Category Archives: Community Notices


The Student Volunteer Army and the UC Sustainability Office have teamed up to run a series of reusable face mask workshops on campus – and they need your help to make as many masks as possible for our UC community!

The next workshop is planned for Monday 7 September, with afternoon and early evening volunteer shifts available. To learn more and to register for a workshop, follow this link here.

Sewing experience for these workshops are not required (but is of course, welcomed). We have plenty of tasks like cutting, pinning and ironing for the non-sewers out there!

If you are unable to attend a workshop but would like to contribute by donating materials or making masks at home (all fabric and pattern supplied) please contact Chloe on

Come along to a relaxed and fun workshop to make a mask for our UC students and staff, plus take a mask home for yourself! Keep an eye out for more workshops over the coming weeks as they are confirmed.

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Spotting a phishing email

Earlier this afternoon some staff received an email that at first glance, appeared to have come from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

This email was a sophisticated phishing scam, and was identified through words or phrasing not usually associated with the VC, including ‘commuter trains’, ‘hockey sticks’ and the spelling of ‘corona-virus’.

Please do not engage with this email, or open any attachments associated with it. IT have completed a search and destroy of this email, however if you see it in your inbox please ignore it.

UPDATE – 5pm Friday 28 August 

There was a widespread phishing campaign on Friday, 28 August where a spammer pretended to be sending email from Cheryl de la Rey ( with the subject: “Corona-virus (COVID-19) information for the University of Canterbury.” The attachment when opened took users to a webpage that requested authentication to open the document. If you put any information in this webpage, then you will need to change your password immediately. To change your password, go to the University of Canterbury website, click on “Logins” in the banner, then “Password Reset.”

Most University of Canterbury users would have had the email blocked from arriving in their inbox by our spam filter PreciseMail. Users who had the email delivered to their inbox received it either due to an allow rule set in their profile: * or because they OPTED OUT of using PreciseMail.

The * allow rule should not be used as it is not required and will only allow SPAM to arrive in your inbox.

To remove this allow rule please follow these steps:

  • Log in to
  • Click on  Create, Update, or Review Your Allow List
  • Find the rule in the list then click Delete and then click Save Changes

If you wish to OPT BACK IN to using our spam filter, please do the following:

  • Login to
  • Click on Set your Preferences
  • Click on Opt in and then Save Preferences
  • We don’t recommend that you have any allow rules for a whole domain e.g.:  * as that will cause any email sent from those domains to bypass the spam filter

Reusable Facemask Workshops: We need your help!

The UC Sustainability Office and the Student Volunteer Army are exploring the idea of running some facemask workshops in the coming weeks. Our goal is to make a large amount of reusable facemasks accessible for our UC staff and student community – but we need your help!

In order to make these workshops happen, we’re gauging interest from our community for donations of the following:

  • Cotton fabric – of any colour and pattern
  • Any form of elastic or cotton tape
  • Thread of any colour
  • Sewing machines – these will be either a) operated only by you for the duration or part duration of the workshop or b) used by students or staff with sewing experience only.
  • Any time you may be willing to lend or sewing wisdom you are willing to share to help us ensure these workshops are a success!

If you’re interested in donating any of the above, would like to volunteer at a workshop with us or have any questions please contact Chloe Wium on

At this stage we are gauging interest with our community and seeing what resources we have available on our campus. Following this, we will begin to coordinate workshops – so stay tuned!

Please note: prior sewing experience is not necessary for volunteering at this workshop – we’ll need plenty of hands-on help with non-sewing tasks like cutting fabric, ironing and more. Please get in touch if you’re interested in being involved.




If you’re keen to give making one a try yourself this weekend, we recommend using this straightforward and beginner-friendly tutorial here. Don’t have access to a sewing machine? You can hand stitch, or pop in and visit the Te Rua Makerspace in Puaka-James Hight Library!

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Email | Staying at Alert Level 2 – what you need to know

Kia ora koutou students and staff,

The Prime Minister has tonight extended the alert levels for 12 more days – Auckland will stay at Alert Level 3 and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand will stay at Alert Level 2 until 11.59pm Wednesday 26 August.

This is good news for us, I encourage all students and staff to continue to focus on teaching and learning. We’ve got a week to go until classes finish, so we’re nearly there.

What this means for UC is outlined below and we will continue to keep you updated as more information is made available. Send any questions to

UC campus and student accommodation will remain open.

Teaching and learning

  • Learn sites are the main place for updates and detailed course information.
  • Lectures will continue online.
  • Labs and small specialist classes under 100 people will continue with physical distancing. In some circumstances face coverings may be required. If this is the case we can provide coverings to any students who haven’t brought their own.
  • Tests will go ahead with physical distancing.
  • Assessments due during this period will not change.
  • Application forms for special consideration for COVID-19 reasons can be found here.

Libraries and common spaces will remain open with the following restrictions

  • The 1 metre physical distancing rule will be strictly enforced in the Central Library and access will be limited to 700 people.
  • Everyone entering the library must scan the COVID QR code on display and scan their Canterbury Card (to enable us to track numbers).
  • The RecCentre will remain open with reduced class sizes. Book your place via the RecCentre app.
  • Cafes and food outlets remain open with physical distancing.
  • Additional cleaning of UC premises has commenced again at Alert Level 2.

Location tracking

  • UC is required by the Government to implement processes for location tracking so contact tracing can take place if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in our community.
  • You are required to scan either your Canterbury Card or the government app QR codes on display with your mobile phone when entering buildings and spaces around campus.

Health and wellbeing

  • All student care teams are available visit
  • Please call the Health Centre prior to your appointment. The Health Centre will not take walk-in appointments.
  • The At Risk Student Register has been reactivated to students to update their details.
  • Staff, if you need to work from home for health reasons, please discuss this with your manager.

The key principles for Alert Level 2 are to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Physical distance where possible.
  • Consider wearing a face covering in places where you can’t physically distance.
  • Track your location via the government app, NZ COVID tracer.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call Healthline 0800 611 116 and get advice about being tested.

More information

Visit UC’s COVID webpage for information about cleaning on campus, risk registers, wearing face coverings and financial support.

We have done this before, and we will get through this together. Kia kaha.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

COVID-19: face coverings on campus

In situations where physical distancing is not possible, it is advisable to wear a face covering or mask. The preference is that people obtain and use their own reusable face covering, however UC has a small number of disposable options for use, where close contact is unavoidable e.g. frontline staff, close teaching situations in labs etc.

Once used, a disposable face covering represents a biohazard. We recommend you wear the covering home and dispose of it there. If this is not possible there are disposable bins on campus:

If you require a face covering, please email the Health and Safety office by email and include the following information:

  • What situation you want the face covering for
  • How many you need