What’s the difference between a poet and an astronomer? Nothing, if you’re UC astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister.
Dr Bannister is an expert in the discovery and characterisation of minor planets in the solar system. She’s been involved in the discovery of more than 800 minor planets and even had an asteroid named after her! She’s also an avid creative writer. The poet, planetary astronomer, hunter of new and strange worlds, and self-described ‘connoisseur of fuzzy dots of light’ is our latest guest on UC Science Radio.
The Emergency Student Relief Fund is helping students access hardship grants to cover essential bills like rent and wifi to access online learning. Foodbank grants are also available to students in need.
Donations are being channelled through the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team. They’re doing an outstanding job connecting students to the many channels of support available to them.
The Postgraduate Office is also working with the UC Foundation to make hardship grants available for self-funded UC doctoral candidates needing short-term emergency support. The Kopa Iti grant is available to PhD candidates who have exhausted all other financial options.
The campus is now in lockdown and is only accessible to essential staff. Security is checking the Arts Centre location and plant rooms regularly. Power remains on in all areas except the boilerhouse, while heating and ventilation has been turned off in non-critical, unused areas.
UC has focused on finding the most sustainable ways to maintain critical infrastructure while we’re working off-campus. If you have any concerns about buildings or labs that you would usually be working in, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In their most recent External Evaluation and Review (EER), NZQA has rated UC International College (UCIC) as a Category 1 provider in New Zealand. UCIC has been awarded ‘Highly Confident’ in Educational Performance and ‘Highly Confident’ in Capability in Self-Assessment. This is the highest possible rating that can be awarded and is an endorsement of the excellent learning and teaching environment that UCIC strives to provide for its international students.
UCIC first opened its doors in October 2013 offering just one pathway programme through to the University of Canterbury. Less than six and half years later, UCIC has a suite of pathway programmes for international students, a Category 1 rating by NZQA, has acquired one of the oldest English Language schools in Christchurch, CCEL (also a Category 1 provider), and offers a truly embedded pathway model to one of Navitas’ highest ranking University Partners globally. UCIC offers four University Transfer Programmes (UTPs), a Foundation Studies Certificate and short Study Abroad options for International students.
UCIC would like to thank the University of Canterbury, all staff with whom we have had a collaborative relationship over the past number of years, particularly those who met with the NZQA evaluators as a part of the recent External Evaluation and Review process.