Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan Kareem to all of our Muslim students, staff and community. May you have a blessed Ramadan, filled with peace, harmony and joy.

Ramadan is the holy month in Islam when Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours.

For Ramadan 2021, which starts tomorrow [14 April] the UC Business School’s Internationalisation Team are excited to invite you to fast with them for a day.

At the end of the day, you will be able to enjoy a free meal with the other participants as we break fast together.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 4 May.
There are limited places available to join the dinner, with half the tickets reserved for Muslim students and half for non-Muslim students. We hope this will be an opportunity to meet new people and to learn about each other.

To register, scan the QR code at the end of the video below or click this link>

Clear your desks: the Great Stationery Swap is coming!

Join us in recycling, reusing and repurposing all that stationery that has been left in your bottom drawer, stationery cupboard or resource room with the Great Stationery Swap, coming next week!

How to take part:

  • Drop off your stationery and other office supplies to the old UCSA Offices (Level 1, Puaka James-Hight) on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 April between 9am – 4pm. Please place your items neatly on the tables provided.
  • Come back on Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 April between 9am – 4pm and  browse through to take what you or your department needs!
  • You don’t have to donate anything in order to take something back to your space. Our goal is to re-home as many items of unloved stationery as we can!

What to bring:

Any stationery or office supplies that are in good, clean, working condition will be welcomed at the Swap.

Why swap stationery?

By reusing, repurposing and rehoming already existing stationery and office supplies on campus, we are:

  • reducing the amount that goes to landfill
  • saving money by reducing purchasing and waste disposal costs
  • lowering the input of materials that goes into production and,
  • Taking action on Sustainable Development Goal 12 and the creation of a circular economy! 

A big thanks to Barb Fletcher from FM and the UC Admin Plus network for their support for this event. This message was brought to by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. For more information on sustainability at UC, see our website.

Join the UCSA’s ANZAC Day Service, 2021

The UCSA invites you to our annual ANZAC Day commemoration, an event that brings together our wider community – staff, students, and the public – to honour those who have served.

All are welcome to the service, which will include a performance by the Christchurch Youth Choir, and speeches, as well as a wreath laying. Afterwards, please join us for tea and coffee on Okeover Lawn.

◾️ Date, location and times: Sunday 25 April

10am–11am: Service held at the Quad between Matariki and Puaka-James Hight Library, University of Canterbury

(Note: This is an outdoor service.)

11am–11.30am: Morning Tea held on Okeover Lawn, University of Canterbury

◾️ Parking: Parking is available in the S Block car park

◾️ Speakers:

  • Kim Fowler, President of the UCSA
  • Rosa Hibbert-Schooner, President of Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association
  • Allister Baker, The RSA
  • The New Zealand Defence Force
  • John Fox, University of Canterbury Chaplin

Is preserving totally your ‘jam’?

Join us for a free  lunch-hour workshop in Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden) on the 27 April to learn the magic of preserving fruit and veggies for the winter months ahead.
 
Our guest speakers Dee and Steve will be be guiding you through the preserving process, from sterilising jars right through to eating the finished (delicious) product. Spoiler alert: we’ll be making an organic beetroot chutney!
 
There will be time for Q&A and sharing and sampling of other recipes and ideas for chutneys, jams and relishes to try at home.
 
What: Autumn Sustainable Living Series Workshop #1: Preserving
When: Tuesday 27 April, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Te Ngaki o Waiutuutu (Waiutuutu Community Garden)
More details and updates: Can be found on the Facebook event here.
 
Spots are limited to 20 people. Please RSVP to chloe.wium@canterbury.ac.nz to reserve your place.
 
We are asking for donations of small (jam – sized) jars for this workshop series. If you have jars to donate, please drop these to Waiutuutu Community Garden or the Sustainability Office ahead of the workshop.
 
Keep an eye out on the UC Sustainability Community Facebook page for the next two workshops to be announced in the series (hint, fermenting and brewing!).
 
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The staff e-bike scheme is taking off!

Try-out day for Evo bikes

You might have noticed some members of staff speeding around the lawn outside Okeover the week before last, as part of UC’s staff e-bike scheme. We had a great turnout, with plenty of people experiencing e-bikes for the first time, courtesy of our partners at EVO Cycles.

E-bikes are a great way to get a little exercise on the way to and from work, without having to worry about afternoon easterlies if you live across town. There is considerable evidence that cycling to work can improve health and wellbeing, and for many of us, it can be a way to reduce or eliminate the cost and hassle of finding a parking space. A reduced carbon footprint is icing on the cake!

EVO Cycles is offering some great discounts on e-bikes for UC staff, plus 17 months of interest-free finance. If you missed them on Tuesday, you can drop into one of their Christchurch stores to try out a bike and find something right for you – remember to take your Canterbury Card as proof you work at UC.

You can find more details about the scheme, which will last until August 31st 2021, here.

Answer the 2-minute survey about this initiative to let us know what you think!

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