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
The HIT Lab NZ is holding an Open Day
- communicate with robots
- run, jump and walk through virtual worlds
- visit Antarctica without leaving your seat – it’s like you are there
- 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
Speaker: Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar
Date: Thursday 18 October 2018
Time: 5pm for 5:30pm
Venue: South Arts Lecture Theatre A6
Abstract: Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar has researched and written widely on Indonesian foreign policy, ASEAN, the Indo-Pacific concept (from an Indonesian perspective) and Indonesian politics. In her talk she will focus on the Indo-Pacific concept and the current state of play with Indonesia and ASEAN.
Speaker bio: Dr Dewi Fortuna Anwar is the Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Professor in Strategic Studies for 2018. She is a Research Professor at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and was the Deputy Chairman for Social Sciences and Humanities from 2001–10. She was Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs from 2010-2015 and from 2015 to 2017 as Deputy for Government Policy Support to the Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia. She is also the Chair of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the Habibie Center, and a member of the Board of Advisors, the Institute for Peace and Democracy, the Bali Democracy Forum. Anwar was a member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2008–12), a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC), based in Stockholm, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU, Australia.
An innovative biological treatment to overcome antibiotic resistance, a pioneering technique to create environmentally friendly, near-zero waste processes in the galvanising industry, and a diagnostic test to save mother and baby from life-threatening pre-eclampsia are among the winners in this year’s University of Canterbury (UC) Innovation Jumpstart competition.
Five prizes of $20,000 were awarded funding from KiwiNet. Additionally, technology incubators WNT Ventures and Astrolab chose two projects to receive $35,000 worth of practical services.
Innovation Jumpstart gives UC researchers from all disciplines, including arts, science, education, engineering, business and law, the opportunity to transform their ideas and research into commercial reality.
The Jumpstart competition is in its ninth year with researchers from across the university encouraged to consider how their ideas and research may hold the potential to transform into a commercial reality.
The competition was judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and industry leaders, including representatives from Callaghan Innovation, technology incubators WNT Ventures and Astrolab, UC alumni and staff.
The judges included award-winning entrepreneur and UC alumnus Dennis Chapman, entrepreneur Paul Davis, Ara Deputy Chair Elizabeth Hopkins, tech investor Greg Sitters who is a Managing Partner of Matū, a venture fund specialising in early stage science and technology startups.
Innovation Jumpstart winners:
WNT Ventures prize:
Recovery of feedstock chemicals from dilute solution
Dr Matthew Cowan (Chemical and Process Engineering)
A novel technology for recovering unused materials from machine or industrial processes. Dr Matthew Cowan proposes creating a technology which will make producing speciality plastics and chemicals more efficient and create less waste. The recycling of waste products from these chemical reactions will create economic benefits for an international market with potential for engineering and operational jobs.
Enzymes for controlling Gram-negative pathogenic microbes in food, medicine, and veterinary industries
Associate Professor Renwick Dobson (Biomolecular Interactions Centre, School of Biological Sciences), doctoral candidate Michael Love and Dr Craig Billington (ESR)
Innovative resistance-proof bacteria-killing enzymes that are safe to treat both humans and animals. This treatment will save lives, reduce healthcare costs and be an alternative to antibiotics as a safer and cheaper option. The application of this research will have many implications across multiple industries, creating new treatment options for infections in the medical industry, becoming a low-cost solution to untreatable on-farm bacterial disease, and being a biosecurity treatment for cross-contamination for food that is vulnerable to microbial pathogens.
New diagnostic test for life-threatening condition in pregnancy for mother and child
Dr Jennifer Crowther (Biomolecular Interactions Centre, School of Biological Sciences), Professor Mark Hampton (University of Otago), Dr Neil Pattinson (ChristchurchNZ), Associate Professor Renwick Dobson
Pre-eclampsia is a life-threatening condition for both mother and child that occurs in around 5% of all pregnancies. This diagnostic test uses a biomarker of patients presenting with altered levels of a particular protein to diagnose early in order to closely monitor symptoms and prolong the duration of the pregnancy. This illness currently has no consistent predictive testing method to identify the presence of the illness at an early-stage.
Innovative spin coating to create environmentally friendly materials
A pioneering technology using a new multi-axis spin to coat items in the micro-electronics and optic industry. Associate Professor Sellier proposes a reliable and easy to use process to thin coating of curved surfaces with thin filament creating consistent results every time. This unique technology could disrupt multiple industries.
An eco-friendly solution to reuse acid waste from galvanising plants
Dr Aaron Marshall (Chemical and Process Engineering)
This innovative method recycles iron and zinc from the process of galvanising steel to protect it from corrosion, in order to save resources and recycle waste. Developed from an industry problem, this tech promises to save the industry by up to 70% of its pre-galvanising cleaning costs which could save companies hundreds of thousands each year.