Getting the most from your mobile devices

Drop-in discovery clinic:
Getting the most out of the mobile devices you bring to work.

All staff welcome
Anytime between 9-11am
Tuesday 7 November
Poutama training room – Level 3 Puaka-James Hight, Room 388

Do you understand the mobile devices you bring to work? Your mobile phone? Your tablet/iPad?  Do you have ideas, knowledge or expertise – for example with particular device types (eg Android, iOS) – that you could share with others?

Drop in to our mobile devices discovery clinic and discover what your devices can do. Bring your phone, iPad, etc – or try ours. Ask some one-on-one questions of our experts and learn how to find answers.

We are exploring the concept of staff using their own mobile devices for work mobility and productivity – known as “BYOD” or “Bring Your Own Device”, this is an operational objective for 2017-2019.

We are running a drop-in discovery clinic, to which staff can bring their own mobile devices and explore other models, with experts on hand to answer questions and explain features.

Overall we intend this drop-in discovery clinic to:
– foster constructive discussion on the use of personally owned devices for work
– help us begin to understand barriers or concerns

The drop-in discovery clinic will enable:
• Chatting with experts
• Exposing you to options with the technology
• Allowing hands-on playing with a range of devices
• Exploring possibilities
• Capturing insights and tips

Any questions, contact the Event organisers:

Tim Stedman – Library

Martin Budd – HR

John Todd – ITS


UC Writer in Residence Kickstarts fantasy novel

UC Writer in Residence Karen Healey is kickstarting her new novel in a novel way.

An award-winning New Zealand young-adult fiction author, Healey (Guardian of the Dead, the When We Wake duology) is teaming up with American writer Robyn Fleming for her first effort at self-publishing – aided by a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds.

The book, a high fantasy novel titled The Empress of Timbra, concerns two half-siblings who meet for the first time in their ruler’s palace, and are pulled into a conspiracy that threatens to destroy their homeland.

Healey, who is currently an Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence at the University of Canterbury, says she and Fleming first wrote the novel a decade ago.

“It was before my first book was published. It was definitely a bit rubbish at the time, but when we came back to it, it was with all the experience we’d developed since.” (Fleming, who lives in Tucson, Arizona, writes romance under a pseudonym.)

“We completely gutted the plot and rebuilt it. We’re really proud of what it is now.”

Why self-publish?

“The book doesn’t fit traditional publishing categories,” Healey says.

“The protagonists are eleven and fourteen, and they’re in this complex, politically intricate world. They’re too old for middle-grade, and too young for young adult or adult fantasy. It’s like, where do you put it in the bookshop? But we think there are readers who will really enjoy this book, and self-publishing ebooks is definitely viable these days, so we’re going for it.”

Warehouse lecture theatre early works

Early works on the Warehouse Lecture Theatre  will begin on Monday 30 October under a tight schedule to ensure the theatres are ready for start of the first semester 2018. The schedule is as follows:

Early works – 30 Oct

  • Removal of Trees
  • Excavation of soils to make paths
  • Excavation to do some isolated foundation concrete works

Full construction to begin – 8 Nov 2018

  • Inside demolition of the warehouse – internal only
  • Internal concrete noise buffered by being inside the warehouse
  • Standard interior concrete and steel upgrade works
  • Interior fit-out works

None of these works are expected to impact on any examination locations because of the isolated location of the warehouse and interior nature of the work.

If you are at all concerned however, please email Project Manager David Wong.

von haast demolition update

You’ll have noticed the hoardings going up around von Haast in preparation for demolition.

This is scheduled to begin late November once exams are completed. Work will commence initially at the northern end, and a week later, also from the southern end. You can see how demolition will proceed here>

The contractors will work from 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and from 7.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays.

As demolition proceeds, dust will be managed on site with water as required, however it is unavoidable that some noise and vibration will be felt by those in the immediate area. If you find yourself adversely affected by noise, please consult the Health and Safety options for managing Noise at Work.

Extra truck movements will be restricted to the SBS car park and Forestry Road out to Creyke Road, with no impacts expected on the wider campus.

During the first phase of demolition (late Nov – Dec) a temporary diversion of the north/south accessway through the Engineering Core will be required. Signage will be in place to indicate the detour.

The demolition is expected to be completed by mid February when the hoardings will be reconfigured in preparation for construction of the new building.

Please contact the Project Managers Mark Homewood or Mary Watson with any concerns.


Real research in a laboratory setting – meet Roper Scholarship Michael Currie

Michael Currie
CollMichael Currieege of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
Roper Scholarship

 “What I have enjoyed most is carrying out real research in a laboratory setting.”

Having already completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a BSc (Hons) majoring in biochemistry, Michael is furthering his expertise by seeking to understand the molecular details of proteins.

Looking at their structure, function and how they interact in a pathway with other proteins, he hopes to increase scientific understanding in the fields of food processing, medicine and disease.

“Proteins are ubiquitous in nature and are involved in many roles in a cell,” he says.

“One of the techniques I hope to use involves making tiny discs that suspend a membrane protein in a very similar environment to which it is normally found. Traditionally these proteins are difficult to work with as they don’t like being removed from their environment. The discs are about 10 billionths of a meter across, which I think is pretty cool!”

UC seemed the ideal tertiary institution for Michael. He had lived on the West Coast for 18 years, so in addition to being close to his home town, it offered a thought-provoking range of science topics. He began university life studying a mix of geology, biology and chemistry in his first year, specialising in biochemistry from his second year on.

“What I have enjoyed most is carrying out real research in a laboratory setting.

“I was fortunate enough to be offered a summer scholarship at UC at the end of my BSc which introduced me to the research environment. I really enjoyed working in a research lab and the kind of work that I was doing and so I stayed in the same lab group for my honours year and now for my PhD.”

Michael’s supervisors are Associate Professor Renwick Dobson at UC and Dr Michael Griffin at the University of Melbourne.