UC Web Room Booking page for 2019 now open

The UC Web Room Bookings Page 2019 is now open & available.

The links below became live at 5pm 12 Dec 2018. Any spaces on Campus with a 60 capacity or less can be booked by all UC Staff member using the (WRB) Web Room Bookings page Link here> 

Please check the availability of any spaces on specific specific dates & times on campus before submitting the larger room request by using the WRB reports link here>

The security team will be required to manually place requests on your behalf, for all spaces larger than 60 capacity.

Spaces not showing on the WRB, like new rooms located in buildings that have not been completed, will be added once they have been handed back to UC.

Please ensure you have checked the date, time and location and availability of the space before submitting your requested booking via email to bookings@canterbury.ac.nz, attn: Adam or Daniel

Please note that the bookings office will be closed between 21 Dec 2018 -7 Jan 2019.

UC Mailroom/Warehouse Update

The mailroom will stop receiving items at midday on Friday 21 December 2018 and will be closed from 2pm on that day.

We will reopen at 10am on Monday 07 January 2019.

For urgent matters  during this time, call 027 809 7109. 

Please be advised that courier companies will not be delivering on site during these dates. Retrievals from depots can only be made in exceptional circumstances, and are not guaranteed.  

If you are expecting anything perishable or time sensitive during this period, please contact us before 12pm Friday 21 December on 03 369 2442 or by emailing logistics@canterbury.ac.nz

Thank you for your assistance. 

Merry Christmas from the UC Logistics team, we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Power shutdown to Psychology-Sociology building

On Saturday 15 December, power off to the Psychology-Sociology building (AR12) will be unavailable from 8.00am until 4.30pm.

Our Electrical Supervisor has advised users of the building and there should be no effect to connected buildings – Geography (AR06) and Psychology (AR08).

Temporary power has been organised to cover the animal areas and Café 101 freezers.

 – Facilities.

UC awarded New Zealand Institute of Chemistry’s premiere prize

Professor Antony Fairbanks and his research group have been awarded the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry’s (NZIC) Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize for Chemical Research.  

Professor Fairbanks accepted the award from current NZIC President, Assistant Professor James Crowley, on behalf of his research group at the NZIC AGM, which took place on 6 December.

This is the premier prize of the NZIC and is awarded to a candidate based on the excellence and impact of their chemistry. This is only the second occasion in its history that the award has been made to a member of staff at UC.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Fairbanks and team.

Configuring Out of Office Reply for a Shared Mailbox

Do you manage a shared mailbox in Microsoft Outlook?

Now that it’s Christmas and you may be thinking about switching on Automatic Replies (Out of Office), doing so for a shared mailbox can be a real battle. Christmas is all about The Good News and there’s good news here too: there is an easy way to do this.

The easiest way to switch on Automatic Replies (Out of Office) for a shared mailbox is to do so through Outlook Web App.

This is actually pretty quick and straight forward, so don’t be put off by all the steps in the instructions below. Just forge on!

  1. Log in to Outlook Web App (OWA)
    – by following these steps
    – or by clicking this link

Now you are logged in to OWA, all you need to do is access the shared mailbox and switch on Out of Office.

2. Access the shared mailbox
Click your name in the upper-right corner of the OWA window
(a dialogue box appears titled Open Other Mailbox)
    –
Enter the name of the shared mailbox you’d like to add the Out of Office reply to, then click Open (the shared mailbox opens)

3. Switch on Out of Office
Click options in the upper-right corner (just below where your name was before you opened the shared mailbox)
Click set automatic replies
Set up your Automatic Reply, ensuring you consider replies to senders inside the organisation and outside the organisation
(to get started, click the radio button titled Send automatic replies)
– you can set an automatic start and end date/time if required
Click Save in the lower-right corner (it has a green tick next to it).
When you are finished, click sign out  in the upper-right corner.

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