Events, workshops & seminars

Doctoral Orientation

Doctoral Orientation is a chance for new doctoral students to meet staff from Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School and learn what to expect in the first stage of their doctoral journey.

The next orientation will be held on Monday 6 November 2023 from 9am to 3pm. Register for this event here.


Kick-Start Your Thesis

These sessions are intended to help new postgraduate researchers get started and gain momentum early in their study at UC. If you are in the early stages of a Master’s or Doctoral thesis, you are warmly invited to attend the next “Kick-start your thesis” workshop.

Speakers will share top tips and answer your questions, and will include representatives from Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre, Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School and Ngā Puna Mātauraka Ako | UC Library.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet other thesis writers who are also just starting their postgrad studies.

Thursday October 5, 10am-12noon

Puaka James-Hight 308

Register for this event here.


Doctoral Pre-Arrival Question Session

Join the Graduate School Research Student Advisors (Kaitoko) to ask any questions you have about starting your Doctoral research at UC. We can answer questions about local culture, accommodation, settling into Christchurch as well as life at UC.

Note we are unable to answer questions regarding immigration or visas. We can provide limited advice about the scholarship application process.

Register for this event here.


Te Kura Tāura - Lunchtime Kōrero

Take a break and widen your research horizon by listening to a 20-to-30-minute talk followed by Q&A and networking over tea, coffee and biscuits! Every first Wednesday of the month, tea and coffee will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own cup (however paper cups will be available if you forget).

Taking Control of Your Motivation to Improve Academic Wellbeing & Performance

Dr Michael Edmonds

Motivation plays an important role in our wellbeing and success. In this presentation Michael will describe various evidence based techniques that can be used to maintain and enhance our motivation, techniques that may be very useful during the more challenging periods in postgraduate study. The techniques are based on research Michael carried out as part of his Masters degree in Psychology in 2022 and his 20 years of experience in tertiary education.

Wednesday 4 October, 1-2pm

Rehua 003

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Decoding Research Ethics: The why and how of your ethics application

Dean Sutherland is the co-chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). In this session, Dean will share insights about the need for research ethics committee review and how the HREC works at UC. There will also be opportunities to discuss ethical issues related to your own project to help enhance your research journey.

Thursday 19 October, 11am to 12:30pm

Location TBC

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How to Procrastinate!

This workshop is facilitated by Dr Mairin Taylor. Mairin is a clinical psychologist who supervises doctoral students and teaches in the School of Health Sciences at UC. She is passionate about helping doctoral students to build personal skills that support the maintenance of psychological wellbeing throughout their journey.

In this workshop, Mairin will discuss the following:

  • Challenging avoidant behaviour
  • Emotion regulation and motivation
  • Chunking and reinforcement

Thursday 19 October, 1-3pm

Location TBC

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Te Reo Māori - Pronunciation Workshop for Research Students

A beginner-friendly class where you'll learn the basics of Te Arapū Māori: The Māori Alphabet. You'll practice saying vowels, consonants and learn about the use of the marcron.

This session will be presented by Blair Johnstone the Te Kura Tāura | UC Graduate School Kaiārahi.

This class has been designed for those who are new to Te Reo Māori but we also welcome those who have not spoken for a longtime and want to refresh their Te Reo knowledge.

Thursday 26 October, 1-2pm

Beatrice Tinsley 111

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Te Reo Māori - Mihi Workshop for Research Students

Tuesday 14 November, 1-2pm

Elsie Locke 104A

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Preparing for Confirmation

Are you wondering what to expect from the confirmation process at UC? Is your confirmation coming up soon?

Come along to this interactive workshop run by the Dean of Postgraduate Research, Professor Megan McAuliffe, and learn about all the confirmation requirements and go away with lots of useful tips and advice on how to successfully navigate this doctoral milestone!

Thursday 30 November, 2-3:30pm

Ernest Rutherford 141

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Te Reo Māori - Tikanga Māori Workshop for Research Students

Tuesday 5 December, 1-2pm

Location TBC

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Preparing for Your Oral Exam

Are you wondering what to expect from your oral exam? Is your oral exam date coming up soon?

Come along to this interactive workshop run by the Dean of Postgraduate Research, Professor Megan McAuliffe, and learn about all the oral exam requirements and go away with lots of useful tips and advice on how to have a successful exam.

Wednesday 6 December, 1-2pm

Puaka James-Hight 210

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