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Calling All Clubs: Nominations Open for Supreme Club Awards!

Nominations for the Supreme Club Awards are now open.

Embracing the vibrant club culture is a cornerstone of the University of Canterbury (UC) experience. It’s not just about lectures and assignments; it’s about fostering connections and making memories that last a lifetime. A testament to this bustling club culture is the much-anticipated Supreme Club Awards – a celebration of the extraordinary achievements that student clubs bring to life.

The Supreme Club Awards exist to celebrate all the amazing things that clubs do throughout the year – from Best Photo of 2023 to Best New Club of 2023 – all the way through to our prestigious UC Supreme Event Award, as voted by the Student Body!

This year, nominations are open for 25 awards, including several exciting new categories. Circle the date for the Supreme Club Awards evening on Friday, October 6th, 2023, as it promises to be one of the most eagerly anticipated club nights of the year.

Here’s what you need to know for nominations:
  1. Submission Process:

    Nominating is easy – just click this link, check out this year’s criteria and submit.

  2. Multiple Nominations:

    Clubs have the freedom to submit nominations for multiple events. The Media awards category has no nomination limit. However, individual events can only be nominated for one Excellence Award category. Select the category that aligns best with your event’s achievements.

  3. Supreme Club Selection:

    The Awards panel will shortlist four finalists from the pool of nominations. These finalists will contend for the Small Supreme Club and Big Supreme Club Awards.

  4. Excellence Awards and UC’s Supreme Event Award:

    All finalists from the Excellence Award categories are automatically considered for UC’s Supreme Event Award. Here’s where you, the students, wield your power – vote for your favourite event to crown the ultimate winner.

Nominations for the Supreme Club Awards close 10am, Friday 15th September. For more information about the awards visit the UCSA Website and/or if you have any questions about the nomination process, then please email

What are we doing for Mental Health Awareness?

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is from 18 to 24 September 2023. This year, we have something special planned for our University community, as we encourage our students and staff to focus on the key role that mental health plays in our wellbeing.

Instead of concentrating on a single week, the UC Mental Health Awareness planning team is presenting a month of mental health awareness throughout September, dedicated to promoting the 5 ways of wellbeing.

Each week will focus on a specific aspect of wellbeing:

  • 4-8 September- Me ako tonu, Learn: Engage in activities that foster personal growth and expand your knowledge.
  • 11-15 September – Me whakawhanaunga, Connect: Build meaningful connections with others, both within our UC community and beyond.
  • 18-22 September – Me kori tonu, Be Active: Embrace physical activity and wellness to uplift your mind and body.
  • 25-29 September – Tukua, Give: Practice kindness and compassion by giving back to others and the community.
  • Throughout the entire month – Me aro tonu, Take Notice: Cultivate mindfulness and be present in the moment to appreciate the world around you.

The team has organized a range of events and has incorporated exciting things that are already happening during the month, all revolving around the five ways of wellbeing. We are offering a range of events to support our diverse community to get involved, try something new and connect with others.

For more information on what is available click here.
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Nominate Now for Tohu Kahurangi | UC Blues Awards – Deadline: Sept. 6th!

The University of Canterbury Blues awards have now been renamed Tohu Kahurangi. This change reflects a connection to the cultural narrative of kahurangi, symbolising the precious pounamu – which also doubles as the kupu for ‘blue’.

Receiving an award at the Tohu Kahurangi | Blues Awards is the ultimate recognition for students who’ve excelled in Sports, Community Engagement, and Arts & Culture.

The awards honour outstanding achievements in Sport, Community Engagement, and Arts & Culture. Nominees must have demonstrated excellence between September 7th, 2022, and September 6th, 2023. Individual awards will be given out for each discipline. Winners will then be eligible for the following major awards:

  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding contribution to University Sport
  • Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • 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

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 10am, Wednesday 6th September. The Blues Awards will be held at Haere-roa on Saturday the 7th of October. For more information click here.