Annual alarm testing on campus – 31 January

UC has a comprehensive emergency alarm system that incorporates all buildings and security towers and facilitates preparedness for campus evacuation or lockdown in the event of an emergency.

On 31 January 2021, Facilities Management will test this system on both the Ilam and Dovedale campuses between 10am and 1pm.

Each test message will be approximately 20 seconds long and will identify the message as a test message.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact UC Security.

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team

Kia ora koutou, we are Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team.

Student experience is a generic term many of you will be familiar with, so what does it mean to be the team with that term in our name?

To us, it means we live and breathe student experience! Everything we do is designed to engage and develop our students to thrive at UC and beyond, so they are people ‘prepared to make a difference’.

About Us

We are a team of four; our strength being the diverse backgrounds and experience we bring together at UC.

Jeni Moir leads the team. Jeni relocated from South Africa in 2001 from a successful career in tertiary teaching and academic development. Jeni’s psych and social work training, together with her film and television production experience, surfaces our best ideas to keep pace with the ever-changing student and tertiary environment.

Rose Reynolds joined the team in 2017. Originally from the USA, Rose is mother of two and now calls Ōtautahi home. Rose is a UC graduate in Sociology and Media & Communication, with a background in project coordination and brings to the team optimism, enthusiasm and ideas galore.

Janina Good has been part of the team since 2018. Janina moved to NZ from her native Germany to join her kiwi wine-maker husband, and now has a gorgeous bilingual kiwi daughter in-tow. Janina’s background includes language and secondary teaching and she contributes amazing attention to detail and an uncanny ability to get things done with incredible efficiency.

Jarred Skelton is our newest team member. Jarred joined the team in 2020 after seven years in primary teaching. Jarred completed CUP and a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Primary) at UC. Jarred moonlights as an improv-comedy expert, teller of dad-jokes, and brings joy to all. He is also an excellent meme-generator.

Our Mahi

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team are involved in university-led initiatives to support student engagement, retention and success. Our key initiatives are:

UC Mentoring

We recruit, train and support over 50 student mentors annually whom are matched with new students at all levels of study, to support successful transition into UC.

UniLife

A peer-to-peer group mentoring programme specifically for first-year students not living in the halls of residence. The programme is designed to optimise student success by facing challenges together and sharing strategies to combat common pitfalls.

Emerging Leaders Development Programme (ELDP)

A UC-sponsored leadership programme for recipients of the Horomata, Kaitoko Māori and Kaitoko Pasifika scholarships. Programme alumni support the team to provide participants with many experiences including service, workshops, social events and more.

Check out the video our ELDP students made about the programme

Go Waitaha Canterbury (GWC)

Scholarship recipients from Auckland and Wellington receive a full-year programme of personal development opportunities and adventures exploring their new home Waitaha | Canterbury. They are mentored in small groups by GWC alumni and all live together in Tupuānuku hall in 2021.

Ākonga Leadership Incubator (ĀLI)

A professional development programme for student leaders who work as group mentors in ELDP, UniLife, and GWC. They develop their leadership profile and learn how to support their students in their transition from high school to university.

Pathways to Tertiary

The primary aim of this outreach programme into low socio-economic schools is to develop the confidence and ability of academically able students to enter and succeed in tertiary education. The main means of achieving this goal is regular peer mentoring and support engagements between UC Transition Mentors and selected senior students. The Team delivered a pilot into Linwood College during 2020 and plan to engage with two this year.

Our Vision

Akiaki Ākonga | Student Experience Team holds strongly to the UC vision of Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora | People Prepared to Make a Difference. Our particular contribution is advocating for a supportive campus environment that emphasises diversity, inclusion, wellbeing and belonging. We provide leadership and equity pathways: students in our programmes become student leaders, mentors, club leaders and UCSA exec members. Our team supports students’ personal and professional growth through our training workshops, so they can contribute to growing a nurturing and inspiring culture at UC.

We love working collaboratively across UC to create the best student experience in New Zealand; so if you are keen to work with us, please get in touch!

Celebrate the next generation of entrepreneurs at the UCE Summer Startup Showcase

UCE Summer Startup Showcase

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship’s Summer Startup Programme is a 10-week accelerator which gives students an opportunity to fast-track their business ventures and social enterprises. The Showcase features pitches from the top 10 teams and is your chance to witness Canterbury innovation at its finest. Over 250 seats have already been reserved – make sure you secure your free ticket, now!

Thursday, 4 February at The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Christchurch.

  • 5:00pm Doors open
  • 5:30pm Pitches and awards
  • 6:30pm Networking, drinks and nibbles

https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/uce-summer-startup-showcase-tickets-128193027797

Run Canterbury – Tackling half marathons together since ages ago

Are you looking to compete in your first 1/2 marathon in 2021?   Or maybe you just want to set a 5km or 10km goal first?   It can be daunting at first, but with the right support, it’ll be a cinch!

runners completing the dunedin half marathon
Gary Gin looking fresh completing the Dunedin Half Marathon

Run Canterbury is a small group of keen runners of all abilities, who just want to run!   We meet Tuesday and Thursday  evenings at the RecCentre, and sometimes in the hills on the weekends, to go for a run!   We have beginner, intermediate and advanced groups who head out for a trot rain or shine (but not hail or snow).   There’s an experienced leader of the pack, who’ll guide you round the course, and you can ask all your running questions at the end while you stretch.   It’s a friendly, relaxed and supportive group, and you’ll probably make some new friends too.

What’s the goal?

2021 sees us training for the Hanmer Half  or Wanaka Half, both on Saturday 1st May, but you can opt for the other distances if you prefer.   You can choose the destination that works best for you, the training will be the same.

Why join Run Canterbury?

Because we’re good at what we do!  We’ve got experience (over 25years operating), a great crew, and an affordable price.

  • 2x lead pack runs per week, plus some bonus ones on weekends
  • Full 12 week training plan for in-between pack runs
  • Online community support
  • Athlete educations seminars (recovery, nutrition, raceday)
  • More benefits – see our website for full list and more info
  • First meeting and pack run on Tuesday 2nd March, 2021
The investment?
  • UC Students & Staff, UC RecCentre Members (first time with Run Canterbury) $95
  • Community $155
  • Any returning participant $80

Check around, we’re confident you won’t find a better value running group!   If you’d like more information, check our website.  You can also email gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz or just take the plunge and register online now.  

Let’s do this!
UC Rec & Sport

Little changes you’ll love at Café 1894

Are you looking for a great spot on campus for your next lunch or coffee meet-up? Café 1894 is the perfect destination – over the holiday, the Team have refreshed the space with comfortable new seating and stylish serving ware (a move away from the single-use containers of the past).

Drop by for a visit. Café 1894 is open in The Undercroft, Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm.

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