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Get ahead over summer!

Do you want to get ahead over summer?

This year UC has more undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in a range of subjects for you to choose from over summer, including 28 courses you can complete by distance and 87 on campus courses.

With courses ranging from biology to Te Reo, and from accounting to statistics, UC’s Summer School is a fantastic opportunity for you to shorten the duration of your degree, spread your workload or pick up a prerequisite course.

You can find the 2020/2021 Summer School brochure here. Inside is a list of the courses on offer this summer, and the resources and facilities that will be available while you study over the summer break. You can also find out more on our Summer School website.

You can enrol online now for courses starting in November – just go to myUC for enrolment details. Enrolments for courses starting in January will open on 1 October.

If you are due to complete your undergraduate studies, now is also a great time to consider your postgraduate taught and research-based learning options.

We look forward to seeing you continue your studies at UC over the summer period and beyond.

September Graduation Ceremony Postponed

Due to the continuation of COVID-19 Alert level 2 in the South Island, the UC Graduation Celebration ceremony, and all associated events scheduled to take place in Ōtautahi Christchurch on Tuesday 1 September, have been postponed until Monday 14 December 2020.

We are aware this is the second time the graduation ceremony has been affected by COVID-19 and our thoughts are with our graduates, their friends and whānau.

The University and the UC Graduation Office are committed to recognising our graduates’ achievements and we look forward to sharing further details about the new Graduation Celebrations at a later date. In the interim, please keep an eye on the Graduation website.

If you have any enquiries about academic regalia, please contact Graduate Women Canterbury.

We look forward to celebrating our graduates’ success at a time when it is safe for us all to be together again.


Kia ora koutou students and staff,

The Prime Minister has tonight extended the alert levels for 12 more days – Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand will stay at Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm Wednesday 26 August.

This is good news for us, I encourage all students and staff to continue to focus on teaching and learning. We’ve got a week to go until classes finish, so we’re nearly there.

What this means for UC is outlined below and we will continue to keep you updated as more information is made available. Send any questions to

UC campus and student accommodation will remain open.

Teaching and learning

  • Learn sites are the main place for updates and detailed course information.
  • Lectures will continue online.
  • Labs and small specialist classes under 100 people will continue with physical distancing. In some circumstances face coverings may be required. If this is the case we can provide coverings to any students who haven’t brought their own.
  • Tests will go ahead with physical distancing.
  • Assessments due during this period will not change.
  • Application forms for special consideration for COVID-19 reasons can be found here.

Libraries and common spaces will remain open with the following restrictions

  • The 1 metre physical distancing rule will be strictly enforced in the Central Library and access will be limited to 700 people.
  • Everyone entering the library must scan the COVID QR code on display and scan their Canterbury Card (to enable us to track numbers).
  • The RecCentre will remain open with reduced class sizes. Book your place via the RecCentre app.
  • Cafes and food outlets remain open with physical distancing.
  • Additional cleaning of UC premises has commenced again at Alert Level 2.

Location tracking

  • UC is required by the Government to implement processes for location tracking so contact tracing can take place if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.
  • You are required to scan either your Canterbury Card or the government app QR codes on display with your mobile phone when entering buildings and spaces around campus.

Health and wellbeing

  • All student care teams are available visit
  • Please call the Health Centre prior to your appointment. The Health Centre will not take walk-in appointments.
  • The At Risk Student Register has been reactivated to students to update their details.
  • Staff, if you need to work from home for health reasons, please discuss this with your manager.

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Physical distance where possible.
  • Consider wearing a face covering in places where you can’t physically distance.
  • Track your location via the government app, NZ COVID tracer.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline 0800 611 116 and get advice about being tested.

More information

Visit UC’s COVID webpage for information about cleaning on campus, risk registers, wearing face coverings and financial support.

We have done this before, and we will get through this together. Kia kaha.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae