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Words and worlds collide

What’s the difference between a poet and an astronomer? Nothing, if you’re UC astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister.

Dr Bannister is an expert in the discovery and characterisation of minor planets in the solar system. She’s been involved in the discovery of more than 800 minor planets and even had an asteroid named after her! She’s also an avid creative writer. The poet, planetary astronomer, hunter of new and strange worlds, and self-described ‘connoisseur of fuzzy dots of light’ is our latest guest on UC Science Radio.

Check out Michele’s interview here, or on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

Supporting our students through COVID19

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Since the nationwide lockdown was announced,  UC staff members from across the University have been asking how they can support students experiencing financial hardship because of COVID19.

In response to this outpouring of goodwill, the UC Foundation established the Emergency Student Relief Fund. This Fund is helping students in need of immediate financial assistance.

So far over $6,000 has been donated by staff and alumni around the world. The commitment to our UC community has been remarkable. The UC Foundation would like to recognise the staff members who are making a difference to our students’ wellbeing.  If you’re able and would like to contribute, your support would mean so much to students experiencing financial hardship. 

The Emergency Student Relief Fund is helping students access hardship grants to cover essential bills like rent and wifi to access online learning. Foodbank grants are also available to students in need.

Donations are being channelled through the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team. They’re doing an outstanding job connecting students to the many channels of support available to them.

The Postgraduate Office is also working with the UC Foundation to make hardship grants available for self-funded UC doctoral candidates needing short-term emergency support. The Kopa Iti grant is available to PhD candidates who have exhausted all other financial options.

If you know any students in need of financial assistance, please encourage them to contact the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team to find out if they qualify for support. 

Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to the Emergency Student Relief Fund. You are making a difference.

If you have any questions, please contact ucfoundation@canterbury.ac.nz.

COVID-19 | Power update while we are away from campus

The campus is now in lockdown and is only accessible to essential staff. Security is checking the Arts Centre location and plant rooms regularly. Power remains on in all areas except the boilerhouse, while heating and ventilation has been turned off in non-critical, unused areas.

UC has focused on finding the most sustainable ways to maintain critical infrastructure while we’re working off-campus. If you have any concerns about buildings or labs that you would usually be working in, please contact ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz

The UC website continues to be updated daily and you’ll find a list of previous all-staff communications here>

Heart attack! Where you can find AEDs on campus.

If you encounter someone having a heart attack, you could save their life if you act quickly.

What is an AED?

An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm.

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, commonly referred to as a heart attack (source).

You don’t need training to use an AED – the unit tells you what to do.

(AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator)

Where can I find an AED on Campus?

Use the Campus Maps page on the UC Website to find the locations of AEDs on campus.

  1. Type AED into the Search box at the top left.
  2. Press Enter.
    – heart symbols appear on the map, indicating the location of each AED on the Campus.
  3. Click a heart symbol to view an AED’s precise location.
Picture of map showing locations of AEDs on University of Canterbury campus.
Locations of AEDs on campus can be found using the map on UC’s website.

Why would I need an AED?

  • Each year more than 2,000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital.
  • For 72% of cardiac arrests a bystander will perform CPR
  • People may show no warnings or prior symptoms and 12% survive to hospital discharge following a cardiac arrest
  • Use of an AED within 3-5 min of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44% (source).

If you’d like instruction on  First Aid, courses are run by Health & Safety, accessible through the L&D Professional Development Programme.

More Health & Safety links are available here.

UC International College’s EER Result

In their most recent External Evaluation and Review (EER), NZQA has rated UC International College (UCIC) as a Category 1 provider in New Zealand. UCIC has been awarded ‘Highly Confident’ in Educational Performance and ‘Highly Confident’ in Capability in Self-Assessment. This is the highest possible rating that can be awarded and is an endorsement  of the excellent learning and teaching environment that UCIC strives to provide for its international students.

UCIC first opened its doors in October 2013 offering just one pathway programme through to the University of Canterbury. Less than six and half years later, UCIC has a suite of pathway programmes for international students, a Category 1 rating by NZQA, has acquired one of the oldest English Language schools in Christchurch, CCEL (also a Category 1 provider), and offers a truly embedded pathway model to one of Navitas’ highest ranking University Partners globally. UCIC offers four University Transfer Programmes (UTPs), a Foundation Studies Certificate and short Study Abroad options for International students.

UCIC would like to thank the University of Canterbury, all staff with whom we have had a collaborative relationship over the past number of years, particularly those who met with the NZQA evaluators as a part of the recent External Evaluation and Review process.

For more details, please refer to UCIC website www.ucic.ac.nz