Category Archives: Community Notices

Alumni picnic in the gardens 2016

The University of Canterbury Alumni & Development office invite you to a picnic at Ilam Homestead.

Ilam gardens, University of Canterbury, Ilam Homestead, azaleas, rhododendron, stream, blossom.

All UC staff are considered alumni, even if you didn’t attend UC as a student, so this means you are all welcome!

Come along for a relaxing morning, bring your picnic mat and something to eat, although we will also have some sausages and snacks for you to nibble on.

Bring a friend, or bring your family. There will be a bouncy castle (for kids), face painting and lots of fun games to keep children entertained.

So pack some sunblock and join us for a fun morning out.

Date: Saturday 27 February 2016
Time: 10.30am – 1.00pm
Venue: Ilam Homestead, 87 Ilam Road
Cost: Free*

RSVP by Tuesday 23 February to with the number of guests attending (adults and children) so we can order the sausages.

In event of wet weather this event will be cancelled. Please check our alumni Facebook page here on the morning of the event.

*Please note that only soft drinks or alcoholic beverages purchased at the venue may be consumed at the event. Water and juice will be available free of charge at the venue.

From the UC Alumni and Development team 

Auditions: UC Consortia Chamber Choir

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Consortia: The University of Canterbury Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir, open to students and non-students of all ages from Secondary School up – and that also includes staff – here at UC!

Consortia is directed by current Music PhD candidate and lecturer Andrew Withington (current Musical Director of the NZ Secondary Student’s Choir, and recent Director of Christchurch City Choir) for UC School of Music.  Last year, the choir’s performances included Bach’s Magnificat and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra: Consortia is a choir that is going places.

There are approximately 40 places up for grabs and those who are successful may also have the chance to join the smaller Vocal Consort formed from within the ranks of Consortia. Contact for more information or to apply now:

Applications due by March 1

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UC staff members and families graduating in December

Well done to the UC staff and their family members who are graduating this week.

  • Professor Neville Watson (Engineering) has a son graduating.
  • Louise Barton (MBA programme administrator) has a son graduating.
  • Karen Mather (HR) has a step-son graduating.
  • Dr Jan Wikaira (academic in Chemistry) is graduating with a BA in Te Reo.
  • Lia de Vocht and Chris North are academics in Education and both graduating with PhDs.
  • Eru Prendergast-Tarena (Ngai Tahu Research Centre) is graduating with a PhD – the first for the NTRC.
  • Dennis Parker, Admin Services Manager, is receiving an MA in Sociology .
  • Carol Penfold is graduating with an MHealSc. Her son, Gregory, is also graduating with a GradDipTchLn (Secondary).