Enrolment fee changes for 2019

Effective January 1, 2019 the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) Administration Fee, together with the Prompt Payment Discount, will be removed from UC’s Enrolment Offer.

A Late Enrolment Fee ($125) will now be invoiced to students who do not accept their Enrolment Offer and pay their fees by the start date of their programme.

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Artist in residence expression of interest

Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies (University of Canterbury) and Creative New Zealand

We invite expressions of interest (EOI) from Pacific artists for a three month artist in residence position at the University of Canterbury. The applicants will have some expertise and experience in any one of the following areas: fine art, carving, tattooing, music, weaving, pottery, dancing, graphic design, poetry, creative writing, new media art and other forms of creative expression. The residency aims to promote Pacific artistic innovation to the university community and nationally, regionally and internationally. 

The residency is worth $18,000 for three months and the artist will be required to present the work produced by way of exhibition, performance or a seminar presentation during or at the end of the residency. The selection panel will also be looking for artists who are willing to engage and share their work with interested students and staff when available. Participation in university and Pacific community outreach events is also encouraged should such opportunities arise.  

Applicants must send in:

  1. their CV, clearly stating areas of artistic experience and expertise;
  2. a one page project proposal explaining what you want to do including: the key ideas/themes of your project; rationale (why you are doing it); output (what you hope to produce); potential impact (some benefits to the community); and what is unique about your project.              

The short-listed applicants may be asked to submit further information if required. The residency is expected to take place between the months of April and August 2019 and the actual start date could be negotiated.  

Applications should be sent as a single PDF attachment to Patricia Ydgren patricia.ydgren@canterbury.ac.nz.

Applications close 4 February, 2019.    

Health & Safety Training Courses 2019

The 2019 H&S Training Schedule has been finalised and enrolments are now open for the H&S Core Training.

  • Comprehensive First Aid (Unit Standards 06400, 06401, 06402)  – If your role requires that you have First Aid Certification please enrol onto this course. Enrolments for General First Aiders are reviewed, and approved based on the level of cover per area. If you have several First Aiders in your area your enrolment may not be approved.
  • First Aid Revalidation – If you are a First Aid Certificate holder please check you expiry date (can be found here), and book onto a corresponding Revalidation course. You have 3 months from the expiry of your certificate to revalidate, otherwise you will need to take the 2 day Comprehensive course. 
  • Field Activities Training – If your role requires you be a Field Activity Leader or Deputy Leader, you will need ensure that you have attended the Field Activity Training.  If you have not attended the training in over 2 years, now would be a good time to refresh your training. Should anything happen on any Field Trip that you are leading the investigators will be looking at your training record to ensure that you have met your obligations.
  • Fire Extinguisher and Evacuation Training – This course is relevant to all staff, particularly named Building and Floor wardens, but as important to any staff who work in areas that are ‘First to Armband’ such as teaching spaces. It is facilitated by Fire Fighting Pacific, and includes a practical Fire Extinguisher use, which increases your confidence to pick up an extinguisher and use it to clear your exit if needed.
  • Risk Management – This course should be attended by all staff who identify, control, and monitor hazards and risks in their area of work (that is possibly everyone).
  • Health and Safety Rep Training – Please contact Angie Willington for information relating to your H&S Rep training.

Please discuss your training requirements with your manager and complete any enrolments via UCPeople.

If you have any questions regarding enrolling in a course please contact learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone Marjorie Blake.

UC collective agreements renewed

The University of Canterbury (UC) and the combined onsite unions have renewed their collective agreements for another three-year period.

Staff covered by the Collective Agreements will receive wage increases of 2% in 2019, 2.5% in 2020 and 3% in 2021, with lowest waged staff to be paid a minimum of $20.55 per hour from 2019.

This settlement is estimated to affect around 1800 academic and general staff in a variety of occupations, including lecturers, department administrators, bridging programme teachers, maintenance staff, IT services staff, technicians, medical practitioners, clinical educators, cleaning and grounds staff.

UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr says it is important for this agreement to be recognised for the milestone it is.

“For several years, the University has relied on government support post-quake to enable its recovery and rebuild. During that very difficult time for Canterbury, one of the influences on the level of settlements has been the focus on retaining as many jobs at UC as possible,” Dr Carr says.

“This year, with increasing student numbers and enrolment applications for next year looking particularly strong, UC has reached a recovery milestone. We should all be pleased that, following a constructive bargaining process, we have achieved a mutually agreeable settlement.”

TEU Canterbury Organiser Gabrielle Moore says the unions are delighted that the lowest waged staff within the coverage of the collective agreements will be paid a minimum of $20.55 per hour from 2019 and will have the second and third year percentage increases applied to those rates.

“The cleaners in particular have asked that we thank their union member colleagues and the Vice Chancellor for increasing their pay to an amount we consider to be a decent wage, one that means that it will create a better work-life balance for our members allowing for a basic but decent standard of living,” Ms Moore says.