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A New Staff Recruitment Platform is coming!

Tēnā koutou katoa,

In line with the UC Staff Recruitment Strategy and as part of an ongoing commitment to operational excellence and continuing process improvement, Human Resources has reviewed the current continuing and long-term fixed term staff recruitment system (currently UCPeople/PeopleSoft Recruitment Module).

The detailed investigation of potential technical solutions, to address some of the challenges we currently face, focused on how to:

  • improve the candidate experience and engagement
  • make the system more user-friendly for applicants and Hiring Managers
  • future proof the system to grow with UC’s needs and supports the Staff Recruitment Strategy
  • enable UC Hiring Managers to be more actively involved in the recruitment process
  • create a talent pool
  • automate and speed up manual processes

Following due diligence and a detailed research phase, we are delighted to have found a technical solution that meets UC’s needs.

We have now commenced on a project to replace the current UCPeople/PeopleSoft recruitment module for continuing and long term fixed term staff recruitment.

Note: University of Canterbury Temporary Vacancy System (UCTV) is not affected at this stage.

Some of the benefits of the new solution selected is:

  • easy to use,
  • mobile capability,
  • ability to build candidate talent pool,
  • opportunities to further automate and improve process for faster turnaround of staff recruitment,
  • easier and faster on boarding of new staff,
  • cloud based recruitment platform, less maintenance from UC required,
  • easy integration into UC’s HR systems

The new staff recruitment platform will go live by the end of November 2019.

You will receive further information during the upcoming weeks via Intercom and your HR Advisor and via our HR intranet site: UC Staff Recruitment Platform (staff access only).

Ngā mihi

Paul O’Flaherty

Executive Director – Human Resources | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata

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