Category Archives: Learning & Development

Select Non-Consecutive Paragraphs and Format Them

When you’re formatting a long and unwieldy Word document (or email), it is useful to know some tricks that make the job  easier. One of these is selecting non-consecutive paragraphs and applying formatting to only those paragraphs.

To select non-consecutive paragraphs:

    1. Select your first paragraph
    2. Press the Ctrl key (hold it down)
    3. Select your next paragraph
    4. Keep the Ctrl key held down
    5. Select your next paragraph

Now apply formatting, being careful not to de-select the selected paragraphs.

Only the paragraphs you selected will be formatted.


For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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A Fortnight dedicated to Staff Wellbeing and Self-Care

It is important to take care of ourselves in our day-to-day lives, and it becomes essential to be kind to ourselves and take time out to pause and practice some self-care in times of stress and trauma.

So, for the fortnight of Monday 29 April to Friday 10 May, you will have the opportunity to attend some lunch time sessions on various topics around self-care for you and your family.

We encourage you to attend as many of the sessions as possible, which have been planned around lunch time. Grab a drink, bring your lunch and prepare to learn and practice some techniques to enhance your wellbeing.

Free access to the RecCentre for the Self-Care Fortnight.

All staff will have free access to the RecCentre and you can bring a friend too, but you must be there to sign them in.
Contact the RecCentre for further information.

Session information:

Feeding the brain in times of stress: practical advice on how to nourish ourselves
Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Straight-forward ways to boost your mental and emotional states via nutrition/nutritional interventions, with immediate and long-term results in adults and children.

  • Date: Monday 29 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Sleep, Health and Children
Jacki Henderson, Senior Lecturer, Psychology

  • Date: Thursday 2 May, 12.00pm – 12.50pm
  • Location: Check the intranet page for updates on venue

Staff Yoga
Sabine Claus, Group Fitness Instructor
Come and enjoy a free 45 minute yoga session.
Please bring your own yoga mat, as there will be limited mats available to use in the room.

  • Date: Monday 6 May, 12.00pm – 12.45pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

The Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health
Stacey Niao, Sport and Wellness Coordinator, UC RecCentre

  • Date: Thursday 9 May, 12.30pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Mindfulness – An introductory session
Ann Huggett, Registered Clinical Psychologist
Please bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on as you will be sitting on the floor.

  • Date: Friday 10 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

We are currently working on more speakers to share their expertise with you, keep an eye on our intranet site to find out more, or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you need more information on support, please visit our Staff Support page or contact your HR Advisor.

Tech Tip: How Efficient!

What are the Top 5 things you can do to be more productive in Word, Excel, Outlook, etc?

Look up Being more efficient with your technology to find out!


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Technology Information for Staff website

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Learn NZ Sign Language

NZ Sign Language (NZSL) classes will be held in the Puaka-James Hight building each Thursday in term 2, (May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) from 12 to 12.50pm.

Participants will learn the finger-spelling alphabet and basic phrases, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar. No previous NZSL experience is required.

The course is open to both students and staff and the cost is $50. Please email nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz  to register.

An inclusive, safe and welcoming culture. Whiria te Taura Tangata #15

Kia ora koutou

I’ve been thinking a lot about inclusiveness over the last few months and the events of the 15 March have increased my desire to support UC as a welcoming and inclusive community.  This means our working and learning culture is one where we all feel safe, respected and comfortable to be ourselves. A place where we can share our sense of belonging.

From an Organisational Culture perspective, three of the constructive (blue) cluster of styles directly talk to this:

  • Self-Actualising: people should feel comfortable to be themselves at work,
  • Humanistic-Encouraging: people are expected to be supportive of each other, and
  • Affiliative: people are encouraged to place a high priority on constructive interpersonal relationships and to be friendly, open and sensitive to the needs of others.

There are many opportunities for us to continue building UC into an inclusive environment. Here are some links I know of:

I know there are lots of people doing heaps of great work in this space so feel free to add a comment about initiatives you are involved in or aware of.

Support – take care of yourself and others

  • Self-care events to be held at the end of April – look out for the special events we’ll be promoting very soon
  • Staff Support
  • Student Support

Find out more

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes), 

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager