Update on the release of the UC investigation findings into the delay in discovering the death of a student at Sonoda Village

We have received an updated statement from the Former High Court Judge Hon Kit Toogood QC, who is leading the independent investigation into the delay in discovering the death of a student at Sonoda Village residential hall.

As previously indicated, I had hoped to release my report by the end of this month. This investigation continues to be a very complex matter and, quite rightly, the coronial inquest process takes precedence. As soon as I am able, I will provide an update on when I expect to deliver the report.” Hon Kit Toogood QC

Final staff forum for 2019

There’s been a huge response to our Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi on Tuesday 3 December 2019 – thank to everyone who responded to the Outlook invitation.

This is our last chance to gather together en masse in 2019, hear from our leaders and meet colleagues old and new.

We will then be treated to manaakitanga, hosted by UC Council, as a thank you for 2019 and for all the work that has been undertaken in the years since the earthquakes.

We are proud to support local businesses and our caterers for this event Fritz Wieners started here in Christchurch and have since expanded around the country. They will be serving kai during our usual manaakitanga, located outside the Beatrice Tinsley Plaza (outside C Block) following the Staff Forum. Although they specialise in bratwurst, rest assured that they also cater to all dietary requirements, including gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan and dairy-free along with your choice of a refreshing drink.

As UC embarks on a new direction it is so valuable to hear directly from our leadership and to engage with the new vision that will set the tone for 2020 and the next 10 years.

See you at the December Staff Forum | Te Wānanga!

New UC PowerPoint Template

The brand new PowerPoint template has been tried and test and is now ready to use. There are also a lot more slides to choose from including header and footer options, quote boxes, photo & imagery placement and the Smart Art graphs now sit within the brand palette.

There are two ways to access the template. Either visit the marketing intranet link below or PC users can open up PowerPoint > click ‘File’ > click ‘New’ > click ‘Custom’ and > click ‘UCOfficeTemplates’.



Christmas is almost here! Join us for a brief but festive after-work gathering for UC Staff on the ground floor of the Ernest Rutherford before we head our separate ways for the summer break.

Wednesday 11 December, 5-6pm in Ernest Rutherford

We’ll have musical offerings from The Erskine Singers, the UC Waiata group, and Alice McLean. We’ll be serving up mulled wine and Christmas mince pies… and if you’d like, you’re welcome to bring a can or three to donate to the City Mission as well. Presented by UC Chaplaincy.