International Opportunity for Students with 21 Day Challenge

The 21 Day Challenge is back again for 2016 offering students the chance to make a real difference to a community in the Pacific.

Students are given 21 days to work in teams of five with industry mentors to come up with a solution to a community problem – the winning team receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to implement their idea.

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Last year’s winning team in the Philippines

This is a wonderful opportunity for students that will make a valuable contribution to a community and their CV! Students will gain increased global and cultural awareness, applied learning opportunities, international networking as well as developing their enterprising and innovative thinking skills.

This challenge is open to all students, undergraduate and postgraduate, from any discipline. Please encourage your students to apply (applications open 4th April via Learn).

There is an information session on Monday the 4th of April from 12 to 1pm in C3 Lecture Theatre. Students can also head along to the UCE website for more information

Next UC Connect – “The future of tertiary education”

What can the five-year-old Productivity Commission add to a thousand-year-old institution?”

The future of tertiary education will be discussed in the next public lecture in the headline-making UC Connect series.

Chair of the Productivity Commission Murray Sherwin will cover topics such as:

  • How well have tradition-steeped teaching institutions adapted to the 21st century?
  • Is growth in tertiary education helping increase productivity and wellbeing in New Zealand?
  • Is the tertiary education system delivering what New Zealanders want?
  • Is it even clear what the system’s goals are?

Murray is an economist with over 35 years’ experience in a wide range of public policy roles.  You can read more about him and the topic here. 

Where: Undercroft 101

When:  7pm Wednesday 6 April

Timeline of construction activities – NEB site

A timeline of construction activities has been developed for the NEB building (next to the Central Lecture Theatres/opposite the Geography building). The timeline outlines what levels and types of noise to expect at each stage of construction.

Structural work is currently being carried out on the building and is expected to continue until August/September this year.

The project team is aware the noise generated during structural work can be disruptive for those working in surrounding buildings.

Concrete cutting activities are generating significant noise and where possible these will be carried out before 9am and after 5pm on week days. Between 9am and 5pm on week days there will be intermittent construction noise as per the construction activity timeline.

For more information contact Alan Palmer, Project Manager.

Noise at Work
Take a look at our previous post outlining options available to staff when noise levels negatively impact the work environment.

Below – an Artist’s impression of the exterior of the NEB building.

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Online Experience Phase II Update

Last week the project released updates for the following sites:

Postgraduate –

UC Health Centre –

Student Support –

Chaplains –

Summer School –

Bridging Programmes/ Transitions – (which is still under the old design but available in the new CMS).

And a new introduction page for registering on MyUC.

Along with a new usability design, more “call to action” buttons across the site, this brings the total pages migrated or created in Phase 2 to 341.

The project has done a lot of work to make these pages easier for visitors, but we realise there is still more work to be done. Especially in the Postgraduate space. Over the coming weeks we will be engaging Postgraduate students to test the look and feel of the new pages to improve the navigation and content, and make it even better.

This brings phase II to a close, and over the next six weeks the team will be focusing on refining some of the content and providing a handover to the teams who will support this going forward. If you see anything that needs changing please log a request in Assyst and they will forward to us to look at.

We are also working on a submission for the next phase which will bring even greater improvements to the site and bring the rest of the universities web content in the same management system.

We hope you like what we’ve created to date, and are happy to take any feedback.

Many thanks,

Debbie Jones

Snr Project Manager – Online Experience Phase II

Work starts on part of new Uni Cycle Route

Contractors are about to start building a short section of cycleway alongside Christchurch Boys’ High School.

It forms an important part of the Uni Cycle Route, which will lead from the University of Canterbury to the Central City, connecting to the schools and destinations along the way. As part of this latest project, the shared path through North Hagley Park will be widened.

Getting these sections built will provide a safe, convenient way for people to ride from Riccarton Bush past Christchurch Boys’ High School and Christchurch Girls’ High School into Hagley Park and to the Central City at Armagh Street.

It is expected the work will take about three months to complete.

Contractors will do what they can to minimise disruption, however, there is likely to be some impact on movements through the area. Signs will show any detours or restrictions during construction and the Council encourages people to allow extra time for travel.

Be on the lookout for other people in vehicles, riding or walking and mindful of their safety.

People passing through North Hagley Park should note that there will be limited access to the path while it is being widened so it may be necessary to use an alternative route.

More information about the Major Cycle Routes is available on the Council website.