UC study into how children with autism sleep

16 May 2016 Two University of Canterbury researchers are seeking participants for a study into the effectiveness of treatments for sleep disturbance in children with autism. (read article)

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Bachelor of Health Sciences

A three year non-clinical degree that prepares students for a variety of professional roles in the health sector. Read more >>

Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology

Over the four years of this degree, students gain the knowledge and skills to assist a wide variety of people with communication and swallowing disorders. Read more >>

Bachelor of Sport Coaching

An internationally recognised qualification equipping students with key career skills through a sporting context. Read more >>

Bachelor of Social Work

This highly regarded interdisciplinary degree will immerse you in theory and practice over four years, equipping you thoroughly for a wide range of people-related jobs. Read more >>

Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary)

Master of Specialist Teaching

An extension of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching, the Masters degree is a further 120 points with the last 60 points of the masters totally from home.
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‘Postgraduate studies at UC have been a stepping-stone to an exciting career in Speech and Language Therapy...’

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Undergraduate Options and Postgraduate Options

If you are keen to start your studies now and not wait until next year, there are a variety of options you can choose from. Whether its sport coaching, health sciences or teacher education, we have options for you to get your studies underway in July.

Suli TuitaupeUC Nursing students impress Pegasus Health

26 May

Suli Tuitaupe and Jai Chung from the Master of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Nursing programme have been awarded scholarships from Pegasus Health. "The applicants this year were absolutely impressive. We were mind blown about what's going on in their lives and their overwhelming stories"; says Georgina Hunter from Pegasus Health. Suli Tuitaupe told his motivational story of making the transition from an obese teenager to a group fitness instructor.

Suli hopes to inspire others in the Pacific community and wants to work in illness prevention, health and wellbeing.

Dr Jenny ClarkeWorld Champ in our sporting midst

22 May

Sport Coaching lecturer, Dr Jenny Clarke, and her husband, Chris Clarke, paired for New Zealand as they clinched the golf croquet world teams championship in London. The Canterbury pair were undefeated as New Zealand claimed the title 7-5 over the heavily favoured Egypt team, in the final on Sunday (NZT). It was a reversal of the previous final four years ago when Egypt beat New Zealand at the Johannesburg Country Club in South Africa. Read more

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Professor Gail GillonTaking a holistic approach in supporting children's early literacy

6 May

RadioLive's Mark Sainsbury talks with Professor Gail Gillon from Canterbury University about illiteracy and how a slow start at school can affect you for life. The challenge for A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea is to identify critical health, education and mental health issues that, if prevented or resolved, would have a major positive impact on the vulnerable children’s lives. Professor Gillon said "The overall mission is to give a better start to life for all our children". Source: RadioLive. Listen now

Dhita de LaRocheStudent profile - Dhita de LaRoche

Studying towards a Master of Health Sciences with an endorsement in Health Information Management

'Understanding other countries' health systems... could be used as the foundation for improving Indonesia's health system...'
Having studied at Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya's Faculty of Medicine in Jakarta, Dhita came to the University of Canterbury to take her master's in Health Sciences. 'I have an interest in the non-clinical field of health, and a degree in Health Sciences, with an endorsement in Health Information Management is exactly the right thing for me to study,' she says. 'Technology is on a fast track in research and development, and has a direct impact on the health field. This is beneficial in providing more efficient and effective health services. Better data management tools are therefore very important and that's what my study is providing.' Read more

Zoe CargillStudent profile - Zoe Cargill

Studying towards a Bachelor of Sport Coaching with Endorsements in Strength and Conditioning and Performance Analysis

Playing ice hockey for New Zealand is 'definitely a carnival ride' for Zoe. She first put on the Ice Ferns  jersey at the 2014 World Championships in Asiago, Italy. 'When you win a game at the Worlds, they play your anthem at the end,' she says. 'Singing that with my team was definitely a proud moment.'
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Blake WestStudent profile - Blake West

'Thanks to the partnership with UC, the Crusaders Academy came and talked to us about the internship...'

A keen rugby player and aspiring coach, Blake is focusing on Strength and Conditioning as he works towards his degree in Sport Coaching at UC. It's a field he plans to specialise in as he develops his coaching career.

'I want to become a high-performance strength and conditioning coach with an industry-specific business,' he says. For Blake, coaching is all about being hands-on and he has made a dream start on his plan by landing an internship with the Crusaders Academy. This position gives him the opportunity to work with players at a senior level, which is a huge boost to his practical experience. Read more

Dr Jenny ClarkeRecord interest in Sport Coaching as a career

16 March
With the University of Canterbury celebrating increased enrolments among school leavers and new-to-university students, the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree has seen record growth, with enrolments increasing by 125 per cent, compared to the same time in 2015. Sport Coaching degree programme coordinator Dr Jenny Clarke attributes part of this growth to the new endorsements and professional accreditation students can gain, as well as final-year internships in professional sporting workplaces.
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Raesha Ishmail and Megan WhitelawStudents get warm welcome back to university

8 March
Canterbury University students were warmly welcomed into the Riccarton community last Sunday.

Connect '16 was an event organised by two health and practice internship students to help them get to know their neighbours and other locals in the area. Canterbury Students Ashley Walker and Shannon Clark were behind the event held at Harington Park which was supervised by lecturer for Health Science and Education Raesha Ismail. Read more in the Western News, March 8 2016

UC academics take up challenge to help NZ children

 22 February
University of Canterbury academics are taking leading roles in the new government science challenge. UC’s College of Education, Health and Human Development Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Gail Gillon is co-directing the government initiative and is also a principal researcher in the Challenge, which aims to improve the potential of young New Zealanders to have a healthy and successful life by reducing obesity and improving learning skills and mental health in New Zealand children and teenagers.

The challenge for A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea is to identify critical health, education and mental health issues that, if prevented or resolved, would have a major positive impact on the vulnerable children’s lives, she says. The Challenge has identified that childhood obesity, early literacy and behavioural problems are critical areas, respond to research-based intervention and can lead to vastly improved outcomes for the individuals and society. Read more

(From left to right) A Better Start's Science Leadership Team is Professor Wayne Cutfield of the Liggins Institute (obesity), Professor Gail Gillon of the University of Canterbury (literacy), Professor Sally Merry of the University of Auckland (mental health), Professor Barry Taylor of the University of Otago (big data) and Professor Angus Macfarlane of the University of Canterbury (Maori research).


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