Health and safety training coming up

Coming up this November:

Places are still available on the following sessions:

Asbestos Awareness Seminar – 10 November (2 hours)
– more information on Asbestos can be found here
H&S Planning for Managers – 10 November (4 hours)
Approved Handlers Refresher – 11 November (2 hours)
First Aid Revalidation – 30 November (1 day)

For more information and to enrol or waitlist for any 2016 Health & Safety training workshops, please see the Health & Safety Information and Training Intranet

Marsden Fund grants University of Canterbury researchers over $4 million

Congratulations to the six UC researchers who have been awarded collectively more than $4 million in this year’s Marsden Fund grants.

The recipients were announced yesterday (5 November) by Minister of Tertiary Education, and Science and Innovation, Steven Joyce.

The six UC researchers cover the disciplines of biological science, geology, electrical engineering, linguistics, and physics.

Read more about the research these six UC academics are doing here >>>

Early & Emerging Career Researcher Award for 2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Early & Emerging Career Researcher award winner Dr Girish Prayag, from the Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship.

Girish’s main areas of research interest are tourism marketing, hospitality marketing and organisational resilience. He has published 37 peer-reviewed journal articles including 6 in A* and 17 in A ranked journals.

In addition he has published 10 book chapters and has delivered numerous public talks and conference presentations.

The Early & Emerging Career Researcher award recognises a rising trajectory of research excellence and includes a research grant of $10,000.

This year, the Research Committee received nine nominations across a wide range of disciplines which Professor Steve Weaver, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor Research, says were without exception of an extremely high standard.


Parking proposal

A proposal to increase campus parking charges aims to recover costs and encourage the use of alternative forms of transport, while not using tuition or research funding to subsidise parking costs.

The University Council has yet to approve a proposed 15% increase in on campus parking charges for each of the next three years to contribute to the lifetime cost of required roading and car park maintenance on campus.

It costs about $7000 to maintain a car park over a 15-year lifespan. The revised charges will raise an additional $1 million dollars over the next three years, and will meet maintenance costs, rather than raising an additional amount. The alternative was to subsidise parking from other University funds, including research and tuition income.

If confirmed, the change would mean:

  • annual staff  and student parking permits will increase in 2016/17/18
  • annual staff  parking permits will increase in 2016 to $455, annual student parking permits to $304
  • day parking charges will increase by 50 cents to $8, and Pay and Display charges will increase by 50 cents  per hour to $3.

The proposal also recommends:

  • that parking permits will apply for the full calendar year, meaning no free parking on campus over the summer holiday break
  • the permit system be simplified, allowing annual, six monthly, quarterly and monthly permits.

The University is aware of the community’s views on parking – and that increasing charges may be perceived by some as worsening the on-street parking situation around the UC campus. The University is unable to reduce fees and does not believe a significant reduction in campus parking fees will do much to improve the on-street parking situation. It remains committed to promoting residents parking permits as the best option for ensuring on street parking for residents.

Quick full stop on your mobile phone or tablet

Do you know you can double tap the spacebar on your mobile phone or tablet to get a full stop?
Try it: next time you are using your mobile phone or tablet to write a text message, email, note, address – just about anything at all – and you need to enter a full stop, just double tap the spacebar!

Years ago, when I used to have a Nokia N95 mobile phone and I was high-speed-thumbs with my text messages, there were lots of other shortcuts like this. Do you know of any others for today’s smartphones? If you do, please share them with us in the Comments. Thanks!

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