With O Day just one week away, and new and returning international students on campus from this week for International Enrolment in Person, we are ready to kick off a new academic year at UC.

In preparation for start-of-year, here’s a rundown of what’s taken place, what’s coming up and an introduction to some new materials designed to support our new and returning students:

  • International Enrolment | Whakamanuhiri mai – We’re welcoming all new and returning international students to campus this week, with International Enrolment in Person sessions running from Thursday 7 – Friday 15 February.
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  • UC Orientation Day | Herea tō waka – With one week to go we are looking forward to welcoming our new students to campus next Friday 15 February from 9.30am – 2pm. For most new students, family and whānau, O Day is their first true exposure to university life, and their experience on the day will set the scene for their time here. We hope the day will set the foundations of academic success and connection with our UC community.
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  • Welcome Centre – International students can come and get help printing any documents they need for enrolment.  Students can also get help with enrolling in courses, sorting out their timetable, and can find out what services UC provides.  Domestic students can also register for their Community Card, which makes general practitioner visits free and lowers the cost of other medical services.

A new slide pack has also been developed to play on a loop at the Welcome Centre. It highlights a variety of services on campus and tells students where they can go online to find out more information about each. Stop by the Welcome Centre on the first floor of the Matariki building to find out more.

  • Student handbooks – Three new student handbooks have been developed to help students navigate their waka at UC:
    • UC Wellbeing – Details support, health and advice services available on campus, including the Student Services Centre, Student Care, the Health Centre, UniLife and equity and diversity.
    • UC Study – Provides information and guidance to help students succeed academically. Features services like LEARN, the Academic Skills Centre, Disability Resource Service and mentoring.
    • UC Student Life – Illustrates the variety of opportunities to get involved and find something geared towards a student’s specific interest. Highlights services like UC Rec & Sport, UCSA and clubs and societies.

Copies will be distributed to new students on O Day. Electronic versions of the handbooks can be downloaded HERE.

  • Staff and student referral guide – This helpful guide has been revamped to include additional services offered to both students and staff. While it is still primarily student-focused, staff members can now use it themselves for services such as Communications and Events, Media, Marketing, Design and the Canterbury University Press (CUP). Additionally, services such as IT, printing and copying and the Library have been added to help make students’ lives easier, along with a campus map highlighting the locations of some key support services.

Copies of the new referral guide will be distributed at the Staff Forum on Wednesday 13 February.

  • O Day | Herea tō waka video – An engaging video detailing a few of UC’s key services will be played on a loop around campus to help familiarise new students with the resources we offer to help them succeed. Check out the video here:

  • New Students webpage – New students can find all of the information they need on the New Students webpage. On the page, new students can download the new student guides, find information about their first six weeks, review the Code of Conduct and find information about support services.

Free Radicals now free for all online

Free Radicals is a unique musical created by UC Arts and Empress Theatre Collective for WORD Christchurch 2018 and for those who enjoyed it – or those who missed it – we’re pleased to announce that the show is now available on YouTube.

The musical pays tribute to pioneering women from the Dark Ages to the present day, including Evelyn Boyd Granville, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Hildegard of Bingen, Maria Sybilla Merian, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Hedy Lamarr, Beatrice Tinsley and Rangituatahi Te Kanawa.

This evolving song cycle features original works by several female female composers, songwriters and instrumentalists from a variety of genres across Aotearoa New Zealand. It features new works by Rosa Elliott, Naomi Ferguson, Glenda Keam, Misfit Mod, The Swan Sisters, Ariana Tikao and Sheree Waitoa.

“The performance will combine a spoken narrative with really diverse musical pieces, ranging from choral and ‘classical’ through to electronic to contemporary, and some lovely indie folk music, in languages including English, Latin and te reo Māori,” explained director, writer and narrator Dr Erin Harrington, who guided the song cycle during several spoken interludes.

Attracting students to Ōtautahi Christchurch

UC’s Liaison and Marketing teams have produced a short video featuring current UC students from Auckland and Wellington talking about their experiences studying at UC and living in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

You can watch the 2 minute, 24 second video on UC’s YouTube channel here>

The Liaison team will be using it, along with complementary Christchurch story videos from ChristchurchNZ, when they visit secondary schools outside of Canterbury in the New Year.

You can view the ChristchurchNZ videos at the following links:

ChristchurchNZ is keen for the people of Christchurch to help share the Christchurch story narrative to position the city as a place of transformation  – built on upon a history and tradition of exploration.

In summary, the narrative is:

“Exploration is part of who we are; it is part of what has shaped us. We are hard-wired to challenge the status quo; to imagine, explore and discover what’s next. Christchurch is a city founded on that spirit; our history was built on it. And our future will be created by it.”

This narrative aligns well with the research and teaching that we offer at UC.

Black Flu – Why should we remember the 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand?

A century on, the lessons of the 1918 influenza pandemic could help New Zealand plan for a future pandemic, according to UC Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Rice. In this UC Connect video he shares insights into the pandemic and discusses the risk of another major influenza pandemic is even greater now, thanks to international jet travel.


UC Connect public lecture: MARS: X-ray colour for medicine

The MARS spectral x-ray scanner will revolutionise medical imaging globally, and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer and heart disease, because it provides far greater detail of the body’s chemical components.

In the recent UC Connect public lecture, the MARS spectral x-ray scanner is explained by one of the UC scientists who invented it, Professor Anthony Butler.

“The goal of the MARS project is to advance x-ray imaging so that it provides researchers and clinicians with a tool to measure biochemical and physiological processes in the body, enabling researchers and clinicians to better diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases.”

Missed this session? Watch the video here: