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Important information you need to be ready for online learning in Term 2

As we reach the end of our first week in lockdown we hope you’re doing ok, and have settled well into what will be your new normal for the coming weeks.

Just before the lockdown, we sent a survey to all UC students, which has become a useful source of information as we prepare to move learning online.  

Importantly, the survey enabled a number of students to access devices prior to lockdown and highlighted areas of concern we will soon address, including assessments and access to software and data. ​

Technological needs
We know many of you have experienced a change in circumstances during the lockdown and as we turn to online teaching for all, it’s important for us to know how we can continue to support you.

To ensure all students can successfully participate in online learning this semester, we want to hear from you. Please complete this 5 minute resources form if you think you:

  • have any issues with access to software needed to complete your online learning
  • don’t have access to hardware that will facilitate online learning, and/or
  • think access to data will restrict your online learning.

If you’re not affected by any of the above, you don’t need to complete the survey.

Data needs and software
Thank you to those who have been in touch with data and/or software concerns. We are looking into options that can help. The survey aims to give us precise information about these issues so please make sure you complete it.

Students who have software issues can log an Assyst ticket through UC IT Services.

LEARN support

The IT team have launched a new button in LEARN.

‘e-Learning Help’ will provide quick access to LEARN user guides, information on Echo360 and services like AskLive. Find it here>

UC Library’s online services, including AskLive, will be closed over Easter (10-14 April), reopening Wednesday 15 April, however you’ll retain access to all electronic resources throughout that time.

Remainder of Semester 1
Semester 1, term 2 commences on 20 April and will be taught online. This means students can continue to study from their current location, regardless of any change in the COVID-19 Alert Levels. 

We know many of you have questions about remaining assessments following the change to term dates, and the move to online learning.

All programmes have been working to adapt the assessments to ensure you get the best learning possible. Please check LEARN for any changes to your assessments. All changes will be finalised by Thursday 16 April.

UC’s academic staff are hugely grateful to the UCSA for their invaluable feedback in developing procedures to ensure assessments (including assignments, tests and exams), will be available online for Semester 1 and will positively support students’ online learning and outcomes.

Key dates:

  • Teaching for Semester 1 will end on 29 May
  • Study Week will run from 2-5 June as planned and no assessments will be due or conducted in this period.
  • The examination period will run from 8-20 June.

There will be a maximum of one assessment activity per course in the examination period and these may include assignment submissions, online tests and exams.

Note: some programmes operate under dates that may be outside those mentioned above, but you will hear from UC directly if this applies to you. This includes postgraduate thesis students. 
For additional information specific to your studies, please continue to check LEARN.

It’s important to remember that we are all finding new ways to do things during the lockdown, and it’s ok to not feel ok. 

Te Hāpai Ō | Facebook Live Speaker Series 2020 is special online event that will see UC academics sharing their expertise, guidance and advice on a number of different kaupapa, allowing us an opportunity to keep connecting while nourishing our perspectives, insights and intellects while we hunker down at home.

Join us on UC Facebook this Friday (3 April) at 11am as Professor Julia Rucklidge talks about ‘Maintaining your mental wellbeing in lockdown’. A Q&A session will follow the presentation during which you can ask your questions about nutrition and nutrients, managing anxiety and stress and maintaining good routines in uncertain times. Read more>

Please keep talking to us – our support team is here to help.  Individual, academic, financial – whatever support you need, just ask.

For anything else you need us to address, keep using – we are listening.

And, as always, be kind: we are all in this together. Thank you for everything you are doing to look after yourselves and each other.  We look forward to being together on campus again soon.

Showcase your technology with FLINT

FLINT Christchurch (Future Leaders in Technology) are now in their second year of creation – FLINT aims to share knowledge and appreciate emerging tech, watching its contribution to positive social and environmental change.

On Thursday 21 November, FLINT will be holding their second ‘hands-on’ showcase, with technologies designed and built right on our doorstep here in Ōtautahi Christchurch!

This will be an interactive, expo style event, giving you the opportunity to talk to other young professionals about technology.

FLINT would like to extend an invitation to any and all UC students interested in taking part, providing you with an opportunity to showcase technologies you’ve been working on.

If you would like to know more or to sign up, contact


For more about FLINT, click here>

To our students

As we approach the week’s end, I wanted to reach out to you again following the distressing news around the loss of a student, and the circumstances surrounding it.

Our thoughts are with the student’s whānau, friends and loved ones. Respecting the family’s wishes, we have limited our comments publicly.

A formal statement was released on Wednesday 25 September sharing our devastation and our commitment to supporting the Police in their ongoing inquiries.

In addition, we confirmed our intent to commission an independent and comprehensive investigation in order to identify how this happened, and the actions required to ensure this never happens again.

Our priority is you and your wellbeing. It’s important you look after yourselves, and one another. If you need help, please reach out to any of the support services available on campus (see below).

We are here for you, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. If you haven’t already, take a moment to check in with your family or whānau and let them know you’re okay.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor


Support services for UC students:

Wider support
0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for free, 24/7, confidential support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.