Category Archives: Student stories

Looking back at the Festival of Hope

At the end of 2020, postgrad student Julie Meates organised a Festival of Hope to discuss major global issues in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Students, academics, national and international experts (virtually) joined together to discuss potential solutions to social and environmental challenges, including inequality and climate change.

Read Julie’s summary of the event here> 

Host UC international students for a Kiwi Summer Day

Did you know that UC has approximately 1100 on-campus international students who have not been able to return home to their families for the past two summers, given NZ’s ongoing border closures? These students have committed to staying in Aotearoa so as not to jeopardise their studies with us.

This summer the International Relationships Office wants to ensure all international students who are staying in Christchurch over the break feel welcomed and supported by our UC community. We want to encourage our students to have some fun and get to know new friends in the UC community.

How can you help?

We welcome UC staff to invite a couple of international students to take part in a summer activity with you and your whānau. This could be a BBQ at your home, a walk at Sumner beach, or even a day trip to Akaroa. Perhaps students could join you for a community event in Christchurch e.g., Christmas Carols at Hagley Park – it’s up to you. This is a one-off activity, designed to fit with your existing summer plans. There is no expectation of ongoing interaction with the students, though we hope that you’ll now have another friendly face to see around campus.

Please note that we ask any staff who sign up, to host two international students. Pairing students up gives them a level of comfort and confidence. The IRO will connect you to students who are not in the same department as you, to ensure no conflict of interest.

If you’re interested in taking part in this programme please complete the form here before 10 November 2021.  IRO will be in touch after the deadline with more information, guidelines for H&S etc.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact candice.houghton@canterbury.ac.nz

Thanks for helping to ensure UC’s international student whānau feel supported and connected to our community this summer. You are truly engaging in the UC Values!

The Foundry and Campus Cafés at Level 2

The UCSA looks forward to welcoming you back for a great meal or coffee on campus!

The Foundry will be reopening on Friday 10 September 2021 from 2pm till 7pm. Please note that they have gone cashless: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, they will not be accepting cash payments, but Paywave and all major cards are accepted. Thank you for your understanding.

Other UCSA outlets will be reopening from Monday 13 September. 

  • Café 1894: 8am–4pm
  • Chilton’s: 8am–4pm
  • Food court: 11am–3pm
  • Otto: 10am–3pm
  • Oishii: 10am–3pm
  • Nuts ‘n Bolts: 8.30am–3pm
  • Collective: 10am–2.30pm

Nominations open for the 2021 Blues Awards

Nominations for the 2021 University of Canterbury Blues Awards close on the 10th of September.

Receiving an award at the Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in the Sport, Community Engagement and the Arts categories.

Check out the criteria on the UCSA website to see if you are eligible for an Individual Blues award. Winners will then be eligible for the following major awards:

  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding contribution to University Sport
  • Outstanding achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding contribution to University Arts
  • Outstanding achievement in Community Engagement
  • Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding contribution to the Māori community
  • Outstanding contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Outstanding contribution to Sustainability

We have also introduced a limited number of University of Canterbury recognition awards. These awards recognise students who have performed exceptionally but are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual (e.g., coaches, managers, directors, producers, administrators, executives, etc.)

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the UCSA website, with all sections completed
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of the nominations date.
  • Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.
  • Nominees must have reached the required level of achievement during the nomination period

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 10am, Friday 10th September.

The Blues Awards will be held at Haere-roa on Saturday the 16th of October.