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Summer scholarship

Apply for a UC Biosecurity Innovations $7K, 10 week summer scholarship (Nov to Feb).

Develop an AI prototype to ID plants from photos.  

Good plant ID is needed to stop or destroy pests new to NZ.  AI can improve our biosecurity systems.

Find out more and get in touch!


Spring is here – the perfect time to reboot your wellness (and win an epic PT package)

Just like new year’s is a good time to set fresh new goals, a change in season is an excellent time to consider change. 

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. 

Cliche, I know.  True though.  And here’s the thing, change doesn’t have to be big to have an impact.  It’s consistency that counts.   So, whether you decide to add 10mins of fiction reading for fun to your day (or week),  10mins of meditative silence, or 10mins of planking (steady on), as long as you are consistent with it, you will, ever so quietly, start to see some change.  That change might be physical or mental, or you might observe it simply by your ability to react less to stressful situations.  

How to make change (a.k.a  set a new habit) 
  1. Start small 
  2. Reward yourself for consistency (not outcomes) 
  3. Review regularly – as you adapt and it becomes ‘the norm’ for you, you can consider upping your change, or adding a new one. 

Read here for some more useful tips on how to build new habits.

Want to make a change in your exercise habits? 

Start now!    Here’s three easy steps:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up online for your FREE student gym membership at the RecCentre.   There’s loads of different things to do, and as long as you’re moving, you’re making change.      
  2. Sign up for your FREE Rec&Sport app (it’s separate, and you should do it right after you’ve done your membership).   Here, you can do ondemand classes at home, or join in our livestreams.  You can even assign yourself a gym programme if that’s your thing.
  3. Get yourself started with a FREE gym orientations (you sign up for that in the app) or take advantage of our limited time 50% off sale on exercise programmes.     As a student, we already discount a 60min session to $40, and you’ll get it for just $20! 

Oh yeah, and everyone who signs up for and completes an exercise consult session with us in September, goes in the draw to win a six week Personal Training package with us.   See our website for more details. 

So, what are you waiting for?   
Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 


Look after yourself during the break

Term 3 is nearly done – well done for putting in all the hard mahi over the last few weeks. Now’s it’s nearly time to reset, recharge, hang out with mates and do a few things you enjoy. 

Check up on yourself

It’s easy to put your health on the backburner when life gets busy with study and work. Over the break, it’s a good idea to book in those appointments you’ve been meaning to get to.

Te Whare Hauora | Health Centre offers a range of services, including check-ups and counselling, all at a low cost – or even for free – depending on your enrolment.

UCSA also offers a subsidised dental scheme for students. You can learn more and book in here>

Feeling burnt out?

It’s normal to feel tired after a busy term, but sometimes it’s more than that. If you need to talk – about feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or anything that’s bothering you – Te Rantonga Ākonga | Student Care team are here to help. Learn more & book an appointment>

If you’re a Māori, Pasifika or Rainbow ākonga (student), you can tap into the specialised support services at Te Waka Pākākano | Office of Māori, Pacific and Equity

  • UC Māori can provide support and guidance to ensure the path you choose is right for you
  • The Pacific Development Team offers pastoral care to Pacific students and are on hand to answer any of your questions or just have a chat if you need someone to talk to. 
  • UC’s Rainbow Advisor can provide advice if you need someone to talk to and connect you with other Rainbow students on campus. 

The UC Chaplains are also here if you’d like to chat or just grab a coffee, they offer care and support regardless of your beliefs or background. 

Check out UC’s Wellbeing Hub for tips on looking after you – and have a well-deserved mid-semester break!