UC Biosecurity Innovations scholarships

Congratulations to our UCBI summer scholarships winners!

  • Brooke Sowden, supervised by Don Matheson in Social Media.
  • Ibnu Sitompul, supervised by John Hopkins in Law.
  • Courtney Murray, supervised by Sascha Mueller in Law.
  • Angus Moulder, supervised by Bill Heffernan in Engineering.
  • Ben Smith, supervised by Varvara Vetrova in Mathematics and Statistics
  • Deane Thomas, supervised by Ali Reza Nazmi in Product design.

Check out other scholarships on our web page (search UCBI or find a  project) or on Unitalent.

Find out more and get in touch!


Happy Christmas! We’re back in business from Monday 16 January.

It’s time… time to get back to (or start a new) routine!

Happy new year! We hope you’ve had a nice mental and physical break with family and friends. Perhaps it’s now time to think about getting back into your routine, which we’re also hoping includes a little bit of exercise! 

Why exercise?

Just in case you forgot the basics in your holiday haze, a regular exercise routine helps you to:

  1. Manage your mental health 
    Some of the biggest benefits of physical activity are actually found in your mental state.    It releases chemicals (happy hormones) like endorphins and serotonin which improve your mood.  It also makes you get out and about for the day, perhaps even saying hello to another fellow human, and we all know that connecting with others is one of the five ways to wellbeing! 
  2. Manage your physical health 
    Whether you want to make gains, lose weight, or stay just the way you are, exercise can help you do just that.   If you’re experiencing unusual aches and pains, stiffness or are just out of breath going up stairs, physical activity is the best way to reduce pain, allowing you to live your best life day-to-day. 
What exercise to do? 

Anything that makes you happy! Seriously. If you’re not currently moving, start with just getting out and about, with a bit of purpose. A brisk walk, a game of frisbee golf, or a trip to the gym for whatever – just try to get some daily movement, and you’ll start to feel better. Who knows where you can go to from there? 

UC Rec&Sport – Home of the UCRecCentre, your FREE student gym 

Ok, so technically you’ve paid for the gym via your levy, but that doesn’t catch your eye as much as FREE does it?! Once you’ve paid your student fees, it includes your student levy.  A small portion of your levy helps pay for the base membership and activities. 

Once you’re in, most stuff is free, some stuff isn’t (but we keep it really cheap). Best way to find out is to head to our website and have a browse, or just pop over and give us a go. 

We have everything your standard gyms have and more! Courts, climbing wall, boxing area, classes and of course weights and cardio.  

How to register

To register, it’s pretty straight forward. Head to this page and you’ll find out how. Takes only a few minutes.  

If you’ve got any questions, just reach out. We’re here to help you with your physical and mental health, so that you can enjoy your student life! 

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 


UC Student Volunteer Army Big Give 2023

The UC Student Volunteer Army presents the BIG GIVE 2023!

This will be our first and largest event of 2023, with over 500 students coming together for a morning of volunteering on Saturday 4th March.  This year, we will be heading to Dallington Landing in the Red Zone.  Students from all degrees and all walks of life are welcome!  Come along to make new friends and give back to the community, followed by an afternoon of entertainment, food and games.  We will provide the transport, BBQ lunch and volunteering, all for FREE!
We will meet at Haere-Roa at 8:45am and return by 3pm the same day.  Sign ups will be out soon so keep an eye on our Facebook page, UC Student Volunteer Army.  We can’t wait to see you there!

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