Securing your UC email access – modern authentication

Over the weekend we applied extra cyber strengthening to our email system to protect the University from cyber-criminals. This was a risk-based decision, to protect the University from a major cyber incident.

As of Friday 3 December, only secure modern authentication can be used to access UC emails.

What does this mean for me?  

Depending on the method you use to access your emails, you might have lost access as a result of the added protection.  For example, you might have noticed that access to calendar and mail from other applications e.g., your device inbuilt mail app, has stopped working.

If this applies to you, please download the Microsoft Outlook app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play Store (Android) to send and receive emails from your student UC email account.

You can also get your email through Outlook web access .

Please note: UC does not support other mail clients on mobile devices. 

What is modern authentication? 

Modern authentication enables applications to support sign-in features likec which provides more secure methods to keep your information protected.

Modern authentication is valuable in protecting UC’s online resources and data against ongoing attempts by hackers.

Why do we need this?  

Phishing and credential harvesting remains the most reported incident category by CertNZ. There is an increased frequency of cyber-attacks, and the University is constantly assessing the risk to UC and applying necessary controls to improve security and keep our information safe.  In this instance, secure authentication methods.

Where can I get more help?  

If you need help, you can call the IT Service Desk on 03 369 5000 or 0508 824 843 or go to the ground floor in  Matariki  between 10am –4pm,  Monday to Friday.

Our UC cyber security page contains helpful tips and tricks, and guidance on how to spot a  scam.

Please keep vigilant, and if you do ever spot anything suspicious make sure you tell us straight away.


Rudo Tagwireyi
Director of Cyber Security and Risk

UC’s ongoing response to Covid-19

Whether your break has begun or you’re on campus for summer school, I hope summer has been off to a great start for you. For those of you in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, I hope you have been taking care of yourself over this challenging time and enjoy a sense of freedom from tomorrow.

The Covid-19 Traffic Light System was implemented across Aotearoa New Zealand at 11:59pm on Thursday 2 December, with the South Island entering the Orange setting.

UC’s Covid-19 Information page has been updated to include information on what the new Traffic Light System means at the University. The intention is for our campus to remain open at every traffic light setting, while maintaining overall safety and wellbeing, allowing us to retain our connection to one another as a community. For the University to effectively navigate all Covid-19 traffic light requirements, we strongly encourage all students and staff to be fully vaccinated.

From the outset of the pandemic, the University of Canterbury has been thorough in following Government guidance and will continue to do so as we enter the new Traffic Light System which states that, in the Red setting, all tertiary staff, students and visitors can enter campus only if they carry a vaccination pass. We encourage you to read and familiarise yourself with the guidelines, here>

Vaccination requirements at UC
The existing Government Health Order has already informed our approach for students and staff working in the Health and Education sectors to ensure they are vaccinated to meet those sector requirements. In addition to the Government-mandated roles, it is likely that there will be higher risk roles and activities on campus that will require proof of vaccination.

Information on Vaccine Pass requirements at UC Rec & Sport and at cafes on campus is available here.

For us to run things safely, all staff, students, attendees, workers, and visitors attending UC events are required to show their ‘My Vaccine Pass’ on arrival. Read more about this here>

Consistent with UC’s commitment to safety within all campus settings, we are supporting our four student accommodation partners in establishing vaccination requirements for all Hall residents and staff. Find more information here.

The current travel restrictions applicable to students at UC will remain in place for the rest of the year. See the Covid-19 Information page for additional information on the guiding principles for 2022 UC student travel.

Postgraduate students
If you intend to engage in-person with a company or organisation outside the University (e.g., meetings or collecting data) as part of your research, you will need to follow vaccine mandates for that company or organisation. If you are unable to meet their requirements, please ensure you have a plan ‘B’ in place to continue your research.

Please consult with your supervisor if you need to use plan ‘B’. More information about this is on the Covid-19 Information page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Thank you for your compassion and kindness this year; we’re all in this together. Wishing you all a relaxing summer break, and we look forward to welcoming you back on campus next year.

​Paul O’Flaherty
Kaihautū Matua, Te Ratonga Mana Ākonga
Acting Executive Director of Student Life, Services and Communications 

How to make the transition from student to professional

If you’re about to graduate, now is an excellent time to start carving out your career identity as you step into the working world.

Moving from student to professional starts by shifting your mindset and building a strong personal brand that shows employers who you are and what you have to offer.

The first step to making this change is self-reflection. This is about having a clear idea of your interests and goals and your strengths, skills and achievements. Employers are looking for people who have a genuine interest and passion for a specific role or industry, so make sure you have a solid story to tell when explaining your interests.

Moreover, they’ll want to know precisely what skills you have, so take the time to identify the ones you’ve built up so far. Picture yourself as a product of more than just your academic studies. Many of your skills will likely come from extra-curricular activities, volunteering, part-time work, internships or placements.

Once you’ve completed your self-reflection, it’s time to craft a memorable professional pitch. Your pitch summarises who you are as a professional that you can use to introduce yourself to others. It should be concise yet impactful and, in a few sentences, explain who you are, what relevant skills and experience you have, what makes you unique and what you want to achieve.

When you have an idea of your professional pitch, it’s time to send your message out into the world. The essential tools: any professional needs an up-to-date CV and LinkedIn profile. Your CV should include the following sections: your contact information, a personal profile – which you can see as an abridged version of your pitch – educational background, relevant work experience and top skills.

Your LinkedIn should include much of the same information and is an expansive and up-to-date portfolio of your skills. To use it to its full potential, though, make sure you start connecting with others and regularly engage with your network. Check out more LinkedIn tips here.

And finally – don’t compare yourself to others.

Some of your peers may be lucky enough to land their ideal job the second they graduate, but that’s not the case for everyone. We all take different routes in life, so trust in your path. Your first job may not be what you’ve always dreamed of, but the reality is that you’ll be working for a significant portion of your life, and there will be many opportunities along the way. Use every job as a chance to develop your skills and experience, build your professional network and get a clearer idea of what you want (and don’t want) for the future.

A large part of how others see you comes from how you see and present yourself to the world. If the jump from student to career professional feels daunting, remind yourself of what you achieved so far: you’ve worked hard for your degree, and your combination of skills and interests that make you unique.

So, keep your cool, start putting yourself out there and telling your story; the more you do it, the more confident you’ll become. And remember to trust your journey!

Noho ora mai!

Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers
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