UC 2019 Volunteering Expo

Did you know that volunteering is really good for your health and can boost your career prospects? We have local and national not-for-profits and registered charities coming onto campus on WEDNESDAY 31 JULY, 11.30 am – 2.30 pm in the Undercroft.

For more information about who’s coming check our link to UC Careers Online events page (log in using your UC IT username and password). They are all looking to welcome new volunteers, staff and students and there will be a few furry, four legged friends as well!

IT Services are proud to announce the launch of Statuspage on our new IT Services website!

We’ve revamped our IT Services website, and we’ve introduced Statuspage to keep you notified about IT service outages and maintenance activities.

Some of the Statuspage features:

  • Subscribe via email and/or cellphone – either to all system updates, or to only major outages as they occur
  • Visual status indicators available on the new IT Services webpage – easily see when all systems are “green” (or other – see image in email)
  • Advance notice of scheduled maintenance activities and changes
  • History and details of previous outages and maintenance activities

Check out the new IT Service website here, and click on the Status indicator to view the latest updates & subscribe!


UC engineering students gain top award from National Amateur Radio Association

Two UC engineering students have received awards for attaining the supreme score of 100% in their Amateur Radio exams .

Narottam Royal ZL3NR  and Nazir Ikhtiari ZL3NMI sat their radio exams at the Christchurch Amateur Radio Club earlier this year, having taken part in an intensive weekend course of in radio theory.  Their awards were issued by the New Zealand Amateur Radio Transmitters association, and were presented by the club president Ian MacPherson, and Fred Samandari, director of the  UC Wireless Research Centre .

Narottam Royal ZL3NR receives badge from club president Ian McPherson
Fred Samandari awards badge to Nazir Ikhtiari ZL3NMI

The Christchurch club holds HamCram courses four times a year, and is open to anyone interested in becoming a amateur radio operator. More information on future courses can be found at:



Universities Step Challenge – 10,000 Step Challenge

Just like the Aotearoa Bike Challenge at the start of this year in February, we are inviting you to join in on the Universities step challenge. The challenge has been set by the team at CQ University Australia and they have invited campuses all around Australia and New Zealand to join in.  It is open to all staff, students, and anyone who is associated with UC, with official registrations of the challenge starting on 1 August (SO SAVE THE DATE!)

The challenge is simple, you need to complete 10,000 steps a day from 19 August to 29 September. As daunting as this may sound, it is not impossible. Once you take into account walking to and from office, up and down stairs, to and from meetings, and around the campus, the steps starts to rack up without you even knowing.

So who are we battling against in the challenge of the steps? Well there are a total of 12 universities across Australasia in the Universities Step Challenge.

The Australian universities are:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Southern Cross University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast
  • The University of Queensland
  • Western Sydney University

The champions universities in New Zealand are:

  • The University of Canterbury
  • The University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Being the only campus from the South Island we need to show the others the true grit of Canterbury walking. We already won the Super Rugby so now’s not the time to slow down. Let’s keep this championship mentality going forward one step at a time as each step is in the right direction for you overall health and wellness. Jump onto our website to get more information or talk to your faculty coordinator to join the team in the challenge. If you don’t know who they are then please get in contact with me via email.

Go on, take on the challenge. EVERY STEP COUNTS!

Another successful Open Day | Rā Tōmene

Thousands of prospective UC students, their parents, friends and whānau poured onto campus for Open Day | Rā Tōmene  2019 yesterday.

Some 5,400 visitors attended the event, an increase of 29% on last year, while attendance at the information sessions increased by 60%.

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Our Liaison team completed over 5,000 personal phone calls to registered attendees during the past two weeks, and will make 5,000 more over the next week, as they follow-up with those who attended to ensure everyone got what they needed from the day. They also contacted those who registered but did not attend, to offer them information and support. 

It takes months of planning and involves hundreds of staff and students to showcase UC at its best.

Congratulations to our Liaison and Events teams, to our colleges, schools and departments and to our many staff and student volunteers – to everyone who has worked tirelessly, providing directions, information and a friendly face for our many visitors.

Don’t miss your chance to help us make Open Day | Rā Tōmene bigger and better in the future – please complete our survey here>

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