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The story behind our new UCSA logo

Following the recent Staff Forum, many people have been asking about the meaning behind the UCSA’s new logo.

The logo was designed as an iconic representation of the Haere-Roa, spring-source of the Ōtākaro | Avon River, flowing through the University Campus.

Alongside their new logo, UCSA have also incorporated Ākonga tū, ākonga ora as a motto, which was inspired in part, by UC’s vision of People prepared to make a difference – Tangata tū, tangata ora.

Both statements are adapted from the original whakataukī (proverb), Tama tū, tama ora; tama noho, tama matekai (Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna, Hirini Moko Mead and Neil Grove, pg 358), which captures the importance of being engaged, connected and active in life in order to flourish and live well.

Ākonga is the te reo Māori term used for student across UC and so it was used in place of ‘tangata’ in the UCSA motto in recognition of their role as representatives and advocates for the UC student community.

For the UCSA, ‘Ākonga tū, ākonga ora’ is about being there to support all UC students to belong and succeed.

Named after the spring-source Haere-roa, the UCSA’s new building, embodies the tribal tenets of manaakitanga. It recognises UCSA as a place for all people to be welcomed, to rest, to be hosted and to receive sustenance.

For many, UCSA will be a marker in their journey, it will be a place they stop to contemplate, replenish and prepare for the next part of the journey.

For more about the UCSA, visit their website here>

Aotearoa New Zealand Three Rs award research grant extended until 14 April 2019

In July 2018, the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) launched 2 biennial awards to celebrate achievement in the development and implementation of the Three Rs. 

The Three Rs are considered the guiding principles for animal research, testing, and teaching. They are:

REPLACEMENT – Replacing animals with non-animal alternatives.

REDUCTION – Using as few animals as necessary.

REFINEMENT – The way experiments are carried out should be refined to reduce pain or suffering as much as possible, for example, by using painkillers, or the most advanced scientific methods.

Applications for the Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield Three Rs implementation award closed on 5 October 2018.  However, the deadline for grant has been extended.

On offer (to an individual, group or institution within New Zealand) is a $50,000 research grant, which will provide funding for research specifically targeted at developing ways to replace, reduce, or refine the use of animals in research, testing, and teaching.

Applications for the Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield Three Rs implementation close on 14 April 2019. 

To apply, visit the MPI website

Start of year information for new students

The first weekly email in the seven-week toolkit for new students was sent on Monday.

Topics include study tips, UCSA Clubs, mentoring, UC Rec & Sport, UniLife and the Health Centre. View the full email here.

Please feel free to reinforce these messages with students as appropriate.

The next weekly email will include information about safety on campus, library induction, academic skills centre, and dates for enrolment changes, withdrawals and refunds.

More information for new students, including the UC Wellbeing, UC Study and UC Student Life handbooks is available on the UC website.  

CCC changing Ilam-Middleton-Riccarton intersection

The Christchurch City Council is proposing changes to the Ilam Road, Middleton Road and Riccarton Road intersection and is keen to hear your thoughts about how to improve what’s proposed.

You can find out more, including how to give feedback on the changes (until 5pm 11 March), via this link.

For a hard copy of the leaflet and submission form please contact: philippa.upton@ccc.govt.nz  Phone: 03 941 8808

If you’d like to talk to the CCC about the proposal, there are drop-in information sessions at Crockfords Bridge Club, 218 Riccarton Road:

  • Tuesday 19 February, 3pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday 27 February, 4.30pm to 6.30pm