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Student First Programme Momentum Continues in 2019

With our start of year enrolment period drawing to a close, staff from various UC departments were keen to catch up with the Student First Programme (SFP) team at the March community update.

Hot topics included the programme’s focus for 2019, how the course creation work stream might be approached and some of the issues implementing change in large organisations.

Process Manager, Tim Hatherley-Green highlighted SFP’s key projects in 2019 and was quick to acknowledge that what the team were able to complete this year would not have been possible without the work staff have done in the last 18-24 months.

“Last year a lot of our work was student facing, this year it’s all about improving the processes and systems [staff] interact with to get a student from the moment they register an account on myUC until they pick up their Canterbury Card.”

Student First Programme’s focus for 2019 includes:

  • Better application administration – improving the application and enrolment process for students and staff, introducing new ourUC staff portal and pipeline view of student’s enrolment process.
  • Academic Model – making course creation easier, a strategy for migrating our academic model out of Jade
  • Finance Phase – still in discovery phase
  • Support & Maintenance – will continue for myUC and connectUC
  • Strategy & Leadership – driving strategic decision making at a senior level
  • Transition – transitioning improvements back into business-as-usual

Project Manager – Academic, Rachel Motejo, gave the audience an overview of Course Creation Utopia versus Course Creation Reality, highlighting the scope of work involved navigating this large piece of work.

To keep the momentum of the SFP moving forward, Business Change Manager, Marcus Cullen emphasised the importance of communication cascading up and down the layers of UC’s hierarchy. It’s this action that will instil effective change into UC.

Watch the highlights of the March community update here.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the team at studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz.

Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy

UC’s Harassment Policy has recently been revised and is now called the Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy.

UC is committed to providing a harassment-free and bullying-free environment where all people are treated with respect and dignity and can contribute and participate to their full potential.

The UC community is encouraged to familiarise themselves with the revised policy via the UC Policy Library.

Log out of your computer this Friday evening (27 April 2018)

Before you head off this weekend, ITS would like to request that staff log out of their computers. A number of computer updates are scheduled for the evening of this Friday 27 April 2018, and by logging out you can help ensure these run smoothly and your computer is ready to go on Monday morning.


IT Service Desk – your first point of contact for IT Services

Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri

Self Service Portal: https://assist.canterbury.ac.nz/

Phone: 03 369 5000 or Extn 95000 or NZ Freephone: 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843)

All requests logged after hours will be attended to during business hours.


Fall into Fitness

Are you up for trying a few new things and some old fitness favourites through April and May?

The SSAC team have organised the following fitness and wellbeing events, but all staff are more than welcome to come along! 

Every Wednesday, starting today, there will be things to try.  Visit the Wellbeing website at  http://ssacwellness.eventbrite.com for more information and please register to help with planning for numbers.  Revisit every week to see all the updates and new events coming online.

Team challenge

Can we collectively walk from Christchurch to Auckland in the next two months? That’s $1,10km, 1,686,507 steps, 215 hours of walking!  iPhone and android smart phones have a health app, if you haven’t already, turn on the app and carry your phone everywhere you go.  Once a week send me your total steps for the week, or load them yourself directly into the data page at K:\AllStaff\Wellbeing\SSAC Team Walking Challenge.xlsx. 

Please register here so we know you are participating!  

Wednesday 4 April – Walking routes around campus
You can use your steps from anywhere to count towards our team challenge, but we’ve made it super easy for those based in Christchurch with three campus walks that are tried and tested for steps, route and timing.  Meet under the clock between Matariki and the Library at 12noon on Wednesday 4 April for maps and directions and to try a route! K:\AllStaff\Wellbeing\Walks. https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/walking-tours-round-campus-tickets-44317222004

Wednesday 11 April – Salsa dancing
12 – 1 in Drama Workshop 1, Jack Mann Theatre, Dovedale campus.  FREE.  Comfortable shoes and a sense of fun are all that’s required! https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/salsa-dancing-for-absolute-beginners-no-partner-necessary-tickets-44317361421

Wednesday 18 April – Vegetarian Smörgåsbord
Join your SSAC colleagues for a shared vegetarian lunch.  Bring a plate of delicious food for the table and an empty plate to try what’s on offer.  More information to follow shortly, please register your interest in this event in the meantime at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/vegetarian-smorgasbord-bring-a-plate-of-veggie-delights-tickets-44317395523

Wednesday 2 May – SSAC Staff Quiz
Teams of 4-6 invited to test your knowledge.  $10 per person (on the door) includes nibbles and quiz, cash bar available and trophy for the winning team! Please register your team online, no payment required until the event at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/ssac-staff-quiz-tbc-tickets-44315961233

Wednesday 30 May – Office Golf Tournament
There are two parts to this challenge:

  1. Departments wishing to host a hole should register, they will receive full instructions and a ball/club for their visitors.  Don’t start to build your hole until Monday 28 May and no larger than 1m by 4m – bear in mind normal health and safety rules!
  2. Players to collect their play card with location of all holes to play!  $2 to participate, paid on collection of card.  Winner takes the pot!

Register not to ‘Host a Hole’ or play at https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/office-golf-tournament-if-you-build-it-they-will-come-tickets-44315831846

Autumn membership specials at the RecCentre

With Autumn advancing upon us, and summer saying goodbye, it gets harder and harder to stay motivated to exercise outdoors. It’s too cold, it’s too wet, it’s too dark… you know the drill!

While we fully recommend staying in nature as much as you can for your wellbeing, sometimes it’s just not feasible or safe, if working around busy schedules and early sunsets. Read on to find out the great specials we’ve got on six month memberships, and how you could win a bonus two months on us.

The RecCentre can come to the rescue to get you through the darker months. We’ve got an ace location (right on campus), with showers, towels and toiletries, and a fully equipped gym and plethora of group fitness classes.

Perhaps you can wangle a flexible lunchbreak to pop over and find 30 minutes to pump up the muscles, which will definitely pump up your thinking power when you head back to work. Or maybe an early morning workout, before you start work?

Whilst it might seem a bit drastic at first, that feeling you’ve ‘already knocked the bastard off’ (to paraphrase Sir Ed), can make you feel quite heroic for the rest of the day, knowing you can go home to the warm comfort of your home straight after work. Both of these times are great for those who like a quick workout, with fewer people around.

Whilst we are a busy gym, we are considerably quieter throughout the day, up until around 3pm. But, if after work suits you best, you’ll be met with a large range of classes to slot into from 4pm – 8pm most nights, and a variety of training spaces to choose from – just prepare mentally for the crowds!

So, if you’re not sure, contact us for free seven-day guest pass (it includes one epic spin class too) to try it out. There’ s no obligation, and there’s definitely no follow-up sales phone call that you can expect from other gyms. We believe we have fantastic services and equipment, and if it feels right for you, then you’ll just know. We also have a small private space within the centre that is sectioned off for women only time, a few hours a day.

How can you win an additional two months of membership? Easy. Anyone purchasing a six month membership from us in the promotional period (1 – 15 April, 2018) is automatically entered in the draw for a bonus two months added to their membership. Simple!

So, what are you waiting for?