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Introducing Yammer

What is Yammer?

Yammer is our enterprise social network, a private and secure online environment.  Use Yammer to discuss ideas, and share updates. Yammer allows both staff and students to connect and collaborate across UC. Yammer is extremely intuitive and easy to use. It’s here to help you form connections across UC.

Yammer lets you:

  • Find answers faster: You can tap into the UC network to see who can answer your question or can show you where to look
  • Brainstorm with anyone in UC. You might find inspiration from within your department or through engagement with other colleges and teams.
  • Stay connected on the go and wherever you are: Follow what’s happening with your co-workers, teams and the larger UC community on campus and off.

Why should I use Yammer?

Working in Yammer is open, easy, and fun.

Here are a few of the ways you can use Yammer:

  • Ask questions and get quick answers even if you don’t know who has the answer.
  • Meet and connect with the staff and students who share your interests.
  • Share news and announcements with the people who need to know.
  • Ask for opinions and ideas from across UC.
  • Coordinate work between different projects and teams.
  • Gain visibility from leaders and insight on what’s happening at UC.
  • Stay connected on-the-go with Yammer mobile apps.
  • Share your photographs so we can easily share across our social media channels.
  • Notify other departments of updates from your department that is relevant to them.
  • Enhance learning and connections with students in and out of the classroom.
  • Create student communities to allow them to engage with staff and students when they cannot be physically on campus.
  • Allow for new networking opportunities across programs and network with the wider UC community.

With Yammer, you can join groups based on your interests and responsibilities. You can also create public or private groups for departments, project teams, or special interests.

When is Yammer being launched?

Early in the New Year we will send you more information about Yammer.  Employees who are not yet signed up for Yammer will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up and join our network.

How do I sign up?

  • First log into Microsoft 365 at using your UC credentials.
  • Next, go to
  • If prompted, type in your UC e-mail address and click Join.
  • Set up your profile on the UC Network. Add a picture, details about your expertise, join groups, follow colleagues, and invite others to join!

NOTE: If you had joined Yammer in the past your previous password will no longer work.  You now need to use your UC password.

Next steps for Yammer?

We wanted to get Yammer up and running over the Holiday Break so staff and our international students could test and engage with the tool. In the New Year we will send more communications with tips around how to improve teamwork, communications and collaboration across departments.

Christmas Message from EAP Services

Kia ora,

The end to another year is fast approaching and 2020 will be remembered by many as one of extraordinarily unusual demands and challenges.  

Our December 2020 e-Flyer highlights tips to help prepare for and enjoy the end-of-year holidays.  These include:

  • Tips to help prepare you for the season
  • Tips to assist with feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • Check-in on the elderly
  • Reminder that EAP Services is here 24/7 throughout this holiday time

Please make safety a priority, whether that be at home, on the water or on the road … take the extra time to read and follow the information on these useful links to ensure all return to work in 2021 well and well rested.

Wishing everyone at University of Canterbury, plus your families and whanau, a safe and happy holiday.

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.