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University Community Engagement: Lessons from the US

How can universities use their resources, knowledge, and student skill and passion to address real-world issues and challenges in their communities?

World-wide, academic service-learning and other forms of university-community engagement help students learn academic content, develop civic and professional skills, and apply their knowledge to real-world problems. In this Prestige Lecture, Visiting Canterbury Fellow Dr Paul Matthews (University of Georgia, USA) shares the key components, best practices, and research around academic service-learning, with examples from a range of disciplines and partnerships.

This lecture will be of interest to anyone involved in delivering courses, programmes and activities that encourage and support students’ engagement within their communities.


When: Tuesday 6 August, 4pm – 6pm
Where: Community Engagement Hub, Rehua 108
Find out more at: 

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 He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.

Multicultural Strategy Consultation Meeting

Consultation Meeting for Christchurch City Council’s Multicultural Strategy

When: Wednesday 20 July 2016, 12noon -1pm
Where: Okeover 106 (Okeover Room)

Facilitated by Ekant Veer and Representatives from the Christchurch City Council

This consultation meeting is an opportunity for staff and students at the University of Canterbury to express their views on the City Council’s proposed Multicultural strategy.

The strategy has been developed to recognise the growing diversity in Christchurch and how the city council should respond to make our city a welcoming place for all people.

We encourage participants to attend the meeting and voice their views on the proposed strategy and offer suggestions for improvement.

RSVP to Ekant Veer by email:

The full strategy can be found at:

You may also provide feedback through the Your Voice website if you are unable to attend the meeting on campus.