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Important update on December’s graduation ceremonies

It is with heavy hearts we confirm the cancellation of the University of Canterbury’s December graduation celebrations.

The University is monitoring the Covid-19 Alert Levels closely and in response, our teams worked closely with Venues Ōtautahi to ensure our graduation ceremonies incorporated event safety considerations under Covid-19 Alert Level Two, and in anticipation of the ‘Orange’ category of the incoming Covid-19 Protection Framework.

It seems however, that even the strongest plans are no match for the unknown, which include the opening of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s borders, the recent community cases in Ōtautahi Christchurch and that guidance around incoming Covid-19 restrictions is not confirmed.

This decision is reinforced by ngā uara | our values and the practice of Tiakitanga, which underpins the importance of integrity and doing what’s right while demonstrating care and protection of others. Our individual and collective safety is of utmost importance.

What does this mean for our graduating students?
Our graduands are welcome to either graduate in absentia, or they can defer their graduation until a future date, e.g., April 2022. They will be asked to contact the Graduation Office by 1 December to confirm their decision.

We appreciate this outcome will be disappointing to many, and hope you understand that ensuring the safety of our graduands, staff and the wider University of Canterbury community, including our friends and whānau, was of utmost importance in making this decision.

If you have any questions or concerns, email

MFA is on its way

Kia ora koutou,

Starting this week, ITS will be rolling out the use of Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) to log-into your IT account.

This will add another layer of security to help protect your identity and make it more difficult for hackers to steal your credentials.

We plan to introduce a phased roll-out to all UC staff over the next few months, before implementing fully to our students in the new year.

Watch out for more details, and instructions how to self-register, from:

Rudo Tagwireyi
Director of Cyber Security & Risk

Cyber Smart Week 18 – 24 October 2021

Cyber Smart Week is a national awareness campaign, bringing attention to all the little things each of us can do to increase our cyber resilience and protect ourselves from cyber security threats.

Are you still leaving your digital security door wide open?

So many people are hacked every day and it can happen to you – don’t wait until it’s too late to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Start moving in the right direction now. Here are two great links to get your started:

Top tips to protect your cyber security:

Keep yourself updated.
One of the most vulnerable and common channels for attack is outdated software. Cyber criminals have millions of infected machines that continually scan the internet looking for vulnerable devices to attack.

They use holes in software, operating systems and communications, to push their way through the cracks and try to execute code, and once they have a foothold, they can cause a huge amount of damage. Find out how to best look after your devices here>

Taking a break? Lock your laptop
When you step away from your computer, make sure you lock it. We’re not suggesting your colleagues can’t be trusted, but what if you’re out of the room, and then they leave the room too?

Suddenly everything on your computer is available to anyone who passes by. Someone could:

  • send malicious emails from your inbox
  • steal files
  • install and send viruses from your machine
  • install malware that steals your credentials

and many other destructive things – all of which you could be held accountable for because you left the ‘front door’ of your computer open. For best practice when taking your coffee break, click here>

Something smells phishy
Can you imagine the headache you’d have if a hacker got access to your social media, banking, dating, or email login details? But these aren’t things you’d voluntarily hand over, right?

Before opening an email you weren’t expecting to receive, consider these questions.

  • Is the spelling and grammar in the message correct?
  • Does the link and the text match (hover your mouse over the link and you’ll see where it really goes).
  • Does the email urge you to take immediate action?
  • Does the email address of the sender look reasonable given the content of the email?
  • Look at the salutation (does it say ‘Dear Customer’)?
  • Look at the signature, a lack of details or how you can contact the company suggests phishing.
  • Are you even expecting an email from that sender?
  • Is the message asking you to do something unusual? (e.g., buy iTunes cards).

Here’s some top tips to spotting a phishing scam>

If in doubt, talk to ITS. Here’s how to report a cybersecurity incident:

To learn more about Cyber Security here at UC, reach out to our Cyber Programme team>

Super Saturday – get vaccinated

With summer just 8 weeks away, we need everyone to book their first vaccine appointment now. This will ensure everyone can get two doses and enjoy everything a classic Kiwi summer has to offer.

Here’s the bottom line – the more of us that are fully vaccinated, the more protection we’ll have against Covid-19 and the more freedom we’ll have as we work our way back to reopening the country safely.

We all have a role to play in getting our friends, whānau and communities vaccinated – this is why we’re joining the Canterbury District Health Board in asking you in supporting our national day of action this Saturday 16 October – Super Saturday.

UC Community turns out in droves for pop-up vaccination clinic

In partnership with the Canterbury District Health Board [CDHB] and the UCSA, the University of Canterbury were proud to host a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic on campus this week.

Initially planned to be held over Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October, the popularity of the clinic on day one – in addition to overwhelming demand – saw the clinic extended to a third day, Thursday 7 October.

Rosa Hibbert-Schooner, President of Te Akatoki Māori Students’ Association, enjoys the kai provided to vaccination clinic attendees

A ‘drop-in’ centre where all were welcome, we were thrilled to confirm that approximately 2,000 vaccinations were administered across the three days the clinic was hosted on campus.

The University believes having a high number of vaccinated Cantabrians is important for the health and wellbeing of our local, national and international communities, as well as ensuring Aotearoa New Zealand can reopen safely, both domestically and internationally.

As we shared across our social media channels earlier this week – proud doesn’t begin to cover how we feel about this week’s vaccination clinic turn out. To our staff, students and community – thank you.

Here’s just a taste of the great media coverage our pop-up clinic received this week:

If you received your first vaccine this week and you haven’t already booked your second, follow this link>

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, click here>