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Workshops following feedback on UC’s organisational structure

Kia ora koutou,

Thank you for submitting your feedback and views on the shape and structure of UC, this has all been given to the Vice-Chancellor to read.

Further to the Vice-Chancellor’s messages, the below opportunities are available for you to join workshops in person. The purpose of these workshops are to contribute further to the discussion about the questions asked by the VC:

  • What structural arrangements may best enable our academic mission and aspirations?
  • How should we oversee academic planning at a University level e.g. our curriculum, our approach to teaching, learning and assessment, and our research strategy?
  • What is the best relationship between our academy and our service units to enhance effectiveness as a university, enabling greater cohesion and reducing duplication?

These workshops are for any academic and professional/general staff who are not on Academic Board. Light refreshments will be available during the session, and we ask that you bring your own full water bottle. If you would like to attend, please register by Thursday 11 February so we can ensure there is enough seating and catering.

An Academic Board workshop is also scheduled for 12 February. Board members will have already received their invitation. However if they are unable to attend that workshop, they are welcome to register for a workshop listed above.

Please direct any questions to

The VC’s communications can be found here:

Ngā mihi nui

Calling all volunteers – join us at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day (O Day)

Herea tō waka | Orientation Day (O Day) is taking place on Friday 19 February from 9.00am – 2.30pm. To help the day run smoothly, we need your help as a staff volunteer.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away. For our students arriving at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.

O Day is a great opportunity to spend time with our new students, show how staff like to connect with students and join the fun on campus. This is your chance to welcome new students to our diverse UC community – we’re all a part of shaping our new students’ experience in 2021.

From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is an opportunity for you to be part of O Day. Take a look at the roles below, check with your manager and sign up here. Please note you will need to commit to attending the event briefing at 10am on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

O Day volunteer roles:

  • Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people
  • Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig
  • Session Greeter – you’re there to scan people into sessions
  • Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think
  • Campus Explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.

If you are unable to do a full shift and can only spare an hour or so, please email your preferred times to

If you have any questions please email the Events team.

Thank you in advance for your support. Look forward to seeing you there!

The University Pharmacy Christmas closing dates

The University Pharmacy in the Undercroft will be closing for Christmas at 1pm on Wednesday the 23rd of December 2020 and will re-open at 9am on Thursday the 14th of January 2021.

If you have any repeats or a new prescription you will need whilst we are closed please come in before the 23rd of December and we will be happy to supply these to you early. (please note you won’t be able to collect repeats from another Pharmacy whilst we are closed).

We would like to thank everyone for the fantastic support during the year and would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.

David & Lisa Erdman
University Pharmacy

Tangata Tū Tangata Ora | Celebrating Excellence event

On Wednesday 25 November, outstanding achievements of the University’s academics were celebrated by the University of Canterbury Council | Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha at the Tangata Tū Tangata Ora | Celebrating Excellence event.

The event observed the world-class teaching, learning and research taking place at UC, and the impact our researchers and students are having in our local community, within Aotearoa New Zealand and around.

Panels showcasing this year’s award recipients are on display at the entrance of Puaka-James Hight Central Library. 

Congratulations to all those who received an award.

Transforming our Student Administration and making your life easier

In 2020 Student First transitioned from a Programme of multiple projects to a singular Project – the Student First Project.

The Project’s primary objective is the decommissioning and replacement of Jade (JSMS) with a new Student Management System, ourUC, a web based tool with a modern and simple user interface.

The key focus for 2020 has been the migration of the Admission and Enrolment process from Jade to ourUC, and we have made great progress!  Working closely with our Super SMEs and Student First Working Group, three of the four key stages of the Admission and Enrolment process are now in ourUC:

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Functionality has been progressively released, and initially trialled by key staff (through pilot groups), followed by a larger scale rollout through targeted training.  We are currently in the process of rolling out Qualification Assessment across all colleges.

For more detail on all the other stuff completed over our 10 releases in 2020, please visit the Student First Intranet site.

What lies ahead for 2021?

The Student First Project momentum continues into 2021 – with key areas of focus including, but not limited to:

  • Completion of Course Approvals and Waivers – this moves the assessment of Applications to Enrol into ourUC.
  • Staff processing Change of Enrolment requests in ourUC.
  • Deployment of Managed Programme Entry for Teaching.
  • Fees and EFTs calculations and Enrolment Agreement creation in ourUC.
  • Academic Model work relating to the standardisation of course pre-requisites – this will improve future study planning, progress tracking and graduation calculation.
  • Identity verification, management of student records and international study requirements.

To find out more about the Student First Project, milestones achieved in 2020 (inclusive of a Demo Assessing an Application to Enrol in ourUC) and our focus for 2021, the Student First Team would like to invite you to our Student First End of Year Update – details as follows:

Date: Tuesday 8 December
Time: 11.00 – 12.00 pm
Venue: Undercroft 101

Watch out for more news about our upcoming releases and new features. If you have questions about the Student First Project you can contact us via