Tag Archives: COVID-19 Update

EMAIL | COVID-19 update – What Level 1 means for you

Kia ora koutou,

The Government announced today that Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 from 11.59pm tonight (Monday 8 June). A move to Alert Level 1 means there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but New Zealand borders will remain closed with mandatory isolation and quarantine remaining.

Semester 2 – Confirming teaching on campus
UC is open and we’re looking forward to welcoming students back on campus when Semester 2 starts on Monday 13 July. All current restrictions on the library and independent study spaces will be removed tomorrow.

In Semester 2 face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume, and UC will continue to provide online learning for students who are unable to return to campus. Students overseas will now have had a study plan confirmed for continuing online (please speak to your course coordinator if you have questions) and those who have notified us that they are at higher risk for health reasons will now have had a discussion with the support team and will receive more information before Semester 2 commences.

General advice and guidelines – Level 1
With no restrictions at Alert Level 1 you can once again enjoy the things you like doing, but you are advised to follow some general advice to keep you and our community safe.

  1. Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms
  2. Focus on your hygiene:
  • Wash your hands
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow
  • Don’t touch your face
  1. Keep a track of where you’ve been by using QR codes/swiping your Canterbury Card on campus
  2. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.

UC Rec & Sport Update
UC Rec & Sport plan to return to a full service by Monday 15th June. Over the next few days we will rejig equipment layout, return equipment from storage, reschedule staff and retrain staff to new requirements. We hope to see you soon! 

Financial support
If you are experiencing financial difficulties that will impact on your studies, you may be eligible for financial support. Students requesting financial support can contact the UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team to discuss their situation. The UCSA Advocacy & Welfare team will review your situation and provide advice on the application process. Please note that each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis and has criteria attached to them. Find out more here>

Exams are here – go well!
Finally, we’d like to wish you all the best for your exams. If you haven’t seen them already, check out these study tips from your UCSA Finance & Engagement Officer Jack Whittam, Equity & Wellbeing Rep Georgie Dibble, and Te Akatoki Rep Tamahou Thoms. One of UC’s student mentors has also provided some advice about celebrating small wins to help manage exam stress, read more here>

UC has services available to support you during exams including the Pokapū Pūkenga Ako | Academic Skills Centre and Student Care. You can access more information about support services available at UC here>  

UC staff will continue to work with you to ensure you reach the best possible outcomes for your studies for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.

Ngā mihi, 

Catherine Moran
Amokapua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

Lynn McClelland
Kaihautū Matua, Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā | Executive Director of Student Life, Services and Communications

UC RecCentre | How safe is it to use the gym?

The RecCentre has been open for a couple of weeks now, and in the first week, we’ve seen just over 620 members, across 1355 visits, have a safe and enjoyable experience at the gym.  We’ve recorded 1355 visits, some of you have been just once, whilst others have come a bit more frequently.  So, how safe is the gym?

Girl on treadmill

Based on what we know, Covid-19 appears to be spread primarily through close personal contact with an infected person, or potentially  through touching high contact surfaces. So, gyms don’t necessarily pose a risk greater than any other public space where people gather. Our team have taken extra precautions to keep you safe, and there are few things you can do as well to reduce your risk of becoming sick.

  • Physical distancing – 2m between exercisers at all times, sadly no high fives or physical assists/spots at this time
  • Cleaning – our team cleans down high touch points every 90mins, and our members have their own disinfecting kit to clean down equipment before and after use .  In addition, our gym is part of the UC fogging schedule
  • Hand & Face Hygiene – sanitiser stations are everywhere, including on arrival. Bathrooms are available to wash your hands with soap and water for 20secs. Also, try to remember to not touch your face!
  • Reduced capacity – having less people in the gym and classes, means it’s easier for you to keep your distance
  • Bookings essential – we can easily comply with track and tracing requirements, and you can avoid FOMO by booking your workout session.  We clear the building at the end of every session, so we can do the high touchpoint cleaning and manage our entry & exit points for physical distancing
  • Stay home – we expect our staff to stay home if they feel unwell.  We expect our members to do the same.  We have over 100 recorded workouts on our YouTube channel if you feel good enough to exercise, but that little tickle in your throat or allergies says you should stay home.

As we progress through Alert Level 2, the team aims to open up more services and facilities, allowing greater capacity in the gym, longer opening hours  and the return of sport. We’ve seen some great etiquette so far, and if this continues we should see this progress nicely.

Noho ora mai – take care and stay well
UC Rec & Sport

A check in from your UCSA President and VC…

Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey and UCSA President Tori McNoe are checking in to congratulate you on your commitment to your studies and adaptability throughout semester one.