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Ground broken on new UCSA building Haere-roa

A ground-breaking ceremony was held today to celebrate the new University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) building, with Leighs Construction to begin work before the end of the month.

Drew Harris


'There are UC alumni around the globe giving us a good reputation...'

Dr Drew Harris
BCom(Hons) in Finance
Quantitative Analyst, Epoch Capital, Sydney, Australia
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Can spiders really count?

Can a tiny spider with a brain that could fit on a pinhead tackle complex numerical tasks? University of Canterbury researchers have discovered that spiders are full of surprises.


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From the sea to the mountains and everything in between,

UC is on the doorstep of a massive outdoor ‘playground’. Grab your snowboard/surfboard/mountain bike/trail shoes and give it a go.

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Get switched on, get hands on. Over 35% of our courses will get you out into the workplace or the community. The result?

UCME 2017 Eddie



Master of Commerce
I’m the CEO of entré, a student run club that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation. I have to report to the Board, speak at events and be the role model that everyone looks to. It's a challenging role but it's rewarding too. Later in life I'd like to run my own organisation so it’s good experience for me.
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Bachelor of Engineering
In high school I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I liked maths and science so I thought I might do medicine. Then I met a girl from UC who talked about how engineering was so full of opportunities. It offers a mix of innovation, creativity and interaction with people, which seemed perfect for me.


Joint study into Tūtaepatu lagoon

University of Canterbury researchers are launching a joint study into the water quality and its effects on freshwater fish fauna, mahinga kai and wider ecosystems in Tūtaepatu Lagoon, in North Canterbury.


Enter sandman: $160,000 for child autism and sleep disruption research

University of Canterbury researcher Dr Laurie McLay has received an emerging researcher first grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) valued at $160,825 over three years.


UC academic’s international team wins $2 million research grant for imaging single molecules

Professor Rick Millane is one of an international team of researchers that has been awarded a NZ$2 million research grant by the Human Frontier Science Program to develop a novel method for imaging individual biomolecules with atomic resolution.


Diagnosing impending ‘DOOM’: Non-invasive joint implant diagnostics – the missing link

Research on early detection of wear and tear of hip joint implants is set to make significant new progress.


Harmful sexual behaviour - working together to improve risk assessment

University of Canterbury (UC) research is paving the way towards improved accuracy in risk assessment and better informed treatment approaches to ultimately contribute to reducing harmful sexual behaviour in the community.


‘Brain fingerprinting’ has crime-solving potential for New Zealand, pilot study finds

Forensic brainwave analysis – or “brain fingerprinting” – could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project led by the University of Canterbury has found.


UC students discover native birds thriving on Ilam campus

A chance discovery and a new survey by University of Canterbury students have shown that both the range and abundance of native bird species have increased at the university’s Ilam campus almost 500 per cent in the last 26 years.

UCME 2017 Clarissa



Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology
Helping people is my driving force. I find it sad when people can't communicate their wants and needs. I speak multiple languages so I have lots of ways to get an idea across. I want to help other people communicate better too.
UCME 2017 Curtis



Bachelor of Laws
Going to university isn't just about achieving academically. It's also about developing other core values like responsibility and accountability. At uni, it's up to you to get out there. I'd say, make yourself known, put your hand up and get involved!
UC Bicultural 2016


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At UC we are committed to biculturalism. That’s a good thing for Aotearoa New Zealand, and a good thing for you too.


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The city of Christchurch is a growing hotbed of opportunity

Developments and initiatives are popping up at a rapid pace and our graduates are perfectly poised to access these opportunities.


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Did you know UC is ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide?

Founded over 140 years ago, our legacy of celebrated graduates has shaped the world we live in today.

UCME 2017 Casey



Health Sciences
I'll be able to teach Te Reo Māori as a subject after I graduate. I'm on my own journey with learning Te Reo. It's a difficult language to learn! I identify with Māori but I never had the right opportunities to learn it growing up. Being able to engage with it here is really important to me.