Upgraded firewall and its potential effects

We hope you’ve had a wonderful summer and it’s great to see the campus so alive again!

Here in the IT team, we have been hard at work upgrading the University’s firewall.

This was a much needed task as unfortunately there have been several cases of staff and students using what are called ‘peer to peer applications’ to illegally download material. This is a violation of copyright.

The upgraded firewall will be restricting access to peer to peer applications which can and have been used to download illegal material.

There has already been some analysis done to ensure that known, legitimate peer to peer applications are allowed to be accessed via the firewall.

However this software could be a bit overzealous.  So if you’ve found you are being denied access to something you legitimately need access to, please log a request with us through the ITS Self Service portal.

Please log it under ‘IT Services – 01 Account Management’ and then use the general enquiry link.

Thank you in advance for your understanding,

Malcolm and the IT team

Class Rep Signup Now Open!

Registrations are now open to become a Class Rep.

Help your classmates and your CV by becoming a Rep! Sign up for one or all of your classes and help your fellow students with communicating the good, the bad and the necessary to your lecturers and departments.

Class Reps are the go-between for students and lecturers to help resolve low level issues. They are also essential to help ensure the class is running smoothly for future students.

The benefits for you for signing up are:

  • It can help your CV
  • You could get a shiny certificate
  • You will hear about opportunities to volunteer for UC events
  • You will be in to win 1 of 10 $50 UCSA café vouchers.

Sign up is easy, just contact your lecturer or department admin staff to get the ball rolling then sign up online at http://ucsa.org.nz/classreps/signup/


How to Library

As a first year student there is so much to take in. Where are your classes? How do you get a Canterbury Card? What’s up with the parking? With so much going on, learning to use the library can  be the last thing you want to do. But it is crucial to your success as a student here.

So with that in mind, here’s a run down on how the library works.


Finding a book in the library can seem impossible, and you know what, don’t feel bad about that! We’ve all been there. With four libraries and so many floors it can be confusing; luckily there is a short and sweet video which goes through the whole process from searching to locating an item.  And remember, if you are having trouble ask a librarian – they aren’t mean or shushy at all.

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High Demand

Have you ever been given an assignment only to have everyone rush madly to the library to grab the last copy of the recommended book? To stop things getting too intense, the library has placed a number of items on high demand. These books have a shorter issue time, ranging from 3 hours to 3 days, and can be found in the High Demand section of each library.


One of the reasons Canterbury is so fantastic is because of the Interloans service. If we don’t have the book of article you want, have look in Interloans. From here you can search libraries around the world, request your item and have to sent to the University  –best of all, it’s free!

Library 101

Whether you’re a first year or returning student, anyone can benefit from the Library 101 programme. Here you can find short videos on topics from using your Canterbury card to finding a journal articles, as well as links to all things referencing. Click here to find out more!

Most importantly the library is a space that is here for students. It’s your library, so don’t feel too intimidated when stepping in those doors.