Category Archives: Student stories

Ramadan Celebrations with Malaysian student society

IRO members Audrey Voon, Sherry Chen and Will Shannon were hosted by UC’s Malaysian student society at the Raya Open Home to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri Eid Mubarak.

This is a special celebration which marks the end of a month of Ramadan fasting.

Will Shannon (International Partnerships Manager) and Audrey Voon (International Recruitment Coordinator)

A look inside Haere-roa: The Foundry

In this week’s Haere-roa update, Kevin (UCSA’s International Student Rep) takes you for look around an old institution on campus – The Foundry.

A tour of The Foundry, Haere-roa

This venue has been around for a long time, but come July it will make its big move across the carpark to the new student building.

There’ll be a few changes when The Foundry opens in its new location, including longer opening hours Monday to Friday. Take a look.

Your chance to Save a Seat in the famous Ngaio Marsh Theatre

Now’s your chance to save yourself a seat in the iconic Ngaio Marsh Theatre – a space that holds so many incredible memories for staff, alumni and theatre-lovers nationwide.

The Save me a Seat campaign gives you a chance to claim your own slice of theatre history, with contributions of $500 will receive an engraved plate on the back of one of the rebuilt Ngaio Marsh Theatre’s seats.

Ngaio Marsh Theatre

So far, there’s been a fantastic response from staff and the wider community with 140 of the 320 seats already snapped up.

Your donations help the UCSA on its journey to raise Haere-roa’s $5 million shortfall so that students can own their 51% share of the new building. So far, an incredible $3 million has been raised towards the project, and they’re now on the final push to fill as much of the shortfall as possible.

If you would like to contribute, you can do so online: Save yourself a seat at the Ngaio Marsh Theatre or you can click here to learn more about Haere-roa.

Watch Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel talk about the Save me a Seat campaign below:

UC Sustainability Champion: Meet Varvara!

Varvara Sidorenko | Community Gardener, Op Shop Enthusiast, President of UC DigSoc and Eco Volunteer

Varvara Poster

This year, we’re proud to be profiling students and staff who we believe are contributing to the culture of sustainability at UC. We are running this campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so get thinking about who you’ll be nominating this year! Nominations for the Awards are open from the 5 – 31 August.

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our first Sustainability Champion profile from the wonderful Varvara – our passionate Community Gardener, Op Shop enthusiast, Eco Volunteer and President of UC DigSoc (among many other great things!)

DigSoc Spring equinox party
Varvara at DigSoc’s 2018 Spring Equinox Pizza Party in Waiutuutu Community Garden

Tell us about yourself!

This year I am finishing off my BA in Political Science and Economics. I speak passable German and fluent Russian. I love art, Lord of the Rings, and really awful indie films. I am really passionate about community engagement, and the power of local initiatives to make the world more sustainable.

Tell us how you become involved with sustainability at UC.

To be honest I don’t quite remember. I think it was mostly me showing up to workshops, events, and the campus community gardens. I got to know quite a few people in the sustainability network, and essentially hung out at various things. I never thought of myself as the volunteering kind of person, but I think that if you find a cause you care about you’ll be surprised by how much time you can and want to give.

What has been a sustainability project that has meant a lot to you?

I think seeing the Dovedale Community garden grow over the past two years from a relatively unused space to a thriving community garden. Though I had little to do with the transformation, it has still been incredible to see how much some willpower and commitment can do. Two of the longstanding community gardeners, Jane and Michael, have put so much time, love, and effort into Dovedale. They have made it a really inspiring place to be and have been amazing positive role models for all of us who come along.

What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC?

Meeting some of the staff who are doing amazing things for sustainability behind the scenes. Many of them do relatively thankless jobs to keep the campus running and to make it a nice place to be, and seeing their positivity and enthusiasm is really, really touching.

Where to next for you?

My next mission is to start up and/or participate in sustainability projects at my work. I think in the future, businesses will be held to much higher ethical and environmental standards, and I hope to help the company I work for to prepare for these new challenges.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our Sustainability Champions Campaign, where we profile UC students and staff doing great things for sustainability. This is part of our wider communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.

New digital tools make collaboration easier

The Student First Programme is helping prepare UC for the future, and putting students at the heart of our business. As we approach the second half of the year, the Student First Programme continues to help transform student administration and make life easier for staff and students with better systems, processes and tools.

On 16 May we launched the latest of these digital tools, which was designed by staff (including lecturers and academic managers) in order to collaborate and give feedback on new course proposals.  Click here to access the new Course Creation form >

Manual data entry, paper forms and long email trails are replaced with an interactive workflow and a central repository to track feedback. This will make course creation faster, easier and more accurate for everyone involved. Watch a short video on why we’re doing this:

We are excited to launch this new digital tool for academic staff as part of our journey to become a more efficient and agile University. Thanks to Academic Managers, Senior Student Advisors and Deans who have been instrumental to this project – they are your key contacts within Colleges for any questions or training requirements.

Introducing ourUC – a new system for student administration

The new Course Creation form is the latest feature in our new staff portal, ourUC.

ourUC will become the main system staff will use to complete student administration work. It’s built on the same platform as our student and agent portals, myUC and connectUC, as part of our new technology environment for student administration. We’ll be sharing more detail about our technology approach at our next Community Update on 5 June, so look out for the highlights video.

ourUC is still early in development and we’ll be releasing new features throughout the year, and making it available to more teams. Like any software product, it will continue to evolve and so it may look slightly different each time there’s an update. If you’re required to use ourUC in your role, you’ll receive appropriate training and support.

More information

For more information about the work we’re doing for UC staff this year, watch our recent Community Update.

Look out for more details about new features in ourUC coming soon. If you have questions about the Student First Programme ask your manager in the first instance, or contact studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz