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Protecting ourselves from cyber threats

At UC, we want to help each member of our community to be safer online. In the wake of the recent cyber-attack on Waikato Hospital, we’re urging all UC staff and students to be vigilant with cyber security.

Cybercrime will impact every organisation and individual at some time, and it can take many different forms. Just like in the physical world, there are things we can do to protect ourselves. Through knowledge sharing and action, we can reduce the chances of you being a victim of cybercrime and minimise its impact, should it happen.

Cyber threats are real and can happen to you
It’s not a case of ‘it will never happen to me’. It can. Hackers and cyber-criminals can do amazing things, and access to your device or personal credentials can take a massive toll on your personal and professional life. Please don’t wait until it’s too late. Read more>

Phishing scams – how to spot them and what to do:
Phishing (pronounced ‘fishing’) is a technique used by hackers and other cyber-criminals to trick people into giving over personal details or taking action, often over email.

A phishing scam might ask you to click on a link, get you to open an attachment, download a file or even pay an invoice or bill. These cyber-criminals spend a lot of time setting up lures and scams, making them look convincing and legitimate.

Most modern email providers – like UC’s own email system, Gmail, Office365, Outlook and Yahoo have filters to stop phishing and spam email from getting through, but some still do, and the best protection is awareness.

Only open emails you’re expecting from people you know, and make sure you treat suspicious email appropriately. If you do receive a suspicious email, use the following advice:

Click here for more on Cyber Security Awareness at UC>

For further information contact the IT Service Desk on:


2021 Ramadan Fasting Challenge

A video from last week’s Ramadan Fasting Challenge organised by the UC Business School Internationalisation Team.

A group of non-Muslim students fasted for the day to experience Ramadan and learn more about this important annual tradition from our Muslim students. It was nice to see so many people take the time to learn about another culture.

To learn more about Ramadan, head over to on instagram to watch their videos.

Professor Jason Tylianakis appointed Director of Food Transitions 2050

Tēnā koutou, 

In August 2020, a regional strategic partnership was established between the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Plant & Food Research, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and AgResearch.

The result was a new postgraduate school focusing on food sustainability, tentatively titled Food Transitions 2050dedicated to supporting the transition of our regional, national and international food systems – the first for postgraduate research in Aotearoa New Zealand.

A range of significant milestones have been achieved since then, and I want to provide an update on some key developments on behalf of the Food Transitions 2050 Working Group.

I am pleased to announce that Professor Jason Tylianakis has been appointed Director of Food Transitions 2050 for 2021, to progress development in the next stage.

Jason is an award-winning Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences, with particular expertise in biodiversity and sustainable production systems.

PhD projects update
There was a very strong response to the call for project proposals last August, with a total of 57 proposals for the pool of 15 scholarships available at the two universities. The successful projects can be found from the Food Transitions 2050 website

Call for project proposals for the 2022 cohort
A call for project proposals for the next round is expected in the middle of this year, and we are in discussions about a series of externally funded scholarships that have been attracted by the themes of the Food Transitions 2050 initiative.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Professor Tylianakis, directly.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Wendy Lawson
Amorangi Pūtaiao | Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science


Te Pūrongo ā-Tau | UC Annual Report 2020

2020 was a year of extraordinary challenges for UC, as it was for many, yet we found new opportunities and fast-forwarded plans to provide a more accessible, flexible education for our students, while contributing innovative research to the fight against Covid-19.

The UC community showed commitment and innovation as we navigated the unpredictability of the year, all while affirming our commitment to high-quality learning, teaching and research.

When more than 18,000 students and over 3,000 staff stayed home for the health and safety of our community, UC academics stepped up to found new ways to teach online, and support our students.

UC also boosted accessibility of education by launching a number of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other distance learning courses.

We were also able to launch new programmes to boost student wellbeing and success, such as the Takere scholarship programme for first-year Māori and Pacific students and the ACE (Analytics for Course Engagement) system to identify and assist first-year students needing extra help.

Despite disruption during the year, students gave the University a higher rating – 89% – for teaching quality in 2020, up from 87% in 2019.

Domestic student numbers were almost exactly on budget, and last year was UC’s most successful for securing external research income, with over $112 million awarded.

The pandemic led to a fall in enrolments of full-fee international students however, which triggered $1.9 million in unplanned expenditure. This was balanced by UC’s efforts to make savings across the board and as a result, the University reported a deficit of just $575,000 for its 2020 core activities.

Read Te Pūrongo ā-Tau | Annual Report here>

Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan Kareem to all of our Muslim students, staff and community. May you have a blessed Ramadan, filled with peace, harmony and joy.

Ramadan is the holy month in Islam when Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours.

For Ramadan 2021, which starts tomorrow [14 April] the UC Business School’s Internationalisation Team are excited to invite you to fast with them for a day.

At the end of the day, you will be able to enjoy a free meal with the other participants as we break fast together.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 4 May.
There are limited places available to join the dinner, with half the tickets reserved for Muslim students and half for non-Muslim students. We hope this will be an opportunity to meet new people and to learn about each other.

To register, scan the QR code at the end of the video below or click this link>