Category Archives: Wellbeing

Support available – financial hardship & special consideration

How to apply for Financial Hardship support
We understand that the COVID-19 situation is an unusually difficult time for everyone. If you are experiencing financial hardship that will have an impact on your studies, you may be eligible for financial support.

Students requesting financial support can contact the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team in the first instance to discuss their situation. The UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team will review your situation and provide advice on the application process. As a general guide, students are eligible to apply for financial support if they can demonstrate that their capacity for continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship. However, as financial support is limited, being eligible does not mean you will be approved for support. Financial support is also not intended as a form of income support and will not be provided to pay for ongoing expenses. Please note that each application is assessed on a case by case basis and has criteria attached to them. 

Finally, we understand this is a time of uncertainty and we are here for you to talk to. We are offering consultations online, so please do make an appointment with the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team if you are facing financial hardship.

Wage Subsidy (domestic and international students)

Students (including international students) who are legally entitled to work and are employed by a New Zealand employer can be covered by the wage subsidy. The subsidy covers employees who are working part-time, or on a causal or contract basis. Please note that as the subsidy is paid to employers, the subsidy does not cover international or domestic students who were not in employment prior to COVID-19. A useful link to the details of the policy is available here 

Special Consideration Process
Students who are experiencing particular challenges as a result of COVID-19 may apply for Special Consideration here

More information 
More COVID-19 information is available on the UC website here

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.

During times of uncertainty it is important to remember to Connect

Connecting with others is so important for our wellbeing and helps to make us feel safer, less stressed and less anxious. We can support each other to get through this.

There are many ways that you can connect during the isolation period:

  • Bring out the old board games and puzzles you have – you may be surprised at how much fun they still are!
  • Contact a friend you have not seen or spoken to for a while and talk, talk, talk!
  • Find more opportunities for humour in the home by starting a family joke collection.
  • Connect with your pet.
  • Keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues and neighbours via skype, email or phone.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Connect with nature by going out for regular walks in isolation.
  • Playing video games with mates in moderation.
  • Joining or starting a virtual book club.
  • Sharing a favourite karakia or waiata with your friends on social media.
  • Having video catch-ups with mates.

18 March | Daily COVID-19 update

The COVID-19 is a quickly evolving situation and we encourage you to take note of the key information and developments below.

The University continues to remain open and lectures are running. We take our advice from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education and are working hard to deliver on campus education in a safe way for as long as possible. We are preparing for online delivery if it becomes necessary. This mis-information pandemic continues and we encourage you, no, we implore you to follow UC official channels relating to campus operations, i.e. not that person you overheard in the library.

Assessments and tests
All tests and assessments are continuing as scheduled unless you are informed otherwise by your lecturer or the University. We are also working hard to schedule more rooms for tests and assessments over the next week to provide physical separation.

If you are unwell, you must stay at home to prevent any potential spread of illness. The UC Health Centre is open, but it is vital you call (03 369 4444) first if you have a respiratory condition. When visiting the Health Centre a staff member will meet you at the door in an effort to protect everyone. Remember you can call the Health Centre if you need a medical certificate. Please complete the normal Special Consideration process if sickness or self-isolation will impact your studies.

There may also be some changes made to assessment types and grade weightings for this Semester. Your Course Coordinator will make these decisions and clearly communicate any changes to you before the assessment date.

UC Libraries
The UC Libraries are high-use areas and measures are being taken to help minimise the risks in this space and ensure the continuation of services. Please be considerate of others and use hand sanitiser before and after use of library computers. See more about cleaning practices in Libraries.

All library services remain open and are keeping regular open hours.

Accommodation
Rest assured halls of residence have pandemic plans in place to manage self-isolation, as well as the continuing care of you if the campus has to close.

Hand sanitising map and facemasks
For your safety a map of every sanitising station on campus (we have 70) has been created. If you find a station that has run out of sanitiser, please do your part in keeping the UC community and email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz with the local of the station.

Face masks act as a signal to others to steer clear of you because you have an infection, and when you are wearing one you can’t put your hands near your mouth and nose. Keeping your hands away from your face prevents the bugs getting into you. WHO has many resources about face mask use that can help inform you. It’s a choice that each individual makes for themselves and UC will not tolerate any discrimination against those who choose to wear one.

Who to contact?
If you have any questions related to COVID-19 please email UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz. Emails are being monitored and responded to. Further drop in sessions are being planned for international students and we will keep you updated when these are taking place.

You can also contact these groups for further advice:

As always, look after yourself, be kind to others and wash your hands. Today’s song of choice is Say So by Doja Cat.

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