Tonight: Tertiary education, productivity & well-being in NZ

This evening’s UC Connect lecture (Wednesday 6 April, 7pm) provides an important opportunity for staff to learn more about the Productivity Commission’s new inquiry examining tertiary education.

The Productivity Commission’s 120 page issues paper,New Models of Tertiary Education  poses 78 questions which it is seeking evidence and input on to formulate advice to Government in response to its terms of reference. Initial submissions are due by 4 May 2016.


Join Murray Sherwin CNZM, Chair of the Productivity Commission, tonight, Wednesday 6 April, 7pm to discuss the central issues. How well have tradition-steeped teaching institutions adapted to the 21st Century? Is growth in tertiary education helping increase productivity and well being in New Zealand? Is the tertiary education system delivering what New Zealanders want? Is it even clear what the system’s goals are? 

Making a submission: Individuals may also make submissions and UC  encourages all staff members to do so. If you are making a personal submission however, please be sure to say so. And while the Vice-Chancellor would appreciate receiving a copy of such submissions, you are under no obligation to do so.



Short-Term Accommodation – Bishop Julius Hall

Most of our hall of residence and villages, both fully-catered and self-catered, are currently full or near full which is great for UC, however, with the new 60-room extension at Bishop Julius Hall, there is capacity for short-term stays throughout the year.


Particularly for international students 17-19 years of age, the environment at Bishop Julius Hall and the close proximity to both Ilam and Dovedale campuses is ideal.  If you are aware of any potential groups of up to 20 who may be in need of fully-catered accommodation, please contact Accommodation Services with details and we will work with you to meet their requirements.

The accommodation is best suited to groups, rather than individuals and for periods of longer than two weeks.  The rate is based on $55.00 per nightfully-catered with linen provided.


UC Bike parking update March 2016

Over the last two years we have been upping cycle parking and improving the quality of cycle stands. As a result of this programme, we have now almost recovered our cycle parking capacity to pre-earthquake levels.

We have also just had another order approved for more cycle stands, and these will be used mainly to support cyclists around Engineering – and particularly at a soon to be created temporary cycle park on Creyke Rd (at the main North/South entrance to Engineering).

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We are starting to see some initial plans for expanded cycle parking spaces on campus as the remediation programme continues. As many of you will have seen, bike parking on campus remains a challenge, but please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to improve the current facilities – and increasing cycle parking is the first priority.

Remember, if you want to find a free bike stand in the centre of the Ilam Campus, there is lots of available parking at the Matariki building – as close to Puaka/James Hight Library as you can get.

Cambridge, Oxford and Canterbury Academic Exchanges

Just a reminder that applications for the Cambridge, Canterbury and Oxford Academic Exchange Programmes for 2017 visits are now open.

Applications can be submitted for visits to UC (fellowships) and from UC (grants).  Further information and application forms can be found at

The closing dates for all applications is 29 April 2016. 

If you have any questions please contact the Erskine Programme on x6363.

Coffee Cup Composting Trial Continuing in 2016!

After the success of last year, our collection of disposable coffee cups (in the blue bins) for composting is continuing this year! The UC Sustainability Office will assess its progress at the end of the year. Last year we diverted over 15,000 cups from landfill with this service, a massive effort.

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And we reckon we could divert 250,000+ from landfill if we get this right. In 2017 we hope to expand this service to other forms of compostable packaging. This would enable us to get rid of certain kinds of disposable plastics from campus!

However, this will only be possible if the outcome of the trial is successful. And for this we need your help: success means contaminant free.

So please use the Blue Bins but NOT throw anything else in these bins (including food waste, plastic lids, bottles, cans, or ANYTHING other than empty coffee cups!).

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For more information on the blue bin trial click here.