Category Archives: Campus Transformation

Forestry Road closure 16 and 17 Dec

Forestry Road will be closed between  Arts Road and the Biology car park from 6am Saturday 16 December to 6pm Sunday 17 December. This closure is to allow for façade panels to be lifted into place on the eastern end of the Rehua building. 

Access to the Clyde and Psychology car parks will be via Clyde and Arts roads.

Please follow traffic management signage and instructions, and take care when travelling in the area. 



When is Windows 10 coming to teaching spaces?

A number of teaching spaces have a computer installed in the lectern, for teaching staff. This is known as the ‘Resident PC’.

With Windows 10 having been around since mid-2015 – and by now well bedded in – it is time to take advantage of this operating system, within live teaching activities. The physical PC will stay the same. And an upgrade of the install on Resident PCs, from Windows 7 to Windows 10, will be for Semester 1, 2018.

What does this mean for teaching staff?

It means a pretty similar looking way of working with a PC, a few slightly different ways of doing things, and some enhancements.

What is different?
  • A new look start menu, with ’tiles’ to assist finding programmes. A folder icon is there, for accessing files, such as on a plugged in USB memory drive.
  • There are more programmes for easy access, on the task bar, at the bottom of the screen.
  • Office 2016 will be opening presentations and documents, so you may just want to test existing materials out beforehand.
How about accessing the internet?

All the usual web browsers will be available, with each now having  a consistent set of UC teaching-specific favorites/bookmarks appearing in the toolbar.

How about accessing presentations or documents?
  • It is still recommended files be on a USB memory drive, or by having them on LEARN for access.
  • For those that really have to log out, and log in, the existing process will take longer. Much quicker to use a new ‘Remote Desktop’ programme on the task bar.  For this make note of your computer ID, found on a white UC label on your PC/laptop.
When can I try this out?

From Friday 8 November. Just check Timetable Reports, to ensure spaces are available, before heading over to:

  • Engineering Core E5
  • Jack Erskine 101
  • Jack Erskine 111
  • Jack Erskine 121
  • Undercroft 101 (seminars)
  • Dovedale  DD02 (meetings/video conferencing)
  • Wheki 104

For more guidance on Resident PCs, and teaching space technologies, head to LEARN, with teaching staff login.

Ngā mihi,

Audio Visual Services, with Client Technologies Support and e-Learning Support.

Ernest Rutherford Blessed

The Blessing of the new Ernest Rutherford Building, Stage 1 of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre, took place at 9am on Wednesday 22 November 2017. This is a prelude to the College of Science beginning their relocation into the new building, an exciting event that is just around the corner.

Present from the College of Science were Charmaine Atherfold, Professor Mike Reid and Professor Matthew Turnball, from the Office of the DVC Maori – Ripeka Tamanui-Hurunui and Liz Brown, and from Capital Works – Mark Homewood and Mary Watson. The Blessing was conducted by Reverend Spanky Moore.

Photo: from left – Charmaine Atherfold, Reverend Spanky Moore, Professor Mike Reid and Professor Matthew Turnbull

Online Experience Project – update and tips

After a very busy period of work the Online Experience Project team  has implemented a major change to the way the website works.

The website now sports a new navigation comprised of an updated Megamenu across the whole site, breadcrumbs and a new underlying Information Architecture (IA).

  • To develop these changes we employed a specialist User Experience Designer, and completed comprehensive user research and usability testing, using a variety of tools and methods.
  • The testing encompassed a ranges of ages from school leavers to seniors, with both domestic and international students, across staff and students, and with an almost 50/50 gender split.
  • The results for the tasks were well over 80% for success under a thirty second timeline, indicating the site is significantly more usable and logical for our site visitors.

What this means for you: if you have links saved as favorites you may need to replace them if your pages have moved to a new location, with the new URL’s – familiarise yourself with the new site.

Special URL’s (e.g.  on published material will be redirected automatically until new print material is published or a decision is made to maintain them indefinitely.

The site has been developed with our customers in mind, to make it easier for those unfamiliar with the way the University has been structured to still find the right information or people to help them.

As with any change this may seem a little strange to those who are regular visitors, especially staff who are used to looking at it from an organisational structure perspective, however we are confident that the site will be much easier to use.

To support the changes and continue to maintain the usability of our website, with the availability of new analytics (delivered as part of the project) the web team will monitor the reports and refine the site structure should there be anything that requires tweaking after implementation.

We welcome your feedback so please email and let us know what you think.

Debbie Jones – Senior Project Manager – Online Experience Project


Warehouse lecture theatre early works

Early works on the Warehouse Lecture Theatre  will begin on Monday 30 October under a tight schedule to ensure the theatres are ready for start of the first semester 2018. The schedule is as follows:

Early works – 30 Oct

  • Removal of Trees
  • Excavation of soils to make paths
  • Excavation to do some isolated foundation concrete works

Full construction to begin – 8 Nov 2018

  • Inside demolition of the warehouse – internal only
  • Internal concrete noise buffered by being inside the warehouse
  • Standard interior concrete and steel upgrade works
  • Interior fit-out works

None of these works are expected to impact on any examination locations because of the isolated location of the warehouse and interior nature of the work.

If you are at all concerned however, please email Project Manager David Wong.