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UC glaciologist x-rays ice shelf in largest Antarctic traverse since 1950s

A University of Canterbury scientist has used German space technology to successfully cross the world’s largest ice shelf.

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UC QuakeCentre awarded $12 million to engineer a more resilient future

A University of Canterbury infrastructure engineering programme, which aims to transform the New Zealand construction industry into a world-leader, is set to benefit in this year’s MBIE Partnerships Scheme investment funding round to the tune of $12 million.


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Come to UC and get ready to see the world. We have exchange agreements with over 50 universities worldwide in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

UCMe 2017 Mihi



Bachelor of Laws
As a Tuakana I have a Teina or 'younger sibling' who I help with social and academic stuff. I'm basically someone they can reach out to if they have questions. It feels really good to help people get past their fears and worries.
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UCMe 2017 Oliver



Sports Coaching
As part of my specialty in Performance Analysis I've been interning with the Crusaders. I film their games, then label and edit the footage so the players and coaches can watch it. It's been surreal. I get invited to team functions and end up sitting next to three All Blacks. They’re really friendly to you even if you’re just an intern from UC!


New research finds common herbicides cause antibiotic resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates.


Summer on Ice exploring the secret lives of killer whales

A series of recording devices will be deployed in Antarctica this summer to explore the secret lives of killer whales in an unprecedented monitoring programme.


The Bakhshali Manuscript: the world's oldest ‘true’ zero?

It may be elementary maths, but the concept of zero has given rise to many an existential, intellectual debate over the history of zero, with much musing over nothing. An international group of academics, including a mathematician from the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch, is challenging Oxford University’s recent findings about the use of zero in an ancient Indian manuscript.


Silent porpoise: Whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep with half a brain

Ever wondered how and where whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep? New work by University of Canterbury researcher Andrew Wright reveals for the first time that harbour porpoises sleep during diving.


UC academics excel in Marsden Funding

Eleven University of Canterbury academics have been awarded 2017 Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Funding to continue research in a diverse array of areas, adding further to the University’s increasing success in attracting research funding


New trial proves micronutrients effective for childhood ADHD

New Zealand researchers have shown that vitamin-mineral treatment improves aggression and emotional regulation in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in the first published results from a new trial.


From ‘likes’ to votes – UC researcher finds simple, accurate predictor of voter intention

A University of Canterbury researcher has found a simple and accurate way of predicting voter intention – and it may come down to a single Facebook ‘like’.

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.