Upcoming Ilam road closures

Some of you may have seen the traffic management signage around University Drive and Homestead Lane.

Night works will be underway in early June to replace the water mains along Ilam Road. The road closures are being organised to ensure traffic doesn’t drive into the work space where the new pipe is being laid.

University Drive will be reduced to one lane, while Homestead Lane will be completely closed to traffic, from Sunday 14 June until Thursday 2 July  between the hours of 6pm to 7am.


The UC RecCentre will be closed on Queen’s Birthday

The UC RecCentre will be closed on Monday 1st June – Queen’s Birthday. We will be open on Saturday and Sunday, with the usual booking systems in place.

Our team has been working super hard to open the facility under Alert Level 2 restrictions, and we’ve been delighted with the uptake and positive response.

So, we’re taking our own advice, and in order to look after you the best we can, we first need to look after ourselves. With this in mind, the whole team will be taking Monday 1st June off, so we can recharge our own wellbeing dials.

You can still get your exercise fix on our YouTube channel, and flip back through some of our 100+ recorded classes and workouts.
Or if you’re looking to develop your own self-care habit, check out these 151 ideas!

We thank you for your great work in returning to the gym safely, and for your ongoing support.

UC Rec&Sport Team

Upcoming Robotics Process Automation workshop

The UC Robotics Process Automation team are happy to announce that the first one-day RPA workshop will be held on Wednesday 8 July.

This one-day workshop is offered by Price Waterhouse Cooper to enhance Robotic Process Automation awareness and capability using UiPath. The course is delivered over one day, during which attendees will be given an introduction into RPA development and capabilities, Agile development methodology and an overview of how to identify processes that are good candidates for RPA.
This workshop is designed to equip attendees with the foundational skills and understanding of RPA that will enable them to understand where they are best placed to contribute to RPA adoption at UC and to identify future personal development areas that will enable that contribution. These roles can be:

  • RPA Enthusiast / Change leader within teams
  • RPA Developer
  • RPA Implementation Manager

The format of this bootcamp suits anyone who has logical workflow thinking and is interested in become a “RPA Enthusiast”.

If you are interested in attending, please discuss this with your manager and then notify us of your interest.

For more information, please see the link for the L&D page for the bootcamp below:


Transitioning from Incident Management to BAU and Business Recovery & Growth

The Incident Management Team has done a remarkable job over the last 10 weeks of guiding UC through what has been, and continues to be, a deeply uncertain period since the COVID-19 outbreak. NZ moved back to Level 2 – Reduce – on Wednesday, 13 May at 11:59pm and the University of Canterbury campus reopened the following day. While teaching remains online for the remainder of this semester, most of the campus is now open for staff and students.

Transition to BAU

Planning has been in place for transitioning between levels throughout the IMT response period but the focus now appropriately shifts to handing back responsibility for teaching, research, and service delivery to the business. Friday, 29 May has been recommended as the handover date as it is a natural point to do so with the end of lectures for Semester 1.

The Incident Controllers; Michel Fivet, Ripeka Tamanui-Hurunui and Steve Gibling will continue to support the transition and will be in readiness to stand up the IMT again if we need to move up alert levels in the future.

Looking ahead

As we look ahead, a new Post COVID-19 Core group has been put in place with two key focuses; business continuity and growth opportunities for the future. A new email address for staff has also been set up ucahead@canterbury.ac.nz for your queries about the way we work together in a post COVID world. More information on the new work streams that have been set up will be shared next week as we move into the next phase of our response to COVID-19.

He Waka Eke Noa | We are all in this together. 

Māpura Māori – Reo Māori in a minute!

Māpura means fire, flash or spark

Delivered to your email inbox each fortnight Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the AVC Māori, Pacific and Equity will provide a small video clip called Māpura Māori – Reo Māori in a minute –  a short, informal pronunciation lesson to assist you with the correct pronunciation of some of our UC events, publications, programmes, places and spaces.

Māpura Māori is designed to both spark your motivation and provide you with a better understanding of the meaning behind many of these names and phrases – so that you build your bicultural competence and confidence while giving reo a go!

Kia iti te kupu, kia nui te whakaaro – capitalising on the micro-moments of opportunity that are available in our busy days, we have set ourselves a challenge – to provide you with a snippet of support via a video clip, in only 90 seconds or less. You will also find a link to an audio file so that you are able to click, listen, learn and let your ārero (tongue) practice the pronunciation in the privacy of your own home or office space.

Kia kaha tatou ki te tū ki te tahi – kia kaha tō tatou reo Māori!

Tū ki te tahi means to ‘stand as one’.

Click below to listen and practice your pronunciation for “Tū ki te tahi”.

Tū ki te tahi is an excerpt taken from the Ngāi Tahu whakataukī: “Whakahaua tō iwi, kia tū ki te tahi” which translates to ‘encourage your people to stand as one’.

In naming our staff pānui Tū ki te tahi, we acknowledge this fortnightly email as an opportunity for us all as UC whānau to engage and be empowered by the information shared so that we increase our knowledge on how to continue making a difference in our community, locally and globally – tangata tū, tangata ora.

Keeping UC staff informed