5 ways to Wellbeing Reminder – Keep Learning

Embrace new experiences and try something new, you never know what hidden skill or talent that you might possess. Learning new things can help boost your confidence and are a great way to have some fun.


Here are some ways to keep learning:

  • Learn something you don’t know about the area in which you live by checking out the local notice boards for interesting talks and events.
  • Write your bucket list – then try something you have always wanted to do but never actually done!
  • Start learning a musical instrument. How about the French horn or the harp?
  • Find and try out a new recipe for a meal, cake or dessert.
  • Commit to identifying a new plant every day for a year – in Māori and Latin.
  • Visit the local public library and see what new books, mags and talks they have.
  • Discover the name of the iwi, hapu, maunga and awa of the place you live.
  • Memorise a new word every week. Practice using it among friends and family.
  • Learn another language.
  • Put your hand up for a new challenge/training in your workplace to broaden your knowledge.
  • Pass on any of the latest research you find that relates to your professional or sector.
  • Get your colleagues to bring their favourite non-fiction book to work for a book swap -learn about a new topic and your colleagues’ interests at the same time.

Still time to nominate for a teaching award/teaching medal

Do you know an excellent teacher or teaching team who deserve wider recognition? Has a colleague excelled in their teaching during lockdown? Then take a moment to nominate them for a UC Teaching Award or the UC Teaching Medal. Nominations for the 2020 Teaching Awards and UC Teaching Medal have been extended to 10 July.
Don’t forget that there is also an award available for implementing a single special teaching innovation, and that all teaching awards also bring with them a financial reward. The process is simple: complete a one-step form.

Further information and nomination forms are available on the Teaching Awards or the Teaching Medal websites.

Upcoming Ilam road closures

Some of you may have seen the traffic management signage around University Drive and Homestead Lane.

Night works will be underway in early June to replace the water mains along Ilam Road. The road closures are being organised to ensure traffic doesn’t drive into the work space where the new pipe is being laid.

University Drive will be reduced to one lane from Sunday 14 June until Thursday 2 July  between the hours of 6pm to 7am.

Homestead Lane will be completely closed to traffic from Tuesday 2 June until Wednesday 10 June between the hours of 6pm to 7am.


The UC RecCentre will be closed on Queen’s Birthday

The UC RecCentre will be closed on Monday 1st June – Queen’s Birthday. We will be open on Saturday and Sunday, with the usual booking systems in place.

Our team has been working super hard to open the facility under Alert Level 2 restrictions, and we’ve been delighted with the uptake and positive response.

So, we’re taking our own advice, and in order to look after you the best we can, we first need to look after ourselves. With this in mind, the whole team will be taking Monday 1st June off, so we can recharge our own wellbeing dials.

You can still get your exercise fix on our YouTube channel, and flip back through some of our 100+ recorded classes and workouts.
Or if you’re looking to develop your own self-care habit, check out these 151 ideas!

We thank you for your great work in returning to the gym safely, and for your ongoing support.

UC Rec&Sport Team