Erskine Visiting Fellow Arrivals

A number of new Visiting Fellows will be arriving at UC in the next week. The Erskine Programme would like to welcome:

  • Professors Eric Cowgill and Kari Cooper, from the University of California, Davis, USA , who will arrive  1 February and will be teaching in the Department of Geological Sciences;
  • Dr Mark Reeves from MRA Technology Ltd., UK will also arrive on 1 February and will be teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering;
  • Professor Anthony Steed from University College London, UK will arrive on 4 February and will be teaching in the HIT Lab;
  • Professor James Mihelcic from the University of South Florida, USA will also arrive on 4 February and will be teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering;
  • Professor Ian Coulter from the UCLA School of Dentistry, USA will arrive on 8 February and will be teaching in the School of Health Sciences; and
  • Professor Janet deGrazia from the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA will also arrive on 8 February and will be teaching in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

We hope that all our visitors and their families have an enjoyable and productive stay.



If you are staff planning an off campus activity, then you need to enrol in our Prepare for a safe field activity training session.

The University requires its employees (in particular Field Activity Leaders) to be well prepared by completing pre-planning and risk assessment for any Field Activity/Off Campus Activity.

To help you meet your Health & Safety (H&S) duty of care, we have scheduled training sessions for those of you who will be completing off site activities with students.

Sessions are available on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 19 March 2019 – Dovedale Campus, 9am – 12pm
  • Monday 24 June 2019 – Dovedale Campus, 9am – 12pm
  • Thursday 28 November 2019 – Dovedale Campus, 9am- 12pm

To enrol in a 2019 session please enrol on-line via UCPeople. You can find the enrolments page by logging in, clicking the Professional Development Tile, and searching for ‘Field Activities’.

If you require assistance, please contact our Learning Development Team or phone 93330.

Wellbeing for UC Non-Teaching Staff: register for Professional Development Day now!

UC Admin Plus are hosting an SMT sponsored Professional Development Day on Thursday 11 April 2019.

We have a selection of wonderful speakers both internal and external covering the wellbeing theme.

150 staff from across UC have already registered. Please join us!

This will be a great opportunity for networking with staff from across UC. Further information about UC Admin Plus and this event is available on our SharePoint page>

The final deadline for registrations is 1 March, to register for this free catered event, click here>

If you have any queries, please contact Catherine Woods.

Children’s University has come to Canterbury

The University of Canterbury and Lincoln University are working in partnership to bring Children’s University to young people across the Canterbury region.

The aim of Children’s University is to bring high quality educational experiences to children in partnership with their schools, communities, and local Universities. All activities are experiential, and take place outside of school time. Uniquely, activities are linked to a University degree.

While not a ‘recruitment’ tool, one of the principles underlying Children’s University is that children need to know what exists to know what they can aspire to achieve.

Children’s University works with local learning destinations such as libraries, museums, and even sports groups so children can achieve agreed learning outcomes. An important part of the program is to bring the children onto campus to participate in learning activities.

For further information, including how you can get involved please email Amy Underdown or Jen Nicholson.

Display the Weather on your Outlook Calendar

Should you wish to, you can display the weather in Outlook above your calendar.
  1. Open Microsoft Outlook
  2. Click the File menu (at the far left end of the Ribbon)
  3. Click Options (at the bottom of the File menu)
    The Outlook Options dialogue box displays.
  4. Click the Calendar tab (in the upper left corner of the dialogue box)
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the dialogue box, to the check box / tick box: “Show weather on the calendar”
  6. Check/tick the check box
  7. Select Celsius or Fahrenheit
  8. Click the OK button to save the change.

The weather now displays above your calendar.

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