We are excited to announce the launch of our UC Alumni Book Club! In this online community, you can interact with UC alumni and staff, enjoy books related to lifelong learning, social issues, literature, psychology, and more. There is no cost to participate – you just need to get a copy of the book to enjoy.
The book club will connect through a private online forum where you can discuss the current book and network with each other. The group will spend two months on each book, so there will be plenty of time to read.
– Connect with fellow alumni
– It is all online so you can join from anywhere in the world
– Be a part of a lifelong learning community
– It is free to join, and you decide whether you want to read one, or all five of the books throughout the year
The first book we will be reading is ‘Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World’ by David Epstein. This #1 New York Times bestseller explores how to be successful in the 21st Century and whether spreading your knowledge across multiple domains is the key to success, rather than deepening knowledge in a single area.
You can sign up, and learn more about the club here. The sign-up window for this reading period will close on Wednesday May 27 2020.
Dr Molapo Qhobela (Chief Executive Officer of the South Africa National Science Foundation) visited UC this week to discuss possible research collaborations between South African universities and New Zealand. Dr Qhobela has vast experience in the South African university sector and the national research sector, including being Vice-Principal at the University of South Africa, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Science and Technology, and Acting Director-General at the Department of Higher Education and Training.
Dr Molapo Qhobela presented a lecture on Monday this week, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de La Rey, entitled “The Role of Science for the Sustainable Development Goals, and Opportunity for Africa – NZ Collaboration”, which was followed by a group discussion on potential synergies between Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa.
Dr Molapo Qhobela (Chief Executive Officer of the South Africa National Science Foundation) with UC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ian Wright.
Discussion points for follow-up included the collaborative use of research infrastructure, exchange programmes for research fellows, greater awareness of researchers and research funders around the impact of research (and how impact is assessed), and potential for both countries to work together to promote internationally a process of indigenous knowledge systems being weaved and connected with Western society science understanding.
Dr Qhobela has regular contact with the Royal Society Te Apārangi and MBIE as part of the Global Research Alliance to undertake international research to better support policy and societal choices around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
My name is Anna Morgan and last year I completed my Bachelor of Health Studies specialising in Neuromuscular Therapy. Within this I achieved Diplomas in Clinical and Sports and Therapeutic Massage, and am also a Registered Therapist with Massage New Zealand.
My philosophy includes an emphasis on acknowledging and treating the physical, emotional and biochemical aspects and stresses associated to each client, by using numerous techniques learnt at the New Zealand College of Massage in Auckland.
My particular passion within massage therapy involves assisting with chronic pain, and associated conditions including headaches/migraines. Another passion includes treating sport related conditions, a reason why I entered into massage therapy as a career.
If you would like to book a session with me at the University of Canterbury Recreation Centre, follow this link:
Or you can book on the tablet HUB at the Rec Centre
Hours: Wednesday/Thursday 2-9pm, Friday 9-5pm.
– Sports Massage (pre and post event)
Summer has arrived, so it’s time to offer up our Summer Membership specials again!
Save around 40% on our three month package deal. It’s a great time to come the RecCentre, over the summer months, we have less people in the gym and classes, so you’ll be able to pop in, get your workout done, and pop out to enjoy your summer evenings.
What’s the deal? Well, as UC Staff, you’ll get three months RecCentre membership for just $89 (usually $119) and we’ll throw in a free SteerMe personalised programme (valued at $25) to tailor a workout just for you. That’s a $55 saving right there! We’ve got savings for everyone, so even your friends who aren’t UC staff or students can come along.
The RecCentre membership provides you access to a summer group fitness timetable, weights and cardio, and our new studio spaces – the ZenZone, the FunZone and the StartZone. Almost all of our GF classes are free, with a $3 fee for Spin and our new ZenZone yoga classes. These smaller specialised yoga classes are great value, with a limit of 15 participants and use of yoga props to provide a restorative and relaxing yoga experience. Our GF yoga in the gymnasium remains free to all members.
Want to know more? Look up our website to see what we offer, and if you’re still not sure, why not contact us for a free seven-day guest pass? You can even bring a friend, just get them to request a seven-day guest pass too. Our membership specials are valid from now until 30 November 2018, so you’ve got time to try it out a little bit first.
Kat – Sport and Recreation Manager
You’ll have a chance to:
- communicate with robots
- run, jump and walk through virtual worlds
- visit Antarctica without leaving your seat – it’s like you are there
Human Interface Technology Lab is a research lab within the College of Engineering. Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users’ needs. This tech can enhance countless parts of our lives. Current project topics include: medicine, education and training, entertainment, psychology, arts, and business.
We want to explore collaboration options, and show you our innovative projects.
- Can we improve your research?
- Do you want to get involved?
- Are you curious?
All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday 21 November, 2018
Visit any time between 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Level 2, John Britten Building
69 Creyke Road, Ilam, Christchurch