UC Parking charges for 2016

I’ve previously advised UC staff of a proposal to the University Council to increase parking charges by 15% for next year, 2017 and 2018. This has been discussed at staff forums and posted in Intercom.

This proposal was revised at the committee stage, and the Council yesterday agreed to raise parking charges by 15% for next year only, with further analysis to be carried out to inform any further changes beyond 2016.

In 2016 annual staff parking permits will cost $455 and annual student parking permits will cost $304. Day parking charges will be $8, and Pay and Display charges will be  $3 per hour. Existing payment options will continue to be available.

Dr Rod Carr


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Learning and Development

Library Collection changes

Geographical and Environmental Science materials

Over the next week the Library will be moving approximately 5000 items from the Central Library to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Library. The call range on the spine labels start with GB, GC and GE. We apologise for any inconvenience this move may create as the items will not be available for borrowing for a couple of days. You will be able to place a hold on an item which will be provided as soon as the move has been completed.

Music CDs withdrawn
The School of Music has advised that its preferred format for music is streaming audio. Therefore the Library is withdrawing music CDs if the material is duplicated on the Naxos Music Library. Many of the withdrawn CDs are in poor condition, however they will be offered through a book giveaway in March 2016. The Library is also integrating 1500 CDs from the School of Music into the borrowable collection. Please use this  link to explore the resources the Naxos Music Library offers, and remember you are required to log out from Naxos.

UC Alum Dr Lane Perry to deliver Keynote Address at the Third Community Engagement Summit

UC Alum Dr Lane Perry (PhD ’11) will deliver a Keynote Address entitled “To strive for a higher purpose: High impact community engagement as a tool for balance” at the Third Community Engagement Summit on Tuesday, 8 December.

Dr Perry completed his PhD thesis in 2011 by conducting research on two UC courses that use community engagement as the main teaching approach. Also while at UC, Dr Perry served as a Coordinator of the Emerging Leaders Development Programme.

After graduating from UC, he was appointed to his current role as the Director of Service Learning at Western Carolina University.

Dr Perry’s Keynote is part of a larger programme for the Summit focused on the theme of “Universities as Good Neighbours” and will feature addresses by the Student Volunteer Army President, Alex Cheeseborough, the Riccarton-Wigram Strengthening Communities Advisor, Marie Byrne, Sergeant Steve Jones of the Riccarton West Neighborhood Police Team, and UC Human Resources administrator Martin Budd about his service trip to post-quake Nepal.

An optional service project that will include planting meadow wildflowers in the rail corridor in Riccarton will take place on Monday 7 December.

Registration for the Summit is free due to the support of the Riccarton-Wigram Community Board and includes morning/afternoon teas, lunch, and great conversations!

Online registration is at http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/community/registration.shtml

UC funding agreement varied

The University of Canterbury and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Steven Joyce have agreed to vary the funding agreement for the University of Canterbury signed 15 September 2014.

The impact of this change is to vary the second payment of $100 million into two payments; the first payment for $85 million in early December 2015 and the second payment for $15 million, once a number of conditions have been met.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury, Dr Rod Carr, says the University Council does not consider the direct financial impact of this variation to be significant.

“We have had enormous support from the Government so far. We are grateful that the Government and the Minister Steven Joyce have been so proactive and helpful through our substantial campus transformation programme,” University Chancellor Dr John Wood says.

The University of Canterbury is spending a significant sum on the revamp of a wide range of facilities on campus over the next three years, following settlement of its insurance claim and support from the Government for up to $260 million for two major programmes of work in science and engineering.