Structural changes to Audio Visual (AV)) team

A communication was sent to all staff late last year to advise there had been a structural change to the AV (Audio Visual) team after workshops and consultation with our staff. 

The reasons for this change was to better align our services to support UC’s strategic direction to improve its online presence, changes to learning pedagogy and the challenges of changing technology, IT and infrastructure.  Staff from the AV team have been integrated into the Library and ITS Departments where their specialist services aligned.  We are continuing to support Learning, Teaching and Research at UC and we remain committed to providing great service, although you may notice changes in the way we have done things before.

Library, E-Learning
Staff that have been integrated into the E-Learning team provide video production and training.  Please contact Rob Stowell or email to explore your video production or video production training options.

ITS, Service Desk and Client Technologies Support (CTS)
Staff that have been integrated into IT Services enable IT Services to provide technical AV support, manual video recording services, AV equipment loan service and AV Architectural design and build.  For queries relating to any of these areas please contact the IT Service Desk on extn 93222 or alternatively you can request assistance by logging a request using the Self Service Portal

For any urgent faults please ring the Service Desk on extn 93222. The operating hours of the IT Service Desk are 8.00am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday. 

We appreciate your patience and engagement as we transition and embed this change. 


Anne Scott
University Librarian | Pou Tuatahi


Andy Keiller
Chief Information Officer


Concrete cutting near Puaka-James Hight

There will be concrete cutting work outside Puaka-James Hight  (near the bike stands on the south side of the building) starting on Thursday 1 February. This work is to connect underground services.

The work will take approximately two to three working days, and is expected to be noisy and generate some dust. Measures will be in place on site to help mitigate this.

Apologies for any inconvenience. Please contact the Project Manager, David Wong  with any concerns – 

Inspiration from 2017 teaching medal recipient as nominations open

 Nominations are now open for the University of Canterbury teaching awards and the UC Teaching Medal for 2018 and there is also a new category of award. Read more>

Associate Professor Ekant Veer, recipient of the UC Teaching Medal 2017, is a highly innovative teacher who is passionate about enabling his students to apply theory to real world problems to create practical digital marketing solutions.

Take a look at this video and consider if you are a contender for 2018.


International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics symposium 12-15 Feb

The University of Canterbury will host the IUTAM symposium on “Moving Boundary Problems in Mechanics” from 12-15 February 2018.

The mission of IUTAM – the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics – is to encourage the development and application of all branches of the science of mechanics throughout the world.

The symposium, co-chaired by Dr Stefanie Gutschmidt and Associate Professor  Mathieu Sellier of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is the second symposium ever to be organized in New Zealand. It is an exciting opportunity to showcase the University of Canterbury new premises, in particular the newly built Engineering Core and lab facilities.

Approximately 60 international experts in applied mechanics, fluid mechanics, and engineering science from over 17 countries will gather to further develop analytical, experimental, and computational methods and push the boundaries of moving boundary problems in mechanics.

Understanding boundary problems

Many problems in mechanics involve deformable domains with moving boundaries.

  • An archetypical example would be how the sail of boat deforms in response to the wind to produce a resultant aerodynamic force. The complex fluid-structure interaction between the flowing air and the sail’s internal stress leads to given deformation of the sail.
  • Other examples include flows with a free surface, flows over soft tissues and textiles, flows involving accretion and erosion, flows through deformable porous media, material forming, shape optimization, to name but a few.

The interaction of the moving boundary with the participating media leads to fascinating phenomena in a broad range of contexts such as wing flutter, wave-breaking, sand dune formation, ripple formation on the ocean floor, flow instabilities, structure resonance and failure, atherosclerosis, ice formation on aircraft wings, etc .

Understanding this two-way interaction is a challenge of modern mechanics. 

Kirkwood and Dovedale Villages

Both the Kirkwood and Dovedale villages have been sold and are scheduled for progressive removal over a period of 18 months commencing 1 July, 2018 .

Capital Works are managing a gradual vacation of both villages in close collaboration with existing tenants, however the schedule requires vacant possession of all units with building services disconnected by 30 June. 

This means that as from 1 January, 2018 no additional uses can be accommodated in these units with the remaining tenant re-locations to be executed over the next four months. Consequently, spaces vacated within the two villages will no longer available for any future use by the University community, and booking requests will no longer be accepted by Timetabling, Ad-Hoc Room Bookings or Security.

Nāhaku noa, nā

Darryn Russell
Kaihautu Matua (Taupua)
Executive Director (Acting)
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