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The WORD Festival is coming to town – find out more

We’re stoked to sponsor WORD Christchurch for the second year in a row. This festival of books, storytelling and ideas is taking place from August 27 to September 4 and is one not to miss!

Check out the key UC supported events for 2022:

  • An Evening With Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, both of which have been adapted for the screen.
  • Secondary Schools Programme where 400+ secondary school students will spend a day at Ilam campus with presentations by six different writers.

We’re also excited to share that UC student Tessa Boraston is a guest programmer for WORD Christchurch through the PACE programme. She has curated Mana Wāhine, a kōrero between three recently published Māori authors about influence and craft.

There are heaps of free events throughout the week worth checking out (that won’t break the bank!). Find the full programme here, where you’ll find a number of UC staff, students, alumni, and writers in residence involved throughout the festival.

Join us for the UC 3MT Final

Come along and watch our UC postgraduate finalists explain their thesis in three minutes. A PhD thesis can be up to 100,000 words, so this is quite a challenge!

Join our free event on Tuesday 9 August between 5.30 – 7.45pm at Ti-Kōuka, Haere-roa (UCSA Building). Along with the presentations, there will be kai, spot prizes and your chance to vote in the people’s choice awards.

What is 3MT?

3MT is an entertaining event where Doctoral and Research Master’s students are given the opportunity to present their research in 3 minutes in a pre-recorded video. Learn about the exciting postgraduate research happening across campus as well as connecting with others from UC and beyond.

Please register here>

How does it work?

UC Faculties nominate three students for the UC Final which will be held on Tuesday 9 August. The winning Doctoral candidate will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific (virtual) event, hosted by the University of Queensland in Australia. The winning Master’s candidate will represent UC at the New Zealand nationals (virtual) event, hosted by the University of Auckland School of Graduate Studies.

And there are prizes:

  • The winner receives $5,000
  • Second place gets $2,000
  • Third place wins $1,000

Nominate the next Young New Zealander Of The Year

Do you have a mate who’s a natural leader and full of potential to build a bright future for Aotearoa? Maybe they’re the next University of Canterbury Young New Zealander of the Year?

It’s time to nominate a young change maker you know for the UC Young New Zealander of the Year Award – Te Mātātahi o te Tau and recognise their amazing mahi! They can be recognised for their effort to improve themselves, their communities, and their nation.

Click here to check the nomination criteria and here to start your nomination (it takes 5 minutes). 


At UC, we’re committed to empowering Young New Zealanders across Aotearoa to make a difference, especially now, as the world continues to face challenges connected to the pandemic, climate change and wellbeing. We’re super proud to celebrate these young leaders and support their success as they lead change in their communities. 

Nominations are open until August 31. You could also check out other categories to nominate others while you’re at it here>

Head over to @UCNZ Instagram to be into win a years free Spotify and Netflix!