PeopleSoft Outage (12pm, Tuesday 15 March to 8.30am, Wednesday 16 March)

The PeopleSoft system will be unavailable from 12pm, Tuesday 15 March until 8.30am, Wednesday 16 March due to planned system maintenance.

We encourage staff to complete any urgent PeopleSoft self-service transactions prior to the outage, and apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Change to PeopleSoft for staff – new Dashboard (Manager Self Service/Employee Self Service) – effective 15th March 2016

 The new Dashboard will provide a more user-friendly view for staff.  Managers will have easy access to additional key data and Employees to a leave summary and quick links to e.g. payslips.

A three minute video clip, which provides Managers with an overview of the key changes and a view of the Dashboard which will be added to the current Manager Self Service menu, along with helpful information and FAQs can be found here

If you have any questions about this maintenance, or problems once the system is restored, please contact the ICT Service Desk.

IT Service Desk – your first point of contact for IT Services Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri

Self Service Portal:

Phone: 03 364 2060 or Extn 6060 or NZ Freephone: 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843)

All requests logged after hours will be attended to during business hours.

‘Rushing For Gold’ published by UC staff member and alumnus

Rushing for Gold edited by Dr Lloyd Carpenter (UC alumnus) and Dr Lyndon Fraser (from the College of Arts) examines the nature of trans-Tasman ties formed on the back of 19th century gold rushes.

This multi-perspective volume, with contributions from both academics and local historians and genealogists, tells the story of the people from all over the world who sought their fortune on the gold fields.

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The book will be launched at the University Book Shop on campus at 5:30pm Thursday 10 March 2016.

You can buy it online here >>>

Dr John Wood incoming Chair of Chancellors’ Group

Congratulations to our Chancellor Dr John Wood for becoming  the incoming Chair of the Chancellors’ Group.

The Chancellors of each of the eight universities meet formally on a regular basis and also meet with Vice-Chancellors.

Dr Wood says he is looking forward to working with Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors during a dynamic time in the university sector.

“Together with my fellow Chancellors I look forward to consolidating new University Council structures following legislative changes last year.  We want to ensure that new Council constitutions are both agile and strategic to focus on the opportunities and challenges being faced across the university sector,” says Dr Wood.

“We will also be making submissions to the Productivity Commission’s review of the tertiary sector to ensure it is vigorous and future focused.  It is also imperative that the review recognises the quality of our universities – all of which are ranked in the top three percent in the world, and acknowledges the contribution our universities make to the country’s economic growth and social wellbeing.”

Dr Wood replaces Mr John Ward, the Chancellor of the University of Otago.  Both Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors conveyed their gratitude to Mr Ward for his service as Chair of the Chancellors’ Group since 2012.

UC Connect – the new ‘What if Wednesdays’

‘What if Wednesdays’ are back, although the concept is now being called UC Connect.

There will generally be a UC Connect every two weeks during term time and we are confident they will be as interesting and engaging as they have been in the past.

UC Connect will kick off with a lecture titled ‘Black holes making waves around the Universe.

In it Professor David Wiltshire will talk about what the recent LIGO detectors measuring gravitational waves for the first time ever means to the world.

When: Monday 7 March, 7.30pm – 8.45pm

Where: Ilam campus of the University of Canterbury

Click here to register >>>