Category Archives: Alumni

The University of Canterbury Club survey

The University of Canterbury Club (UCC)  is a social club for staff, postgraduate students, alumni, and other people associated with the University of Canterbury. It resides in the charming historic Ilam Homestead.
What do you want UCC to do and be for you?

The UCC committee has put together a quick questionnaire (it should only take a couple of minutes) to help us with expanding and improving what the Club offers and making it the best fit for everyone. If you are able to spare the time, we would love any comments or suggestions you might have.

Please click here to access the University of Canterbury Club Questionnaire

Ilam homesteadWe would really value input from both members and non-members, so if you are able to circulate around your colleagues we would really appreciate it.

Alumni + students + UC = Crusaders win!

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UC alumni were invited to a pre-match function before the Crusaders vs Hurricanes game last Saturday – with over 100 people in attendance it was a great crowd. Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach did a Q&A with some of the non-playing team, where all three ‘surprisingly’ predicted a home win.

Meanwhile UC students were also hosted at the game as part of the UC student experience.


April Graduation Functions at Ilam Homestead

ilam homsteadGraduation functions hosted by The University of Canterbury Club (UCC) and UC Alumni will be held at the Ilam Homestead for all Graduands, their families and ALL UC staff following the April Graduation ceremonies at the Horncastle Arena.

There will be a free BBQ, live music, and cash bar. Please do come along and help our new graduates and their families celebrate their deserved academic success.

Dates and times as follows:

  • Tuesday 11 April 2017 – 4pm
  • Thursday 13 April 2017 – 1pm

Mt John Observatory – Weekend with the stars

As staff of UC you are also considered part of the UC Alumni Community. We would like to invite you to attend our alumni weekend trip to Mt John on Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 April 2017.

An example of the weekend programme can be seen below, please note that places are limited and this event usually books out within a week.

Mount John Observatory, Alumni Trip April
Mount John Observatory

The afternoon starts at 12.45pm Saturday, with a daytime tour of the facilities followed by afternoon tea at the Observatory. We then head down the mountain for some presentations on Astronomy, and dinner.

The buffet dinner will be held after the presentation, we then return to the Observatory where you will be given the opportunity to view the night sky through one of the telescopes (please note that star viewings are weather dependent*).

On Sunday morning we will be joined by Graeme Murray for a geography/nature walk around the Mt John Summit Track, this is  a great way to learn the history of the area. This is the end of our weekend’s activities.

Cost: $115 per person Register here

Please note:
1. Travel: You will need to organise your own travel to and from Tekapo.
2. Accommodation: Accommodation is not included in the price of this tour. Check out the accommodation providers on the Tekapo Tourism site.
3.*Weather conditions: While this is the optimum time of year to visit, the visibility of the stars is still dependent on weather. In the event of cloudy weather, we have an inside lecture after dinner instead. (This happens around once in every three trips. Please note that we cannot refund the payment as it goes towards dinner and the upkeep of Mt John/use of facilities).
4.Group numbers: Due to space constraints of the telescopes and the observatory facilities, and to ensure everyone enjoys a quality experience, the maximum number for this event is 50 people. Registration will close when we reach the allotted number, and you may only register for yourself and one guest.
5. Age of attendees: The recommended minimum age for attendees is 16 years.

Any questions, please email