Category Archives: Announcements

Work-Integrated Learning – Guest speaker from Waikato University, 30 Sep

Kia ora koutou,

I’m delighted to announce new investment in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) as part of the University’s strategic vision and commitment to future-focused learning. Connecting across UCOnline, Kia Angitu, External Engagement and the Digital Strategy, it will be a pan-university initiative with positive student outcomes at its heart.

Clare Murray has been appointed as Director of WIL, working towards creating a centre for WIL best practice. The initiative seeks to enable and support all staff involved in WIL (in its many forms).

Come and hear more as UC starts on this exciting journey. To kick-off the conversation, Dr Karsten Zegwaard Director of Work-Integrated Learning Research, will present on the WIL journey that Waikato University embarked on a few years ago.

When:  9 – 10am, Thursday 30 September
Where:  Rehua 329 (in person and recorded)
Note:  Informal chat for any who wishes to stay afterwards (10 – 10.30am)

Ngā mihi,
Professor Catherine Moran
Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

Haere mai to new UC Councillor Amy Adams

Kia ora koutou,

I am pleased to inform you that Hon Amy Adams, former MP and UC graduate, has joined Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the UC Council after being appointed by the Minister of Education Hon Chris Hipkins. She has been appointed for a four-year term, which began on 8 September 2021.

In his letter, the Minister thanked Steve Wakefield, who is retiring from the UC Council after four years as Pro-Chancellor, for his service to the University.

Amy has expressed her delight in joining the University of Canterbury’s governing body. “I’m excited to have another opportunity to serve my community as I become one of the Council members | Ngā Mema o te Kaunihera. It’s an honour to join this group of people, guiding this critical local  organsiation and I’m looking forward to getting started, with the September Council meeting coming up very quickly.”

Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury. Her legal career included becoming a partner in the Christchurch law firm Mortlock McCormack. She was selected as the National Party candidate for the Selwyn seat for the 2008 general election, and served as a Cabinet Minister for 6 years in a number of roles including as Minister for the Environment, Minister for Communications, and Minister of Justice. Amy was the Member of Parliament for Selwyn from 2008 until 2020, when she retired from politics.

Please join me in welcoming Amy back to the University, where I am sure she will do a wonderful job bringing her expertise, connections, and experience to the Council table.

Ngā mihi,

Sue McCormack
Tumu Kaunihera | Chancellor

Steve Wakefield retires as University of Canterbury Pro-Chancellor

Kia ora koutou,

I would like to inform you that Steve Wakefield is stepping down from his role after four years as Pro-Chancellor of the University of Canterbury Council.

Steve was appointed to UC Council in 2017 and has been a fine Pro-Chancellor, supporting me in my role as Chancellor and bringing vast expertise and experience in governance to the Council table. His professional background and close knowledge of Christchurch’s rebuild and rejuvenation has been invaluable.

An accountant by profession, Steve has a big heart for the community and has focused on adding value through strong governance. His strong commitment and contribution to the Council has had a meaningful impact over the past four years.

In 2017, Steve Wakefield was appointed to the Council by the Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. He was elected Pro-Chancellor of the Council and has been on the following Committees at the University:

  • Executive Committee
  • Finance, Planning and Resource Committee
  • Audit and Risk
  • Honours and Appointments Committee
  • Vice-Chancellor Appointment Committee

On behalf of UC, I’d like to express our heartfelt gratitude for Steve’s commitment and contribution to the Council.

Ngā mihi,

Sue McCormack
Tumu Kaunihera | Chancellor

Gender Grant opportunities – Association of Commonwealth Universities

Applications are now open for ACU Gender Grants 2021. 

Grants of up to GBP 1,000 each are available for staff at ACU member universities to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality on campus.

To date, the grants have funded a wide range of impactful projects including a network to support the career development of emerging female academics, and a mobile app to combat sexual and gender-based violence on campus.

Now entering its fifth year, the ACU Gender Grants help members to meet the costs of a diverse range of initiatives, workshops, and events in areas such as:

  • Supporting women in leadership
  • Raising awareness of sexual harassment and developing anti-sexual harassment initiatives
  • Supporting women in science and research
  • Creating effective institutional policies
  • Mainstreaming gender equity into the curriculum

How to apply

Please visit our website and complete the online application form. 

The deadline for applications is Monday 4 October 2021 at 16:00 UTC.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Best wishes, Kudzai Muronzi, ACU Gender Programme.

*NEW* IT Service Desk now offering 24/7 phone support!

In response to the changing needs of UC’s staff & students, the IT Service Desk is extending their coverage hours to provide you with 24/7 access over-the-phone to front-line technical support for:

  • Password Resets
  • Zoom/Teleconference support
  • Lost/stolen devices
  • Major Technology Incidents/Outages

The new offering will be available to all UC students, staff and visitors from 13 September 2021. We’re covering our most in-demand, and urgent services in the initial launch, as we continue to grow and develop the service over time, additional services may be added.

 New IT Service Desk coverage hours

Standard operating hours: 

We will continue to provide our extensive in-person and online IT Service Desk offering between 8am – 5.15pm Monday to Friday.

Extend operating hours: 

As of 13 September 2021, an initially limited set of urgent services will be available over-the-phone outside of standard operating hours. 

Between the hours of 5.15pm – 8am Monday to Friday and 24/7 on Saturday and Sunday, you will be able to access support over-the-phone for password resets; zoom/teleconference; lost/stolen devices; major system incident escalation

An Assyst ticket will be raised on your behalf for all requests the extended coverage team are unable to support.  These will be picked-up by our ITS Service team during standard operating hours.

Your support

We’re currently training up a new NZ-based team to provide our extended-hours service. We appreciate your consideration and support in the initial weeks as we bring the team up to speed with our UC systems.

Our Service Desk aspires to provide the University with the right support, anywhere, anytime and we’ll be monitoring and evaluating this new service to ensure it is targeted appropriately to meet your needs. We’ve added a survey link to the email you get when your Assyst ticket is closed, this is a great way to give feedback anonymously if you prefer.


Our contact details remain the same:

If you have questions regarding our new service, please contact Louise Owers.

The need for different ways of working

ITS has a key role to play in enabling the University’s vision Tangata Tu, Tangata Ora – Empowered, Engaged and Making a Difference

As the University moves towards more online initiatives and an increasing global presence, the way we work, study, engage, and connect is changing. 

We are no longer constrained to a 9am – 5pm working day and increasingly, we are seeing a number of academic products and support services being delivered through digital platforms and outside traditional Aotearoa New Zealand business hours. We also acknowledge that with restricted international travel, you may need support out-of-normal hours to join video calls and conferences.

ITS are responding to this need to this by partnering with Datacom to provide the University with extended coverage for key front- line technical support services