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The offshore visa application suspension has been extended

The inability of most people offshore to apply for a visa (unless a border exception applies or they are in a quarantine-free travel zone) has been extended. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is not currently processing visas for most individuals who are offshore unless they meet the strict border exception criteria or are currently in a COVID-19 quarantine-free travel zone. This is because legally INZ is unable to grant visas to individuals who are unlikely to meet entry requirements. From 10 August 2020, the Government suspended the ability for most people offshore to apply for temporary entry class visas (including visitor, work, student, and limited visas). The most recent extension of the suspension was due to expire on 7 May 2021. The Government has made the decision to extend the suspension for a further three months until 6 August 2021.

Feedback on online learning

Over the past few weeks we have had feedback from students studying online offshore. It’s been pretty inspiring to hear the ways that all of our staff are making a difference for these students. This particular feedback sums up the many responses we have received (and shared with the individuals) the sentiment well…  She is very supportive towards all her students. We have been treated as equals. And she is really supportive during Online teaching. She has put the time zone difference in to consideration very well. Replying to emails on time. Sacrificing her own time for students who aren’t able to attend the lectures in person. Explaining the exams and essay structures clearly to us. Really good at control the lecture times. Reasonable workload for students. Over all, I am grateful to be one of her student during my time in University of Canterbury.

1,000 Exception Cohort update

We were excited on the weekend to welcome back UC’s first student of the “1,000” returning students (there are currently 16 students in total who have made it back into the country from this cohort).  The bulk of our allocated 82 returners will be back in time for a Semester 2 start. The International Relationships Office and the International Deans are working together to ensure a smooth transition back to campus for them (including support during MIQ, transition activities, special accommodation offers and a welcome back function once everyone in this cohort has returned). If you have any queries about these students please contact the IRO.

Come along to the STEM Careers Fair

UC Careers are looking forward to the STEM Careers Fair coming up soon on 6 May! Including 56 organisations like Beca, Fulton Hogan, KPMG and Transpower, this is a great opportunity for students who are beginning to consider their options on what to do after study.

Students at past Career Fairs have enjoyed using this event to gather information, ask questions, network, and build conversations with company representatives to become more informed about employers and opportunities.

All are welcome to attend, and if you know of students who will find value in coming along, direct them here for everything they need to know.

Have a look through the registered organisations here:

  • A Verkerk Ltd
  • Abley
  • Auckland Transport
  • Aurecon New Zealand Limited
  • Beca
  • Boffa Miskell
  • Catalyst IT
  • Cook Costello
  • Datacom
  • Davis Ogilvie & Partners Ltd
  • Engenium
  • Engineering Design Consultants Ltd
  • Ergo Consulting Ltd
  • Fast Enterprises, LLC
  • FNZ
  • Fulbright New Zealand
  • Fulton Hogan
  • GHD
  • HamiltonJet
  • HEB Construction
  • IMC Pacific Pty
  • Jade Software Corportation
  • KPMG
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • McConnell Dowell
  • New Zealand Defence Force, Directorate of Recruiting
  • Northrop
  • Oji Fibre Solutions (NZ) Ltd
  • Optiver
  • Pattle Delamore Partners
  • Planit
  • Populous People (representing the Regional Council River Management Special Interest Group)
  • Powerco
  • Quoin Structural Consultants
  • Randall & Associates Ltd
  • Richards Consulting Engineers
  • Riley Consultants Ltd
  • Rocket Lab
  • Schick Civil Construction
  • Scott Techonlogy Ltd
  • Seequent
  • Silvester Clark
  • South Pacific Sera
  • Stantec New Zealand
  • Structex
  • Summer of Tech
  • Tonkin + Taylor
  • Transportation Group, Canterbury Branch
  • Transpower
  • Trimble
  • UC Study
  • WSP
  • Wyma Solutions
  • Xero
  • ZOZO NZ Ltd

Survey giveaway winner!

Thanks to those who provided their feedback in the survey that was included in the Tū ki te tahi newsletter on Friday. If you haven’t had a chance to provide your feedback but would like to, not to worry! The survey is still open and accessible here>

The random winner for the giveaway is Elyse Thompson! We’ll flick you an email so you can collect your double pass to watch the Crusaders vs Highlanders game this Friday. 

Update on the RecCentre

UC is committed to creating an environment that supports and nurtures student and staff wellbeing and the RecCentre is a valuable part of this.

Due to financial constraints, UC is not progressing with a new RecCentre at this time. However, we are developing a business case to make improvements to the UC RecCentre.

Preliminary feasibility studies with Christchurch City Council are also taking place to explore possible efficiencies and benefits. The study would explore options that add value to the UC Community and increase UC’s contribution to the city.

It is anticpated that both projects will take some months to complete. Students and staff will be able to continue to access facilities and services provided by the UC Rec & Sport team in the meantime.