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On Open Day, (nearly) everything is open. They can find out about study options and support services, ask questions and explore labs, workshops and studios.

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National Biomechanics Day held at UC

On Wednesday April 11 UC’s sport science lab hosted 70 Canterbury secondary school students as part of New Zealand’s second annual National Biomechanics Day.

As part of a MBIE funded national project, The Big Experiment, students wore IMeasureU sensors and vertical jumps were recorded of around 1000 national participants.

Students visiting UC were put through their paces through maximum power cycling tests, used a radar gun to measure throwing speed, and compared this to their grip strength.

Christ’s College students also tried out the Zepp golf swing app, supporting their NCEA biomechanics unit on golf, while Hillmorton High School checked out their balance and stability using UC’s new slackline.

Burnside High School’s senior science students also participated in NBD. UC’s tuakana and sport coaching students led the activities. A very enjoyable day was had by all, evident from the smiles all around and some huge efforts from students during each session.

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Discovery Day a hit!

The rain, hail and sleet couldn’t dampen the spirits of 900 Year 12 students, who attended UC Discovery Day on Tuesday.

We had 20 schools on-campus and a total of 870 students – unfortunately Mount Hutt were unable to attend as their school was closed with the snow!

There were 40 sessions throughout the day, with over 60 UC staff and students involved in delivering the event. A big thank-you to all staff who were involved – your efforts are much appreciated. If you were involved, it would be great if you can please complete our staff survey here.

The initial feedback from students and careers advisors was that they had a great day, always knew where they were going and really liked the sessions.

The visiting students created quite a buzz of energy in the Core, with the student atmosphere one of the main highlights of the day. We also saw quite a bit of interaction with the chill out zone in the Core and smiling faces through the windows of the lecture theatres. 

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International recruitment counsellors visit UC

On Thursday 1 March the IRO hosted 11 counsellors from international recruitment agencies in Auckland. 

This gave us a chance to showcase the campus and for the Counsellors to meet with key members of the teams that  they work with. 

Admissions, Conversion Management, EDP, the College of Business and Law and College of Science were all in attendance at the informal meetings in the morning. 

Ian MacDonald joined us for lunch in the Shilling Club, and Elizabeth Zou our on campus Team China rep and Lydia Liu of UCIC took them on a campus tour, that included a walk around the Ernest Rutherford Building. 

The campus was much admired and the day was rounded off with a city tour. where we took the opportunity to show just how far Christchurch has come. 

VC search process

As you’re aware, the recruitment of a new VC is under way to replace Dr Rod Carr when his term expires on 31 January 2019.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Employment Committee (VCEC), a sub-committee of the University Council is overseeing the recruitment process, and has been expanded from its usual four members, to seven, to form an ad hoc VC Appointment Committee (VCAC) to consider applications and make recommendations to the University Council, which has responsibility for the appointment.

On the recommendation of the VCAC, Council appointed the executive search agency Odgers Berndtson to assist with recruitment and Managing Director Julie Steiner and her team are working closely with us. Advertisements have been placed around the world in various print media and online fora and an active search is under way in parallel. Applications close on 7 March and shortlisting will be undertaken in April with a view to interviews in May. The aim is to make an appointment by mid-year.

The position description and person specification can be found here along with a short video. The Committee is open to the views of the University community, which should be provided via the Registrar and Council Secretary, Mr Jeff Field. 

Dr John Wood                                                                Ms Sue McCormack
Chancellor                                                                       Pro-Chancellor


VCEC membership:

  • Ms Sue McCormack, pro-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Dr John Wood, Chancellor
  • Mr Peter Ballantyne, Chair Audit and Risk Committee
  • Ms Jo Appleyard, external co-option, a partner at Chapman Tripp

VCAC membership:

  • As above plus:
  • Dr Rosemary Banks, Ministerial appointee to Council
  • Mr Shayne Te Aika, Ngai Tahu member of Council
  • Professor Roger Nokes, academic member of Council