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Knowledge Commons: 150 projects of impact

In June Professor Ekant Veer was seconded into a role in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office to start working on the ‘Knowledge Commons’. In this video Ekant and Dr Susannah Stevens give a quick update on what they’ve been doing and how the knowledge commons can be used as one way to achieve the institutional strategic goal of being an ‘Engaged University’. Please do contact Ekant on if you’d like to know more or help with sharing some of your stories of impact in the community.

Easily connect to your Zoom meetings using UCGO

Zoom has been added to UCGO, making it easy to connect with your colleagues and join meetings on the go, from anywhere.

Follow these steps to set up your Zoom account on UCGO:

  1. Click the Zoom tile from the UCGO home screen
  2. Click sign in, choose to sign in with SSO.
  3. Enter canterbury as the domain name
  4. Type in your UC email address and enter your UC password
  5. Follow the prompts to finish set up
  6. You are now ready to use Zoom from UCGO

Did you know you can also access your UCGO profile from your computer, laptop or iPad? Simply follow this link and log in. Bookmark it now so you can easily connect to zoom, see what’s happening on Tū ki te tahi, get the latest COVID-19 updates and see what’s happening at UC on our social media channels.

Troubleshooting: If Zoom will not open in UCGO, check you have the latest version of the app. You can do this by checking you have the April update in the about section found in UCGO settings. If you have an earlier version simply update UCGO in your app store.

Find out more about downloading and using UCGO here>

UCGO app staff profile – log in now!

In response to COVID-19, a dedicated UCGO staff profile has been accelerated through development and released today. You can now log in to the staff profile using your staff log in details.

If you haven’t downloaded UCGO, do it now. If you have downloaded and logged into UCGO previously, you can log out and log back into the staff profile.

Your staff profile will look like this.

The UCGO staff profile is a great way to keep up with UC’s COVID-19 daily updates from your phone. It is also one of our main channels of communication with staff and students in the event of a campus wide incident. Given the speed of development final testing is still taking place and we’re asking for your help in ironing out any final issues by providing feedback. You can submit feedback through the app settings or if you are unable to log in please log a ticket through the self-service portal.


Communication during a campus wide incident:

In the event of a campus-wide incident messages will be sent to staff and students using emergency push notifications through the UCGO app. To receive these communications it is essential you allow push notifications for UCGO – you will not receive any push notifications via UCGO for any other reason than a campus-wide incident or emergency.

Download UCGO from the App Store and Google Play now.

Tools on the staff profile include:

  • Intercom blog
  • Daily COVID-19 information
  • UC Maps
  • Getting Around
  • UC Social
  • V-Plate
  • Campus Safety
  • Library
  • Key UC Dates
  • Emergency push notifications

Linguistics and Civil & Structural Engineering rank top 100

Today the annual QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject were released.

Linguistics and Civil and Structural Engineering have received a ranking in the top 100 – Linguistics regaining this ranking for the first time since 2013. Nine other subjects have also ranked in the world’s top 200 including: Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Philosophy, Environmental Sciences, Education, Law, Sociology, and Politics and International Studies.

For the first time Politics and International Studies has achieved a subject ranking and it is positive to see it ranked in the top 200 globally.

Five subjects increased their ranking outside the top 200 since 2019 including; Chemistry, Accounting and Finance, Economics and Econometrics, Biological Sciences, and Modern Languages.

Subject rankings are important to UC to attract students into subject areas and also as a measure of our international research reputation. The compounding benefit being students attracted to UC for high ranking subjects often enrol in other subject areas too.

UC’s Strategic Vision 2020 to 2030 has set an objective for UC to increase its research profile and the impact of its research both regionally and globally.

UC aspires to be ranked at least in the top 200 for QS global rankings by 2025. There are a number of initiatives being developed to raise the national and international profile of research and rankings at UC including; forming strategic international partnerships and collaborations with international universities, developing new research clusters and raising the international profile of UC’s existing research centres and institutes, and providing greater support to host international academic conferences in Christchurch.

UC will be hosting a lunchtime workshop on 10 March with Tourism New Zealand on bidding and convening international conferences. For more information on this workshop and please email

About QS subject rankings

The QS World University Rankings by Subject cover 48 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas. The rankings are compiled annually to help prospective students identify leading universities in subject areas. Research publication citations, and major global surveys of employers and academics are the major factors used to rank universities.