Early warning – Ilam campus power outage – Wed 31 January 2018 – 6pm-12am

 To perform an annual generator and system test of the high voltage and emergency power infrastructure installed within the Ilam campus, a planned power outage affecting approximately 50% of the campus is required.

The testing process will involve the power supplied to affected buildings being disrupted a number of unspecified times during the outage period. Buildings supplied with emergency power will have that delivered to them for the period of the test. In addition, the data network services only for some of the Campus outlying buildings are affected . These buildings are listed separately.

To minimise the user impact the outages have been scheduled during the evening during the summer break.

Outage Period – Wednesday 31st January, from   6pm – 12am midnight

The buildings affected with a total power and data outage are:

  • Karl Popper
  • Music
  • Business and Law
  • South Arts
  • North Arts
  • Matariki
  • Puaka-James Hight Library
  • Okeover
  • University Bookshop
  • ICT
  • Julius von Haast
  • Pūtaiao Koiora
  • Von Haast ( demolition site)
  • Forestry
  • Macmillan Brown library
  • Te Ao Marama
  • Library warehouse
  • Alice Candy
  • Fine Arts blocks 1-4
  • Biology Glasshouses
  • Central Lecture Theatres C1-3
  • Rehua (construction site)
  • Geography Staff
  • Psychology Staff
  • Recreation Centre
  • Foundry
  • Health Centre
  • Haere- roa (UCSA construction site)
  • Warehouse
  • Elsie Locke
  • James Logie
  • Psychology/Sociology

Buildings which will be supplied with their assigned emergency power during the test after a very short outage are:

  • Angus Tait
  • Julius von Haast
  • Pūtaiao Koiora
  • Ernest Rutherford (New RRSIC building)

Buildings which will only lose their  Data services for the outage period are:

  • Creyke Road houses
  • Clyde Road houses
  • Kirkwood village units

Staff are advised that for the affected buildings with a power outage there will be NO ACCESS as the buildings will be locked down by Security for the period of the outage.

It is recommended that building occupants turn off their computers and area printers last thing before leaving work on the afternoon before the outage.

Please forward this advice to any affected staff and student building users as appropriate.

While the timing should mean any impact will be minimal, we apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rob Oudshoorn

Group Manager Engineering
Engineering Services
Int ext – 95498
Ph – (03)3695498
Mob – 0274364161

Salon Series

Is one of the things you love about working at UC being given the opportunity for an exchange of ideas and robust academic debate?

This year, the Library and the Library Committee are bringing you new chances to do this with the Salon Series. Gatherings where scholars discuss ideas have always been common in library spaces and at UC Library, we see it is one of our roles to bring people together across disciplines to talk and think and be moved to future action.

Over the course of 2017, a number of University staff have expressed their views that they don’t spend sufficient time talking with colleagues, especially those from other parts of the University.

So in 2018 we will trial a monthly lunchtime gathering where an invited ‘provocateur’ will speak for a few minutes and then the conversation will be open to all comers.

  • The salon will be in Central Library using the comfortable seating between the lifts on the mezzanine floor (Level 3). There will be a mihi whakatau at the first event to open the space for discussion
  • Tea and coffee will be provided and attendees will be encouraged to stay and chat
  • A dedicated facebook site will be run alongside the salon for organising the events and promoting discussion

We need to know what time and what day of the week you would find convenient and would be very pleased to hear of suitably provocative themes to add to the list that the working group for this project has compiled. Click here to give us your feedback.

Salon Series – join the conversation!

Why a Tech Tip?

Why Tech Tips?

My aim is to help you get the computer program side of things out of the way so that you can get on with what it is that you actually want to do. That’s it. Minimise interference. Because as powerful as our computers are in assisting us with our work, they sure have a knack for getting in the way.

So look through the Tech Tips Archive and see what grabs your interest. Have you seen the Technology Information for New Staff? (You don’t have to be new at UC to find it useful.) Let me know in the comments section below if there are particular things you’d like to know.

Unless, of course, you actually want to wrestle with the computer!

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

UC’s Organisational Culture Transformation

In 2013 we started to take a deliberate look at our organisational culture –

“the shared values, norms and expectations that guide us in terms of how we approach our work, interact with each other and interact with our students, stakeholders and customers. Organisational culture includes the patterns of behaviour that are encouraged, discouraged, or tolerated by people and systems over time.”

Why? An organisation’s culture affects performance, employee engagement and the ability to create an innovative and positive work environment.

The first steps we took were to enhance constructive behaviours* in our staff in leadership roles. We are utilising a 360 degree tool called the LifeStyles Inventory (LSI), coupled with coaching. The LSI has continued to be part of the readiness for the next stage – enhancing Culture – to support our continued efforts to be People Prepared to Make a Difference and to achieve our strategic goals.

(* The four Constructive behaviours are: Achievement, Self-actualising, Humanistic-Encouraging and Affiliative.)

The Culture component of the journey began in earnest in 2015 and is now underway for the majority of staff. So far 76% of staff have had the opportunity to participate and have started to discuss the UC culture they experience (“Actual”) and the UC culture they desire (“Ideal”). These conversations, activities and initiatives are supported and validated by the measurement tools we are using – provided by Human Synergistics.

This culture transformation is an SMT-led initiative. HR’s role is to support each SMT member as they plan when and how they will deploy the measurement tools, and support their areas to close the gap between the perceived ‘actual’ and ‘ideal’ culture. Culture Leadership teams have been established in each area. The Culture Leader’s role is to debrief results with their staff, initiate and support discussions to build understanding of the results, and to enable and empower staff with their subsequent activities, changes, relationship building and initiatives.

Learning Community for Culture Leaders “Blue CLUES”, a series of sessions for the growing group of Culture Leaders, will start in March. The purpose of these sessions will be to learn – from leaders and guest experts, as well as from each other – and to network in order to share our experiences and lessons.

Invitations for the inaugural session on 22 March will be sent soon for those who are designated Culture Leaders in their areas. Our guest speaker will be Shaun McCarthy, Director Human Synergistics Australasia. Please pencil in the date.

Feature Article
If you are wondering how to take a (further) step in the right direction, this article may prompt some thinking…

“8 Things Constructive People Don’t Do”. Published on 17 Jan 2018, By Dominic Gourley. “Sometimes it’s easiest to know what Constructive is by looking at its contrast…”

Dominic’s article refers to the Human Synergistics Constructive behaviours at the individual level. If you are not familiar with these or you want to see them compared with the styles at the organisational/culture perspective, you might find this article of interest.

Finding Out More
– Please see UC’s Culture Journey website for more information on the UC programme, timeline, tools, articles and whitepapers, FAQs and more.
Listen to the VC talking about this topic

I plan to provide you with updates, resources, guest blogs etc. once a month. If you have any success stories to share from your area’s work following your culture discussions, please contact me, I welcome your input.

Ngā mihi nui
Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

VC Forum Wednesday 14 February

You are invited to take part in the Vice-Chancellor Staff Forum on Wednesday 14 February in North Arts, A2, 1 – 2pm.

This is an opportunity for audience-driven discussion and to talk about UC’s plans for 2018.

The co-host will be Executive Director, Student Services and Communications | Kaihautû Matua Te Ratonga Âkonga me te Whakapâ Lynn McClelland.

A list of topics will be circulated in the week before the forum and there will be an opportunity for Q&A.