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Conditions of using a field station

14 August 2023

UC's field stations are mainly used to provide accommodation and laboratory facilities for UC teaching field courses and site-specific postgraduate or staff research. Check out the conditions of using a field station.


All of the UC field stations are shared facilities, and no individual user or group can expect to have the exclusive use of a field station.

The cost of use of the field stations is kept to a minimum with the understanding that all users contribute to the cleaning and care of the facilities. Where this is not the case an extra charge will be incurred.

The University reserves the right to change or cancel bookings where the facilities are required for UC site specific activities. Every effort will be made to avoid the cancellation of confirmed bookings.

The field stations at Cass and Westport are primarily used to provide accommodation and facilities for UC site specific teaching field courses, site specific research (for both postgraduate and staff). Schools, educational institutes and community groups with appropriate educational/natural history interests may be able to use the field stations at Cass and Westport when they are not required for UC courses or research activities.

The University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory is run as a remote research facility. The accommodation at UC Mt John is not available for non-site-specific researchers/classes. Contact the Field Services Manager for more information about the possibility of use and availability of accommodation at Mt John.

UC has limited accommodation in Kaikōura, primarily for UC site specific researchers. Contact the Field Services Manager for more information about conditions of use and availability.


General conditions and Rules for using the UC field stations:

Conditions for minimum length of stay, daytime use and conference functions may apply. Contact the Field Services Manager.


Priority for use of UC field stations: 


  • UC site specific, teaching and research staff and postgraduate research students.
  • University staff and postgraduate students with College/Department/School approval for site specific, teaching, learning or research activities requiring them to be based at a field station.


  • UC non-site specific, teaching or workshop opportunities for UC staff led groups.
  • University staff with College/Department/School approval for teaching or research opportunities that could be facilitated at a field station.


  • Visiting academics and researchers, to UC, undertaking site specific research. This includes postgraduate students, undertaking site specific research as part of their time at UC.


  • Education providers (external to UC) with field based - site specific requirements for teaching and learning.


  • Professional organisations, with field based – site specific requirements for teaching, learning or research.


  • Other organisations/groups/individuals that require site specific learning opportunities.

Any questions? Contact the Field Services Manager

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