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Staff of the Year Awards Tomorrow

All staff are invited and welcome to attend. Please RSVP by 5pm today, via 

Friday 23rd September at 6:30pm
Location: The UCSA Event Centre (Foundry)

The UCSA would like to celebrate all staff at UC who make a difference in students’ lives.  As such, we have extended our award event to include all UC staff members and rename the event as Staff of the Year Awards.  We have added two new awards, the Technical Staff of the Year Award and the Guiding Hand Award, so that students can have the opportunity to nominate and honour the help and support non-academic staff has given them at UC.

Now that the students have nominated (and voted), please join us at the Staff of the Year Awards event to celebrate those who have been nominated.

Dress code: Smart Casual.

Ticket includes a glass of champagne on arrival, nibbles and cash bar.

Please RSVP by Thursday 22nd September, 5pm, via 

Please note this rsvp is for one guest.  If you intend to bring a partner/friend you will need to send them the rsvp link for a separate reply.

Tickets are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.


You are invited to the Staff of the Year Awards 2016

Since 1995, the UCSA Lecturer of the Year Awards have given students a voice in nominating and deciding the most inspiring and dedicated lecturers at UC.

This year the event has been renamed Staff of the Year Award, and a few more awards added to honour the help and support UC General staff members give students. We heartily encourage staff to take up this invitation as it is an excellent opportunity to connect with students and to better understand their experience of UC.

The Staff of the Year Awards celebrate the positive influence UC staff have on the student experience, and also provide an opportunity for students to recognise and reward the most dedicated and inspiring staff at UC. As Co-Chairs of the Joint Operations Advisory Board, which brings together UC and UCSA joint interests, we hope you can join UCSA to celebrate those nominated at this year’s award event.

Friday 23 September at 6:30pm

Location: The UCSA Event Centre (Foundry)

Dress code: Smart Casual.

Ticket includes a glass of champagne on arrival, nibbles and cash bar.

Please RSVP by Friday 16 September via

Please note this rsvp is for one guest. If you intend to bring a partner/friend you will need to send them the RSVP link for a separate reply.

Tickets are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

A special thanks to the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare Team for organising this special event.

Ngā mihi,

James Addington President UCSA
Lynn McClelland, Executive Director, Student Services & Communications, Kaihautū Matua Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā

SOTY_InvitationsPlease note this rsvp is for one guest.  If you intend to bring a partner/friend you will need to send them the rsvp link for a separate reply. Tickets are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Brought to you by the UCSA

Inspirational staff receive awards

Congratulations to recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Awards & Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards! Read on for inspiration on how these awards contribute to staff development, and how our staff make a difference.

Vanessa Forrester  Vanessa HR Specialist – Development Human Resources Vanessa will attend the Higher Education User Group Conference in the Gold Coast, Australia. It is an opportunity to network with other PeopleSoft users and gain insight into their system, customisations and any issues they have encountered and how these were solved.
Robert Stainthorpe  Robert ICPMS Service Coordinator College of Science  Robert will attend two weeks training at the Contaminant Biogeochemistry Research Lab, in the School of Environment at Griffith University Brisbane, Australia.There, Robert will receive specialised training in the management of metal free clean room facilities, which are used to support trace metal research in environmental science and engineering.
Theresa Buller  Theresa Liaison Librarian Library Theresa will attend and present a paper at the Australian Law Librarians Conference held in Melbourne, Australia. Theresa will also attend the Australian and New Zealand Academic and College Law Libraries meeting, which includes visits to two Law School Libraries.
Rob Spiers  Rob Spiers Technician Geological Sciences The award is in recognition of Rob identifying and implementing a cost effective measure to improve emergency response systems.
Rose Reynolds  Rose Project Coordinator 


Student Success  Rose facilitated wellbeing workshops for staff in Student Success and Communications, and developed a toolkit of resources that can be used across UC.
Brian Phillips  Brian Phillips Programme Director Capital Works This award is for Brian’s initiation of, and continuing support of the UC Contractor Roundtable forum.
Caroline Burt  Caroline Events Coordinator Communications & Engagement Caroline has embedded at a high level of H&S foresight with contractor management into Event Planning at UC.

IT diverts eWaste from landfill

As part of Eco Week 2016 (September 19-24), the Sustainability Office is awards logo smallholding the Sustainability Awards, celebrating the efforts of our university community to improve the world around us and make UC more sustainable. In the same spirit, we are profiling some sustainability efforts of UC students and departments.

IT Services have been doing brilliant work with their IT Recycling Service. Over 2015 they diverted about 18550 kg of IT equipment from landfill. We had a chat with Brad Ash about what they are doing and why.

What do you do at UC, Brad? I am an IT Technician for Technical Support, my normal role is processing Hardware Servicing Events for IT equipment but I am currently overseeing the IT Recycling Service. Also, Ruth Emmens and Joseph Yamit have stepped up to learn the Recycling Process, more hands on deck are always welcome!

What is the IT Recycling Service and what is its purpose? The service is a collaborative effort between ITS, Distribution Services and Financial Services, providing the University with a sustainable, ethical means to dispose or re-purpose UC-owned equipment that no longer meets current business requirements or expectations. As an example, this would include items such as: a PC that is older than four years (fully depreciated); broken phones, keyboards and cables; or surplus IT equipment gathering dust at the back of the office cupboard. IT recycling requests are initiated via the Self Service Portal. Given the volume of equipment we process, I would like to encourage readers new to the service to understand the following outline of service expectations.

What is the IT recycling process? During the processing stage, we tag the items with either green redeploy or red eWaste stickers. Items which we deem as re-deployable (e.g. Philips 22” Monitors) are tested, cleaned, electrically safety tested and asset tagged if applicable. These are then assigned to Colleges to replace items that are definitRecyling Areaely eWaste. Components are used from re-deployable equipment to cater for Hardware Service Events where the Warranty has expired but the item is still economical to repair.

Items with eWaste stickers are passed to our Recycler and are mostly broken down into components which are processed at Metal Recyclers. Some items or parts are kept in stock and are passed on as donations for primary schools as an example. All data is removed from any Hard Drives in Computers that are eWasted.

Why is the IT Recycling Service important? The IT Recycling Service is important for the University as a whole as each item is removed from the Universities financial records when we confirm that it has been disposed of. It is important for us at Technical Support because we can use parts from redeployed computers for service events, and do upgrades at no cost. Also, it allows us to assist Colleges that are low on budget, by replacing eWaste equipment with redeployed equipment. And of course it is important environmentally, with less eWaste ending up in landfill.

How is it going with the service? The Service is going well, numbers started high since proper reporting begun in 2013. They are dropping slightly yearly, and we assume this is happening because the eWaste that Colleges have stored over the years are gradually being processed. Eventually, the numbers should mirror the equipment replacements that happen each year.

In 2015, a total of 2,383 items were processed which saved the University $5,250 in landfill costs. This price includes skips being hired and the cost per KG for disposal, this doesn’t include the effort from staff to actually dispose of the equipment at the Refuse Station. Eventually, we should not dispose of equipment in the Landfill anymore at all, we should always attempt to dispose of items in a sustainable manner. The process is constantly evolving to have minimum input from required members but to keep up the high standard of reporting, and less paperwork is always a good thing.

Are there other sustainability-focused improvements/initiatives you are looking at for the future? Nothing planned right now, but about mid-way through 2014, we started exchanging selected eWaste, “All In One” computers from student workrooms, for “repair credit” with a service agent. This gives us repair credit that we use for Mobile Phone and Tablets repairs. So far, cost savings have been approximately $4200 for 2015. So remember, if you drop your work Phone or Tablet, log a job through the Assyst tool and we can assess it for you!

Any other messages for staff ? What we ask at the moment is for Colleges to please refrain from holding on to eWaste equipment ‘just in case’. Please log a Recycling job through the Assyst Self-Service Tool for eWaste processing. And if you require equipment where new purchases are not viable, please log an Assyst job and we can most likely provide a solution for you.

Since we started reporting on the number of redeployed Computers passed on to Colleges in mid-2015, we have re-assigned 310 Computers (mostly for Engineering Post Grad workroom replacements).

Please click here for more information on the UC IT Recycling website.


UC Eco Week 2016 is a festival of events that celebrate and promote what you can do for the environment, your community and your life. See our webpage for updates on the events or see the event listing here.

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UC academics celebrate the written word

Creating a haven for authors and book-lovers, the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival returns for 2016 with speakers from New Zealand and the world. The University of Canterbury have their stake in the ground with a range of events featuring UC academics.

Being the largest literary event in the South Island, with 80 events and over 100 speakers, here are a list of events this weekend featuring UC academics:

A theme of ‘Planet and People’ will be embraced this year to inspire, inform and entertain you, bringing the community together through their love of words in all their forms.

The biennial festival will be held 24 – 28 August 2016

Festival website