Category Archives: Notice

UCSA’s Noel Leeming Friends and Family Sale starts soon

The UCSA Noel Leeming (Riccarton) Friends and Family sale is back!

Running from 14 to 27 June 2021, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a deal while supporting UC’s Students’ Association (+2.5% of total sales will go towards UCSA student events).

The offer is open to all UC staff and students, and to receive it you need to present a copy of the flyer and get the barcode scanned in store. Download the flyer (944KB) here.

Thank you for your support.


Terms and conditions apply.


Changes to the Incident Management Team

Leanne Keenan and Iain MacPherson have been appointed as Incident Controllers (ICs) to work alongside Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui on the UC Incident Management Team. The team’s focus has been on whakawhanaungatanga and developing networks with local emergency services to enhance UCs response to significant emergency incidents.

  • Last month ICs met with local NZ Police Inspector Brian Buck and Inspector Craig McKay to network and discuss a campus exercise, which will likely be scheduled for Jan or Feb 2022.
  • ICs also met with Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) Team Station Manager Paul Burns, who is now located on Creyke Road in the new Fire Station on campus.
  • FENZ Area Commander Dave Stackhouse and Assistant Area Commander Steve Kennedy attended the hui to discuss collaborative training and other opportunities. As a result of this hui, FENZ invited the ICs to attend a recent Regional Fire Simulation Exercise at the Justice Precinct in the city, as observers.
  • ICs met with the Canterbury City Civil Defence and Christchurch city Group Civil Defence Teams. Neville Riley, Regional Manager Civil Defence and Rob Orchard Christchurch City Emergency Manager gave the ICs a briefing and tour of the Justice Precinct Emergency Operations Centre. We have agreed to developing collaborative training opportunities and sharing best practice to enhance our emergency preparedness and response.
  • The ICs keep a watching brief on COVID19 matters and other emergency events, such as the recent floods in Canterbury.
  • The IMT has restarted monthly training scenario sessions to practice responding to various emergency situations.

We are currently recruiting an Emergency Management and Business Continuity Manager. The role closes on 6 June 2021.

Join us for Ako Anamata: EdTalk – 15 June

Te Ako Anamata | Future Learning and Development team is excited to invite UC staff to the first monthly Ako Anamata: EdTalk, which will be given by Associate Professors Cheryl Brown and Sara Tolbert two of UC’s 2021 Distributed Leadership in Teaching Programme (DLTP) Scholars.

Date: Tuesday 15 June
Venue: University of Canterbury Club (Ilam Homestead)
Time: 4pm – 6pm

The session includes:

  • 4pm: Welcome and introduction – Professor Catherine Moran, Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic
  • 4.05pm: An update on Catapult courses – Julie Mackey, Dean (Academic Success) and Kaylene Sampson, Programme Director Learner Success & Team Leader Evaluation and Student Insights
  • 4.20pm: Key presentation – Principles and Praxis for pedagogies of care in a Postdigital University – Associate Professor Cheryl Brown and Associate Professor Sara Tolbert, DLTP Scholars. (Introduced by Brad Hurren, Kaiwhakawhanake Akoranga | Academic Developer)
  • 4.55pm: Close, followed by networking with colleagues

Key presentation – Principles and Praxis for pedagogies of care in a Postdigital University
Cheryl and Sara are conducting interview podcasts with scholars who are doing innovative critical work in the area of (post)digital pedagogies. They then plan to use these conversations (along with selective literature) as stimulus for a workshop with interested colleagues. The podcasts will be available in June for participants to listen to and contemplate, and then in early July we will meet face-to-face to collectively think about how to engage with the content as we work to develop and design Principles and Praxis for pedagogies of care in a Postdigital University (i.e., hybrid tertiary educational contexts).

DLTP monthly talks
Our DLTP (Distributed Leadership in Teaching Programme) Scholars have been successful in applying for the opportunity to secure both time and funding to explore their interests in teaching and learning. More information on the DLTP can be found here.

These monthly talks provide an exciting opportunity for DLTP scholars to showcase their work, as well as to give you a brief update on what’s happening in the wider Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic team. The Ako Anamata: EdTalk is also time for colleagues and friends to get together and network in an informal setting. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Brad Hurren

3 Years of Learning and Teaching at UC

With the closing of the UCount 2021 survey last week, we’re happy to write that that brand new data is already accessible to all UC staff in the Learning & Teaching Dashboard (opens new tab)!

Using the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (opens new tab), students provide feedback on the learning & teaching they experience at UC. Respondents consider their overall educational experience, course structure and relevance, engagement inside and outside of courses, and quality of learner resources, like physical spaces and course materials, and more. Individual items within the focus area categories undergo calculations to derive the respondents’ overall “percent positive” scores.

Ako Marake have used these QILT Learning & Teaching Indicators in the UCount survey since 2019. We now have 3-year trendlines for the focus areas, all of which can be “sliced and diced” to show your cohort of interest, whether it be a specific programme, subject, or ethnicity.

Over 12,000 respondents comprise the trends presented below:

line graph trends of UC Learning and teaching

In nearly all focus areas,  percent positive scores have reached or surpassed pre-COVID scores in 2019.

Have a look at the brand new data, and explore all of the new features in this dashboard (see this blog post for reference)(opens new tab).

If you would like, a member of the Ako Marake ESI team would be happy to come talk with you and your team about these data; reach out to Ellie and Elyse at with any questions or comments.


“Dynamics 365: Building Better Relationships”

Kia Ora Katoa,

Last week, our esteemed DVCA announced the “Kia Angitu” (Student Success Programme), mandated to achieve the key strategic objective for UC which is “to develop and provide targeted interventions and a positive environment to support student success”.

Digital ITS is supporting some of the initiatives of Kia Angitu with the implementation of a new key technology platform, Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365).

Why D365 for UC?

The University is on an exciting journey to deliver great digital experiences. A major part of this is establishing key platforms that will enable personalisation, self-service, and insight into how we manage our relationships with students and other stakeholders.

The implementation of D365 will help us to meet our commitment to modernise the IT infrastructure and offer some very straightforward advantages like –

  • Giving us the capability of consolidating multiple point solutions for managing student relationships into a single University-wide platform.
  • D365 platform can be progressively scaled to enhance both student learning outcomes as well as maturing our research business model.
  • The D365 platform intends to integrate & enhance the capability of the existing UC systems that work well, while also look at reducing some legacy systems no longer fit for purpose.
  • It will allow us to harness the synergy offered by other key products offered by Microsoft that UC is investing in, as part of its digital transformation.
  • Most importantly, provide an omni-channel capability to capture each interaction with the student in the future and transform every facet of how we engage with students from when they dream about coming to the university during school years, to being alumni and life-long learners with UC.

Why D365 for Kia Angitu?

In the absence of a single 360-degree view of information, students must ‘retell’ their issues at each support or advisory point and staff are unaware of previous advice given. Currently at UC, academic and pastoral support (and the associated information) is siloed across the organisation. Insufficient access to information or duplication of processes compromises the level of service staff can provide and hampers our ability to support students.

The priority of D365 team will be the delivery of a case management capability required by Kia Angitu, that will help build a 360-degree view of students.

A well-designed Student Success module will reduce the number of impacted students falling between the cracks of a disjointed service ecosystem, while also holistically promoting Students’ success by providing a positive and nurturing environment through targeted interventions. The student experience will further be enhanced by creating more seamless transitions and referrals with the system.

How are we doing this?

The D365 initiative is being led by Dana Burnett (Director, Digital Product & Delivery) and her team, who are working in close partnership with Kaylene Sampson and the Kia Angitu programme. Together they aim to deliver the Student Success module for Kia Angitu.

This Student Success module will enable a 360-degree view of student, accompanied by the case management capability for ACE, academic advising, and support services along with a ticket management capability for Contact Centre. This module will provide the ability to send referrals and tasks amongst the key stakeholders of this phase.

 What to expect next?

The high-level design of this module has been drawn with key stakeholder groups mentioned above along with our implementation partner Fusion5. The next step will be to build the Student Success module.

In preparation for this build, the project team is currently in the process of transitioning UC Live (CRM)- the Sales module of D365 used by Liaison, IRO & Communication Teams, to the new Dynamics tenancy. These teams have been successfully using D356 for a few years now and going forth will reside alongside the new proposed modules – hence fulfilling the objective of a single UC wide platform

There will be a detailed update from Dana and her team to bring you along on this journey of building a pan UC D365 platform, with a focus on their plan for implementation of the Student Success module.

In the meantime, for any queries, please feel free to reach out to the Digital Change Manager for Dynamics 365 –

Ngā Mihi,
Mike Oulsnam