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Digital Payments Solution Project – Roll-out Update

From Wednesday 3 June, payment for products and services sold by  the College of Science (including School of Physical and Chemical Sciences and School of Earth and Environment) and Confucius Institute can  be done online via the new e-commerce solution.

What have we been doing……………….

The roll out of BigCommerce, for selling products online (replacing UC Checkout), to the the above departments is now complete.

A big thank you to the staff involved in this roll-out for their input and patience while helping us implement the new systems and processes.

Training on the new process and systems will continue for relevant staff members as we roll-out the new system to other departments over the next few weeks.

What has changed…………

Most staff and students will not see any changes to the way products and services are sold online via the UC website. The key changes are:

  • More products and services will be available for sale online
  • The following products are now purchased online:

Confucius Institute

College of Science (including School of Physical and Chemical Sciences and School of Earth and Environment)

There has been no change to the way students pay their enrolment fees or to the process for managing and accepting payments for UC event.

 Further Information……….

Information about the new process will be available on the Financial Services Intranet at the end of the project.

The replacement of UC Receipting (for managing on-Campus payments) has been delayed due to the COVID19 lockdown. We will provide an update once the new timeline has been confirmed.

For further information email digitalpaymentsproject@canterbury.ac.nz or visit FAQ’s and Tū ki te tahi Blog

Food for Thought | Day Two – Professor Julia Rucklidge

UC Science Professor of Clinical Psychology Julia Rucklidge gave a 15-minute talk outside Riverside Market in the city covering the topic of ‘Food as medicine: How good food supports mental wellbeing‘.

There was a great response on UC Facebook, with over 600 guests interested in the event.

Keep up with the next events throughout the week including:

Professor Julia Rucklidge – Food as medicine: How good food supports mental wellbeing


South Africa National Science Foundation CEO visits UC

Dr Molapo Qhobela (Chief Executive Officer of the South Africa National Science Foundation) visited UC this week to discuss possible research collaborations between South African universities and New Zealand. Dr Qhobela has vast experience in the South African university sector and the national research sector, including being Vice-Principal at the University of South Africa, Deputy Director-General at the Department of Science and Technology, and Acting Director-General at the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Dr Molapo Qhobela presented a lecture on Monday this week, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de La Rey, entitled “The Role of Science for the Sustainable Development Goals, and Opportunity for Africa – NZ Collaboration”, which was followed by a group discussion on potential synergies between Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa.

Dr Molapo Qhobela (Chief Executive Officer of the South Africa National Science Foundation) with UC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ian Wright. 

Discussion points for follow-up included the collaborative use of research infrastructure, exchange programmes for research fellows, greater awareness of researchers and research funders around the impact of research (and how impact is assessed), and potential for both countries to work together to promote internationally a process of indigenous knowledge systems being weaved and connected with Western society science understanding.

Dr Qhobela has regular contact with the Royal Society Te Apārangi and MBIE as part of the Global Research Alliance to undertake international research to better support policy and societal choices around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

International recruitment counsellors visit UC

On Thursday 1 March the IRO hosted 11 counsellors from international recruitment agencies in Auckland. 

This gave us a chance to showcase the campus and for the Counsellors to meet with key members of the teams that  they work with. 

Admissions, Conversion Management, EDP, the College of Business and Law and College of Science were all in attendance at the informal meetings in the morning. 

Ian MacDonald joined us for lunch in the Shilling Club, and Elizabeth Zou our on campus Team China rep and Lydia Liu of UCIC took them on a campus tour, that included a walk around the Ernest Rutherford Building. 

The campus was much admired and the day was rounded off with a city tour. where we took the opportunity to show just how far Christchurch has come. 

Mindfulness for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

  • The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) a group for children (age 7-10 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety and their parents to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improved focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduced stress.
  • The group will run from 4 – 5pm, starting Wednesday 28th February for 7 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury and requires both child and parent/ caregiver to attend and learn together. The cost of the program is $120.
  • If you would like more information, call 3693777 or email ann.huggett@canterbury.ac.nz.