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Distinguished Visiting Fellow: Professor Tim McCormack

New Zealand Law Foundation’s Distinguished Visting Fellow for 2018, Professor Tim McCormack will be visiting UC from Wednesday 2 – Monday 6 August.

Professor McCormack is Dean of the University of Tasmania Law School and a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. He is also the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Director of World Vision Australia.

Next Monday, Professor McCormack is holding an event for UC staff: ‘The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations’,

An international group of experts met under the auspices of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in the Estonian capital and drafted two Tallinn Manuals on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations.

The initiative was a proactive attempt to identify applicable law before there is a major cyber-attack on critical infrastructure with potentially devastating consequences.

Professor McCormack was a member of the international group of experts to draft the 2nd Tallinn Manual and he will discuss the drafting process, some of the most important findings in the Manual and the future significance of the Manual.

Celebrating Successful Enrol In Person Pilot

The new Enrol in Person process for international students led by the Student First Programme was put to the test last week, as international students arrived on campus to complete their enrolment ahead of Semester Two.

Students were welcomed by friendly UC volunteers and went on a campus walking tour while their documents were processed behind the scenes. Feedback captured so far points to a positive student experience on the enrolment days – they commented that the process was easy, they felt welcome and overall the enrolment days were less stressful and more enjoyable for both students and staff.

The Student First Programme team held a morning tea to acknowledge the hard work that went into making this pilot a success. In particular, we want to thank:

  • Student Volunteers for their energy, enthusiasm and dedication
  • The Enrolments and Student Care teams in creating such a seamless event and going above and beyond to ensure students were as prepared as possible for enrolments
  • Admissions for clearing “road-blocks” on enrolments and providing great support for our College colleagues who were swamped with Academic Review and Open Day
  • Dawn Miller-Mctaggart for her magic work on the data
  • Academic Managers and Student Advisers for juggling your busy schedules and doing your best to prepare students for enrolment. High-five!
  • Student Finance: being there with us and ensuring that the final all important step fit neatly into the process
  • AV Staff and Photographer: capturing the quality of the event is exciting and would be made so much harder without you
  • Comms Team: paving the way for trialling new ways of communicating with applicants as required

Reflecting on how far we have come since our review of the Enrol In Person process in March/April, what we achieved is a great example of what can be done by a small, determined group of individuals working collaboratively towards a common goal. This new process is a great step forward in transforming the student administration experience.

Watch this space for a full review and some great footage from the enrolment days, as well as further updates on how we’re continuing to work on the process for Enrolments 2019.

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Mobile Device Usage Guidelines For Travelling

Are you intending to travel and use your mobile device (aka smartphone, tablet or laptop)? Of course – these days you need to make a strong personal commitment not to do that!

But did you know that we have some very useful guidelines on travelling with mobile devices?

Mobile Device Usage Guidelines for UC Staff Who Travel

This webpage is intended to help staff maximise their usage of UC-issued mobile devices when travelling, while minimising costs to UC and avoiding unexpected and excessive expenses. It is a great guide for anyone travelling with their personal mobile devices too.


For more great time-saving tips, look up our Archive of Tech Tips.
The Technology Information for Staff website is a great go-to place for information too.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

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Outstanding international students make a difference

International students really do make a difference, including contributing to the future of our city when they visit UC.

Students from three elite international universities – Oxford, Peking and Beihang – have visited UC in recent months to develop and present ideas on the future of Ōtautahi Christchurch.

The University’s International Relationships Office is working to further strengthen connections between the city and these prestigious learning centres. Re-imagining the City of Christchurch was the challenge put to 18 students from Oxford University and 27 students from Beijing’s Peking and Beihang Universities during respective UC-hosted visits here in September 2017 and January/February 2018.

Supported through lectures, discussions and field trips, the students were encouraged to develop ideas on the city’s future. Their final presentations, attended by representatives of city agencies including Christchurch City Council, were well-received.

International Partnerships Coordinator William Shannon says the students used every minute of their short time in Ōtautahi Christchurch to engage with the city and the content of their respective courses.

“Without exception, their final proposals were outstanding.”

Emeritus Professor Eric Pawson, who helped design the students’ programmes, says their research projects were of real value, producing valuable ideas across a range of disciplines.

“One of the Oxford groups created a wonderful portfolio for a cultural trail through the residential red zone, which was subsequently incorporated into a report for Regenerate Christchurch. These things do have an impact and all the students involved benefit enormously from the experience.”

This September, the University will again host students from Oxford, reflecting the deepening bonds between the two universities. After the 2011 earthquakes, Oxford offered dozens of places to our senior scholars to spend a term studying there.

Our University has also sent groups of students to Peking University, most recently in November/December 2017. While there, students conducted research on behalf of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum and ChristchurchNZ to examine how to boost migration to Canterbury for study and work. Their final reports were well received, paving the way for future research and collaboration.

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.