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Edible Campus Walking Tour

Did you know UC is an edible campus?

Join the UC Sustainability team for a lunch-hour adventure as we show you the best spots for finding lemons, limes, feijoa, raspberries, walnuts, figs, pears, plums and more. The best bit? Foraging is free, fun, and everything can be found right on our Ilam campus!

What: Edible Campus Walking Tour

When: Monday 30 September, 12pm – 12.50pm

Where: Meet the team outside Café 1894 at 12pm. The tour will wind around campus, and will finish in Waiutuutu Community Garden at 12.50pm. If you can, stay on and have a cup of fresh herbal tea or have your lunch with us in the garden afterwards.

For more information, and for any event updates, check out the Facebook event here.

See you there!

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Our popular Term 4  Small Group Training (SGT) courses are open for registration, just in time for Spring!
These courses are open to everyone (no membership required), so if you’re looking for a bit of extra motivation during your workweek, we might have the perfect solution for you, just over the other side of University Drive!

What is Small Group Training? 

  • Short 6-week fitness courses, focusing on a specific fitness/mind-body discipline. E.g. Boxing, Bootcamp, Yoga, etc.
  • Our experienced instructors work with you, along with the same small group of people each week in a supportive and energising environment.
  • Workouts can be individualised to suit you and your experience, due to the small class size.
  • A great way to remain accountable and motivated to reach your health and fitness goals.

What’s on offer for Term 4?

To discover more, click on the courses above.
All sessions are held at the UC RecCentre  (expect Staff Yoga which is in Jack Erskine 111) and commence from week 2 of Term 4.

To sign up…
Just pop in to see the Rec Centre reception team, or give us a call on ext 92433 and you can sign up over the phone.


Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

  • The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) a group for children (age 8-11 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety and their parents to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improved focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduced stress.
  • The group will run from 4 – 5pm, starting Wednesday 23 October for 8 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury, and requires both child and parent/caregiver to attend and learn together. The total cost of the program is $200.
  • If you would like more information, email justine.brougham@canterbury.ac.nz
  • To hear kids talking about PBS watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awo8jUxIm0c

For more information about the research and benefits of PBS look at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1707/S00094/pause-breathe-smile-mindfulness-training-will-help.htm

September is FASD Awareness Month

9 September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day and we’d love to see you wearing your red shoes during the whole month of September.

Red Shoes Rock! is about everyday kiwis stepping out in red shoes to build awareness of FASD during September.

Help spread the word by sharing why you’ll be Rocking Red Shoes in September!

We can all play a part, big or small, in preventing FASD. We have the choice to give our children the best start in life, and we can do it today!

For more, check out our Facebook page here> 




And the winners are…

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards and Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards for 2019.

Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards

  • Tracy Anderson, Marketing
  • Te Paea Paringatai, Library
  • Julian Phillips, College of Engineering
  • Elyse Thompson, Academic Services Group

Award of Acknowledgement

  • Catherine Woods, College of Business & Law

UC Prosci Scholarship Recipients

  • Sarah Cooke, Governance, ICT
  • Matthew Turnbull, College of Science
  • Robyn Nuthall, UC Futures, Finance
  • Kat Henderson, UC Sport & Recreation

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards

  • Bruce Vincent, Engineering Services, Facilities Services
  • Laurie Anderson, College of Science
  • Justin Harrison, College of Science
  • Steve Gibling, UC Sport & Recreation
  • Lauralee Mather, Admissions, Student Services & Communications
  • The Facilities Services Team
  • The UC Grounds Team
  • The Student Experience Team
  • Sarah Brown, College of Arts
  • School of Fine Arts, College of Arts

For more on our winners and the fantastic work they have been recognised for, click here>

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