Old von Haast – Demolition Update

Hard demolition of the old Von Haast building will commence the first week of March and continue through to the end of April. It is expected that noise will peak in mid-March and mid-April with the removal of the foundation slabs and the back filling of these spaces.

A protective walkway is being built between the demolition site, the School of Biological Sciences and the Central Lecture Theatres. Please note that during this demolition phase the pathways around the demolition may change due to temporary closures and/or spotters may be put in place. Please obey any signage or instructions given by the spotters. These are in place to keep everyone safe.

If you are having any issues working due to noise levels, please consult the Health and Safety options for managing Noise at Work and/or talk to your line manager about possible alternative options.

Any concerns should be addressed to the Project Managers Mark Homewood or Mary Watson.


Statement from PVC Arts and PVC Engineering

Many of you will have seen a story circulated through online media relating to a slide used in a lecture to new Engineering students that appears to depreciate studying Arts compared to Engineering. 

We have reviewed this part of the lecture, and it is clear that the slide was intended to be humorous, and the lecturer follows it by stating that he would personally have found an Arts degree too difficult.  Nonetheless, taken out of context, it fosters a misconception about the value of our disciplines and the relationship between them that in no way reflects the views of the College of Engineering, and which it apologises for and wishes to correct.

 The Colleges of Arts and Engineering are proud to be able to work closely in a number of cross-campus programmes such as Global Humanitarian Engineering and the new Product Design degree. These would not have been possible without a close interaction.

The Engineering College student advisors also actively encourage students to take Arts courses to broaden their perspectives. Everyone recognises that the humanities and social sciences are important in engineering as we move into 5G communication and towards artificial intelligence. 

These are only examples of the ways in which we work together collaboratively and effectively, and which we expect to develop further as we increasingly recognise the value of the interaction of Arts, Science and Engineering.

Jonathan Le Cocq, PVC Arts
Jan Evans-Freeman, PVC Engineering

EDUCAUSE: Technologies and trends in higher education

Looking for recent research and surveys on instructional design, learning space design, IT governance and more?

UC has a membership to EDUCAUSE, a non-profit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. This membership provides access to benchmarking surveys, IT Tool Kits, EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) research reports and the magazine EDUCAUSE Review, as well as networking opportunities.

With resources on teaching and learning (including student success, learning space design, and instructional design), enterprise IT (IT service delivery, budgeting and business intelligence), and cybersecurity (IT governance, risk and compliance), EDUCAUSE resources will be useful for staff across the university.

To access resources on EDUCAUSE, register on the site using your UC email address. (Note: EDUCAUSE manually processes registration requests which typically takes up to one business day to complete).

UC’s membership is administered by the Library. Please contact acquisitions@libr.canterbury.ac.nz if you have any queries.

Library Services on Dovedale Campus

UC Library is running a Library Express service on the Dovedale campus from Monday 19 February until the College of Education, Health and Human Development moves into Rehua.

This will operate Monday-Friday 11am-1pm in Kōtuku, with library staff available to provide assistance with using the library, catalogue help, guidance on distance services and other questions. Subject librarians for Education subjects will also be present for consultations (either scheduled or drop-in) during these hours.

We look forward to seeing you!

Be proud of creating this special place of remembrance – Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel spoke at the dedication of the new commemorative pathway and the sculpture Roimata on 22 February.

Her speech is reproduced here:

Pro Chancellor, Sue McCormick, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Rod Carr and UCSA President, Josh Proctor

My fellow councillors: Anne Galloway, Vicki Buck, Jimmy Chen, Mike Davidson, Phil Clearwater, and Sara Templeton

Thank you for the honour and the privilege of sharing this occasion with you as we unveil this commemorative sculpture, Roimata, and dedicate this part of the cycleway to the memory of the February 22 earthquake in 2011, both acknowledging and remembering the losses and injuries sustained by students, alumni and friends of the University.

Events to commemorate that day, act as reminders of all that we have lost, but on this occasion we will also be called upon to reflect on the incredible spirit that emerged from the community, exemplified at this place, the University of Canterbury, by the Student Volunteer Army.

I have not yet seen Roimata, but I am confident that when we see her, we will feel that Riki Manuel has captured both the sadness we feel on remembering that day and the generosity of spirit and courage that became the hallmarks of what followed.

The events of February 22, 2011 and the weeks, months and years that followed may have changed the face of Christchurch forever, but the heart of what makes us who we are as a community, a university and a city has been strengthened by our shared experience of grief and loss, coupled now with our immutable optimism for the future.

The University of Canterbury can be proud of the role it played and will continue to play as we turn lessons learned into global best practice for the future.

And today you can be proud of creating this special place of remembrance and honouring our shared sense of loss and the spirit that flowed from the tears.

He roimata o runga, he tangi he ua

He roimata o raro, he tangi maumahara

The tears from above, the grief of love

As the tears from our eyes are of remembrance