Peer Notetaking Update

As you may be aware, UC’s Disability Resource Service (DRS) has implemented a new system of notetaking this year. Known as peer notetaking, the change involves DRS seeking out motivated and capable students enrolled in courses where notetaking is needed and contracting them in order to purchase copies of their notes. Those notes are then provided to students registered with DRS who experience difficulties taking notes for themselves for disability-related reasons.

Like the old method of casual staff notetaking, peer notetaking is an anonymous service, and neither the students receiving the notes nor the peer notetakers themselves are told who the other is. In doing this, DRS aims to ensure that students with disabilities have equal opportunity and access to academic success through reasonable accommodations, while also achieving significant cost savings.

How this change affects lecturers

Because peer notetaking isn’t covered by existing agreements between UC and lecturers in relation to lecturers’ intellectual property rights, DRS is seeking the consent of lecturers to allow peer notetaking in their classrooms.

If you are a UC lecturer, please either provide or decline your consent for peer notetaking at the online form here.

Where to find more information

More information about what peer notetaking is, why consent is needed, and what alternative arrangements are made in cases where lecturers do not wish to give consent can be found on the DRS intranet page here.

If you would like to discuss peer notetaking with someone from DRS before making a decision, this can be indicated on the online form as well.

Meeting and greeting at Open Day

For the last two years UC staff member Jamie Hape from the Māori Development Team has volunteered to help at Open Day. Here’s why she will be helping out again this year…


I decided to get involved with UC Open Day to meet staff from other departments and to greet new students to UC.

My role was to meet and greet students and whānau at the Clyde Road carpark and provide them with an information pack and handwarmers. Although it was a little cold, it was a great opportunity to learn more about UC and the students that would be starting their degrees in 2016.

I was able to talk with whānau and reassure them that their children would be in good hands at UC and there was plenty of support services to guide them along the way.

All UC staff should get involved in this event to have the same experiences that I have had for the past two years.  I look forward to taking part again this year.


This year, Open Day is on 14 July. If you are interested in being involved, please check with your manager and register your interest by emailing the Events Team. You could even volunteer as a team.

The day runs from 9am to 5pm and is based in the centre of Ilam campus, with subject and information sessions, as well as tours of the campus, departments and UC accommodation options. The UCSA will also be running Winterlude activities.

Travel Survey: one chance every four years

It only happens once every four years on one day –  in 2016 on Tuesday 12 July you have the chance to complete the Travel Survey.

This year also marks an important first. In 2016 the University is also undertaking a vital transport master planning exercise, which will identify key transport needs for our community into the foreseeable future. The Travel Survey will provide key data for this planning exercise.

The survey is conducted every four years by the University’s Transport Working Group, the Sustainability Office and Campus Services. In addition to looking at general trends in transport choices, it takes place on one day to capture a ‘snapshot’ or ‘day in the life of’ transport choices at the university.

The survey, and associated parking and pedestrian monitoring by the University and the Christchurch City Council, is vital for gauging changes in staff and student travel patterns and for aiding development of the University’s transport and campus master plans.

Results from the survey and monitoring also provide important evidence for University approaches to the City Council and Environment Canterbury on transport matters; for example, improving bus services to/from UC, improving cycle routes, and addressing car parking on campus and on surrounding streets.

Fact file:

  • The survey has been part of University life since 1966
  • The survey is only held once every four years
  • Questions were standardised in 2000

Healthy Christchurch Lunchtime Seminar – Gap Filler

You are invited to join us at a lunchtime seminar with Gap Filler, Christchurch’s own creative urban regeneration initiative.

Date: Tuesday 5 July
Time: 12.00 noon – 1pm
Location: Aoraki Room, Community & Public Health, 310 Manchester Street

Gap Filler’s work has been recognised as a great example of facilitating community resilience and grassroots wellbeing – and the commitment to bringing about good community outcomes continues.

Come and hear the latest from co-founder and Strategic Director Ryan Reynolds.  Ryan will speak about the future direction of Gap Filler, cover some projects in the pipeline (not yet public) and introduce work they’re doing on one of the city’s big private developments.

Click here to book online. A confirmation email and calendar appointment will be sent to you on receipt of your registration.

Please bring your lunch  –  tea and coffee will be available.

Gap Filler

Deletion of hidden files in Learn

Currently there are 24,000 file resources on Learn which have been hidden (unavailable to students) for three years or more.

These files were uploaded before the copyright compliance tool was completed and hence hold a considerable but unknown risk of non-compliance with current copyright law and licenses, as they can be unhidden, which makes them reportable and available to students in Learn courses.

Therefore all hidden files that have not been accessed for three years or more will be deleted.  The deletion of these files will commence on the week of 25 July.  If you do want to keep these files then if you ‘unhide’ them they will not get marked for deletion.

If you have any questions, please contact E-Learning Support