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Professional Development opportunities in June

There no time like the present plan and book onto relevant Professional Development courses through Learning and Development.

We are currently taking registrations for the following face to face workshops in June:
We have some back up plans for any workshops that may not proceed due to restrictions. Don’t let this put you off enrolling.

3 June – Leading Change
4 June & 9 July – Rainbow (LGBTQI+) Awareness
10 June – Cross-Cultural Interactions
11 June – Delegating and Influencing
12 & 19 June – Te Reo Māori for the Workplace
17 June – Growing Personal Resilience
23 June – Presentation Skills
24 June – Mental Health & Wellbeing Awareness for Heads and Managers
25 June – Challenging Client Situations
29 June & 3 July – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora

Check out what other opportunities are available on the Learning and Development site – including all health and safety courses.

We have put together a page about learning remotely, which contains some ideas for learning from home. Read more 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.

2020 Professional Development course dates released

2020 course dates are now available on the new look Learning and Development intranet page !

Make sure you get in quick and book arrange your development as the courses can fill up fast. Health and Safety courses included.

Having your PD&R soon? You will see a printable calendar view of the Learning and Development courses for you to print and take with you.


If you would like to know more, or can’t find what you are looking for, please email our team.

New year – new kit in your UC personal emergency kit bag

UC Personal Emergency Kit
UC Personal Emergency Kit

With the new year upon us, now is a good time to take stock and refresh your UC personal emergency kit. Check and assess the contents of your kit bag regularly. Ensure it is well equipped to assist you in an emergency event. Replace or refresh water, snacks and other perishable items.

Due to sustainability considerations, we will no longer supply plastic water bottles in the personal emergency kit bags. We recommend you put your own filled reusable water bottle into your kit bag and refresh it annually.

First Tertiary Technicians Symposium: save the date and register interest (ATEM)

Kia ora Technical Staff

I have received information of an opportunity in the New Year. UC is a member of ATEM* so if there is a discount for members, ensure this is applied when registering.

“The Aotearoa ATEM committee is organising a Tertiary Technicians Symposium on the 10th February 2020 at Victoria University of Wellington. The aim of the day is to improve the visibility and recognition of our technical workforce, provide them with an opportunity to network with their peers and help them explore professional development opportunities. This is intended to be an interactive day with workshops to untangle the new Worksafe regulations and some psychological first aid training to help technicians who are encountering students with emotional and mental health issues. We hope to bring in a keynote from Weta Digital for some inspiration followed by a panel of tertiary technicians sharing their career pathways and professional development choices. If that is not enough to get you all excited we are also organising some site visits to other tertiary providers on the morning of Tuesday 11th February for those who are interested in exploring the technical facilities of their fellow institutions.

Date: Monday 10 & Tues 11 February 2020, Venue: VUW, Pipitea Campus.  See more details in our Draft Agenda and please register your interest via email and we will notify you of the opening of the registrations as soon as they open.”

*Association for Tertiary Education Management