Personal note: I was just down the road from the Uni when the quake hit. I was surprised to read there had been so much damage there, as that side of town, i.e. 'Shower City', suffered relatively little damage. That said, it was on Riccarton Road that bricklayer Ross Bush was killed when a brick building fell onto his vehicle.
Canterbury University back with longer days, shorter breaks
Last updated 05:00 08/03/2011
A smattering of University of Canterbury courses will resume next week, while the institute's term break has been halved.
Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr said about 60 mainly first-year courses were due to restart on Monday, with the rest of the teaching programme to roll out over a fortnight.
All were expected to be running by March 28.
To make up for lost teaching time, 12-hour days from 8am to 8pm and Saturday lectures are in place until Easter, while the first mid-semester break is now just one week, finishing on April 28.
Timetables are being reshuffled weekly.
Carr said several of next week's courses were to be delivered from "tent town" 14 marquees in the arts and law car parks.
About 1260 of the institute's 3000 staff had indicated they were ready to return next week, although he said this figure was increasing.
Sixty-eight students had withdrawn since the February 22 quake, while 300 (including 100 international students) had gone on a one-semester exchange to other universities around the country. Just 171 had taken up the offer of a semester-long exchange to the University of Adelaide.
Six of the 186 university buildings have been red-stickered, including the Registry, the student union ballroom and the College of Business and Economics. A further 74 were still to be assessed