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Summer School at UC

Enrolments are open now for UC’s Summer School courses starting in November. Tell your students or check out the options for yourself.

From 1 October, students will also be able to enrol for summer courses starting in January.

There are over 100 courses available, ranging from Biology to Te Reo, and from Economics to Statistics. To see the full list, read more>

Summer study is a great way for students to shorten the duration of their degree, spread the workload or pick up a prerequisite course – while still leaving enough time to make the most of the long summer days.

NZ Sign Language Introductory Courses

NZ Sign Language Introductory Courses cover finger-spelling alphabet and basic phrases, numbers, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar. No previous NZSL experience is required and the course is open to both students and staff.

Term 2 classes will be held each Thursday from 12noon to 12.50pm in the Puaka-James Hight building. 

The dates are 26 April, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May and 31 May.  Handouts are provided, there is no structured homework though practicing signs between classes is encouraged to enhance your learning. 

Please email me if you’d like to register, and I will send you a payment form (the cost is $60).

Here is some feedback from a previous course:

During term three, I was fortunate enough to learn sign language through a course offered by the University. I signed up to this course because I think as an official New Zealand language it is something we should all know the basics in. 

My speech and hearing is something I take for granted every day and learning sign language gave me a greater appreciation for the abilities that I have, as well as allowing me to communicate with the deaf community. I definitely intend on continuing to learn sign language, to extend my conversational skills and to continue learning about deaf culture.

Sign language is a transferable skill across study, work and our day to day lives. I encourage you all to consider taking this course next time it is offered, you will learn how to sign common phrases, ask questions and master basic conversations. 

Nicola McDonald
Disability Resource Advisor

Stress Reduction Course – Mindfulness

The Psychology Center is running another course on Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

18 October – 6 December

Tuesdays 6pm – 8.30pm

Mindfulness is the process of bringing our attention to the present. This eight-week course will introduce you to a range of mindfulness practices and has an experiential and educational focus.

Cost: $350 (including CDs and reading material).

If you are interested please contact Janet Cumberpatch or Carey Treleaven on ext. 44627.

Staff Yoga and Meditation Courses

Staff Yoga

We are currently taking registrations for our next Staff Yoga course. These courses are dedicated to UC staff only, with a maximum of 20 people to allow for more personalised teaching and alignment adjustments in a nice, private space. The courses run in an eight week block from Tuesday 15 September to Tuesday 3 November and will be led by John Squire. Please note that there are two times to choose from: 5.15pm (only 1 spot left!) or 6.30pm.


Registrations also open for our Meditation course. This course aims to teach you simple techniques to breath, move and meditate to help to lower stress levels and contribute to your overall health and wellbeing. The course runs in a six week block from Sunday 20 September to Sunday 25 October at 6:15pm (opt1) and is lead by the lovely Sabine.

Click on the courses above to find out more details about each course.

Both Staff Yoga and Meditation are open to all UC staff members, no membership required. To register, either pop into the Rec Centre and sign up with one of our Receptionists. Otherwise you can give us a call on ext 8434 and we can register you over the phone. Payment is taken at the time of booking, so please have your card details handy.

Feel free to post any questions in the comment section below or email to Danielle.Mather@canterbury.ac.nz

Sharpen Your Tools

‘Great Leaders don’t blame the tools they are given. They work to sharpen them.’ Simon Sinek

Do you need more tools for your tool box?

Try our Personal Efficiency Programme
(27th Aug & 10th Sept) – there are only three places left!

Are you a Leader?
Why not support your team and register for our Leading Service at UC workshop (31st Aug & 3rd Sept).
Or, learn how to Foster Innovation and Lead Change (17th Sept).

We have a lot more courses on offer. If you want to know more, contact the L&D Team.