Provisioning new staff with a telephone Skype for Business account

All new permanent employees will now be automatically provisioned with a Skype for Business account along with a personal DDI telephone number – Managers and Team Leads will no longer need to raise a request for this.

Please note that Persons of Interest and Casual staff who require a telephone number will need an IT account and an email address, and will still require a request be logged via the Self Service Portal in order to provision the new starter with an account.

UC charges up for the future

In a world where energy efficiency and sustainable practices are becoming crucial, electrical vehicles are the way of the future. Bloomberg predicts that by 2040 globally, 35% of vehicles on the road will be electrically powered.

A Life Cycle analysis commissioned the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has found that electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the New Zealand environment than petrol or diesel powered vehicles, across the lifecycle of the vehicle as well as in use.

UC has now entered into a partnership with Orion and Meridian Energy to install an Electrical Vehicle Charger on the University’s Ilam campus to support this growing trend in electrical vehicles.

The UC charging station is now operational and is one of a network of public charging stations being established around Christchurch and its surrounding districts. Orion are installing the stations, and Meridian Energy are supplying the power.

Currently there are 16 stations across the city and surrounds, with a target of 20 plus by March 2017. You can find the location and type of these stations through an online map which also indicates chargers that are currently in use.

The UC station is a standard public station with capacity to charge two cars. Two adjacent car parks close to the Security Office have been restricted for use by electrical vehicles only. While there will be no charge for power, usual parking permits will be required.

If you have any questions about the UC station contact Tony Sellin Energy Manager, Engineering Services.

For more information about Electrical Vehicles in New Zealand.

Chancellor’s Dinner – cause for celebration

On Friday 11 November, over 140 friends and supporters of the University attended the 2017 Chancellors’ Dinner which was held in the Engineering Core to officially open the new facilities.

The Hon Megan Woods, new Minister of Energy and Resources, Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Research, Science and Innovation, and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission officiated on behalf of Government, and cut the ribbon to much applause and appreciation.

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The engineering theme was carried on throughout the dinner with the racing car, the electric car and the John Britten bike in situ for guests to connect with close up.

Videos of the 2017 UC Council award winners were shown prior to their presentations to give attendees a real feel for the people behind these prestigious medals. Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase received the Research Medal, and Associate Professor Ekant Veer, the Teaching Medal.

Lane Neave, one of New Zealand’s leading law firms was sponsor of the event for the second year, and have committed to the same for next year, testament to the quality and value of this annual event, and to the strength of the partnership between Lane Neave and the University.

Mindful or mindless? How to stay sane in a distracting world. Workshop 24 Nov


Mindfulness training is about your life. It isn’t about the time you meditate on a cushion or chair. It is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life.

But how do we do that when our daily existence is full of distractions? In the workplace we are constantly responding to noise and disruption in open plan environments and the urgent response needed to emails and mobile phones.

This culture session explores mindfulness as a key strategy for reenergising and refocusing in all areas of your life but especially at work. And there are some major health benefits.

The next session is at Ilam – Puaka James Hight 210 at 2-3pm Thursday 23 November.

These weekly workshops alternating between Ilam and Dovedale Campuses. Their purpose is to encourage teams across UC to meet and learn from each other about shaping a constructive work place culture that values people.

Please forward this blog to anyone you think may be interested. All welcome.

For the dates of further sessions click here.

Change the Default Temperature Unit in Calendar

If you have switched to Microsoft Outlook 2013 you may have noticed the weather displaying above your Calendar.  You may also have noticed that the default temperature unit is Fahrenheit – not Celcius, which we use here in New Zealand.

This is how you can change the default temperature unit in Outlook Calendar 2013 to Celcius (or even switch it off if you wish).

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