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An exciting year ahead for Children’s University

Following the success of the 2019 pilot, Children’s University Canterbury Partnership (CUCP) has an exciting year ahead.

Expansion – CUCP will expand in 2020 to enrol over 600 children and young people from 12-17 schools and rūnanga across Christchurch, Hurunui, Selwyn and Waimakariri District. We are excited to bring on 5-8 new schools.

Campus Experiences – CUCP will run five on-campus experiences at Lincoln University and five at the University of Canterbury to give children an understanding of what University is like through fun and hands on activities and interactive lectures. If you are interested in knowing more about how you or your department can get involved please contact Amy Underdown.

Passport to Volunteering – This year we will roll out the Passport to Volunteering, which is for young people aged 14 – 18. This programme recognises the contributions young people make via volunteering, service and leadership to their school and community.

Student Volunteers – We have a number of avenues where students can volunteer to support CUCP:

  • Help during campus experiences
  • Run lunchtime club activities in CUCP schools and rūnanga
  • Act as a School Liaison Volunteer
  • Create online content
  • Support during the Graduations in November

If you know of any students that may be interested in volunteering, please encourage them to contact Amy Underdown.

For more information about Children’s University, please contact Amy Underdown – 

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



Volunteer at the Children’s University Graduation!

The inaugural Children’s University Canterbury Partnership graduation ceremony is coming up and the Children’s University team is looking for volunteers!

The graduation will be held at the Christchurch Town Hall on Wednesday 20 November at 6:00pm.

Volunteers will need to be available between 4:30-7:30pm.

Roles include helping children get into their gowns, ushering children, assisting the stage party and greeting VIPs.

To register your interest, click here>

For more information please contact Amy on

Children’s University Update

We are five months into the Children’s University Canterbury Partnership (CUCP) pilot programme and have made excellent progress. CUCP is at capacity with schools and the cohort of 192 participating children have their Passports to Learning.

The following schools are involved:
• Ladbrooks School
• Te Pā o Rākaihautū
• Prebbleton School
• Bromley School
• Te Waka Unua School
• Mairehau Parimay School
• Amuri Area School

We are also trialing the programme with Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki ki Taumutu. This is the first time in Australasia that the programme has been run with a specific cultural group and we are excited to see how it progresses and what the outcomes are for those children.

To date we have signed up 59 Public Learning Destinations and more are added every week. Selwyn District Council has recently signed up to the programme and we are meeting with staff at Hurunui District Council in the coming weeks.

Planning has commenced for Campus Experiences at the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University in the July school holidays. Planning is also underway for the graduation ceremony which will be held on Wednesday 20 November.

Now that the pilot is operational, we are now turning our focus on exploring potential income streams for the programme, including opportunities for longer term strategic partnerships.

The team is exploring options for research and evaluation of the programme, and we are interested in speaking to anyone who has an interest in assisting with this. We are looking into options for funding research and would love to involve a PhD student.

Please contact for more information and you can follow our progress here –