Exceptional concrete pour for the RSIC

Contractors prepare for the first major concrete pour of the RSIC project
Contractors prepare for the first major concrete pour of the RSIC project

As part of our campus transformation programme, a number of exceptionally large concrete pours will occur on the Ilam campus between now and the end of 2015. The first of these takes place next on Monday 31 August on the RSIC site.

In all – 1250m3 of concrete will be poured into the foundations which contractors have been preparing for over the past few months. From start to finish, the pour will take up to 14 hours beginning at 12.00am on Monday morning.

Special traffic management plans are in place, with up to 400 truck movements involved. There could be six moving onto site and six moving off site at any one time, with areas allocated on campus to hold up to another six if necessary.

A major exercise in logistics and a real milestone for the project.



Emergency exercise on campus – Friday 28 August

On Friday 28 August UC will host an emergency exercise involving Police and other emergency services. Their presence on campus on the day should be no cause for alarm.

The exercise will not be particularly visible, but will involve specialist police teams and other emergency services, and a number of UC staff including the Senior Management Team. It will focus on two areas of campus – the Emergency Operations Centre and the Central Lecture Theatre block. Please avoid these areas on the day of the exercise.

UC Security are contributing substantially to the exercise which will mean a reduced level of service at the UC security office on the day of the exercise and issue of Canterbury cards and parking permits will be suspended for the day.

Should a serious incident occur on campus on the day of the exercise, there are measures in place to halt the exercise and attend to that incident, so should security be required, please don’t hesitate to call 6111.

Cricketing Colonists – win a copy!

The lives of the Brittan brothers and their contribution during the settlement of Canterbury are explored in a new book published by Canterbury University Press (CUP).

Cricketing Colonists: The Brittan brothers in early Canterbury, written by historian Dr Geoffrey Rice with assistance from former teacher Frances Ryman, investigates the substantial contribution that the Brittan brothers — Joseph and William — made to the Canterbury province as politicians and as pioneer farmers.

If you would like to win a copy of this book comment on this blog post below, by Thursday 27 August, and let us know the titles of two other books Dr Geoffrey Rice has had published with CUP.


Be Involved in Your Learning

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I Learn.” Benjamin Franklin

Have you been to our Delivering Service at UC workshop?
Ideal for those who are new to UC &/or work directly with our customers. (24 September ’16)

Are you involved in organising meetings and taking minutes? Come to The Art of Minute Taking. (8 September ’16)

Do you need to Negotiate? Persuade? Interact? Or communicate? We’d love to see you at our Negotiation Skills course.
(22 September ’16)

To register – the form is on the webpage of each course

Not what you are looking for? Contact the L&D Team!

Use Jump Lists to quickly locate your regularly-used files

This tip is brilliant for quick access to files you are working on regularly.

  1. Right-click a program icon in the Taskbar or Start Menu.
    – A list of recently opened files displays.
  2. Click the file you wish to open.
  3. Click the grey pin icon next to a recently opened file to “pin” the file into the list regardless of how many other files are opened.


  • NOTE: Pinning Folders in the Windows Explorer jump list is a useful way to create shortcuts to Search topics and Folders you access often.

I demonstrate using Jump Lists in this brief Video Tip.

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