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End-of-year-examinations dates and timetable

The end-of-year examinations will be held from Monday, 29 October to Thursday, 15 November. 

The timetable will be available from Friday, 17 August on the Examinations website.

Encourage students to check the dates and times of examinations carefully. 

Room allocation information will be published on the Examinations website on the last day of lectures for Semester Two (19 October).

Remind students about calculator checks
Calculator checks for courses that need it are available from the Information Desk (Matariki, Level 1) on a drop-in basis. Please see Examination Instructions for further information.

Encourage students to find out about Academic Skills Centre support
For assistance with revision and exam preparation, stress management and other academic matters, students are encouraged to check out the courses running at the Academic Skills Centre this term.

Spotting the Lunar Eclipse from Mount John

Astronomy major Finlay Mably was given the opportunity to visit Mount John Observatory last month to observe planets and test a particular camera technique for his ASTR211 course.

While positioned at this fantastic vantage point he was lucky enough to watch the lunar eclipse, surrounded by bright, unobscured stars. He tells us about it, here.

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If you don’t know, a lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves directly into the shadow of the Earth. The Moon doesn’t reflect any sunlight turning it a red colour as it reflects the light from Earth back to us. Spooky.

After getting up at an ungodly hour to catch a bus, the real adventure began in the early afternoon. While feeling the effects of getting up so early, the afternoon on the mountain was a great chance to have a good look at the view during the last sunlight hours. It was slightly chilly on Mount John, but the sky was clear making for a great night of astronomy. The weather had other ideas though. Setting up at our telescope at sunset, a wild storm appeared and we were forced by the rain and wind to take cover.

One thing about the weather in an environment like Mount John is, it is very unpredictable. One moment the sky is clear and all is calm, the next there’s cloud cover and torrential rain.

After the stormy weather passed we headed to the telescope to look at the planets! Clear as it was, the wind was still howling with gusts of up to 70kmh rattling the dome. Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars were the main attractions of the evening’s work, I took many pictures of all of them to admire and test the new equipment. Mars was especially good viewing that night since it was in opposition, the closest and brightest it’s going to be for the next few years. 

Around 4.00am we saw it. Poking out between a few clouds was the moon, slowly turning red as it moved into Earth’s shadow. Clouds around this area quickly started to grow with the extent of the eclipse. Sadly, most of the eclipse was blocked out by this unfortunate cloud, but the sunrise that followed was spectacular.

Finlay Mably

UC launches digital academic documents with My eQuals

Graduating students and alumni can now get certified digital copies of their transcripts, degree certificates and official letters through a secure cloud-based system, My eQuals. Over 500 graduates have already accessed their documents through this internationally recognised system, developed by a consortium of Australasian universities.

The digital documents are marked as certified by UC, and can be securely shared with third parties such as employers and other universities. Find out more here.

 What is My eQuals?

The My eQuals project was delivered by the Student First Programme, and is an important part of our work to transform the student administration experience at all stages of the student journey right through to graduation. It provides another convenient digital service for students that’s responsive to their needs, will reduce manual workload for staff, and the cost and paper associated with printing hard copy records.

Who else is using the system?

UC joins 20+ other Australasian universities using the My eQuals system, including AUT, The University of Auckland and the University of Otago. My eQuals is also being used by a growing global network of higher education institutions committed to creating a more globally mobile student and graduate experience through easy online sharing of credentials.

Who can use it and what are the costs?

Students graduating after July 12, 2018 will get a certified digital copy of their testamur (degree certificate) and transcript at no cost, as well as the usual physical copy at their ceremony. Other students and alumni will need to pay a one-off fee for access, and hard copies are still available for those who require them. More information is on the Transcript webpage here.

For questions about digital documents on My eQuals, contact transcript@canterbury.ac.nz.

One slide, three minutes – Thesis in three finals Tuesday 14 August

Thesis-in-three is an opportunity for Doctoral and Masters thesis students to present their research in three minutes using a single powerpoint slide.

The UC finals will be held on Tuesday 14 August, 6pm, C3.

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Fact file:

  • Students have three minutes only to describe
    what they are doing, why they are doing it –
    the importance/impact of the research and
    how they are doing it.
  • Only a single slide, no additional electronic
    media (e.g. sound and video files) and no
    additional props.
  • There is a national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) for Master’s
    students. This year this will be held at UC on 24 August. 
  • The best UC Doctoral student will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific Competition in Brisbane.
  • The Thesis in Three format was first introduced
    by the University of Queensland.

ICT Careers Fair – Tuesday 31 July

Every year, UC hosts a series of careers fairs to connect our future graduates with employers, but they aren’t only for students.

ICT Careers Fair
Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight building
Tuesday 31 July, 4.00 – 6.00pm

Connect – or reconnect – with business leaders in the ICT industry, and find out about new initiatives, innovations and trends to help students prepare for their career.

All students, even if they aren’t in their final year, should be encouraged to come along and meet potential employers, find out about internships, summer work and part-time jobs.

It is a great way to find out what employers are looking for in a new graduate, and our students can see what they should do to make themselves more attractive to employers after graduation.

Find everything you need to know about the upcoming ICT Careers Fair here>