Category Archives: Health and Wellbeing

All Student Email | Coronavirus Update | 4 February 2020

Kia ora koutou,

Yesterday we again updated the Insider’s Guide blog and our UC website coronavirus page, and we are emailing you today with some further information about the coronavirus situation.  We encourage you to refer to the UC website, which we are updating daily, for the latest updates.

Our response is based on advice from the New Zealand Government to ensure the wellbeing of our students and staff. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Aotearoa New Zealand.

For UC students currently in China

We are working hard to keep you up-to-date with the latest information. This is a complex matter for students and education providers.

You will have received communications from UC’s international team requesting you keep us updated about your situation. If your travel is impacted and you haven’t done so, please update us by completing the online form.

Your professors are exploring options for supporting you if you are impacted by the travel delays from China. Our support staff right across the university are working to make it easy to enrol online, help students make decisions given their particular course programmes and to meet the needs of students who cannot get to campus in the short term. 

At this point we are awaiting clear direction from Immigration NZ, and are advocating for students to be provided with surety and flexibility.

For students who arrived recently in Aotearoa New Zealand from China


We understand that this matter is somewhat confusing, so if you have any queries we suggest reading the FAQ’s from the Ministry of Health website, which is also in alignment with advice provided by the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) to our health service. 

As of 2 February 2020, all travellers arriving in Aotearoa New Zealand from mainland China, or any travellers who have had exposure to a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, are expected to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China or were exposed to coronavirus.

Travellers already in Aotearoa New Zealand who arrived or transited from mainland China after 19 January should refer to previous advice. Self-isolation for people who arrived before 2 February only applies if they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province. Read more about self-isolation.

For all UC students

Campus wellbeing

We have posters and reminders about personal hygiene practices around campus. Campus cleaning staff have been provided with additional protective materials and are also applying hospital-grade surface spray for common areas, including handrails, that provides a protective layer helping prevent germ transmission. Hand sanitiser is also being provided in many locations throughout the campus, and we encourage you to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water and use hand sanitiser.

All questions related to coronavirus can be directed to

Recent communications to students:

More information:

The health and wellbeing of all students and staff are a priority for us.  We will provide more information as promptly as we can so please continue to check our website and student blog for updates.

Ngā mihi,

Lynn McClelland

RecCentre membership renewals for 2020

Welcome back students!    We’ve got some great news for returning UC students, we’ve made the process for renewing your gym membership waaay easier, so read on.

If you had a membership with us in 2019, and you’re going to be a student again in 2020, our system will automatically create you a 2020 membership that will have a new expiry of 1 March 2021.  This will happen as soon as you’ve paid your student levy.

If you’ve not had a membership with us before, then you’ll need to create a RecCentre account and register for your 2020 membership.  You’ll be able to do this from the 1st February, once you’ve paid your student levy.

Check out our website for more info, and to see what we’ve got over here for you to keep you on your health and wellness journey in 2020.


Can the students out-pedal the masters?

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is officially underway!

Students: now is your time to hop on board with the Aotearoa Bike Challenge and help UC pedal our way to victory!

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a free, fun competition to see which organisation can get the most people to ride a bike during the month of February. Teams earn points for kms travelled, trips taken and for recruiting new riders.

UC Staff are already on the bandwagon, holding top spot in their size category so far… but the question is…. CAN THE STUDENTS OUTDO THE MASTERS? Join the UC Student Team here and let’s see who the ‘wheel’ champions are…

We’d love to see as many of you on your bikes as possible to kick of the New Year.  So what better way to get some motivation than a fun challenge? Plus, sweet prizes (like an e-bike and store vouchers) are fully up for grabs!

Remember, UC offers heaps of great services for cyclists, including the popular Dr Bike weekly fix-it clinic, our annual Bike Breakfast, new covered and uncovered bike stands, repair stations and more. For all the cycle services, events and facilities on campus, see UC Sustainability’s webpage.

See the Aotearoa Bike Challenge webpage for more information, and to register with the UC Student Team. Kua takoto te mānuka – The challenge has been set! Let’s go UC!

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