Category Archives: Announcements

UC contributes to fight against COVID-19

From the maths behind the lockdown, to a prototype face shield for health workers – UC staff and students are providing a range of important contributions in the fight against COVID-19.  

Below is a snapshot of just some of the incredible research and work our community is currently involved in. Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora – Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

  1. Shayne Gooch and other staff are collaborating with Professor Alexander Slocum from MIT to evolve a new design for a low-cost ventilator based on a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) type, which is commonly used to provide positive pressure ventilation in emergency care situations.
  2. Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase is working with his          former PhD student Dr Yeong Shiong Chiew (now based at Monash University, Malaysia) and his EU H2020 research consortia partner Dr Thomas Desaive (University of Liege, Belgium) along with their ICU partners at CHU de Liege, to develop a way to safely ventilate two patients on one ventilator.

    There is strong interest in ventilating multiple patients on a single ventilator due to the overwhelming number of COVID-19 patients – especially in areas like Italy and New York City. They have developed a low-cost, simple design that removes the risks associated with current proposals for ventilating multiple patients, and creates a safe, effective way to put two patients on a single ventilator. Professor Merryn Tawhai (University of Auckland and Director of the MedTech CoRE) has joined the team, which brings together world leaders in lung modelling and intensive care research, and has strong clinical links in Europe and locally with Christchurch Hospital Senior ICU Specialist and University of Otago School of Medicine Professor Geoff Shaw. They are now applying for funding to prototype and prove their ideas, translating them to low-cost, easily used hardware, and intend to share their design worldwide for everyone’s benefit.

We know there is a lot more great work like this happening at UC. If you’d like to share your work, email communications@canterbury.ac.nz

COVID-19 | 21 March

Kia ora koutou,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today about the increased risk from COVID-19, we have received many queries from anxious students.

Therefore, in consultation with all Colleges and the TEU, we have decided this is the appropriate time to accelerate our plans for online teaching delivery. 

From Monday 23 March all lectures and tutorials will be delivered and available online. For further details of these arrangements please see: https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/csr/announce/students/2020/200321.shtml.

Campus facilities remain open.  If you are unwell, please stay at home. Staff who are in an at-risk group are advised to contact their manager to discuss arrangements for working from home.

Staff who require support for teaching online are advised to contact Kaylene Sampson.  Resources are available to support staff for this purpose.

The health and wellbeing of our UC community is our priority. The situation we all face is unprecedented. Our goal remains to provide quality education and to support the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. For additional support the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available.

Please continue to use ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz if you have any queries.

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

How to Access Your Computer from Off-Campus

IN A NUTSHELL, THERE ARE 2 THINGS YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. Register for Remote Access (click link)
  2. Connect to UC services from off-campus (click link)

If you experience issues with remote access please Log an assyst request and ITS will be able to assist.

To use IT services or resources from off-campus – for example at home or a hotel – you need to use something called ‘Remote Access‘. The term ‘Remote Access’ in the UC context means you are authorised to access IT services or resources when away from the campus.

You will also encounter the term ‘Remote Desktop‘.  In the UC context, this means connecting to a computer or server that is located on-campus.

Step 1: is to Register for Remote Access (click link)

It is recommended that all staff register for remote access, even if you do not expect or intend to use the service, as this will reduce effort needed to get set up should your circumstances change in the future.

Step 2: is to Connect to UC services from off-campus (click link)
using your Personal computer (Windows or a Mac) or UC provided Windows laptop or a UC provided Mac.

You can access these instructions from the ITS website under the Staff Tab:

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You can access these instructions from the the ITS website under the Staff Tab.

 


For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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UC April graduation ceremonies – update

On 16 March the Ministry of Health advised that gatherings of 500 or more people should be cancelled to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

In response to this, and due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, UC graduation ceremonies scheduled for 7 and 9 April won’t go ahead.

UC has contacted all graduands directly. Their qualifications will be formally conferred in absentia and certificates will be posted to graduates. UC plans to hold graduation celebrations later in the year to celebrate and recognise their significant achievements.

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It’s time to join The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

It’s aim is to enable better understanding of current affairs and complex issues by working with university academics and researchers to unlock their deep expertise for use by the wider public, and we’re encouraging all UC academics to sign up>

This free resource has become one of Australia’s largest independent news and commentary sites. Around 35% of readers are from outside Australia, with editions for Africa, Canada, France, United Kingdom, United States and global readerships.

As well as a respected media resource, The Conversation is a source of ideas, experts and free content (under creative commons) with its articles often quoted and republished in mainstream media around the world. It’s a way that academics and researchers can persuade influential people outside their field – including funding assessors, politicians, the media, industry and the public – that their work matters.

 

Those with experience in Australian universities are already aware of the positive impact contributing to The Conversation can have on academic careers – via awareness of research, researchers and increased citations.

Why it works – trusted content: All The Conversation authors are academics and researchers; you must be a member of an academic or research institution to write for The Conversation.

Its editors are professional journalists who can help create high quality content that’s also easy to read.

The Conversation codes of conduct ensure accuracy. All articles carry a disclosure statement listing any potential conflict, and the authors retain final sign-off on all their articles. The content is subject to an Editorial Charter to ensure it is evidence-based, independent and trusted writing.

Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Arts + Culture
  • Business + Economy
  • Cities
  • Education
  • Environment + Energy
  • FactCheck
  • Health + Medicine
  • Politics + Society
  • Science + Technology

For more information, contact the UC Comms team>