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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

Attracting students to Ōtautahi Christchurch

UC’s Liaison and Marketing teams have produced a short video featuring current UC students from Auckland and Wellington talking about their experiences studying at UC and living in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

You can watch the 2 minute, 24 second video on UC’s YouTube channel here>

The Liaison team will be using it, along with complementary Christchurch story videos from ChristchurchNZ, when they visit secondary schools outside of Canterbury in the New Year.

You can view the ChristchurchNZ videos at the following links:

ChristchurchNZ is keen for the people of Christchurch to help share the Christchurch story narrative to position the city as a place of transformation  – built on upon a history and tradition of exploration.

In summary, the narrative is:

“Exploration is part of who we are; it is part of what has shaped us. We are hard-wired to challenge the status quo; to imagine, explore and discover what’s next. Christchurch is a city founded on that spirit; our history was built on it. And our future will be created by it.”

This narrative aligns well with the research and teaching that we offer at UC.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course: 17 Oct – 5 Dec  June, Tuesdays 6pm-8.30 pm,  Psychology Department, University of Canterbury.

The Psychology Centre is running another MBSR course. Our previous courses have received positive feedback from UC staff and students; supporting them to be better able to shift from the automatic pilot of a busy life, to living more fully in the present and reduce their stress. This 8-week course will introduce you to a range of mindfulness practices and has an experiential and educational focus. Cost: $400 (incl. audios and reading material). If you are interested please contact Ann Huggett on ann.huggett@canterbury.ac.nz