Tag Archives: COVID-19 Update


Kia ora koutou,

UC doors closed at 5pm today, in preparation for the national lockdown, which begins at 11.59pm tonight. There will be no access to campus until at least 23 April.

We know many of you have been preparing yourselves for what will become your new normal over the next four weeks. Please allow yourself the time to do this, we will be in touch with information about resuming online study in due course. Connect into your Learn site for updates next week. 

Stay connected

UC and the UCSA are still here for you. Check out these messages from Professor Cheryl de la Rey Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae and Tori McNoe UCSA President. Tori talks about what the UCSA is moving online (virtual MONO and the Foundry Quiz anyone?), and the VC encourages you to have a break, but stay focused on your academic goals. Watch here>

National lockdown

  • More information about the national lockdown which applies to everyone from 11.59pm tonight is available at www.covid19.govt.nz
  • Visit the UC website (refer to the orange alerts bar at the top of the page) and the Insider’s Guide blog to see the latest information.
  • If you’re remaining in Christchurch or within the halls of residence, essential services, like the Uni Pharmacy and UC Health Centre, will still be available during the lockdown. For everything you need to know to access these services, click here>
  • If any of the following points apply to you, please complete this self-isolation form so UC can support you, and we can help trace any contacts should the need arise. 
      • You have a confirmed case of COVID-19
      • You have had close contact with a suspected OR confirmed COVID-19 case
      • You recently returned to NZ from overseas
      • Your immune system is compromised
      • You are symptomatic/unwell. 

     **You are not required to complete this form if you are self-                     isolating as part of the nationwide lockdown announced by the             Government on 23 March.

  • If you hear of a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst our UC community during the lockdown period, please share this news urgently with our Incident Management Team (IMT) so we can provide support, follow-up and any other required actions. Please contact the EOC IC Mailbox with the following info:
    • Name of the person affected
    • Student or staff ID number (if known)
    • Hall they were/are resident in (if known)
    • Contact details
    • Any other information that will allow us to contact them.

      If possible, please encourage the person affected to complete a             Self-isolation Form

Your wellbeing

The UC Wellbeing team have been sharing regular tips to help us all make our way through this unprecedented time, check out their blogs on Insider’s Guide and Facebook.

  • For tips to help us feel safe, less stressed and less anxious as we prepare to self-isolate, click here>
  • For help in identifying the simple things that spark joy in us, click here>

RecCentre goes online

The RecCentre has the lowdown on how to stay active at home. Physical activity is essential for mental wellbeing so make time in your routine to join a familiar class or try something new.

Yesterday the team recorded 30 pieces of content for online, in four venues – BAT, CORE30, HIIT30, Yoga, Pilates and Pump type workouts, all of varying lengths, with different teachers. And staff have equipment at home to create and upload more workouts!

Find livestreamed and recorded group fitness classes via the UC Rec & Sport YouTube and Facebook Channels. Please be mindful of your current fitness level and any medical conditions you have – start off gently and rest when you need to.

UC Library Services

Most subject librarians are now working from home, offering learning and research support online for students and academic staff as required.   

  • Your loans will be extended, so don’t worry about overdues or fines.
  • Please don’t return your books and items to the library. All returns bins are closed.
  • Explore a range of library resources you can access from home.
  • Contact us by email or live chat.

Read more information here.

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 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.


He Waka Eke Noa. We are all in this together.

Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui
Incident Controller

Campus closure

Kia ora koutou,

As of 5pm Wednesday 25 March, the UC campus will be locked down and unavailable to both students and staff.

**Essential services:
The UC Health Centre and Uni Pharmacy will be available throughout the lockdown period.

  • The Pharmacy will be accessible from the south door of Undercroft only (opposite UBS, look for the flag).
  •  Students registered with doctors not at UC can fax their prescriptions to 03 364 2215
  • Normal operating hours (8.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday) will apply this week – this will be reviewed on a week-to-week basis moving forward.
  • The UC Health Centre will be opening the doors to expected visitors [current health centre patients] only so please don’t forget to call before you arrive.

**Student Care will be available to provide online support – follow this link for more on how to connect: https://bit.ly/2UcW3eD

**During times of uncertainty, it’s important to remember to connect. Our UC Wellbeing team have provided some tips to help us all feel safe, less stressed and less anxious as we prepare to self-isolate. See Insider’s Guide blog (or our earlier Facebook post) for ways we can support each other: https://bit.ly/2wlE0tP

If you have questions or concerns at any time, please contact us via ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

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

COVID-19 | 23 March Important Update

Kia ora koutou,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier today, all UC lectures, tutorials, labs and workshops will stop from midnight tonight. Term break commences tomorrow, 24 March. 

Term two will begin one week early, with online teaching commencing on Monday 20 April.

Understandably, you may be feeling stressed right now, and this decision relieves any pressure to complete any assignments or tests. These will be deferred and further information on this will be provided via LEARN [updated content 24 March].

In the coming weeks check LEARN, where we will provide course updates. 

University facilities:

  • Halls of residence
    Day-to-day care provided to students in UC halls of residence will continue uninterrupted if you are unable to return home to your families. Given the period of time, we are encouraging all students that are able, to return home immediately.
  • Library
    The Library will be closed from 5pm Tuesday 24 March. However, online access will continue.
  • UC RecCentre  
    The UC RecCentre has closed. They will continue holding online classes via their YouTube channel.
  • UC Health Centre and Uni Pharmacy
    The UC Health Centre and Uni Pharmacy are considered essential services and will remain open for now. We are however asking anyone intending to visit the health centre to call first, as they are opening the doors to expected visitors only.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us 24/7 via:

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

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae