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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

Sustainapalooza – celebrating sustainability

Get ready for a week-long festival of sustainability, celebrating the best of what people are doing to create a sustainable future!

Sustainapalooza is on 18-22 September, with the Sustainability Awards Ceremony on Thursday 21 September.

This festival brings together students, staff and the wider community, and showcases a range of sustainability initiatives. These include a market day hosted by UC’s Eco Clubs, e-bike trials and a cycle cinema, a tasting session, a spotlight on green building and a garden party to wrap the week up… plus heaps more. Check out the full Sustainapalooza programme here.

See you there!

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