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Power outage – Saturday 29 April – 8am to 6pm

Following earlier advice about power outages necessary to enable commissioning of new power infrastructure on the Ilam campus, we wish to advise that a further power outage is required this weekend.

Outage Period – 29 April, from 8am – 6pm
Buildings affected are:
Karl Popper
Business and Law
South Arts
North Arts
Puaka-James Hight
University Bookshop
Angus Tait
ICT Building
Von Haast
Macmillan Brown Library
Te Ao Marama
Library Warehouse
Alice Candy
Fine Arts blocks 1-4
Biology Glasshouses
Central Lecture Theatres C1-3
Rehua construction site
Geography Staff
Psychology Staff
Recreation Centre
Health Centre
Locke and Logie

Students are advised that for the affected buildings there will be NO ACCESS as the buildings will be locked down by Security for the period of the outage and it is recommended that building occupants turn off their computers and area printers last thing before leaving work on the evening before the outage.

While the timing should mean any impact will be minimal, we apologise in advance for any inconvenience. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rob Oudshoorn
Group Manager Engineering
Engineering Services
Phone ext: 95498
Mob – 0274364161

Campus cafes and construction workers

You may have noticed the coverage in The Press about construction workers use of campus cafes, and some of the conclusions those who have read the article online have drawn.

The reality is that there is no ban. UC contracts with construction companies contain a provision that contractors will comply with UC policies and directives. Construction workers do get served at campus cafes, but on occasions have been moved on at busy times to give students priority. UC does not operate food outlets on campus. The UCSA and a small number of independent operators compete for customers.

UC makes no apology for putting its students first. The issue is not that UC does not wish construction workers to be served at campus cafes, but that it is not able to cater for the large numbers of workers without some measures in place, particularly at main break times which coincide with lecture breaks.

Those measures include the provision of additional facilities. The Hard Hat Café was established by the UCSA to provide extra, accessible service for construction workers on campus. Each construction site also has the ability to host a pie cart and facilities for construction workers to sit while eating. At times there have been up to 800 construction workers on campus. There will be more when the demolition of the Von Haast building and the construction of the new UCSA building begins.

In taking the approach it has, the University is mindful of previous complaints, including construction workers congregating in student communal areas, leaving students, staff and visitors nowhere to sit, and construction workers congregating outside teaching areas.

Ngā mihi,

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae


UCSA: Anzac Day Service 2017

We will remember smallIn the lead up to Anzac Day, the UCSA has worked closely with the University to install a Field of Remembrance on Okeover Lawn.

In New Zealand 120,000 men enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Of the 103,000 who served overseas, 18,500 died and another 41,000 were wounded or fell ill.

400 of these enlisted men were staff or students at Canterbury College, known today as the University of Canterbury.

99 of these men lost their lives. These crosses are in the memory of our fallen.

We will remember them

Please join us at UCSA’s ANZAC Day Service on Tuesday 25 April, 10.00am at Matariki Quad. Find more information.