Category Archives: UC News

Celebrating another successful O Day

This year’s Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) at the University of Canterbury has been another record-breaker.

According to preliminary numbers we’re up 8.5% on 2018, with more than 3800 new students and whānau attending O Day.  Which is an increase on 2017 as well.

A total of 3193 people attended our College sessions – well up on 2715 in 2018.

A big thanks to our Events team and all of the staff who volunteered their time to give a warm welcome to the students joining our UC community this year.

With all new and returning students on campus from Monday, we are set for a fantastic 2019.

CCC changing Ilam-Middleton-Riccarton intersection

The Christchurch City Council is proposing changes to the Ilam Road, Middleton Road and Riccarton Road intersection and is keen to hear your thoughts about how to improve what’s proposed.

You can find out more, including how to give feedback on the changes (until 5pm 11 March), via this link.

For a hard copy of the leaflet and submission form please contact:  Phone: 03 941 8808

If you’d like to talk to the CCC about the proposal, there are drop-in information sessions at Crockfords Bridge Club, 218 Riccarton Road:

  • Tuesday 19 February, 3pm to 5pm
  • Wednesday 27 February, 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Win yourself a copy of ‘When Running Made History’

The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, When Running Made History takes the reader through the evolution of running over 60 years – from minority sport to booming world movement – all from the first-hand perspective of world-class runner, journalist and Emeritus Professor, Roger Robinson.

His eye-witness account offers new insights into running and its significance beyond sport, with modern mass gatherings promoting goodwill and inclusivity, affirming communal values in a book New Zealand Olympic medallist Nick Willis describes as “a front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role”.

This is a social history as much as a history of sport and Roger Robinson’s compelling, witty, beautifully written narrative will appeal to a wide readership.

Roger’s account of the global rise of women’s running is the best I’ve ever seen. I’m honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller’s in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.’
Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons

Runners and spectators alike will relate to the theme of running as a form of celebration, commemoration or catharsis. Its publication is timely as Christchurch prepares to host the sixth annual Run to Remember on 24 February.

To be in to win a copy of When Running Made History, answer the following question:

  • What was Roger Robinson’s role at the Christchurch Commonwealth Games?
    Find a hint here>

Please email your answer to by 12 noon Wednesday 20 February.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Intercom | Pā mai tō reo on Friday 22 February.


With O Day just one week away, and new and returning international students on campus from this week for International Enrolment in Person, we are ready to kick off a new academic year at UC.

In preparation for start-of-year, here’s a rundown of what’s taken place, what’s coming up and an introduction to some new materials designed to support our new and returning students:

  • International Enrolment | Whakamanuhiri mai – We’re welcoming all new and returning international students to campus this week, with International Enrolment in Person sessions running from Thursday 7 – Friday 15 February.
    Find out more>
  • UC Orientation Day | Herea tō waka – With one week to go we are looking forward to welcoming our new students to campus next Friday 15 February from 9.30am – 2pm. For most new students, family and whānau, O Day is their first true exposure to university life, and their experience on the day will set the scene for their time here. We hope the day will set the foundations of academic success and connection with our UC community.
    Find out more>
  • Welcome Centre – International students can come and get help printing any documents they need for enrolment.  Students can also get help with enrolling in courses, sorting out their timetable, and can find out what services UC provides.  Domestic students can also register for their Community Card, which makes general practitioner visits free and lowers the cost of other medical services.

A new slide pack has also been developed to play on a loop at the Welcome Centre. It highlights a variety of services on campus and tells students where they can go online to find out more information about each. Stop by the Welcome Centre on the first floor of the Matariki building to find out more.

  • Student handbooks – Three new student handbooks have been developed to help students navigate their waka at UC:
    • UC Wellbeing – Details support, health and advice services available on campus, including the Student Services Centre, Student Care, the Health Centre, UniLife and equity and diversity.
    • UC Study – Provides information and guidance to help students succeed academically. Features services like LEARN, the Academic Skills Centre, Disability Resource Service and mentoring.
    • UC Student Life – Illustrates the variety of opportunities to get involved and find something geared towards a student’s specific interest. Highlights services like UC Rec & Sport, UCSA and clubs and societies.

Copies will be distributed to new students on O Day. Electronic versions of the handbooks can be downloaded HERE.

  • Staff and student referral guide – This helpful guide has been revamped to include additional services offered to both students and staff. While it is still primarily student-focused, staff members can now use it themselves for services such as Communications and Events, Media, Marketing, Design and the Canterbury University Press (CUP). Additionally, services such as IT, printing and copying and the Library have been added to help make students’ lives easier, along with a campus map highlighting the locations of some key support services.

Copies of the new referral guide will be distributed at the Staff Forum on Wednesday 13 February.

  • O Day | Herea tō waka video – An engaging video detailing a few of UC’s key services will be played on a loop around campus to help familiarise new students with the resources we offer to help them succeed. Check out the video here:

  • New Students webpage – New students can find all of the information they need on the New Students webpage. On the page, new students can download the new student guides, find information about their first six weeks, review the Code of Conduct and find information about support services.

More Erskine Programme arrivals this week

The Erskine Programme would like to announce next week’s Visiting Fellow arrivals:

10 February:

  • Professor Philipp Richter from the University of Potsdam, Germany will be teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences,
  • Professor Vince Mor from Brown University, USA will be teaching in the School of Health Sciences.

11 February:

  • Professor Robert Pitz from Vanderbilt University, USA  will be teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering,
  • Associate Professor Chris Johnson from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, USA will be teaching in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering,
  • Emeritus Professor Sarah Hawkins from the University of Cambridge, UK will be teaching in the Department of Linguistics,
  • Professor Tammy Allen from the University of South Florida, USA will be teaching in the Department of Psychology.

12 February:

  • Professor Adina Roskies from Dartmouth College, USA will be teaching in the Department of Philosophy.

13 February:

  • Professor Thisbe Lindhorst from the Christian-Albrects University of Kiel, Germany will be teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.

14 February:

  • Professor Linda Worrall from the University of Queensland, Australia will be teaching in the Department of Communication Disorders.

15 February:

  • Professor Ian Crawford from the University of Oxford, UK will be teaching in the Department of Economics and Finance,
  • Dr Thomas Bennett from the University of Cambridge, UK will be teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences,
  • Professor Olivier Gergaud from KEDGE Business School, France will be teaching in the Department of Economics and Finance,
  • Associate Professor Ai-ru Cheng from Northern Illinois University, USA will be teaching in the Department of Economics and Finance,
  • Associate Professor Emeritus Stratford Douglas from WVU College of Business and Economics, USA will be teaching in the Department of Economics and Finance; and
  • Professor Alex Milton and Ms Suzanne Martin from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland will be teaching in the School of Product Design (Joint Fellowship).

We wish all our visitors and their families all the best for their visit.