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Heart attack! Where you can find AEDs on campus.

If you encounter someone having a heart attack, you could save their life if you act quickly.

What is an AED?

An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm.

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, commonly referred to as a heart attack (source).

You don’t need training to use an AED – the unit tells you what to do.

(AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator)

Where can I find an AED on Campus?

Use the Campus Maps page on the UC Website to find the locations of AEDs on campus.

  1. Type AED into the Search box at the top left.
  2. Press Enter.
    – heart symbols appear on the map, indicating the location of each AED on the Campus.
  3. Click a heart symbol to view an AED’s precise location.
Picture of map showing locations of AEDs on University of Canterbury campus.
Locations of AEDs on campus can be found using the map on UC’s website.

Why would I need an AED?

  • Each year more than 2,000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital.
  • For 72% of cardiac arrests a bystander will perform CPR
  • People may show no warnings or prior symptoms and 12% survive to hospital discharge following a cardiac arrest
  • Use of an AED within 3-5 min of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44% (source).

If you’d like instruction on  First Aid, courses are run by Health & Safety, accessible through the L&D Professional Development Programme.

More Health & Safety links are available here.

Remembering Emeritus Professor Kenneth Strongman

Many staff and alumni of the University of Canterbury will be saddened to hear of the death of Emeritus Professor Kenneth Strongman on 29 December 2019. After completing his PhD at University College London in 1964, and taking up positions as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, he was appointed as Professor of Psychology at the University of Canterbury in 1979, where he remained for 41 years. He was Head of the Department of Psychology from 1982 to 1997, and subsequently Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Arts and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Government & Community Relations). He became Professor Emeritus on his retirement in 2010 but continued to contribute actively to academic life, including seeing the humanities included within the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Ken achieved wide recognition for his extensive academic research, teaching and service. His research was principally in the field of emotions. His text “The Psychology of Emotion” ran through five editions and was widely cited. Ken also edited the first international collection of essays (1991) in a field that was only just emerging. His undergraduate students remember him for his clear and easy lecturing style. The many PhD students he successfully supervised remember him for his insight, his endless encouragement and patience, and the genuine pleasure he took in their achievements. As a psychologist he always insisted on the discipline’s historic dual place as both a science and an art, and its application to everyday life.

A lifelong believer in the role of academics in society more broadly, Ken took on numerous roles outside the university. He was active in the university teachers’ union. His activities in Christchurch included chairing the Arts Centre management board and extensive writing for The Press, especially as a television and book reviewer. He regularly gave public lectures to audiences on a wide variety of topics. An avid squash player for much of his academic life, he will be missed by colleagues and friends from across the University, New Zealand, and the world.

Emeritus Professor Brian Haig, Professor Simon Kemp, Nathan Consedine 


An exciting year ahead for Children’s University

Following the success of the 2019 pilot, Children’s University Canterbury Partnership (CUCP) has an exciting year ahead.

Expansion – CUCP will expand in 2020 to enrol over 600 children and young people from 12-17 schools and rūnanga across Christchurch, Hurunui, Selwyn and Waimakariri District. We are excited to bring on 5-8 new schools.

Campus Experiences – CUCP will run five on-campus experiences at Lincoln University and five at the University of Canterbury to give children an understanding of what University is like through fun and hands on activities and interactive lectures. If you are interested in knowing more about how you or your department can get involved please contact Amy Underdown.

Passport to Volunteering – This year we will roll out the Passport to Volunteering, which is for young people aged 14 – 18. This programme recognises the contributions young people make via volunteering, service and leadership to their school and community.

Student Volunteers – We have a number of avenues where students can volunteer to support CUCP:

  • Help during campus experiences
  • Run lunchtime club activities in CUCP schools and rūnanga
  • Act as a School Liaison Volunteer
  • Create online content
  • Support during the Graduations in November

If you know of any students that may be interested in volunteering, please encourage them to contact Amy Underdown.

For more information about Children’s University, please contact Amy Underdown – 

Zumba Master Class at the UC RecCentre

Zumba masterclass details 8 Feb 2020
Image of Zumba Masterclass Flyer with event details

Experience the excitement of a Zumba Master Class with Zumba legends Maria Teresa Stone and Jarrod Tucker! 

Zumba is a party.  It’s exercise in disguise.   Take two ZESs (that’s Zumba speak for master trainers), put them on a stage with lights and let them go! The result is a dance party like no other!

Maria is now based in Christchurch, and Jarrod has flown over from Sydney.  Together, they’ll be delivering 90mins of pure Zumba joy on Saturday 8th February at the UC RecCentre.   Doors open at 6pm, and the class will run from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. 

Tickets cost $25, and we’ve got a very special discounted rate for RecCentre Members, just $15.    This event is being hosted by CC Productions, which means tickets aren’t purchased at the RecCentre.  They are pretty easy to get though.  To get yours, email Lis Cribb  and she’ll get you sorted.     You can also check out the Facebook event page.


New general password tool and Identity & Access Management platform is now live (Jade/Oracle Financials not affected).

Tēnā koutou katoa,

After a long weekend of implementation work by the project team UC’s new IAM solution is in production.

The new method of migrating data allowed the data to be entered into the new environment within the allocated change window.

Testing was successfully completed on staff, student and visitor data, with all tests meeting the required standards.


IAM Project
IAM Project

The project team is ready to carry out support of the environment for the next couple of weeks as things settle down.

I would like to thank the project team for their hard work over the weeks building up to today and the long hours worked this weekend.

The UC ITS website pages and links have been updated accordingly.

Where can I get help?

Please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

What has changed?

Find out what has changed for students, staff and visitors on the IAM Intranet site.

Note: Jade SMS and Oracle Financials are not affected. Those systems manage passwords themselves. There is no change to how password changes will occur in Jade SMS and Oracle Financials.

Further questions?

If you have any questions regarding the IAM Programme, please do not hesitate to email

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou | Seasons greetings for Christmas and the New Year

Paul O’Flaherty

Executive Director – Human Resources | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata
IAM Project Sponsor

See previous IAM related communication: