Category Archives: Announcements

UC’s relationship with the US Embassy in New Zealand grows in Rarotonga

UC’s relationship with the US Embassy in New Zealand was advanced through a recent research trip on 29 August-4 September in Rarotonga by UC staff and students and the US Ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy.

Dr Travis Horton (UC Geology) organised the trip for 9 UC students participating in the Frontiers Abroad Program to conduct research on humpback whale migration as part of a long-standing collaboration with Nan Hauser of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation.

Through his service on the Fulbright Commission Board, Travis invited Ambassador Gilbert and Nancy to join the UC contingent and view the whales up close on the water.

Associate Professor Billy Osteen, Director of the UC Community Engagement Hub, accompanied Dr Horton and the students to meet with Ambassador Gilbert as part of  just receiving a $15,000 grant from the US Embassy to take a delegation of UC staff and students to Vanuatu in January 2016 for social enterprise development projects.

Both the Rarotonga and Vanuatu trips are premier academically based experiences that provide students and staff with opportunities to engage with all attributes of the new UC Graduate Profile.

In addition to the Vanuatu grant, the US Embassy provided funding for last year’s Youth Leadership Symposium on Crisis Response and Preparedness in Christchurch. This event brought 20 New Zealand university student leaders and 2 US university students, who had studied abroad at UC, together with Associate Professor Osteen and Sam Johnson for a weekend of service, conversation, and professional development.

The Symposium was connected to another US Embassy funded event, the Second New Zealand Community Engagement Summit, which had over 100 attendees from academia, business, government, and non-profits. The Third New Zealand Community Engagement Summit will be held on Monday, 7 December with more details on the UC Community Engagement Hub website.

And, as a way to connect UC’s community engagement work with US university staff and students, the US Embassy provided funding for a mobile digital classroom, which enables real-time, field-based connectivity.

Many thanks to our collaborators at the US Embassy for their invaluable support of UC’s community engagement efforts.

BillyImageUS Ambassador Mark Gilbert, Nancy Gilbert, Dr Travis Horton, Nan Hauser, and Associate Professor Billy Osteen at the Cook Islands Whale and Wildlife Centre.

Announcing Eco Week 2015! (September 14-18)

Eco Week (September 14-18) is a festival of FREE sustainability events brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office, which celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.  This year, several events are relevant for staff. They  will get you thinking and provide opportunities to make a difference, both in your own life and in the wider world.

Visit our Eco Week page for a full programme, or scroll down for a few tasters. Each event has a Facebook page for more details.

Monday 14 September

12–12.50 pm:  Sustainability at UC and the draft campus master plan

A lunch time presentation by Brian Phillips (Programme Director for UC Capital Works) about how sustainability principles could be integrated into the future of UC’s campus through the draft campus master plan. Where: Undercroft 101.

Tuesday 15 September

12:10–12:40: Tiny House Tiny Talk
Tiny houses tickle your fancy? Lucie Ozanne shares her research highlights on tiny houses. Where: Psychology-Sociology 151.

1pm-4pm: Tiny House Open Day
Visit real life tiny houses built by UC students! Places are limited to 22 people and bookings are essential. Contact to book.

From Christchurch Tiny House Communty

Wednesday 16 September

12 pm : Climate Kilometre Grand Parade
Do your #ClimateKilometre en masse with Generation Zero, to raise awareness about the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris this November. The Grand Parade will feature electric cars, crazy bikes, colourful costumes, and whatever modes of zero carbon transport you like – be creative! Bikes, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades welcome.

Meet at 12pm by C Block lawn to get kitted out, the parade starts at 12.30pm. Treats and talks in the Undercroft lounge  from 1pm onwards.

5.30–7.30 pm:  Eco Week Documentary: The True Cost
This year we are screening the ground-breaking and harrowing documentary “The True Cost”. This recently released documentary film pulls back the curtain on the untold story of fashion and asks, who really pays the price for our clothing? Where: The Undercroft 101

The True Cost

Friday 18 September

12.00-1.00 pm: Fermented Friday for Foodies
Find out why fermented foods are eco-chic power foods! Taste a sample of fermented goods (yoghurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, and sour dough bread) and nip home with a few recipes to try. Where: The Living Room.

Keep in touch via our Facebook page. Look under our Events tab to find all eco week events!

Information for prospective graduate and postgraduate students

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The 2016 Postgraduate Prospectus is now available in print or online. This provides relevant information for all students considering postgraduate study at UC, including details of programmes and subjects by area, entry requirements, resources and staff expertise, scholarships and admissions. Print copies will be mailed to all final year undergraduate UC students after the holidays. The contact centre and helpdesk are also well stocked for enquiries. UC staff can order copies using the intranet request form.

View the 2016 Postgraduate Prospectus here.

Please note that UC is also running a university-wide postgraduate information evening for prospective students on Monday 21 September in the NZi3 foyer from 5.15-7:00pm. If you wish to get involved with this event, please contact