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Taking a break? Lock your device

When you step away from your computer, make sure you lock it. We’re not suggesting your colleagues can’t be trusted, but what if you’re out of the room, and then they leave the room too? Suddenly everything on your computer is available to anyone who passes by. Someone could: send malicious emails that are apparently from you; steal files; install and send viruses from your machine; install malware that steals your credentials; and many other destructive things – all of which you could be held accountable for because you “left the front door of your computer open”.

Anytime you step away from your computer, even just to grab a coffee or go to the bathroom, lock your computer.

Below are shortcuts to lock your Windows, Linux and Apple Mac computers:


  • Press ‘Windows + L’ (for Lock).
  • Alternatively, press Ctrl + Alt + Del, then click Lock this computer.


  • Press the Super key, and ‘L’ (for ‘Lock’). So that’s Win + L.
  • Or if you are running an older version of Linux use Ctrl + Alt + L.


  • Press ‘Control + Shift + Eject’ or ‘Control + Shift + Power’.

It is shocking what someone can do with your identity: they can get access to EVERYTHING you do on your device which in turn can take a massive toll on the University and you individually, and damage your relationships.

  • You could find all your data has been deleted or encrypted and held for ransom
  • The University network could be locked down – stopping staff and students from being able to work – and requiring millions of dollars and weeks or months to fix
  • You could lose access to your banking and social media accounts
  • Your identity could be stolen
    • Loans and credit cards may be opened in your name
    • Unauthorised purchases may be billed to you
    • You may become a victim of tax fraud
    • You may be locked out of apps and web-based services, forever!! (Losing family photos, thesis papers etc.)
    • Your electronic devices may be used as a tool of cyber-crime (sending spam or spreading malware)

Find out more about cyber security at UC here>

How to report a cybersecurity incident

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the IT Service Desk. Call us on our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.

Matariki 25 – 29 June

Matariki, Māori New Year takes place 25 – 29 June. It is a time to celebrate new life and new beginnings, remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. It is a time to spend with whānau and friends, and enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars that rises around mid-winter. It is when crops were harvested and seafood, birds and crops were preserved for winter.

There are a number of community events taking place during Matariki, see what’s on in Christchurch here>

UC buildings recognised with regional and national awards

The project team at the National Property Council Awards.

The University of Canterbury’s new Ernest Rutherford and Rehua buildings were recognised in two building awards this month.

At the Canterbury branch’s New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards, the Ernest Rutherford building at the centre of UC’s new Science Precinct, won three awards including interior and architecture awards as well as the Resene Colour Award. The eight level Rehua building, home to the College of Education, Health and Human Development, College of Business and Law Executive Development Programmes and UC Centre for Entrepreneurship, also won two awards; interior and architecture awards. The buildings took nearly all the awards in the Education Building award category.

The Ernest Rutherford and Rehua buildings will now be considered in the National New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards held in Queenstown in November.

The five-storey Ernest Rutherford building was also recognised at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards with an Excellence Award in the GIB Education Property Award.

Excellence awards are presented to projects that are among the best in the category. They symbolise excellence in the property industry across all aspects of the evaluation including: economic and financial; project vision and innovation; design and construction; owner and user satisfaction; and sustainability and efficiency of operation.

UC’s Executive Director of Learning Resources Alex Hanlon, who attended the awards ceremonies along with members of the project team, contractors and architects, is pleased with the result.

“This is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved and acknowledges the thought and consideration that has gone into the $1.2 billion campus transformation,” she says.

“The project teams aim to plan, design and manage projects in a way that contributes to the wellbeing and development of UC as a modern teaching, learning and research institute. It is gratifying to have both Ernest Rutherford and Rehua recognised with these awards.

“We build these facilities to provide thousands of people the opportunity to learn, research and contribute to society in their chosen fields as well as to advance knowledge creation. On all these counts these buildings will contribute to a brighter future for New Zealand.”

UC is renowned for its lush park-like surroundings. The University invites neighbours, alumni, visitors and the wider public to visit the campus, explore these and other buildings, relax and enjoy some of the hospitality on offer at UC in several cafes and restaurants.

Read more about UC’s current and recent projects.

The University wishes to acknowledge the following:

Contractors and consultants of Ernest Rutherford:

  • Fletcher Construction
  • Jasmax (Architects)
  • DJRD (Laboratory Specialists
  • Umow Lai
  • Cosgroves
  • Beca
  • Turner and Townsend
  • Rawlinsons
  • Aurecon
  • Royal Associates Architects (Design Consultants)
  • Holmes Fire

Contractors and consultants of Rehua:

  • Hawkins
  • The Project Office
  • Athfield Architects
  • Rider Levett Bucknell
  • Holmes Consulting
  • Powell Fenwick
  • Cosgroves
  • Aurecon

UC is an R&D approved research provider

We are pleased to share with you that UC is one of the first institutions to be recognised by Inland Revenue | Te Tari Taake as an approved research provider.

The recent Research and Development Tax Incentive law makes it easier for qualifying businesses (most businesses) to obtain a 15% tax refund on their research and development (R&D) expenditure per annum.

Working with UC is especially favourable for businesses that spend less than $50,000 per annum on R&D because, to benefit from the incentive, you must work with an approved research provider. UC is committed to making your tax claim as straightforward as possible by clearly identifying your R&D expenditure when invoicing.

If you know of a business looking for R&D please let them know of our approved research provider status. If you require more information please email:

Two UC building projects recognised at Architects Awards

UC achieved an almost clean sweep in the Education Building category of the Canterbury New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards last night with two UC projects, Ernest Rutherford and Rehua winning a combined five awards at the event.

In the Education Building category Ernest Rutherford won architecture and interior architecture awards as well as the Resene Colour Award. Rehua also won architecture and interior architecture awards.

The two projects will now be considered for the National New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards held in Queenstown later this year.

UC’s Programme Director Brian Phillips was on hand to receive the awards along with project architects and was pleased with the result.

“This is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved and acknowledges the thought and consideration that has gone into the campus transformation,” he says.

Brian Phillips and Senior Project Manager Alan Palmer accompanied Jasmax, DJRD Architects, Royal Associates Architects and Athfield Architects Ltd design in collecting the awards at the ceremony held in Christchurch on 6 June.