Category Archives: Events

Techniques for Building on Participants’ Prior Knowledge

Techniques for Building on Participants’ Prior Knowledge
Elizabeth Lochhead and Jessica Ritchie, UC Academic Skills Centre
Wednesday 22 August, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Room 210, Puaka James Hight Building, Ilam Campus

Have you ever wished you could use what your participants already know to help them learn more effectively?

Prior knowledge is important for learning new skills. This workshop covers techniques for building on prior knowledge in learning sessions. As a participant you will explore how prior knowledge is relevant to your learning contexts and practise applying these techniques.

Elizabeth Lochhead and Jessica Ritchie are Learning Advisors at the University of Canterbury Academic Skills Centre. They have run tutor training sessions for the Pacific Development and Student Care teams, in addition to training advisors in their own team.


You will find more professional development offerings  at Learning and Development.

At home with the reality of death – reflections on Teece Exhibition

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Curator, Teece Museum / Logie Collection, Terri Elder offers a personal perspective on the very popular exhibition Beyond the Grave: death in ancient times. 

It’s a somewhat strange situation to find that an exhibition all about death has turned into a celebration of life. The current exhibition at the Teece Museum  Beyond the Grave: death in ancient times, explores Greek and Roman attitudes to death and rituals around dying. It would be easy to imagine the topic being a little sad, but for me personally, I found the resulting exhibition is far from being gloomy or ghoulish.

 There are of course some very poignant details, such as the archaeological evidence of numerous infant graves, made necessary by the staggeringly high infant mortality rate in ancient Greece of 50%. The grief on the faces of the mourners depicted on the Canosan askos (JLMC 186.00) rings true in the face of such statistics.  There are also the bizarre stories of misadventure, like the ancient ‘urban legend’ which contends that the famous Greek playwright Aeschyllus met his end when a passing eagle dropped a turtle on the writer’s head! An unusual death for a soldier that had already survived the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE.

However, the strongest message I get from the ancient artefacts included in this exhibition is that the ancient Greeks and Romans were perhaps a little more at home with the reality of death as a normal part of life than many of us seem to be today. 

Death was obviously a part of their everyday experience, and the ritual artefacts they left behind show an appreciation of celebrating and remembering their loved ones actively and regularly, not just at a funeral.

The Logie Collection’s array of white-ground lekythoi, which depict scenes of Greek mourners paying ritual visits to the graves of their ancestors, capture this very well.

The artefacts in ‘Beyond the Grave’ also have in common a sense of having been created with a real commitment to communicating both beauty and purpose. The lavish grave-marking vases and sculptures of the wealthy are exquisitely crafted and decorated, but even humble grave goods, (such as the miniature terracotta horse ca.740-720 BCE, of a type often found in the graves of children, JLMC 161.75), resonate with a sense of affection and thoughtfulness.  

The exhibition runs until February 2019 at the Teece Museum, so there is plenty of time to visit and explore for yourselves whether the ancient Greek and Roman experience of death is so very different from that of our own.”

WHERE: Teece Museum, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch

WHEN: Wed-Sun, 11am-3pm, to Sunday, 24 February 2019

Entry by donation

Beyond Manapouri: Q and A with author Catherine Knight

Canterbury University Press (CUP) and the University Bookshop are pleased to invite you to a Q&A event with Catherine Knight, author of Beyond Manapouri: 50 years of environmental politics in New Zealand chaired by Dr Ann Brower, senior lecturer in Geography.

  • Tuesday 14 August
  • 5.30pm for 6.00pm start 

For more information, see the Events page>

Accounting and the Polynesian entrepreneurs in New Zealand

Dr Sue Yong, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University of Technology, will be delivering a seminar as part of the ACIS Seminar Series on the topic of “Accounting and the Polynesian entrepreneurs in New Zealand”.

L236, Meremere Building

Wednesday, 15 August at 11.00am.

A light lunch will be served from 12.00pm after the seminar.

Learn about the role of accounting, accountants, and the cash management processes of indigenous Māori and Pacific (collectively referred as Polynesian) entrepreneurs in New Zealand.
Consider the influence of cultural values on Polynesians’ accounting decision-making processes and gain unique insights into the interrelationships of the cultural, economic and social dynamics that sculpt Polynesians’ decisions towards accounting, cash management and their accountants.

All staff and students are welcome.

Nominations for the UC Blues Awards now open

Since 1913 the UCSA has been recognising students who excel in their chosen sport.

In 2017 the UCSA, in association with UC, developed the traditional sports-focused Blues event into an all-round awards night celebrating a broader scope of student success., creating an event now consisting of Sports, Community Engagement and Arts categories.

Receiving an award at our Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in these areas.

The categories for major awards are:

  • Sportsperson of the year
  • Outstanding contribution to university sport
  • Team of the year
  • Coach of the year
  • Outstanding achievement in the arts
  • Outstanding achievement in community engagement and
  • Outstanding contribution to sustainability.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the UCSA website, with all sections completed
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of nominations date. Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.

Nominations close 5pm Sunday the 12 August, with nominees announced on 3 September. Updates on the awards will be posted on the UCSA’s Facebook page.

The Blues Awards will be held 29 September at the UCSA Events Centre.