Category Archives: Community Notices

UC Product Design: Graduating Projects Showcase 2020

The School of Product Design at UC is proud to present the Bachelor of Product Design Class of 2020! Come along to our Graduating Projects Showcase running between 15-17 Dec, 9am-6pm at Riverside Kitchen (upstairs at Riverside Market).

The Showcase features projects and posters by our inaugural batch of Product Design graduates majoring in Applied Immersive Game Design, Chemical Formulation Design, and Industrial Product Design. Come along and see our work, support our amazing young graduate designers!

More info:

UC Kuputaka | Glossary of Bilingual Names and Terms

Te Waka Pākākano is pleased to announce an early Christmas koha (gift) for all UC whānau: a new searchable UC Kuputaka | Glossary of Bilingual Names and Terms!

The new UC Kuputaka which you will find by clicking on the tohu (icon) above adds to the reo Māori resources available, such as the recently released UC Reo Māori Style Guide, on the UC Style Guide webpage.

Designed for UC staff and students, this new UC-specific rauemi reo (resource) is a culmination of many hours of translation work completed by the UC Ohu Reo over the past 5+ years, with inclusion of some newly coined bilingual names for all UC:

  • Colleges
  • Schools
  • Departments
  • Service Units
  • Research groups
  • Academic disciplines/ subjects

We envisage this list will be updated periodically throughout the year to reflect the changing bicultural naming and nature of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha.  Sound files to help you with your pronunciation will be added in the new year along with a list of role titles and other important bilingual names adopted by the institution.

Ko te manako ia, e whakamahi ana koutou i tēnei rauemi kia whakakaha ake i āu mahi, i tō tātou kākanoruatanga hoki.
It is our hope that this resource can be used to support your everyday work.

Kia hari te Kirihimete, kia haumaru te Tau Hou, tēnā rawa atu koutou katoa!

Funding and partnership opportunities – from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

UC is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Make the most of our membership.  View their newsletter for opportunities and news on the ACU website. It includes…


  • New Early Career Researchers Training Grants – deadline Monday 23 November at 23:59 GMT
  • Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants  – deadline 13 November, 23:59 GMT
  • Coventry University Fellowships 2020 – deadline 2 November, 11:59 GMT
  • Attend ‘Future of Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges’ – 4 December 2020
  • Call for consultant to revise the Commonwealth Education Policy Framework.


  • Does decolonising higher education matter?
  • Transforming universities for a changing climate
  • ACU Summer School 2020: Student Q&A
  • Kenyatta University: Using tech to keep staff and students safe (from sexual harassment).

Sector News:

  • Public Funding Observatory 2020/2021: Financial and economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis on universities in Europe [European University Association]
  • What have we learnt? Overview of findings from a survey of ministries of education on national responses to COVID-19 [UNESCO]
  • Cost-Effective Approaches to Improve Global Learning [The World Bank]

Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather
People and Culture

Okeover-Waiutuutu Stream Clean Up

Good news for our campus, and for our streams!

This week, UC is collaborating with Christchurch City Council and City Care to remove significant amounts of sediment from Okeover-Waiutuutu Stream.

For many years we have committed significant resources to taking care of our campus streams. Keeping our streams healthy is difficult, partly because we receive contaminants from a wide catchment – for an urban stream such as Okeover-Waiutuutu, this includes around 800 homes and many roads.

Sediment build up creates many problems, including smothering habitats and trapping ecotoxic heavy metals from the surrounding areas.

This week, City Care will start cleaning up four sites along the Okeover-Waiutuutu Stream. You will be able to see the work being done near Engineering Road, Engineering Pond, Biological Sciences Carpark and Te Ao Mārama.

This project will involve significant in-stream works, including water diversion. Please bear with us while this happens, it will make a huge improvement to the health of the stream. The work is expected to be completed by the end of November.

Which Sustainable Development Goal is this project linked to? SDG 14  “Life Below Water” and SDG 15 “Life On Land” are two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015.

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Call for Volunteers – Children’s University Graduation

Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University Graduations will be held on 25 and 26 November 2020 at the Christchurch Town Hall. The graduation ceremony celebrates the achievement of Children’s University members over the year. You can view last year’s graduation ceremony highlights here.

In order for the event to be successful, we are calling for volunteers who would like to support us on either night between 4pm-8pm. If you are interesting in volunteering please click here to find out more and to register your interest. Registrations close on Monday 2 November.

For more information please contact Amy Underdown