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ANZAC Service

On behalf of University of Canterbury Students’ Association, I would like to invite you to our ANZAC Service on Wednesday the 25th of April at 10.00am.

The sense of unity that is widely felt on ANZAC Day is important to acknowledge, and together we can commemorate a day of such special significance to New Zealand, within our community.

All are welcome to attend; for us, this is an important occasion for students, staff and the wider community to come together.

The Service will take place on the Quad between Matariki and Puaka-James Hight Building followed by light refreshments at the Okeover Lawn.

Kind Regards
Josh Proctor
UCSA President

New book published by Heather Wolffram

Senior Lecturer in Modern European History Heather Wolffram has just had a book published – we asked her some questions ahead of the launch next month.

Q: What is the book about?
Forensic Psychology in Germany, 1880-1939: Witnessing Crime examines the emergence and early development of forensic psychology in Germany from the late nineteenth century until the outbreak of the Second World War, highlighting the field’s interdisciplinary beginnings and contested evolution.

Initially envisaged as a psychology of all those involved in criminal proceedings, this new discipline promised to move away from an exclusive focus on the criminal to provide a holistic view of how human fallibility impacted upon criminal justice. As this book argues, however, by the inter-war period, forensic psychology had largely become a psychology of the witness.

Q: Why is this important?
A: My book looks at how and why the psychology of the witness, particularly the child witness, became important in German courtrooms in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Germany. It uses a number of sensational murder and sex crimes trials to look at how psychological expertise was applied in court and asks why forensic psychology appears to have gone into decline under the Nazis. This is the first book-length study of the history of forensic psychology in any national context and is therefore a significant contribution to the history of the field.

Q:Why is it relevant now?
A: There remains today significant concern about the reliability of witness testimony, particularly in cases where children appear as prosecution witnesses. My work shows that the kinds of debates that emerged in the 1990s around the reliability of repressed memories and juvenile witnesses, were not new and had been rehearsed in German courtrooms as early as the 1890s. My work demonstrates what some of the consequences of these earlier debates were for the treatment of juvenile witnesses and the fortunes of forensic psychologists.

National Biomechanics Day held at UC

On Wednesday April 11 UC’s sport science lab hosted 70 Canterbury secondary school students as part of New Zealand’s second annual National Biomechanics Day.

As part of a MBIE funded national project, The Big Experiment, students wore IMeasureU sensors and vertical jumps were recorded of around 1000 national participants.

Students visiting UC were put through their paces through maximum power cycling tests, used a radar gun to measure throwing speed, and compared this to their grip strength.

Christ’s College students also tried out the Zepp golf swing app, supporting their NCEA biomechanics unit on golf, while Hillmorton High School checked out their balance and stability using UC’s new slackline.

Burnside High School’s senior science students also participated in NBD. UC’s tuakana and sport coaching students led the activities. A very enjoyable day was had by all, evident from the smiles all around and some huge efforts from students during each session.

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Vacancy: Student Experience Advisor (Projects) – fulltime five-month fixed term secondment

Kia ora koutou

Do you want to play a key role in championing UC’s student transition, persistence and engagement success?

If so, an exciting opportunity exists to join the Student Experience Team to coordinate the UC Mentoring and Emerging Leaders’ Development Programmes.

Expression of interest sought for Student Experience Advisor (Projects)

  • Fulltime at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Five-month fixed-term secondment

Role overview

Our ākonga (students) are at the forefront of all that we do at UC with a shared vision of revitalising and enhancing the student experience to offer every student a ‘world class environment’ that promotes individual growth and development.

The Student Experience role supports it students and graduates both to achieve academically and to develop attributes related to employability and entrepreneurship, bicultural confidence, global awareness and engagement with the community.

Reporting to the Student Experience Team Leader, you will be responsible for researching, developing and delivering predominately first-year experience programmes and projects that support UC’s student success, learning outcomes and life experiences.

As the successful candidate you will have:

  • Proven ability to positively engage and empower students to thrive
  • Passion for close daily solution-focused engagement with students
  • Experience working with international students and students from different backgrounds
  • Excellent, networking and team-based collaboration and problem solving skills
  • Evidence of successful public speaking and/or teaching
  • Established effective event management and project delivery
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation and compliance issues regarding the provision of pastoral care in support of tertiary students

If you are passionate about student wellbeing and success, believe you have the required skills to inspire, guide and direct students to optimise their personal, social and academic engagement, then this is the role for you.


The closing date for this position is: Thursday, 19 April 2018 (midnight)

Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted online at

To complete your application

  1. Click on this link to access our careers site. 
  2. Sign In to access your account, or if you are not an existing user, select the New User link to create one. 
  3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.


Social lunch with a twist!

All staff are invited to come along to the ‘SSAC My Kitchen Rules’ lunch style feast. There is only one rule: create a healthy entrée, main or dessert without any meat – are you up for the challenge?

Grab your work colleagues and exchange some ideas for an MKR style social shared lunch. Close the offices, bring along your dish, and make sure you don’t miss this delicious social gathering. Recyclable plates, knives, forks, cups, and refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: Wednesday 18 April, 12-1pm
LOCATION: Undercroft Room 101
RSVP here:

Please attach the recipe to your dish so everyone knows what’s in it – this is a great help for anyone with food allergies! For food safety guidelines, please see this helpful link.