Crusaders v Chiefs pre-match function 2021


You are invited to a pre-match function before the first Crusaders home game of the season on Saturday 13 March 2021. Your ticket for this event includes a buffet dinner, and a Gold seat ticket for the Crusaders v Hurricanes game, you are welcome to get tickets for friends and family also.

Our guest speaker for the evening is UC Professor Nick Draper. Professor Draper will talk on his current research, which looks at understanding collisions in contact sports more clearly and exploring the potential of soft-shell headgear and coaching programmes to make the game safer.

There will also be a Q & A with some of the Crusaders players who are not playing on the day.

When: Saturday 13 March 2021
Time: 4.45pm – 6.45pm (then head to stadium for 7.05pm game)
Where: Level 3, Addington Raceway & Events Centre

Cost*: Adult $55
Child $40 (16 and under)
Dinner only $30

Get your tickets online here 

UC Teaching Award, UC Teaching Medal

Do you know an excellent teacher or teaching team who deserve wider recognition?
Then take a moment to nominate them for a UC Teaching Award or the UC Teaching Medal.

Nominations for the 2021 Teaching Awards and UC Teaching Medal are open from now until 30 April, so kick start your year now.

Don’t forget that there is also an award available for implementing an outstanding  teaching transformation, and that all teaching awards also bring with them a financial reward. The process is simple: complete a one-step form.

All awards recognise excellence in teaching (including thesis supervision) in both undergraduate and graduate programmes. The teaching medal is UC’s highest award for teaching and leadership.
Further information and nomination forms are available on the Teaching Awards or the Teaching Medal websites.

Teaching Quality in a COVID World

Have you ever wondered how students rate the quality of teaching they experience?

UCount survey results revealed that 89% of respondents rated teaching quality positively, an increase on 2019 results.

2020 was undoubtedly a year to remember – particularly for students who had to rapidly adjust to online learning during lockdown.  For staff, delivering curriculum completely online with minimal warning was also no mean feat.

Each year Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights (ESI) surveys students, gaining valuable feedback on academic and non-academic life at UC.

Using the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching, students provide feedback on the teaching quality they experience at UC. Respondents consider course structure and relevance, whether feedback on their work improved their learning, and whether they were intellectually stimulated. These, and other measures,  provide a deeper view of teaching quality within programmes.

Despite all of the challenges presented by COVID in 2020, students rated the quality of teaching across UC higher than in 2019, with 89% of students rating teaching quality positively.

You can check out how students in your programme or department rated their learning experience,  resources, and engagement with their studies (and more!) in the ESI Learning and Teaching dashboard here. The dashboards make it easy for UC staff members to “slice and dice” cohorts of interest.

To access, you must be a UC staff member. If you are on Windows, we recommend using Google Chrome. If you are on a Mac, please use Safari.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at

Crusaders Partner Discounts

The Crusaders are now officially on sale for all home games at Orangetheory Stadium in 2021. As a valued partner of the Crusaders, UC have been given a 20% sponsors discount for staff and their families for all home games in all seating categories.  The 20% promotional code will stay live for the whole season across all home games. To purchase Crusaders Tickets Click Here and enter the promo code: UNICAN20

In addition to the ticket discount, you can also get 30% off all 2021 Crusaders Adidas range items.  Access this discount by clicking here and entering the promo code: Forever21 on checkout.

You are also invited to a pre-match function before the first Crusaders home game of the season on Saturday 6 March 2021. Find everything you need to know here>

In commemoration of February 22

He roimata ua, he roimata tangata.
As the rain falls, our tears fall in memory of those we have lost.

In commemoration of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, on Monday 22 February, Tumu Whakarae Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey and Tumu Tuarua Kaunihera Pro-Chancellor Steve Wakefield laid a puapua whakamahara (wreath), woven by local kairaranga at Roimata by University Drive. Staff and students joined them for a minute of silence in reflection of the losses to the people of Ōtautahi. After the time in silence, a few people broke out in waiata, singing a hīmene called Whakaaria Mai.

At the beginning of the day, roses in wheelbarrows were placed down University Drive to put in a cone to reflect on the events of 10 years ago.

Ngitaia mai rā ngā tini aituā kai pae o maumahara.  Ki a koutou, ngā mate huhua kai te rauhītanga o te wairua, e mōteatea tonu ana te ngākau ki a koutou.

A message from Kahu Collective:
‘Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi,
engari he toa takitini’
‘My strength is not as an individual,
but of many’

We often see communities band together in times of adversity. As the Earthquake caused rubble to fall it also saw communities find themselves woven together in a new way. 10 Roses marks the years that have past. The Lillies are a gentle reminder to cherish the day with your loved ones as we remember the ones who were lost. Harakeke pods represent the new beginnings as time moves and the people and the city grows. The rest of the wreath is bound together by native flora as representation of Aotearoa.

Cathy, Corabelle, Lisa
Kahu Collective

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