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Sharing UC’s Stories on Social Media

UC has many exciting stories to share, and together we have a network of connected people across the globe who can amplify these stories!

Sharing remarkable research, inspiring achievements, community engagements and maximising our connections through social media is something we can all assist with.

A guide for our people sharing UC stories and contributing on Social Media is being prepared and we’d appreciate your input.  If you’re interested in participating please contact Tracy Anderson.

Disabling ‘auto play’ on social media

By following these steps, you will retain control over what you watch on your social media platforms.


  1. From the top right of Facebook, click and select Settings
  2. Click Videos in the left menu
  3. Click the dropdown menu next to Auto-Play Videos and select Off.


  1. Log in to your Twitter account
  2. Click on your photo in the top-right corner
  3. Click on Settings
  4. Scroll down and you will see “Video autoplay” (located under Content)
  5. Uncheck it.


  1. Launch Instagram and navigate to your profile page
  2. Tap on the Settings cog (iOS) or the three dots (Android) in the top-right corner
  3. Scroll down to the Preferences section, find the “Auto-Play Videos” option, and uncheck the box.

Two-day Media Savvy workshop at UC – 26-27 October

The Science Media SAVVY workshop is designed to increase confidence and enhance media skills in researchers so they can engage more effectively with the wider public through broadcast, print and social media.

This two-day workshop is specifically to help scientists, engineers and other academics (not limited to scientific disciplines, but needs to be evidence/research-based) learn how to more effectively describe their work to media.

UC academics from all disciplines are encouraged to apply/attend. Places cost $595 (excl. GST), which is a third of the actual cost (subsidised by MBIE).  (Needs-based funding support is available.)

Participants gain practical techniques to improve communication, deal with nerves, adapt their message to their audience and respond effectively when an interview becomes challenging. The workshop offers strategies to successfully navigate a range of media encounters, with take-home lessons that also apply to improving stakeholder engagement, funding applications, public talks and outreach.

Overview of full-length workshop programme

Created specifically to orient researchers to the realities of a rapidly changing media environment, Science Media SAVVY provides insights into the priorities and decision-making behind the news, and lays out strategies for researchers to contribute constructively when their areas of expertise become trending topics. This is open to researchers at any career stage.

Applications now open for 26-27 October event in Christchurch.

Apply here>

Connect with UC on social media!

Get connected!

If you’re on social media, we’d love to connect with you! Following are links to our accounts:

Do you have content we can share?

We are also always on the look-out for content for our UC social media accounts.

If you have content you would like to share through our official channels, please email relevant info and images: socialmedia@canterbury.ac.nz for consideration.

Note – if you have people in your photos, please ensure you gain their permission to publish their photo.