Category Archives: Announcements

First Nations’ Futures Programme Scholarships Open Now!

The First Nations’ Futures Programme provides an unique opportunity for aspiring Ngāi Tahu leaders and other Māori postgraduate students to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a specifically indigenous context.

The First Nations’ Futures Programme is held at Stanford University for two weeks in October/November.

Stanford University Grounds

Applications are also invited from Ngāi Tahu and other Māori undergraduate students who are close to completion of their degree and who intend to apply for postgraduate study in 2019-2020.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 31 May, 2019.

Submitting your application:

  1. Download the 2019 FNFP Application Form and Guidelines from the website here>
  2. Email the completed application form with a copy of your CV and relevant supporting documentation to: kirsty.ameriks@canterbury.ac.nz and cc ntrc@canterbury.ac.nz
  3. Applications must be received by Friday 31 May 2019

For more information refer to the website or email ntrc@canterbury.ac.nz

Important Graduation update – city street processions cancelled

UC has decided to cancel the city street processions for the upcoming April Graduation following advice from the police. The Graduation ceremonies will continue as planned. Please see the details below.

While there is no information to suggest a specific risk to our graduands and attendees, UC takes the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff seriously. The events of 15 March have had a deep impact on our community and UC will continue to work with police as appropriate for future Graduation ceremonies.

On the day

Graduands
Congregate in the Limes Room by 9.00am (morning ceremonies) and 1.00pm (afternoon ceremony).  

Staff party
Arrive by 9.20am (morning ceremonies) and 1.20pm (afternoon ceremony) at the Kilmore Room (mezzanine above the foyer).

VIP guests
Arrive by 9.30am (morning ceremonies) and 1.30pm (afternoon ceremony) at the Kilmore Room (mezzanine above the foyer).

Graduand guests/ticket holders
The auditorium doors will open at 9am (morning ceremonies) and 1pm (afternoon ceremony) and graduands guests/ticket holders need to be seated by 9.20am and 1.20pm. Doors will stay open until 9.40am and 1.40pm. No one will be let in in whilst the stage party and graduands are processing in and on to the stage or during the National Anthem.

New lecturer in Photography

It is with great pleasure that the Ilam School of Fine Arts | Te Kura Kōwaiwai announce the appointment of Conor Clarke to the position of half-time Lecturer in Photography.

Conor has spent the last decade between Berlin and Aotearoa New Zealand. During this time she has amassed an impressive body of work that blends aspects of conceptual and documentary photography practice, exploring such things as post-colonialism, ecology, and landscape representation through depicting familiar or generally overlooked objects and places.

Conor’s practice is a subtle unpicking of the role of photography today, its ability to critique inherited cultural definitions of what constitutes as nature and the way we look at it. She is represented by Two Rooms, Auckland.

Conor will join us at the start of Semester Two and we very much look forward to her joining the team and sharing her knowledge with us all.

(Image credit: Richard Wotton)

UC’s Online Survey Policy Simplified

Learning Evaluation and Academic Development (LEAD; formerly Academic Services Group) have recently reviewed and revised the University’s survey policy.

The Student Community Online Survey Policy aims to protect against survey fatigue, and minimise overlap of data collected. It also helps to ensure compliance with ethics guidelines and privacy legislation. Additionally, student and survey data remains secure by use of the University’s Qualtrics survey software.

Key updates include:

  • Simplification in procedure
  • The policy applies only to Student Community; staff-based surveys are exempt
  • Significant membership group applies to survey distributions greater than 200 individuals, down from 500
  • The Survey Reference Group has been dissolved and replaced with a simple online screening tool
  • Overall less restriction/bottlenecking for surveying

All parties interested in any student surveying should fill out their intentions in the online screening tool.

Click here for Qualtrics support.

Please contact LEAD at surveys@canterbury.ac.nz with any questions.

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines available at UC Health Centre

The UC Health Centre | Whare Hauora o UC is now offering Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations to all UC students and staff who have: 

  • never been vaccinated
  • only had one MMR vaccination.

Note – international students will be charged $25 per MMR vaccine.

If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles contact the UC Health Centre if you are enrolled there, or your General Practitioner (GP) – they can check your vaccination history.

People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination. Many of this group will have had measles.

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury is now at 37, with a further nine cases being investigated.

Measles is a serious and highly infectious illness that spreads easily from person to person through the air, and can be caught simply by being in the same room as someone with measles. Read more about immunisation and symptoms here.