjects increased their ranking outside the top 200 since 2019 including; Chemistry, Accounting and Finance, Economics and Econometrics, Biological Sciences, and Modern Languages.

Subject rankings are important to UC to attract students into subject areas and also as a measure of our international research reputation. The compounding benefit being students attracted to UC for high ranking subjects often enrol in other subject areas too.

UC’s Strategic Vision 2020 to 2030 has set an objective for UC to increase its research profile and the impact of its research both regionally and globally.

UC aspires to be ranked at least in the top 200 for QS global rankings by 2025. There are a number of initiatives being developed to raise the national and international profile of research and rankings at UC including; forming strategic international partnerships and collaborations with international universities, developing new research clusters and raising the international profile of UC’s existing research centres and institutes, and providing greater support to host international academic conferences in Christchurch.

UC will be hosting a lunchtime workshop on 10 March with Tourism New Zealand on bidding and convening international conferences. For more information on this workshop and please email

About QS subject rankings

The QS World University Rankings by Subject cover 48 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas. The rankings are compiled annually to help prospective students identify leading universities in subject areas. Research publication citations, and major global surveys of employers and academics are the major factors used to rank universities.

Dr Bike is back for 2020

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Wednesday afternoon from 12pm – 1.30pm, and get your bike serviced for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

You’ll find Tom and Sam on C Block Lawn every Wednesday from 12pm – 1.30pm during term time. Come past and say hi, and get your bike looked over while you’re there!

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022. And if you’re riding your bike to UC more often than not, you might be interested in our Bike Breakfast event later this month!

Keep an eye out for them on Wednesdays!

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