The university has more than 140 academic, sports, recreational and cultural associations and associations. [135] Among the most prominent, there are the Army of Student Volunteers, the University of Canterbury Engineering Society (ENSOC), the Business Corporation (UCom) and the largest non-faculty clubs such as PongSoc (University of Canterbury Pong Society), Motosoc (Motorsports Society), BYCSOC (Backyard Cricket Society), CUBA (Canterbury University Boardriders` Association), CurrySoc, Opsoc, The Gentlemen`s Club. The Canterbury University Snow Sports Club (CUSSC) is the only university club in New Zealand to have a ski hut at Temple Basin Ski Field. The association organizes many events to raise funds for the maintenance of its lodge. [136] The University of Canterbury Drama Society (Dramasoc) became famous in 1942-69 for her shakespearean productions under the damsel Ngaio Marsh, but she performed regularly as an active student in the small Theatre scene of Christchurch. The musical theatre company Musoc[137] engages in similar activities. It was founded in 1873 as Canterbury College, the first constituent college of the University of New Zealand. The original campus was in the central city of Christchurch, but in 1961 it became an independent university and began to emerge from its original neo-Gothic buildings, transformed into Christchurch Arts Centre. The move was completed on May 1, 1975[2] and the university now runs its main campus in the Christchurch suburb of Ilam and offers degrees in art, commerce, education (physics), engineering, visual arts, forestry, health sciences, law, music, social work, speech and language Pathology, Science, Sports Coaching and Teaching. Music and classical music are again taught by the Christchurch Arts Centre[3] and in the new Manawa building in Christchurch Stadt. Health and education are taught. [4] A resignation took place in 2003 by a staff member who complained of restrictions on academic freedom.

[143] [144] In 2006, the New Zealand Green Party proposed staff cuts based on the university`s profit objectives and not on merit. [145] The university cut more than 100 jobs in 2010, the year before the earthquakes. [146] In 2004, the university was restructured into four colleges and a law school that administered a number of schools and departments (although a number of cross-country teaching departments are active in many academic faculties). For many years, the university worked closely with christchurch College of Education, which led to a complete merger in 2007 and introduced a fifth college. [9] The University`s College of Education, Health and Human Development has other small campuses in Nelson, Tauranga and Timaru, as well as educational centres in Greymouth, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Timaru. The university employs staff in regional information offices in Nelson, Timaru and Auckland. The university was first governed by a Board of Governors (1873-1933), then by a College Council (1933-1957) and by a university council since 1957. [23] The Council is chaired by a clerk. [24] The Board includes representatives of faculties, students and general agents, as well as representatives of local industry, employer representatives and unions. [25] In September 2011, plans were announced to demolish some university buildings damaged by an earthquake. [11] In the months following the earthquake, the university lost 25 percent of its students in the first and 8 percent of students.