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Food for Thought | Day Two – Professor Julia Rucklidge

UC Science Professor of Clinical Psychology Julia Rucklidge gave a 15-minute talk outside Riverside Market in the city covering the topic of ‘Food as medicine: How good food supports mental wellbeing‘.

There was a great response on UC Facebook, with over 600 guests interested in the event.

Keep up with the next events throughout the week including:

Professor Julia Rucklidge – Food as medicine: How good food supports mental wellbeing

 

Food for Thought | Day One – Associate Professor Peter Field

‘Food for Thought’ is a five-day series of 15-minute talks in Ōtautahi Christchurch so people can feed their minds while filling their tummies. Did you catch the story about it on Stuff?

Aimed at bringing the best of UC to the city, every day at midday from 9 – 13 December UC academics will be down at Riverside Market to cover a wide variety of exciting topics, from space to nutrition and mental wellbeing. See the full timetable of upcoming events throughout the week on UC Facebook>

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Yesterday’s speaker was Associate Professor Peter Field, who gave an engaging talk about higher education in the age of the smartphone.

TuneSoc provided music entertainment afterwards to end what was an interesting, funny and engaging way to engage with our audience in the city.

Keep up to date with the next ones throughout the week on UC Facebook, or head down and have yourself an informative lunch!

December Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi 2019 – thank you

Thanks to all those who joined us for our Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi this week. Some 520 staff attended the event.

Please take five minutes to complete the staff survey before 19 December. This will help us to improve these events in the future and ensure they remain relevant, engaging and informative.

If you missed the forum, a video recording is now available on the Staff Forum intranet page>

Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera reflected back on the year, signifying the end of the UC Futures Programme.

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae then looked forward, sharing UC’s future direction as it looks ahead to 2020 and beyond.

This year’s final staff forum was opened with a mihi whakatau and closed with a karakia to bless the food, delivered by mana whenua representative Corban Te Aika.

UC staff gathered to enjoy manaakitanga catered by locally founded Christchurch business Fritz Wieners, on our newly constructed Beatrice Tinsley Plaza.

Find out more on the topics raised:

  • Visit the UC Strategy website – Tangata tū, Tangata ora to read and download the full strategy.
  • Uni-Voice – an ongoing forum for people prepared to make a difference for the university, and for our community. Members of the university community are encouraged to write blogs and start conversations to inspire change in the workplace. Get in touch>

New historical book on craft and culture in Aotearoa

Released this month  Crafting Aotearoa: A Cultural History of Making in New Zealand and the Wider Moana Oceania brings together three centuries of craft and culture in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The book took five years to complete and a number UC staff and alumni contributed to it including Lydia Baxendell, Reuben Woods, Dr Warren Feeney, Claire Regnault, Justine Olsen and Dr Joanna Cobley.

See more about the book and purchase it here>

Final staff forum for 2019

There’s been a huge response to our Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi on Tuesday 3 December 2019 – thank to everyone who responded to the Outlook invitation.

This is our last chance to gather together en masse in 2019, hear from our leaders and meet colleagues old and new.

We will then be treated to manaakitanga, hosted by UC Council, as a thank you for 2019 and for all the work that has been undertaken in the years since the earthquakes.

We are proud to support local businesses and our caterers for this event Fritz Wieners started here in Christchurch and have since expanded around the country. They will be serving kai during our usual manaakitanga, located outside the Beatrice Tinsley Plaza (outside C Block) following the Staff Forum. Although they specialise in bratwurst, rest assured that they also cater to all dietary requirements, including gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan and dairy-free along with your choice of a refreshing drink.

As UC embarks on a new direction it is so valuable to hear directly from our leadership and to engage with the new vision that will set the tone for 2020 and the next 10 years.

See you at the December Staff Forum | Te Wānanga!