Campus Life


14 Nov 2018

Ara Foundation Student Entrepreneur Awards 2018

Ara Foundation provides a Grant to Ara students ($600/week) to allow them to develop their ideas as start-up businesses. The UC Innovators’ Summer Start-Up Programme runs from November 2018 - February 2019, and is supported by experienced mentors and local industry experts. Your venture may be commercial, not for profit or a social enterprise.  

The programme uses Lean Business Model methodology in conjunction with supportive mentoring to experience what is involved in starting a new venture. You will also benefit from engaging workshops and seminars delivered by UCE staff and experts from Christchurch’s local innovation ecosystem. You will be expected to carry out most of your work in Christchurch and you’ll be provided with a dedicated workspace at the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship. You will be required to give a five-minute presentation at the end of the programme, from which the top 10 present at our Annual Presentation evening in February. 

Detailed information on the programme can be found on the web site:


  • Ara students may start later, but you must be able to attend for a minimum of 6 weeks.
  • The maximum period for the grant is 8 weeks and is apportioned based on the time at which you start the programme
  • You must be available for at least 6 weeks.
  • DOWNLOAD the application form here
  • SUBMIT your application on the form to Margaret Leonard, Manager Research by 5pm Monday 19 November – extended date (note this differs from the date on the University of Canterbury web page).


  • Students must be currently enrolled when they submit their application.
  • Students who apply must show:
    • personal commitment to developing a start-up venture towards providing a real and viable product or service and
    • that they will make the most of the opportunity provided to them.

Successful Applicants

  • Acknowledgement of the support of Ara Foundation is expected in any written or other visual material. Each recipient will give a five minute presentation at an Ara foundation meeting and provide photographs which capture your project.

If you have any questions contact Dr Margaret Leonard, 021 281 8229;

29 Oct 2018

FabLab event in the Library – 3D printing and virtual reality

On Wednesday 31st October, 10am-1.30pm, Ara will host a FabLab pop-up makerspace event in the City Campus Library. A makerspace (or fablab or hackerspace) is a collaborative library creative space designed to develop innovation and entrepreneurship through shared thought and resources. Students and staff are invited to the pop-up makerspace to experience 3D printing and virtual reality – this is an ideal opportunity for a student to create a 3d model to enhance a current project.

This is a taster event to gauge interest in a permanent makerspace at the Library. We hope this will lead to providing equality of access and level playing fields for all students regarding their digital literacies, offering opportunities for students to develop new skills and create learning resources. Please share this information with students who may like to engage with the pop-up makerspace, particularly if you believe a permanent makerspace at Ara would benefit your Department. Tertiary institutions are increasingly adopting makerspaces, with recognised benefits such as increased mindfulness, creativity, lateral thinking and digital literacies.

Interested students can contact if they have any prior questions.

24 Oct 2018

School of Wellbeing - Be Active Outdoors

Due inclement weather forecast for Thursday 25 October, the location for "School of Wellbeing - Be Active Outdoors" is now W133 Sports court. Event time is 12pm-1pm.

25 Sep 2018

Barbadoes Street carpark closed during holidays

The Ara carpark on Barbadoes street will be under repair from 1 October for approximately a week, during the term break, to fix the surfaces.

Parking spaces will still be available in the other carparks around campus and the entry to the southern carpark from Barbadoes street will be made two way temporarily.

Barbadoes Street caprpark closed

19 Sep 2018

Landscaping at the City Campus

We’re upgrading the campus, continuing the green lawns, timber seating, accessibility and other elements of the North Green to other parts of the campus.

There are two parts to this work.

The High St Entrance: opens up the campus towards the city by removing high walls and steps and adding pleasant paving and outdoor furniture. Access to Ihutai building (U Block) is from the North Green – not from The Panty or Visions restaurant – while work is underway from 8 October.

The Southern Spine: extends from the North Green to Kahukura running between Tahatika (C Block) and Te Pūtahi (E Block) – all of this area will be closed for around seven months from end of September with the exception of two access points:

  • from Williams Street through to the Rakaia Centre
  • from E Block through to C Block.

Access to the Kahukura (K Block) will be from the door that faces towards Madras Street.

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You can read more here.

If you have any questions or access issues please contact the Project management Office –

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