UCPeople (Peoplesoft) Outage – upgrade alert

UCPeople (PeopleSoft) will be upgraded in September bringing with it a new look, mobile capability, new search capabilities and easy user navigation.

As a result, there will be a PeopleSoft Outage effective 12.00 pm Tuesday 12 September to Tuesday 19 September 2017, due to the PeopleSoft v9.2 migration.  During this timeframe, there will be no access to the UCPeople (PeopleSoft) system.

This will have an impact on e.g. timesheets and approvals; absence requests and approvals; delegations; applying for vacancies.   As a result, a guide on actions to be taken prior to the PeopleSoft Outage and post estimated Go Live date of 20 September 2017 has been generated for your benefit, as follows:

  • All Staff Table of Actions and Deadlines –  See details>

Small Group Training Courses – Term 4

Did you know the Rec Centre’s popular Small Group Training courses are open for anyone to attend, no membership required??  We have a bunch of different courses for all UC Staff to take advantage of!

Recreation centre, various classes set up by staff for marketing services, 20.10.15 and 23.10.15 Client, Kat Henderson, Rec Centre.

What is Small Group Training?
Short 5 week fitness courses, where you will work with the same small group of people each week in a supportive and energising environment.
The courses are a great way to try something new and stay healthy and well at the same time!

Whats on offer for Term 4?
Animal Flow
Meditation though Yin Yoga
Suspension Training (TRX)
Yoga Play (Inversions)

Check out all of the specific course details, days and times here! 

All courses start during the second week of Term 4.
To sign up, just pop into see the Rec Centre reception team, or give us a call on ext 92433.

Apply now for 2018 D’Arcy Writers’ Grants

Applications for the 2018 D’Arcy Writers’ Grants, in association with North & South magazine, for essays of 10,000 to 12,000 words on Aotearoa New Zealand life and culture will close on Friday, October 13. The grants provide $5,000 each for two successful applicants and the winning essays will be published in special sections of North & South magazine.

Applications should be sent in Word format to journo@clear.net.nz. They must include a reasonably well developed synopsis of the proposed essay, plus a full biographical note, including references to, and some examples of, previously published work.

The successful applicants will be announced on Monday, November 10. The judging panel will be writer Gordon McLauchlan (chair); Virginia Larson, editor of North & South; Jackie Dennis, of Script to Screen; writer Hamish Keith; writer Bruce Ansley; and NZSA (PEN NZ Inc) CEO Jenny Nagle.

The winning essayists will, of course, retain copyright and moral rights for the work but the Committee will hold the publishing right.

Any inquiries should also be sent to journo@clear.net.nz.

UCE Summer Startup Programme

Student Katherine Pearse was part of the Summer Startup Programme 2016/17 and highly recommends other students sign up this year. Applications are open until Monday 18 September. Find out more>

Last summer, I was one of 36 students to take part in the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) Summer Startup Programme. It was a full-on but totally inspiring 10 weeks. For me, it was all about giving it a shot and trying something different. Applications for the programme are welcome whether or not you have an idea for a business or social enterprise.

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Over the 10 week programme you are guided through the stages of bringing a business or social enterprise to life. Some people (including me) had just an idea at the start of the programme, while others already had a fully fledged business or social enterprise, and used the programme to gain further help and expertise. An example of students and their businesses on the programme included; a student developing the idea of a technology based virtual reality system for health and safety in the workplace. While other students were more focussed on the concept of a social enterprise and had businesses ranging from a successful public art exhibition project to one that creates fair-trade and ethical street wear (Mallu). Other ideas were by students who had really successful home storage systems (Tom from Pegboard Co. and Laura from Rad Home). It was really fun to be in such a diverse environment with people who were so passionate about their ideas!

Working at UCE over the summer and having that time solely focussed on a business idea was key – not to mention all the support from UCE. Each week has a different focus that is applied to your business/social enterprise, from intellectual property to marketing to investment – you name it, it was covered! A highlight for me was the countless speakers (almost everyday) who gave presentations on their own entrepreneurial journey and businesses. Think serial entrepreneurs, at the top of their field from all over New Zealand. Mentorship is another big focus of the programme. We had numerous ‘speed networking’ sessions with those in the business/entrepreneurial/social enterprise scene in Christchurch who helped to validate and give feedback on our work. Moreover, we were able to really capitalise on the connections and mentors provided by UCE.

The unique learnings from the programme, business connections, chance to meet new people in an inspiring environment and a $5k scholarship are all worth it – you are basically paid to give your entrepreneurial streak a chance over the summer! I’d highly recommend you apply!

More information about the Summer Startup Programme can be found hereApplications close 12pm, Monday 18 September – apply now!

Marsden Fund Council Road show – Christchurch, 7 Sept

The Marsden Fund Council is conducting a road show to explain the recently released Marsden Fund Investment Plan, answer questions, receive feedback, and listen to any concerns and suggestions as the Marsden Fund Council designs a combined panel trial.

The Minister of Science and Innovation recently announced the release of the Marsden Fund Investment Plan. The Investment Plan outlines key changes which will be put in place for the 2018 funding round. These include:

  • introducing a new award to support large interdisciplinary projects, worth up to $3 million;
  • allowing researchers to apply for follow-on awards to sustain momentum for outstanding research;
  • modifying assessment criteria to align more closely with the National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), including the potential for significant scholarly impact;
  • trialling a broader assessment panel structure;
  • undertaking additional moderation between panels to ensure the quality and consistency of research selected from all disciplines; and
  • providing more feedback to unsuccessful applicants and institutions following on preliminary proposals.

Christchurch Event:

University of Canterbury – Thursday 7th September, 10.30-11.30, C3 Lecture Theatre.

All welcome.

If you have questions contact: Lisa Shorey lisa.shorey@canterbury.ac.nz ext. 95675