Category Archives: Announcements

Professor Ekant Veer secondment into the VC’s Office

Professor Ekant Veer has accepted a secondment from the Business School to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office during 2020 to work on implementing the strategic objective of UC as an Engaged University.  He will focus on developing the concept of a city knowledge commons and multi-agency research platform which has been supported by mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and  a number of city leaders. 

As part of the secondment, Ekant will retain his role in the Postgraduate Office as Associate Dean (Scholarships). He looks forward to engaging with university and external stakeholders and hearing ideas about how to advance UC as an Engaged University.

Changes to Zoom Meetings

On Saturday 4th  July at 5pm Waiting Rooms on Zoom Meetings will be enabled by default.  This is to increase overall security of this function.

The Waiting Room feature will be for external users outside the University of Canterbury.  UC users (staff and students) will be set by default to by-pass the Waiting Room and join the meeting.

 More information and FAQ’s on Waiting Rooms for Zoom can be found here

A basic youtube clip giving an overview on Waiting Rooms –

 If anyone requires training or further technical information, please contact IT Service Desk on 0508 824 843 or 03 369 5000 or log a ticket via the Self Service Portal.  Training can be provided individually or to a team.

New financial support at UC: Pōhā Iti bursary

UC understands that being a student can be financially challenging, and that the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the issue for some. It’s important to know that domestic students and international PhD students who are currently experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial support via a newly created bursary named Pōhā Iti.


A pōhā is a kelp bag that was used traditionally (and is still used today) for preserving meat and birds such as tītī (muttonbird) for extended periods of time. Just as a pōhā can hold several birds at once, but we only take them out one bird at a time as we need sustenance, this financial support provides an opportunity for ākonga (students) to receive incremental payments over time in order to help sustain them in their studies.


The monetary value of the bursary is $3,000 split across three payments of $1,000 each, and there are 100 currently available for students who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for. For this, applicants must:

  • Be a currently enrolled student
  • Be a part time or full time domestic student (Undergrad, Postgrad, PhD) or an international doctoral student studying towards a PhD or equivalent
  • Be currently in New Zealand
  • Demonstrate that you require assistance as a result of COVID-19


For more information about Pōhā Iti and other financial support options available at UC, please visit the financial assistance webpage. The online application form for Pōhā Iti can be found here.

Orbit Travel – deals for UC Staff

Orbit travel are here to help UC staff with any and all leisure travel plans.

Orbit have access to all the great deals you may have seen advertised recently (e.g. camper-van hire) and can be a one-stop-shop for arranging all your travel plans.

Orbit also have other industry-specific discounts and deals they can offer to UC staff including discounted Air New Zealand airfares.

As an additional bonus, UC will cover the Orbit $25 booking fee for all UC staff who use at least three annual leave days for their domestic travel trips booked with Orbit. This will continue until the end of September 2020.

To talk to the Orbit team about your leisure travel requirements call them on 03 339 3440. Alternatively you can email them at the

PS: Don’t forget to post your holiday snaps on social media with tag #WhatDidUC

Science on thin ice

As climate change accelerates, the warming earth means our world-famous glaciers, like Fox and Franz Josef, are receding and thinning. We need to study them while we still can.

UC Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment glaciologist and award-winning teacher Dr Heather Purdie, talks about her research on endangered glaciers, passion for the environment, and why virtual teaching will never replace real-life experiences with nature: on Ep10 of our science podcast UC Science Radio.

Check out the episode here:

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