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The Canterbury College Survey has begun!


Are you sitting comfortably? It’s time for some UC history!

The University of Canterbury recently launched a campus-wide survey to catalogue any heritage artefacts that once lived at the original Canterbury College site. The survey is being conducted by two recent UC graduates, Natalie Looyer and Amy Boswell-Hore, under the supervision of Terri Elder, Curator of the Logie Collection and UC Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities.

Earlier this month, the team began their survey in the Department of Classics, where they found several typewriters, two tables, a lectern, and a spindled club chair. The chair was of particular interest as it may have belonged to John Macmillan Brown, one of the founding professors at Canterbury College.

While the chair itself is not remarkable, the same cannot be said for the man who may have once owned it. John Macmillan Brown arrived in Christchurch on Christmas Day, 1874, to take the Chair of Classics, History, and English Literature at a newly founded college with nowhere to call home. Fortunately, Macmillan Brown not only had a passion for scholarship but also for University policy and administration. He became a central figure in the College’s growth.

With his innovative teaching methods, students flourished and class sizes rapidly expanded under Macmillan Brown’s care. To accommodate the growth, he gifted many of his books to the university for the student’s use. His donation eventually became the Macmillan Brown Library, which takes particular interest in Māori and heritage studies like Macmillan Brown himself. Outside of his teaching role, Macmillan Brown became a member of the Royal Commission on Higher Education (1879-82), a member of the University Senate (1879), was Vice-Chancellor (1916-1923), and finally Chancellor (1923-1935). He also acted as a de facto rector in the early years of the College, particularly supporting women and students from lower-income households. By the time of his death in 1935, Canterbury College was well on its way to becoming the world-renowned University of Canterbury that we know it as today.

As the University of Canterbury moves towards our 150th anniversary, it is time that we dust off the artefacts that are hidden away, no matter how unassuming they might initially seem. You never know what story they can tell us.

Keep an eye out for more stories of Canterbury College as the survey team visits more departments around UC.

Want to know more about the survey? You can find contact details and links at Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities


Image Credit:

London Stereoscopic Photographic Company. London Stereoscopic Company: Portrait of Professor John Macmillan Brown. Haast family: Collection. Ref: PA2-2914. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22590878

Checking in for week four

Dean (AVCA) Julie Mackey and the UCSA Finance & Engagement Officer Jack Whittam check in with information about the library services that can help as you study at home.
Resources that may still be available found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/search-our-collections/
Contacts for support can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/library/support/covid-19/

Online assessment checklist: Preparing for online assessment

Internet speed

You should check your internet speed here https://www.speedtest.net. If the download result is less than 5Mbps there are a few things that can help.

Internet speeds can vary due to how many people are on the network at the same time. This can impact on the internet speed and service. The internet speed could be effected by:

  • Downloading large files
  • Watching Netflix
  • Viewing content on You Tube
  • Gaming

Tips for improvement

During the assessment weeks, you may want to talk to family or flatmates. Let them know when your assessments are occurring so they can help ensure you have the bandwidth and speed you need. Some things they can do to help is to avoid live streaming Netflix. It may be best for them to download the program or film and watch later and reduce resolution on YouTube to 320.

Internet speeds can fluctuate during the day. Traffic on networks peak in the morning around 9am, in the afternoon when school finishes and at the end of the work day. If you are able to, take your assessment outside these peak times to improve your connection experience.

If the broadband seems slow, reset the modem by turning it off for a couple of minutes, then turning it on again.

If you normally experience issues with Wi-Fi, connect the computer to the modem/router by using a Ethernet cable during your assessment. This provides a faster connection.

Devices and appliances like baby monitors, cordless phones or microwaves can interfere with the modem’s signal. Don’t keep them directly next to the modem.

Place the modem in a central part of the house, preferably in a high place. Hiding it under a desk or in a cupboard may block its signal.

Keep your browser up to date.

Make sure to use an up-to-date antivirus software. Viruses can slow the internet down.

Check monthly data usage. Exceeding this may mean reverting to dial-up speed for the rest of the billing month.

If you are concerned about their internet speed they can contact their Internet Service Provider

A few things we are doing at UC to assist whilst you are taking your assessment

The ITS and eLearning team will be monitoring all systems used for assessment.  If an issue is identified with any of our IT systems, for example UC Learn, we will provide an update on the ITS Website.  https://status.canterbury.ac.nz/

We will also send a message via this blog.

What will happen if your connection drops part way through a test?

Quizzes save when you click to go to the next page.

Both Learn and the assessment server keep sessions for 2 hours, meaning that you can get back to where you were so long as they don’t close your browser.

If you experience an issue whilst taking an assessment please advise your Course Coordinator immediately.

Helpful links:

Please continue to check the Course LEARN pages for assessment details.