The story behind our new UCSA logo

Following the recent Staff Forum, many people have been asking about the meaning behind the UCSA’s new logo.

The logo was designed as an iconic representation of the Haere-Roa, spring-source of the Ōtākaro | Avon River, flowing through the University Campus.

Alongside their new logo, UCSA have also incorporated Ākonga tū, ākonga ora as a motto, which was inspired in part, by UC’s vision of People prepared to make a difference – Tangata tū, tangata ora.

Both statements are adapted from the original whakataukī (proverb), Tama tū, tama ora; tama noho, tama matekai (Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna, Hirini Moko Mead and Neil Grove, pg 358), which captures the importance of being engaged, connected and active in life in order to flourish and live well.

Ākonga is the te reo Māori term used for student across UC and so it was used in place of ‘tangata’ in the UCSA motto in recognition of their role as representatives and advocates for the UC student community.

For the UCSA, ‘Ākonga tū, ākonga ora’ is about being there to support all UC students to belong and succeed.

Named after the spring-source Haere-roa, the UCSA’s new building, embodies the tribal tenets of manaakitanga. It recognises UCSA as a place for all people to be welcomed, to rest, to be hosted and to receive sustenance.

For many, UCSA will be a marker in their journey, it will be a place they stop to contemplate, replenish and prepare for the next part of the journey.

For more about the UCSA, visit their website here>

At home with the reality of death – reflections on Teece Exhibition

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Curator, Teece Museum / Logie Collection, Terri Elder offers a personal perspective on the very popular exhibition Beyond the Grave: death in ancient times. 

It’s a somewhat strange situation to find that an exhibition all about death has turned into a celebration of life. The current exhibition at the Teece Museum  Beyond the Grave: death in ancient times, explores Greek and Roman attitudes to death and rituals around dying. It would be easy to imagine the topic being a little sad, but for me personally, I found the resulting exhibition is far from being gloomy or ghoulish.

 There are of course some very poignant details, such as the archaeological evidence of numerous infant graves, made necessary by the staggeringly high infant mortality rate in ancient Greece of 50%. The grief on the faces of the mourners depicted on the Canosan askos (JLMC 186.00) rings true in the face of such statistics.  There are also the bizarre stories of misadventure, like the ancient ‘urban legend’ which contends that the famous Greek playwright Aeschyllus met his end when a passing eagle dropped a turtle on the writer’s head! An unusual death for a soldier that had already survived the Battle of Marathon in 490 BCE.

However, the strongest message I get from the ancient artefacts included in this exhibition is that the ancient Greeks and Romans were perhaps a little more at home with the reality of death as a normal part of life than many of us seem to be today. 

Death was obviously a part of their everyday experience, and the ritual artefacts they left behind show an appreciation of celebrating and remembering their loved ones actively and regularly, not just at a funeral.

The Logie Collection’s array of white-ground lekythoi, which depict scenes of Greek mourners paying ritual visits to the graves of their ancestors, capture this very well.

The artefacts in ‘Beyond the Grave’ also have in common a sense of having been created with a real commitment to communicating both beauty and purpose. The lavish grave-marking vases and sculptures of the wealthy are exquisitely crafted and decorated, but even humble grave goods, (such as the miniature terracotta horse ca.740-720 BCE, of a type often found in the graves of children, JLMC 161.75), resonate with a sense of affection and thoughtfulness.  

The exhibition runs until February 2019 at the Teece Museum, so there is plenty of time to visit and explore for yourselves whether the ancient Greek and Roman experience of death is so very different from that of our own.”

WHERE: Teece Museum, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch

WHEN: Wed-Sun, 11am-3pm, to Sunday, 24 February 2019

Entry by donation

One slide, three minutes – Thesis in three finals Tuesday 14 August

Thesis-in-three is an opportunity for Doctoral and Masters thesis students to present their research in three minutes using a single powerpoint slide.

The UC finals will be held on Tuesday 14 August, 6pm, C3.

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Fact file:

  • Students have three minutes only to describe
    what they are doing, why they are doing it –
    the importance/impact of the research and
    how they are doing it.
  • Only a single slide, no additional electronic
    media (e.g. sound and video files) and no
    additional props.
  • There is a national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) for Master’s
    students. This year this will be held at UC on 24 August. 
  • The best UC Doctoral student will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific Competition in Brisbane.
  • The Thesis in Three format was first introduced
    by the University of Queensland.

Helping students make choices after exam results

Right now some of our students are likely to be worried about their exam results and pondering their next steps. UC Academic Skills Centre Learning Advisor Jacqui Tither has some great advice and inspiration for what they might do next. 

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Have you ever considered that some students may walk around campus and think that everyone around them looks as though they are coping, and completely have it together, while they are freaking out on the inside?

 That’s pretty normal and students are not alone, says Jacqui.

“People are a bit like swans. Above the water they look calm and serene, and below the water they are all paddling like crazy to keep afloat and moving.

She advises students:

“If you are worried for any reason about your exam results, Semester Two is one of the best times to think about your next steps and take action.

“Nothing is a mistake if we learn from it. Get a bit of help. You’ve had assignments and your exams. Now you know what happens you can made some changes in a prepared way and adjust what you do in future.”

She says often some guidance at the Academic Skills Centre and making small changes can get the results you need.

“You might need to tighten up your writing, or get some ideas for time management, or understand more about how your brain works with short and long term memory.  Advisors at the Academic Skills Centre will help you pinpoint what needs to change, why, and how you can make the change.”

  • Need to figure out what the problem is and what to do next? Read about 40 minute consultations here and to make an appointment phone (03) 369 3900.
  • Need help with time management, essay writing, proof reading, presenting, note-taking, the English language, avoiding plagiarism and much more? Check out the awesome Academic Skills Centre programme here>

Read on for more awesome inspirational advice from Jaqcui.

Seeking help is the number 1 life skill.

“It’s ok to have a challenge as long as you hang in there and seek help. Help seeking is the number 1 skill in life. It’s not about being needy, it’s about needing help at times.

At the Academic Skills Centre our goal is to upskill you so you become independent.

People can be too scared to look at a problem. We just give them the courage to look and plan and move out of avoiding the problem.

I love helping people because I know what a difference it makes. I have a lot of empathy for people who feel like they’re struggling. You’re not born with skills. Some people can transition in to study really easily, but some people need to learn what an academic essay looks like. It’s just that people come from such varied backgrounds.”

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UC – shake the tree and be into win one of 5x $20,000 prizes – Innovation Jumpstart

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Innovation Jumpstart may sound familiar…remember Tech Jumpstart?  Innovation Jumpstart aims to shake the tree by focusing on everything that innovation at UC can be from across all disciplines.

By signing up to Innovation Jumpstart, you will become a part of UC’s innovation community, have the opportunity for support and to participate in workshops and seminars. It’s one of the best ways you can network with like-minded people across UC, and a dynamic known to produce unexpected and exciting results and new innovation pathways.

Your idea may, or may not involve tech, and it may, or may not result in you taking off on an entrepreneurial path.  If you happen to win $20,000 that’s of course fantastic, but ultimately nobody loses and everybody innovates when they participate in Innovation Jumpstart.

Don’t wait until 10 August – join in now. Your need-to-know-info about Innovation Jumpstart and how to enter is here>  

Read on below about testing your innovative idea through this Innovation Jumpstart.

Innovation Jumpstart workshop on Intellectual Property – 27 July: read more here>

Innovation inspiration

Hamish McGowan, Rebecca Warr, David Humm, and Pam Glover (pictured and quoted in the image gallery above) from UC Research & Innovation (R&I)  share their innovation inspiration.

Beyond tech

“You’ve got a problem. You innovate to find the solution, and increasingly innovations are multi-disciplinary.” – Pam

“This is a great opportunity to shake the tree and see what’s out there. Where technology can be seen as quite narrow, innovation spans the entire university.  It can come out of education or business or science or science and business together, we love seeing cross-college collaboration” – Rebecca

“Innovation Jumpstart is about celebrating people and their ideas. When people hear ‘tech’ they think about widget and gadgets but innovation is much broader than that – there are far fewer limits to Innovation Jumpstart than people might think. “– Hamish

“This is not just about tech. It’s about making systems user-centric, developing a new engagement or consumption model, or producing a sustainable solution.” – David

Part of UC’s innovation community

“This is not a winner takes all approach. It’s a chance to advance an idea and give it a shot.  We want to end up with a cohort of like-minded academics.” – Pam

“Everyone gets something out of the competition – think broadly –  some of our most successful innovations haven’t been prize winners, it’s been the connections, direction and guidance available to entrants that has seen them succeed.” – Rebecca

“Even if you don’t submit the application, we want to help you move the idea forward. Research & Innovation provide access to funding, pitch training and more to help you move forward.” – Hamish

“Do you have the genesis of an idea or a nagging doubt? This is a chance to validate or test your idea with the help of R&I and other innovators at UC.” – David 

Do I have to be entrepreneurial? Is this Dragon’s Den?

“Not every researcher wants to be an entrepreneur, but they may want to see how their idea could be used.

There are many great ideas. This is about putting the ideas forward and seeing if they can be sustained.

Commercialisation does not always mean profit. It can relate to a social enterprise, open source options, providing a solution to an NGO. Volvo revolutionised safety in cars when it shared its patented design.”  – David

“This is a non-threatening, safe environment to get your idea in front of people who can help.” – Pam

Enter here now>