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UC welcomes new Deputy Vice-Chancellor

11 August 2016 Professor Ian Wright will take up the role of University of Canterbury Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, from 22 August. (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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‘I love that there is a practicum side to it in which we put what we’ve learnt into practice with actual sporting teams...’

Mele Tatu BSpC Endorsed with Leadership
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Announcements

Professor John LucknerPrestige Lecture: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

3 August Watch here

Presented by: Professor John Luckner, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, USA
In our demanding global economy, individuals are not only being evaluated on how smart they are and what training and experience they have had, but also on how well they handle themselves and get along with others.
There is a growing demand for individuals to have the personal qualities of initiative, empathy, adaptability and good communication skills.
 Emotional intelligence is not fixed genetically and it is not only developed during early childhood. Rather emotional intelligence is learned and can continue to develop as individuals go through life and learn from what they are taught, what is modelled, and from experiences.

Rehua, the new College of Education, Health and Human Development building on Ilam CampusNaming of the new College of Education, Health and Human Development building

29 July

Our University Council has approved the new name for our building on Ilam campus. The building will be called “Rehua”. Rehua is spoken of as a chief among stars. It is associated with wellness, healing and leadership, as well as the bright star in the sky to signal the start of summer. Our new building, Rehua, is due for completion next year, and we are looking shifting into the building in late 2017.
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Professor Ian CulpanHave the Olympics lost their way?

28 July

Professor Ian Culpan from the College of Education, Health and Human Development talks to Radio NZ about the commercialisation of the Olympics and the disconnect between high performance sport and the public. He says "The divide is really created by high performance sport being captured by the political economy. Athletes are now bought and sold as commodities. They're traded on the open market and with that comes the notion of money and reward for good performances and with that comes the temptation to gain unfair advantage."
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Professor Richard LightPrestige Lecture: Children and young people’s experiences of sport and what it means for them

Thursday 21 July Watch here

Presented by: Professor Richard Light, University of Canterbury
Regular, long-term participation in sport can have a range of positive effects upon the development of children and young people during their journey from childhood to adulthood. These include valuable social, moral and ethical learning, promoting health and wellbeing and contributing toward success in academic achievement. There is a range of compelling reasons why we need to encourage children and young people to engage in sport that have been driven most recently by the benefits that arise from active lifestyles in the fight against obesity and other lifestyle diseases.

Professor John LucknerPrestige Lecture: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

Wednesday 3rd August, 4pm, Wheki 302 Dovedale Campus

Presented by Professor John Luckner, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, USA
In our demanding global economy, individuals are not only being evaluated on how smart they are and what training and experience they have had, but also on how well they handle themselves and get along with others. There is a growing demand for individuals to have the personal qualities of initiative, empathy, adaptability and good communication skills. 
Emotional intelligence is not fixed genetically and it is not only developed during early childhood. Rather emotional intelligence is learned and can continue to develop as individuals go through life and learn from what they are taught, what is modelled, and from experiences. Read more

Health Precinct off to a great start

23 June

As a world-class hub for health education, research and innovation, Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct will help drive activity in the city centre. The Precinct will bring together a network of world class researchers, students and clinicians all located in one central space and all contributing to a vibrant and stimulating environment. A flagship entity for the Precinct will be the planned Health Research Education Facility (HREF). This will be a single facility where education and research activities of the Canterbury District Health Board, University of Canterbury, and Ara are co-located to share infrastructure and to benefit from the synergies created by collaboration. Read more here on the new Health Precinct website

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

Source: The Press

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
Read more about A Better Start: E Tipu e Rea

Dhita de LaRocheStudent profile - Dhita de LaRoche

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

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. Read more

What if... Cancer screening can cause harm as well as benefit?

Watch Professor Ann Richardson’s What If Wednesday lecture online here

What if... Nutrition could treat mental illness?

Watch Professor Julia Rucklidge’s What if Wednesday public lecture

What if... Critically-ill patients could be helped more?

Watch Professor Geoff Chase’s What if Wednesday public lecture

What if... we could detect type 2 diabetes before it was a problem?

Watch Professor Geoff Chase’s What if Wednesday public lecture

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