COVID-19: UC information on move to Alert Level 2

Following the Government’s announcement last night, the UC campus returned to COVID Alert Level 2 at 6am this morning.

At Alert Level 2, COVID-19 is contained, but there is a risk of community transmission. UC follows the Government’s guidelines for tertiary education institutions – here’s a quick reminder of our requirements at Alert Level 2:

Lectures, classes, tutorials/workshops, labs
While we will continue to run lectures face-to-face, we strongly encourage you to watch your classes online [Echo360], to reduce the demand for seats in lecture theatres.

Information on streaming lectures online can be found from AKO | LEARN.

Anyone attending in-person classes, tutorials/workshops and labs is expected to wear a face covering, observe physical distancing requirements where possible and follow good hygiene practices.

See below for additional guidance on face coverings.

Field trips
Day field trips can proceed as planned but face coverings must be worn when travelling, or any time where physical distancing is not possible. Overnight field trips will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you’re unsure, please contact your course supervisor.

Postgraduate [Honours, Masters, PHD]
We expect postgraduate classes and research will continue as planned, but encourage you to check AKO | LEARN regularly for any changes.

Under Alert Level 2 the libraries will remain open, however physical distancing of at least 1 metre will be strictly observed.

Focus on hygiene

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue
  • Put used tissues into the bin or a bag immediately after use
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Stay home if you are unwell

Location tracking
At Alert Level 2 location tracking is a priority. We strongly encourage using the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan into every building and lecture theatre on campus, and when you’re out in the community. Where possible, please activate the Bluetooth tracing functionality on your phone.

QR codes are widely available across campus, inside lecture theatres and all other appropriate spaces – people should maintain physical distancing as they enter venues, and scan the code/s once inside.

Gathering and events (that are not directly education-related, such as speaking events open to the public, cultural events, social events etc)
No more than 100 people can gather at events under Alert Level 2, which will impact events scheduled to be held this week (this does not include lectures). Individual event organisers will be in touch with details.

For anyone planning to attend smaller gatherings [under 100 people] please ensure you are wearing a face covering, and you’re implementing a safe physical distance from others.

Weekend activities
Concerns have been raised following large congregations of people at events like Electric Avenue and other events around New Zealand, over the weekend. We encourage anyone who attended these events to follow Alert Level 2 requirements closely and if you begin to feel unwell, please stay home.

Any students who arrived from or visited Auckland in the past 14 days need to be aware of the latest Ministry of Health information regarding the recently confirmed COVID-19 community cases. Full details for all places of interest in Auckland, including dates and times, can be found from the Ministry of Health website here>

For further advice, visit UC’s COVID Information page>

Face coverings
Anyone attending lectures or other classes including labs, tutorials and workshops in person are expected to wear a face covering. Face coverings help to protect you and others when you are unable to maintain physical distancing, by stopping droplets from spreading when you speak, laugh, cough or sneeze.

You will need to provide your face covering.

Students at higher risk
People with underlying health conditions are most at risk of COVID-19 becoming a severe illness. If this is you, or you are living with people with health concerns that increases their vulnerability to COVID-19, please complete the Student At-Risk register here>

For more on the Student At-Risk register, visit UC’s COVID Information page here>

Halls of Residence
For advice on how Alert Level 2 applies to your UC accommodation, please visit your respective Hall of Residence website. More here>

Business as usual operation
With the exception of the above, UC will be operating business as usual under Alert Level 2.  For more advice and guidance, visit UC’s COVID Information page>

If you have any questions or concerns, please email

Kia kaha. He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

COVID-19: UC information on move to Alert Level 2

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening, the UC Campus will move to COVID Alert Level 2 from 6am Sunday 28 February – tomorrow morning.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to familiarise yourself with what Level 2 means everyone in our UC community:

Focus on hygiene

  • Cough or sneeze into elbow or cover mouth and nose with a tissue
  • Put used tissues into the bin or a bag immediately after use
  • Wash hands with soap and water often
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Be fastidious with your use of the COVID Tracer app.

Stay home if you’re unwell. We cannot emphasise this enough – if you have cold or flu symptoms, please call your GP or Healthline  (0800 358 5453) for advice.

We are working to confirm what this means for teaching, learning and use of our communal spaces in the coming week, and will have more information to share with you tomorrow afternoon.

If you have any questions or concerns, email

Kia kaha. He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

Intro to exercise – calling all beginners!

So, you know all the benefits of exercise, and you know you should be exercising, but you haven’t started yet?  Perhaps it’s all just a little bit daunting to start?  For health & wellbeing, exercise doesn’t have to be sweaty and hard work (but it can be!).  Read on, we might have a solution for you…

Port Hills walking group
UC Students enjoying a walk in the Port Hills
Find physical activities that bring you joy  

Our new Intro to Exercise programme is designed for people just like you!  We know that ‘the gym’ is not for everyone,  and we also know that once you find an activity that brings you joy, you’re going to look forward to doing it, and you’re more likely to stick at it. And that will really help your life balance and wellbeing. Our programme will give you the opportunity to try a range of activities, and only a few of those involve the gym…and they’re all optional! 

How does it work?
  • Over five weeks, starting 1st March, there will be around 10 sessions per week on offer.
  • You can opt in to any of the sessions that appeal to you, simply by booking via the app.   
  • Pro tip: You don’t have to do all the sessions. So, if something in the programme doesn’t work for you, simply don’t opt-in for that session. 
  • It’s FREE for UC Students, however, you do have to register for the programme online first.   
  • Once you’re registered, you’ll be given access to book into the sessions via the app.
Who can do this programme?
  • The programme is targeted at anyone aged 17- 24 who would like to start exercising, and needs a little extra help. 
  • No previous fitness or sporting experience is required.  This is designed for those new to exercise. 
  • If you’re a little older than that, but still feel you need some help, don’t worry, we’ll still welcome you with open arms. 
  • Finally, most sessions are mixed but there will be some women’s only sessions offered too.  
How much?
  • Again, it’s FREE for UC Students.  
  • Not a UC Student?  There’s a small fee of $20 to cover your membership card, and then your activities are included.
  • On-site activities are free, and there’s a $2 charge for off-site activities, which covers your transport (for everyone)
  • We meet at the RecCentre for every session, so you can pay as you go.  
When does it start, and what kinds of activities are there?
  • It all kicks off from 1 March.  
  • Browse the Rec&Sport app, and look for sessions labelled Intro to Exercise 
  • Browse our website for information on the activities
  • Some of the off-site activities we’ll do include a gentle kayak down the Avon, lawn bowls, walks in the Port Hills, and aqua classes. 
  • On-site, we’ll do some learn to lift sessions & beginner level group fitness 

Don’t delay!  Head over to our website, check it out, register for the programme and then make sure you have the Rec&Sport app.   If you’ve got any questions, please contact .

Nga Mihi
UC Rec & Sport 

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