Category Archives: Community Notices

COVID-19 | Power update while we are away from campus

The campus is now in lockdown and is only accessible to essential staff. Security is checking the Arts Centre location and plant rooms regularly. Power remains on in all areas except the boilerhouse, while heating and ventilation has been turned off in non-critical, unused areas.

UC has focused on finding the most sustainable ways to maintain critical infrastructure while we’re working off-campus. If you have any concerns about buildings or labs that you would usually be working in, please contact ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz

The UC website continues to be updated daily and you’ll find a list of previous all-staff communications here>

UC Pedals into Third Place in Aotearoa Bike Challenge

Time to celebrate!

Congratulations to all our UC staff who participated in the 2020 Aotearoa Bike Challenge – you helped us pedal UC into 3rd place in Ōtautahi Christchurch and 5th in all of Aotearoa!

Our 2020 cycling success

  • We had 235 out of 3,421 staff sign up to the challenge – that’s 6.9% participation
  • Together we cycled 49,781 kms during the month of Feb with 28,022 kms being commuter trips
  • And, not only did we clock up some serious kilometres, but our combined efforts saved 6,325 kg of CO2!

So what is the Aotearoa Bike Challenge?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a fun, free competition that encourage workplaces across Aotearoa to experience first-hand the joys and benefits of riding a bike. The challenge is designed so you compete against other workplace teams of comparable sizes, with your team earning points for your rides, kilometres and for every person you encourage to sign up and ride a bike during the month of February.

Huge thanks and happy riding to everyone who participated. We’d love to see you logging your rides again next year – and look out Christchurch City Council and the CDHB!

For more information and to sign up for the 2021 Aotearoa Bike Challenge, see here.

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Free Breakfast for Cyclists: BYO Cup!

It’s the event worth getting out of bed (and onto your bike) for… the Bike Breakfast is back next Monday 23rd March from 8am – 10am at the Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park!This year your reward for biking to UC is coming in the form of vegan danishes, banana smoothies and fair trade coffee… and it’s all for FREE! All you need to do is ride to UC next Monday 23rd, park up your bike in the snazzy new Beatrice Tinsley bike stands (or, show us your helmet if you parked up elsewhere) and we’ll reward you with breakfast on us.

Please note: There will be no single use cups at this event. The Cup Library won’t be available at this event so please bring along your own coffee cup. UC is following advice from WHO and Ministry of Health regarding all upcoming events, read more>

What else can you expect?

On the spot bike repairs thanks to Dr Bike, cycling chat and information about the city cycleways thanks to the wonderful Anne from the Christchurch City Council, and more cycling banter than you’ve ever heard before…

Did we mention there’s FREE breakfast on the line?!

See you, your bikes and your coffee cups next Monday 23rd March in Beatrice Tinsley Bike Park.

For more information, see the Facebook event here.

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Don’t panic, it’s organic!

A fresh, local, organic veggie market stall on campus? Sign us up!

 Every Wednesday from 10am – 2pm you can find the Laughing Pukeko’s stall by the food trucks on campus. Last week we saw squash, beans, beetroot, kale, silver beet, tomatoes, salad greens and cucumber…. What will be fuelling your dinners, lunches and 3pm-itis snacks this week?

Drop by every Wednesday to meet the Laughing Pukeko and learn more about the organic farmlet bringing fresh produce to our campus!

See the weekly Facebook event here for more info.

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Aotearoa Bike Challenge: Team photo this Friday

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge has come to an end, but the celebrations are just beginning!

Over the month of February, UC staff cycled 49,781 kms and saved 6325 kgs of CO2. That’s some serious pedal power, and we’re proud to announce we placed 3rd in our size category in Christchurch and 5th overall in Aotearoa. Woohoo!

To celebrate UC’s fantastic effort in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge this year, we are inviting all participants to join us for a team photo this Friday during lunchtime.

Please meet at 12.30pm this Friday 13th March in the Matariki Quad for a photo, high fives and cycling puns. Bring your bike if you can. We wheely look forward to seeing you there!

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