Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

Help Rod help UCSA!

Help Rod Carr and the UCSA raise money for the new UCSA building by donating to his give a little page as he runs the Queenstown Marathon.

On 17 November 2018 the Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae is running the Queenstown Marathon to raise funds for the new students’ association building.

Following the completion of 20 full marathons, including one on every continent, Dr Rod Carr retired from running full marathons, however he has recently decided to come out of his self-imposed running retirement to enter the 2018 Queenstown International Marathon in November, with the aim of raising funds for the UCSA building.

Please consider donating to him here>

A message from Dr Rod Carr

For the last decade I have had the privilege to play my part in leading an extraordinary institution in extraordinary times. I have been motivated by the impact education has on people, especially younger people taking a first degree. I have been inspired by the students, their community, their clubs, their self-motivation and leadership. In supporting the student body to own and control their own place, we recognise their responsibility and reward their contribution while enabling and empowering generations of future students.

The funds will go towards the $5m fundraising campaign being organised by the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) for their new building, the old home was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquake.


Health / Welfare / Support Services on campus

This can be a challenging time of year for students.  Here is a list of UC support services and resources.

Health/ Welfare / Support Services on campus:

Actively relaxing during the exam break

Most students notice some anxiety and tension at the thought of sitting exams.  Some students however, will experience a degree of stress and anxiety that is physically and mentally exhausting.  Their fears can affect them physically e.g. difficulty sleeping, headaches or stomach upsets, and mentally e.g. lack of concentration, irritability and gloomy feelings.  

It is important to take steps to minimise and reduce these feelings.

Learning to relax can provide considerable relief during the exam break.  Use ways you find most helpful (exclude those that can create further problems).  If your methods aren’t helping, there are a number of learning relaxation techniques from a trained person or from library books on stress and relaxation.

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It may help to increase attention to:

  • having the right balance between exercise and rest

    Wendy is a Registered Nurse currently employed as a Primary Health Care Nurse at Canterbury University. Deciding new knowledge and skills were needed in this environment Wendy began training as a Healing Touch Practitioner and received international certification in 2008.

  • eating three balanced meals per day
  • having a set number of sleeping hours e.g. 8 per night
  • monitoring what you put into your body (coffee, alcohol, healthy foods)
  • Sometimes thinking negative thoughts and imagining the worst scenario can be making situations worse than they actually are.  Aim for making more realistic “positive” thoughts by trying the following:

The UC Health Centre is available for quality, affordable healthcare.

During Exam time the UC Health Centre are open:
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm
Saturday 8.30am-5.30pm

Located at the rear of the UCSA carpark beside The Foundry bar.

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