Category Archives: Events

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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Robotics Process Automation – Brown Bag lunch

When: 12pm –  1pm Wednesday 25th March 2020

Where: Puaka James Hight 210

UC is currently running a programme to assess and implement intelligent automation opportunities across the university and form a Centre of Excellence in process automation. The aim of this programme is to utilise intelligent automation to provide improved service to students, clients, suppliers and staff and provide staff with more time to complete unfinished tasks, solve complex problems, and perform additional tasks.  UC currently has nine automated processes live and running, with a further two in development.


We would like any interested staff to attend this session over lunch where we will cover the following topics:

  • What is Intelligent Automation, and where does Robotic Process Automation (“RPA”) sit on the spectrum between rules-based and adaptive thinking.
  • What is UC currently doing in Robotic Process Automation, including case studies and end-user experiences?
  • Could RPA be a potential solution for a current pain point you experience that is effecting your ability to complete your required tasks, or provide the required level of service to UC’s students, clients and staff?
  • What are the required skillsets for working with intelligent automation, and how can I  upskill myself?


If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team at

We will be running similar sessions in the near future for those who are unable to make the this session.

Geospatial Research Institute Seminar: Saving your life, without you even knowing it

Join us on 27 March to hear from Steve Abley and Chris Morris from Abley Limited talk about the “MegaMaps” tool – Saving your life, without you even knowing it.

New Zealand now has a tool especially developed to identify high risk locations for safety interventions: The Safer Journeys Risk Assessment Tool or “MegaMaps”. This tool, will help to reduce the horrific financial and emotional cost of road fatalities.

“MegaMaps”, has been developed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency with the assistance of Abley Limited. Steve and Chris, will explain The Safer Journeys Risk Assessment Tool or “MegaMaps”, how it came to exist and why it is unique nationally and globally.

This seminar will be of interest to students, academics, practitioners involved in data analytics as well as road safety practitioners.

Come for a networking free lunch at 12:30 pm, followed by our guest talk at 1:00 pm.
Haere mai!  All are welcome!

Location: University of Canterbury, Ernest Rutherford building, room 263

Please sign up (free) via the Eventbrite link so that we can accommodate for catering:

UC Connect Public Lecture: A cross-examination of rape myths

Despite more than 40 years of law reform aimed at improving the experience of giving evidence for adult rape complainants, Ministry of Justice research in 2018 re-confirmed that the process remains distressing and re-traumatising.

In the recent UC Connect public lecture A cross-examination of rape myths, UC Law Professor Elizabeth McDonald presented an overview of the findings, some reform proposals and an outline of future work.

Missed this session? Watch the video here:
Note: you may be asked to confirm your age and/or sign in to view.

Remembering 15 March

Kia ora koutou,

It seems hard to believe that almost one year has passed since the tragic events of 15 March.

While it was a dark day for Ōtautahi Christchurch, it allowed us to demonstrate resilience and humanity, as we rallied together in grief and support of our Muslim community.

Here at UC, staff and students united in a way not seen since the earthquakes of 2010/11, with crowds of thousands convening for the Band Together vigil, a stand of solidarity and inclusiveness.

The tragedy reinforced the importance of a diverse, inclusive and supportive university for all UC staff and students and the key role UC plays within the Ōtautahi Christchurch community. 

We invite you to join with friends, colleagues, families and whānau at the city’s National Remembrance Service at Horncastle Arena on Sunday 15 March.

Ko Tātou, Tātou | We are one
Let’s come together as one to remember and honour those who were lost on 15 March 2019.

  • 3 – 4.30pm
  • Horncastle Arena, Addington, Christchurch 8024

Park and Ride will be available from the University, follow the event information here>

Further information about upcoming student activities in remembrance of March 15 will be shared in the coming days.

Ngā mihi,
Lynn McClelland