Category Archives: Announcements

Haere-roa update

Haere-roa, the new UCSA building is starting to take shape – the structural frame has been completed, and roof and cladding works are almost complete with the building due to be weather tight early in the New Year. Internally the work continues at pace with good progress being made on pipework, ducts, cables and walls.

While work on Haere-roa is progressing, there have been some challenges along the way that have resulted in a delay to the construction programme. This means Haere-roa is now scheduled to open in Semester 2 2019.

UCSA’s offices and the Events Centre/Foundry will remain in their current locations during Semester 1 next year.

Find out more about the new UCSA building and the meaning behind its name, Haere-roa.

Call Santa!

So…. first they tell us Santa is real, then they tell us he is not, and now here he is answering the phone! What next??

If you’re still trying to decide on that one for yourself, give Santa a call and leave a wish – you can reach him on 0800 222 222.

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday!

And remember to switch on your Automatic Replies (Out of Office) – you can even do that now.

If you have a shared mailbox you will like this Tech Tip on configuring Automatic Replies (Out of Office) for a shared mailbox.


When you’re not calling Santa, look up the Archive of Tech Tips or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website for great time-saving tips.

Merry Christmas! Meri Kirihimete! Whiria te Taura Tangata #12

With the completions of the College of Arts and the College of Engineering Culture surveys this month and the opening of the Health Centre survey, we have now invited all UC staff to contribute their views on desired and actual organisational culture.

Thank you to all those who continue to analyse their results, with the desire to make a difference in the way we all work together.

Meri Kirihimete!

Karen Mather and Karen Grant, Organisational Development

Homestead Lane – bus route change

New student accommodation coming
Next year UC will start a construction project on Homestead Lane to build a new student residential hall, which is due to open in 2021. The new 500-bed hall of residence will be opposite Ilam Apartments and groundworks are due to start in early 2019.

Homestead Lane is a narrow private road on UC property and traffic restrictions, including closures, will be in place during the project. Over the next 3-4 years, work will also be undertaken on Homestead Lane to enhance the pedestrian experience and improve safety. Some of this work will be carried out while the new hall of residence is under construction.

Keep an eye out on the blog for updates about the new hall of residence throughout 2019.

Orbiter bus route change – January 2019
ECan have advised that from Monday 7 January 2019, the Orbiter bus route will change. It will continue from Greers Road, along Waimairi Road to the Bush Inn Centre. It will not include Homestead Lane and Ilam Road. Additional stops will be added on Waimairi and Greers roads.

UC staff and students who wish to catch the Orbiter will need to walk down Homestead Lane or across llam Fields to/from Waimairi Road, or along llam or Clyde Road to/from Riccarton Road.

The Purple line and route 100 will still use llam Road, and these routes connect with Orbiter. Other unaffected bus routes servicing UC are the 120 and 130.

If you have questions about the Orbiter, please direct them to Ecan.

UC renews UCIC partnership with Navitas

We’re pleased to announce that we have renewed our agreement with global education services provider Navitas Limited, for the conduct of pathway programmes at UC International College (UCIC) in Ōtautahi Christchurch, until 10 December 2023.

Established in 2013, UCIC offers a range of exclusive university transfer programmes into UC undergrad programmes in commerce, engineering, science and product design, as well as foundation and study abroad programs. 

“UC is pleased to continue to partner with the UCIC pathway programme, which was the first of its kind in New Zealand, designed to assist international students to better adapt to the challenges of living and studying in a new country. It’s most fitting that this agreement will take us into the 150th anniversary year of the founding of the University in 1873,” says Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Dr Rod Carr. 

Navitas Group Chief Executive Officer, David Buckingham said: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with the University of Canterbury which has enabled many international students to study at one of New Zealand’s premier universities and look forward to continuing to support the University’s International Growth Strategy”.  

For more on UCIC, follow this link>