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Commissioning of CNRE Fire Lab: 15-17 October

From Monday to Wednesday next week (15-17 October),  a number of burns will be conducted in the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering (CNRE) Fire Lab to commission the Emissions Control Unit (ECU).

It’s expected that as a result, visible smoke and odour will be noticeable, especially over Tuesday and Wednesday.

Facilities Management, UC Security and the New Zealand Fire Service have been notified.

If you notice anything over these dates you don’t believe is related to the above, please report it immediately.

For any other questions or concerns, please email the College of Engineering>

Global awareness and the Gallup World Poll

Global awareness is one of UC’s graduate attributes ,and just one way you can become more globally aware is to take a look at the Gallup World Poll as it allows you to see how well Aotearoa New Zealand does relative to other countries on a wide variety of indicators.

Some examples of such comparison can be found in Associate Professor Tom Coupe’s latest column for interest.co.nz, here.

In the column, Professor Coupe discusses  Aotearoa New Zealand’s performance in terms of housing affordability, public transportation infrastructure, gender relations, satisfaction with education, life and government.

For all this and more, check out the Gallup World Poll Database.

Email phishing test exercise

Did you know 45% of the world’s sent email is SPAM?

While some SPAM email can be harmless enough, there are people out there who use email to target others, exploit their personal information and data or alter the behaviour of the device they are using.

To help us understand how well we are supporting and educating UC students and staff on cyber security we will be carrying out random phishing test exercises between now and the end of year.

The exercise will involve sending emails that use techniques similar to those used by cyber criminals to encourage the recipient to take a specific action. We will send these to a random group of UC email addresses and monitor the outcome – link clicks or attachment opens. We will only be recording the number of actions taken during the exercise and what technique was responded to. No personal information of individuals in the test group will be retained.

UC’s takes this kind of exploitative SPAM email seriously and employs a number of tools to reduce the amount that gets to you. The most effective way to reduce harm to you, your data and UC is to be aware of techniques being used by cyber criminals and to educate users about what to look for, how to react and who to report incidents to.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the ITS Service Desk on 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.