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On Thursday 12 July we welcomed thousands of prospective students, their families and whānau onto campus for UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene. They got the opportunity to learn more about study options, tour the campus, and get a glimpse of our state-of-the-art new facilities and a taste of the UC student experience.
The stunning Christchurch winter day brought over 4200 visitors to campus compared to 3693 visitors last year. On the trails we gave out 550 hot chocolates and 2000 packs of mini donuts.
The University is experiencing a post-quake resurgence in enrolment numbers this year as school-leavers from around Aotearoa New Zealand are coming to UC for tertiary study. Enrolment numbers were up 7% across the board in 2018 and it is hoped we will see a similar trend in 2019 which Open Day | Rā Tōmene is a direct contributor to this success.
This event takes months of planning and involves hundreds of staff and students to show UC at its best. We definitely did that today, and I thank everyone who has worked tirelessly to put this event together, and the staff and student volunteers who provided a friendly face for our visitors today.
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Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae
Open Day | Rā Tōmene is next Thursday 12 July.
There has been a fantastic level of interest from future students and we’re looking forward to showcasing our campus. Thanks again to all staff who have volunteered to help on the day.
While the new buildings and grounds are looking great, we would like to invite staff and students to join us for 30 minutes on Monday 9 July to collect any residual litter, and ensure the campus is looking top notch for our visitors.
When: 12.00 – 12.30pm Monday 9 July
Where: steps of Puaka-James Hight
Gloves and bags will be provided. Thanks in advance for any help you and your colleagues can provide.
Executive Director, Student Services and Communications | Kaihautū Matua Ākonga me te Whakapā
Staff will be aware that a state of emergency has been declared in Christchurch due to Cyclone Gita, which is expected to pass over the city overnight and tomorrow.
Based on the information we have at the moment, the University campus will be able to open tomorrow, but we will monitor the situation overnight and confirm that at about 7am tomorrow morning.
If the campus is closed, we will send an all staff email and post a message on the UC Facebook page and Twitter. These can be accessed by searching Facebook for University of Canterbury, or Googling @UCNZ. Unless you hear otherwise, please assume that campus is open as normal.
If staff find their personal circumstances prevent their attendance on campus, they should communicate this to their line manager at the earliest opportunity to discuss impact on students, working remotely or other arrangements.
If the campus is closed, UC’s position is that staff would still be paid – with the expectation they work remotely if that is possible and reasonable and reschedule activities wherever practical.
You will have noticed that we have a large number of new students on-campus as part of Orientation Day | Herea tō waka. If a student looks lost, please help them out – and if you don’t know how to answer a question, please direct them to the Welcome Centre at the ground floor of Matariki or the Info Hub in the Undercroft.
– Over 3000 students welcomed
– Over 1000 more students registered for this year than in 2017
– 800 bags of mini doughnuts given out
– 72kg of hash browns given out
Thank-you to all staff who have helped make this day possible.