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UCE Summer Startup students announced

The UCE Summer Startup Programme is a chance for students to work full time on fast-tracking the development of their ideas into realistic business ventures.

The ten-week Programme includes engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem. Students are supported through comprehensive mentoring and coaching while exploiting the Lean Business Model methodology to rapidly progress their ventures.

This year’s scholarship recipient’s ideas range from innovative shoe brands made with Coir (Coconut Fibre), to biodegradable hay wrapping alternatives for farmers, to an app for patients suffering from aphasia to overcome social isolation.

Returning scholars include Luke Campbell and Lucy Turner with Vxt, a smart assistant that converts voicemails to text.

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This is the seventh year the programme has run. It offers students the opportunity to push themselves to the next level over the summer semester and apply the knowledge they have to a real world application they are passionate about.

The Summer Startup Programme cohort is supported through $5,000 UC Innovators’ Scholarships. Scholarship recipients include five postgraduates and 23 undergraduates from across all five UC Colleges. Students come from a range of degree programmes including engineering, science, arts, commerce, law, product design, and Māori and indigenous studies.

At the end of the summer, every participant gives a five-minute presentation. The top ten are selected to compete at the Summer Startup Pitch Showcase. The Showcase is on Tuesday 4 February and is open to the public.

Congratulations to the following 28 students for earning a place in this year’s Programme:

  • Adarsh Raju
  • Ally Callinicos
  • Amanda Board
  • Amelia Morgan
  • Annabel Hurton
  • Anzac Gallate
  • Caitlin Buchanan
  • Caitlin Dow
  • Caitlin Soal
  • Chelsea Aitken
  • Corbyn Greenwood
  • Eleanor Hurton
  • Emma Pickup
  • Helen Mataiti
  • Jack Fraser
  • Jonathan Ring
  • Kaspar Soltero
  • Katie Young
  • Kayla Drummy
  • Kyla Allen-Jennings
  • Lucy Turner
  • Luke Campbell
  • Ngarie Scartozzi
  • Raghav Sood
  • Samuel Corder
  • Sara Al Halwani
  • Stefano Barfucci
  • Stephanie Beattie

Noel Leeming’s UC Friends and Family deal: on now!

Noel Leeming specialA little reminder that the Noel Leeming Riccarton Friends and Family deal start from 30 October!

All UC staff and students (as well as their friends and family) can take advantage of the bargains, so spread the word! The promotion runs from 30 October to 12 November 2019, making it perfect for holiday shopping, or anyone who just loves a bargain!

As an added bonus, +2.5% of total sales will go towards the UCSA.

View the PDF leaflet for more information, including T&Cs: Noel Leeming Riccarton’s Friends and Family Sale (244KB)

Grab a bargain in Noel Leeming’s Friends and Family deal

Noel Leeming specialThe UCSA is thrilled to announce that the popular Noel Leeming Riccarton Friends and Family deal is back!

All UC staff and students (as well as their friends and family) are invited to take advantage of the promotion, which runs from 30 October to 12 November 2019. It’s perfect for Christmas shopping, or anyone who just loves a bargain!

As an added bonus, +2.5% of total sales will go towards the UCSA.

View the PDF leaflet for more information, including T&Cs: Noel Leeming Friends and Family Sale (244KB)

 

2019 Blues Awards celebrate student success at UC

It has been a 106 years since the first UC Blues Awards, and last week the ceremony was back for 2019. The awards are one of the most prestigious events on the university calendar.

This year, Blues was staged in the new UCSA building, Haere-roa. 65 awards were presented. Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

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2019 Blues Awards winners

Major Awards
  • Polly Hoskins – Outstanding Contribution to University Arts
  • Thomas Bedggood – Outstanding Achievement in the Arts
  • Amelia Dewhurst and Rose Bayldon – Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability
  • Eleanor Hurton – Outstanding Contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Tamahou Thoms – Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding Contribution to the Māori Community
  • Bariz Shah and Eleanor Hurton – Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement
  • George Haswell – Official of the Year
  • Piet Van Hasselt – Coach of  the Year
  • UC Men’s Premier Basketball Team – Team of the Year
  • Piet Van Hasselt – Outstanding Contribution to University Sport
  • Braydon Ennor – Sportsperson of the Year
Community Blues
  • Amelia Dewhurst
  • Bariz Shah
  • Eleanor Hurton
  • Freya Farrar
  • George Stilwell
  • Hinerangi Curtis
  • Josephine Varghese
  • Paige Sullivan
  • Rose Bayldon
  • Sam Walker
  • Tamahou Thoms
Arts Blues
  • Baily Lelieveld – Music
  • Chas Wakefield – Music
  • Jack Nolan – Music
  • Kevin Fernando – Music
  • Polly Hoskins – Literature
  • Thomas Bedggood – Music
  • Wenting Yang – Music
Sports Blues
  • Adam Hillis – Hockey
  • Anna Perry – Athletics
  • Braydon Ennor – Rugby
  • Britneylee Nicholson – Football and Futsal
  • Bronwyn Dibb – Trampoline
  • Edmund Fordyce – Croquet
  • Ella Ferguson – Volleyball
  • Grace Brooker – Rugby
  • Hayley Cox – Hockey
  • Henry Wills – Rowing
  • Jade Bowen – Touch Rugby and Rugby Sevens
  • Jessie Hansen – Rugby
  • Josie Dixon – Handball
  • Julia Harrison – Archery
  • Lily Marshall – Netball
  • Lucy Jenkins – Rugby
  • Luke Mercieca – Athletics
  • Madeleine Story – Hockey
  • Margot Willis – Hockey
  • Max Atwell – Athletics
  • Quinton Hurley – Swimming
  • Rebecca Lake –Football and Futsal
  • Una Foyle – Football
  • Will Jordan – Rugby
  • Ultimate Players:
    • Caitlin Wood – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Kimberley Fuller – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Mike Muldrew – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Paige Hansen – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Te Atawhai Maginness – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Yani Nicholson – Ultimate Frisbee
Sport Recognition Awards
  • UC Men’s Falcons Hockey Team – UTSNZ Hockey Champions
  • UC Men’s Falcons Volleyball Team – UTSNZ Hockey Champions
  • UC Men’s Premier Basketball Team – Christchurch Premier Basketball Champions
  • Caleb Downes – Football Referee
  • George Haswell – Rugby and Touch Rugby Referee
  • Harrison Cook – Football Referee
  • Michael Love – Football Referee
  • Craig Anderson – Hockey Coach
  • Lyndon Fraser – Athletics Coach
  • Piet Van Hasselt – Basketball Coach

 

Nuts and Bolts cafe trials meat-free Mondays

Nuts and Bolts banner

UCSA’s Nuts and Bolts cafe is trialing  meat-free Mondays starting 7 October. The tasty two-week trial will see the team replace their regular options with a full vegetarian menu with vegan options, including their daily pies, sandwich and sushi selection.

The Menu

Rice bowls: All rice bowls $12.50

The famous engineering bowl is filled with rice, coleslaw, our yummy sauces and topped with your choice of:

  • Mediterranean mix (grilled eggplant, artichoke, sundried tomato, olives, roast capsicum and optional feta),
  • grilled spiced tofu,
  • falafel, or
  • roast vegetable.

Burgers and sandwiches:

  • Quinoa and feta burger $9.50
  • Roasted vegetable burger $9.50
  • Lentil burger $9.50
  • Mediterranean sarnie $8.00
  • Pita pockets with salad and falafel $8.00

All above food items can be made vegan.

Nuts and Bolts is located inside UC’s Engineering Core building.  It’s open Monday to Friday 8am till 3pm.

Nuts and Bolts food bowl