CANTERBURY, CAMBRIDGE AND OXFORD FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS NOW OPEN FOR 2020

A reminder that nominations for the 2020 Canterbury, Cambridge and Oxford Fellowships and Grants are now open.

Nominations for visits to UC (fellowships) and visits by UC academics (grants) are due into the Erskine Programme Office by 10 May 2019.  Visits will take place during 2020.

Further information and the nomination forms can be found here>

Canterbury Fellowships and Grants are available for non-Erskine Schools/Departments being:

  • the College of Arts (excluding the Departments of Philosophy, Linguistics and NCRE);
  • The College of Education, Health and Human Development (exuding the School of Health Sciences); and
  • The School of Law.

All Schools and Departments can apply for a Cambridge and Oxford Fellowship or Grant.

If you have any questions, please contact the Erskine Programme Office at erskine@canterbury.ac.nz.

UCMe is live!

The UCMe campaign for 2019 is now in market. 

As with previous years the campaign features our amazing UC students, however the look has evolved with the introduction of icons to help tell individual stories.

We will have a strong national outdoor presence in bus stops, bus backs and traditional and digital billboards, as well as a strong online and social media presence. The images will be also used throughout our publications and events.

Check out our new website and read their inspiring stories.

Longer passwords are stronger passwords

It’s simple, the longer your password is the stronger it is. A password of 12 characters is estimated to be 13 million times stronger than an eight character password and a 16 character password is estimated to be over 166 trillion times stronger than an 8 character password.

At UC we recommend you use passwords of 10-16 characters in length for UC systems. But let’s take a minute to talk about passwords. Exciting isn’t it?

Do you use a key for your front door? Are you happy giving it to strangers? No? This is the same thing, so it’s an important conversation and worth having. Being digitally security-aware is just as important as being home security-aware.

Here’s the thing:

Remember just three passwords, and that is it:

  1. Your bank password – don’t use this for anything else
  2. Your work password – don’t use this for anything else
  3. Your password manager password – don’t use this for anything else. See more about password managers at www.canterbury.ac.nz/its/cybersecurity

Why? Some accounts are more important than others, especially your work and your bank, so have individual passwords for them, and then one more for your password manager.

Tips to create a strong password;

  • Don’t use common dictionary words – Eg. orange, car, password
  • Don’t use sequential letters or numbers – Ex. 12345, abcde
  • Don’t use repeated letters/numbers or keyboard patterns – Ex. 111, aaa, qwerty, asdfgh

Longer passwords are stronger passwords – as long as you stick to the rules above too.

Are you using the same password for everything?

It sounds like a clever strategy to avoid forgetting which is which, right? But have you noticed how those online security breaches just seem to keep happening? Using the same password means that if it falls into the wrong hands, then that person has your password to everything. It’s worth taking a moment to think about what that could include.

Find out more about cyber security at UC, visit www.canterbury.ac.nz/its/cybersecurity

Important Graduation update – city street processions cancelled

UC has decided to cancel the city street processions for the upcoming April Graduation following advice from the police. The Graduation ceremonies will continue as planned. Please see the details below.

While there is no information to suggest a specific risk to our graduands and attendees, UC takes the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff seriously. The events of 15 March have had a deep impact on our community and UC will continue to work with police as appropriate for future Graduation ceremonies.

On the day

Graduands
Congregate in the Limes Room by 9.00am (morning ceremonies) and 1.00pm (afternoon ceremony).  

Staff party
Arrive by 9.20am (morning ceremonies) and 1.20pm (afternoon ceremony) at the Kilmore Room (mezzanine above the foyer).

VIP guests
Arrive by 9.30am (morning ceremonies) and 1.30pm (afternoon ceremony) at the Kilmore Room (mezzanine above the foyer).

Graduand guests/ticket holders
The auditorium doors will open at 9am (morning ceremonies) and 1pm (afternoon ceremony) and graduands guests/ticket holders need to be seated by 9.20am and 1.20pm. Doors will stay open until 9.40am and 1.40pm. No one will be let in in whilst the stage party and graduands are processing in and on to the stage or during the National Anthem.

Find out the latest about E tū, kia ora

The launch of our E tū, kia ora survey at the end of last month marks an exciting new chapter for the University, as we head towards our milestone 150 year anniversary in 2023.

Feedback from the survey and subsequent workshops will be used to set the direction of UC over the coming five years, and help shape the academic strategy that will run alongside.

We are thrilled with the level of responses received so far. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to complete the survey, for those who have not yet had an opportunity to do so, it will be available until Tuesday 30 April click here to have your say>

As part of the process, we have also scheduled workshops to further discuss ideas. Workshops will take place on 10 May, 29 May and 7 June. Numbers will be capped, so if you would like to attend please register your interest as soon as possible here> 

You will need to set up a free Eventbrite account to complete your registration. The process is quick and easy, simply select your desired session and enter your details.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, we hope you will follow the process on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo and engage with the online debate.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Keeping UC staff informed