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Intelligent Automation: Call for Potential Processes

UC has begun a programme of work to access and implement intelligent automation opportunities across the University.

The aim of this programme is to utilise intelligent automation to provide improved service to students, clients, suppliers and staff and provide staff with more time to complete unfinished tasks, solve complex problems, and perform additional tasks.

The programme is following on from the bank statement coding and reconciliation process that was developed as a proof of concept in January of this year.

The key requirements for automation candidates is to be rules based, have high volume and repetition. If you have a process or part of a process that you think has aspects ready for automation please get in touch with a member of the team at

To read a short overview of what RPA is and what makes a good candidate, click here>

Richmond Tait
Business Finance Director

UC joins Shielded Site Project to help victims of domestic abuse

UC has added the Shielded Site icon to the bottom footer section of our website where it will be visible on every UC webpage.

The project, led by the Women’s Refuge, provides a way for victims of domestic violence to ask for help. The Shielded Site provides resources, such as what to do if you are in danger, how to make a plan to get out, how to be safe online, and where to go for more support and information.  

What makes this window special is that it does not appear in the browsing history of the web browser you’re using, meaning that it can be accessed without fear that an abusive partner might discover what has been looked at.

Many victims of domestic violence live in fear of their every move being monitored, online as well in person. The Shielded Site provides a safe haven for accessing help.

Many NZ organisations have joined the project including ASB, The Warehouse, Stats NZ, Trade Me, Countdown and NZ Post.

You can learn more about the Shielded Site Project here.

Have your say in a student research survey

My name is Jessica Bishop, a student of the Masters of Applied Psychology (APSY) program at UC and I am seeking participants who can complete an online survey that should take no longer than 15 minutes, with a prize draw offered for participation.

My research project investigates how organisations shape their cultures to support positive employee attitudes and behaviours.

Participants must be:

·      In full time employment
·      White collar or service industry professions
·      18 years or over

Below is a link to the survey, where you will also find more information about your involvement in the research:

Another successful Open Day | Rā Tōmene

Thousands of prospective UC students, their parents, friends and whānau poured onto campus for Open Day | Rā Tōmene  2019 yesterday.

Some 5,400 visitors attended the event, an increase of 29% on last year, while attendance at the information sessions increased by 60%.

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Our Liaison team completed over 5,000 personal phone calls to registered attendees during the past two weeks, and will make 5,000 more over the next week, as they follow-up with those who attended to ensure everyone got what they needed from the day. They also contacted those who registered but did not attend, to offer them information and support. 

It takes months of planning and involves hundreds of staff and students to showcase UC at its best.

Congratulations to our Liaison and Events teams, to our colleges, schools and departments and to our many staff and student volunteers – to everyone who has worked tirelessly, providing directions, information and a friendly face for our many visitors.

Don’t miss your chance to help us make Open Day | Rā Tōmene bigger and better in the future – please complete our survey here>

UC researchers lead the focus on Decolonizing Animals

The first conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association to be held in Aotearoa New Zealand takes place in Ōtautahi Christchurch this week, following a successful bid from UC’s New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS) and TourismNZ.

Located at The Piano from 1-4 July, Decolonizing Animals focuses on human-animal interactions and in particular, indigenous approaches to such relationships.

Some 150 national and international academics will be in attendance, including renowned scholars on topics such as decolonialism and the environment, veganism and sustainability, feral and introduced versus native species and the place of animals in literature, art and film. 

As Director of NZCHAS, UC Professor Annie Potts is thrilled to have Kirsty Dunn, Ngata Centenary Doctoral Scholar and postgraduate member of NZCHAS, as a keynote speaker at the event.

Kirsty will share her PhD research ’Into the Dark, We Are Moths’ – Representing and Reimagining Animals in Māori Writing in English, on the opening night of the conference, which will also feature a keynote address from acclaimed author Witi Ihimaera. 

She will also run a panel on Māori perspectives on plant-based food ethics.

Kirsty Dunn, Ngata Centenary Doctoral Scholar and postgraduate member of NZCHAS.

Kirsty was previously recognised by the Australasian Animal Studies Association for her research on Māori plant-based food ethics, receiving the award for best postgraduate paper at their 2017 conference in Adelaide.

NZCHAS brings together scholars whose research is concerned with the conceptual and material treatment of animals in culture, society and history. Professor Potts looks forward to showcasing UC’s unique NZCHAS teaching and research programme as well as the Centre’s new doctoral degree in Human-Animal Studies (HAS) at the conference. UC is the only university in the southern hemisphere offering a PhD in HAS.

The PhD programme, convened by UC Professor Philip Armstrong, is attracting high-calibre candidates from within Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

“We are over the moon at the enthusiasm of the postgraduate students coming through,” Professor Potts says.

Decolonizing Animals: Australasian Animals Studies Conference
1-4 July 2019
The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Ōtautahi Christchurch

The work of both Kirsty and Professor Annie Potts will be featured in the upcoming 2018 Research Report, which demonstrates the breadth of UC’s research into the future of food through food equity, food intelligence and food innovation, from across the extensive range of disciplines available at the University.