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Westpac Champion Business Awards: Winners Announced

There was plenty of success for UC alumni at last night’s Westpac Champion Business Awards, run by Champion Canterbury Ltd.

The annual awards ceremony has been running since 2003 and has evolved into one of the largest business awards ceremonies in Aotearoa New Zealand. The awards recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and success of businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Canterbury.

Congratulations to all the winners, including the following UC alumni:

  • Medsalv – Oliver Hunt
  • Christchurch Engine Centre – Jonas Aust and Ben Bainbury
  • Taska Prosthetic – Jamie Carins
  • Ethique – Brianne West
  • The New Zealand Merino Company Limited – John Brackenridge
  • Canterbury District Health Board – John Wood and David Meates
  • Anton Matthews (Fush) – Anton Matthews
  • Special Commendation – Bruce Irvine

We would also like to acknowledge our UC alumni who were chosen as finalists:

  • ENGEO – Greg Martin
  • Berkano Foods – Britteny Bryan
  • Totalspan North Canterbury – operated by Jamie and Ellen Petersen under Petersen Construction Ltd
  • Jeuneora – Meg Falconer
  • Trees for Canterbury – Tim Jenkins
  • Can Do Canterbury – Kathryn Jones

 

Meet UC’s new Rainbow Coordinator

Ari Nicholson joined UC a few weeks back as Rainbow Coordinator in the Student Success team.

We had a chat with Ari to find out about what the new role involves, Diversity Fest (which is coming up in September), and all about Ari’s background. Watch here>

Drop in to Ari’s office and say hello. Ari is in the office at the following times:
Monday, 9am – 5pm
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am – 2.30pm
Location – Level 1, Forestry building

Helping new students settle in

UC is sending weekly emails to new students during term one to help them settle in to life at UC and ensure they have the information they need for a successful start.

The emails align with the new student handbooks and include information and advice on studying, wellbeing, support services and getting involved in UC life. They also address some of the issues we know new students face, such as feeling homesick and the fear of failure.

The messaging has been structured to provide information to students when they need it, and is based on findings from previous UCount surveys and student feedback.

Read the first three emails sent to new students 

Week one email

Week two email

Week three email  

Toolkit for new students

A seven-week toolkit has been developed to ensure new students get the information they need to successfully complete their first term at UC. 

Starting on Monday all new students will receive a weekly email which will include information, advice and tips to help them settle into life at UC. 

Information in the seven week toolkit includes:

  • advice on lectures, labs and tutorials as well as study tips
  • information about library services and the Academic Skills Centre
  • asking for help and the student support services available at UC
  • health and safety on campus
  • getting involved at UC – UC Clubs day, UC Rec & Sport, UniLife, mentoring programmes
  • expectations around student behaviour and conduct
  • advice around the fear of failure.

The messaging has been structured to provide information to students when they need it, and is based on findings from previous UCount surveys and student feedback. 

GradFest 2018

Spring Gradfest is designed to help postgraduate students navigate their thesis journey, as well as meet other postgraduates at UC. Please encourage your students to attend.

What’s Gradfest? A week of free seminars, workshops, and social events especially for postgrad students on such topics as

  • The research ethics approval process
  • How to give a research presentation
  • Managing stress
  • Preparing for the Oral exam
  • The publication process and more

When’s Gradfest? Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November 2018.

View the programme and register here>