UC PhD scholarship

Check out this exciting UC PhD Scholarship “Applying novel mass spectrometry (REIMS)  to detect insect biosecurity threats“.

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You will have a first class honours or Masters degree in biology or chemistry and demonstrated competence in statistical analysis

If you have prior experience using mass spectrometry, competence in multivariate analysis and/or machine learning and an interest in entomology, that would be ideal.

You will be working at New Zealand’s only Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Spectrometry (REIMS) facility. REIMS is an novel mass spectrometry interface that is used to check the provenance of food.  Within seconds, a metabolic fingerprint classifies a sample.

You will apply REIMS to plant health biosecurity. An effective biosecurity system is crucial to protect New
Zealand’s primary production base and unique environment. A particularly difficult challenge is the rapid
identification of insect threats, especially where endemic species look similar to unwanted pest species. With the habitat range of pest insects changing with climate change and trade patterns, rapid
detection is crucial to inform biosecurity response operations.

Supervised by Assoc. Prof. Steve Pawson, UCBI, Assoc. Prof. Alastair Ross, AgResearch, Dr Karen Armstrong, Lincoln University and supported by Better Border Biosecurity (B3).

28K  + fees per annum for 3 years, applications close 31 Jan 2023.

Check out our scholarships and projects on https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/biosecurity-innovations/scholarships-and-projects/.

Find out more and get in touch!


Christmas Hours at the UC RecCentre, what’s new in 2023, and a very heartfelt thanks


As we come to the end of 2022, we would like to remind you that as a UC Student,  you can enjoy continued access to the RecCentre over summer, until 1st March, 2023*.

To continue to access the gym, you’ll need to re-register.  It’s online and takes only a minute or so.   Then, on your first visit, we need to activate your card for the new tap and go access, and this takes just a jiffy.

Christmas Hours

Last day for 2022:  Wednesday 21 December, 9pm
Opening day for 2023:  Wednesday 4 January, 6am
Group Fitness classes:  Check and book via the app

Along with the rest of UC, we also close for two weeks.  This is so we can all take a solid break to spend time with family and friends, and to rest and restore our hearts, minds and bodies.   We also rely on and collaborate with many other departments and staff in the university, whose māhi enable us to do what we do.   Without them, we simply cannot operate all of the services we do, and maintain a safe facility for you.   A big thankyou to all those teams.

New stuff for 2023

With life returning to somewhat normal, we will see the return of our Group Fitness Challenge,  a new and improved spin studio (including a new suite of bikes with metrics), and a complete refresh of all new  connected Technogym Cardio equipment.  So exciting!

Got suggestions?

We would love to know how we can help YOU, your friends and whānau be more physically active, either at home, on campus or at the gym.    If you’ve got a great idea that you think might help get more people active,  please have a chat to us or drop us an email.  

Thankyou for your ongoing support

We realise that even though your membership is student levy funded, you do still have the choice to go elsewhere.  We are super glad that so many of you  signed up and came to the gym (no matter how many times).  It shows good intentions to look after your own wellbeing.  Ka pai!

We know we’ve had a few disruptions this year – RecLITE, new software, new gates etc.  We really appreciate the patience everyone showed with our staff and other members, as we all continue to learn a whole new software and ways of doing things.   There’s more great stuff to come, so watch this space!

Ngā mihi and meri kirihimete!
UC Rec&Sport | Te Ratonga Hākinakina

* All UC Students who have paid full year levy (ie Sem 1 and Sem 2) will have access until March 1, 2023.   Sem 1 only student memberships expired at the end of Sem 1.   Some postgrad enrolments have also expired.  Talk to us if you are not sure, or the system doesn’t allow you to join.

UC Pasifika graduates celebrate their success

Congratulations to all our amazing Pasifika students celebrating graduation this week. Well done for all you’ve achieved, you deserve it!

Take a look at these photos of graduates and their families at the Pasifika Graduation Celebration: 

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