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Childcare under Alert Level 3

On Tuesday 21 April, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced that during Alert Level 3, early childhood centres and schools up to Year 10 will be open for families that need these services, “but children who can stay home, should stay home.”

The Government’s view is for the vast majority of New Zealanders to work and learn from home if they can. More information is available here>

Contact your schools/childcare centres
If you haven’t already done so, please contact your usual childcare centre or school to discuss what they will be offering under Level 3.

UC Childcare facilities
As of Tuesday 29 April we expect all three of the UC-based childcare centres to be operating for families who are already enrolled. Opening the centres will depend on demand however, which may change once planning for Level 3 campus operations are confirmed.

All centres will be thoroughly cleaned before opening. 

The centres are unable to accept casual bookings, however you are welcome to enquire about availability for an on-going enrolment.

Bringing in other caregivers
Additional caregivers are approved under Alert Level 3 with the guidelines stating: “if you need to, you can expand your bubble a small amount to bring in close family, isolated people or caregivers.”

Challenges and support
We appreciate this is a challenging time for all of everyone, especially those balancing the demands of family. 

  • Staff, please talk to your line manager about your particular challenges and what they can do to support you.
  • Students, please contact your lecturer, supervisor, UC Protect or Student Care if you need to discuss options. If you need to apply for special consideration please complete the Special Consideration for Assessment form. COVID-19 has been added as grounds for application.

UC Connect Public Lecture: A cross-examination of rape myths

Despite more than 40 years of law reform aimed at improving the experience of giving evidence for adult rape complainants, Ministry of Justice research in 2018 re-confirmed that the process remains distressing and re-traumatising.

In the recent UC Connect public lecture A cross-examination of rape myths, UC Law Professor Elizabeth McDonald presented an overview of the findings, some reform proposals and an outline of future work.

Missed this session? Watch the video here:
Note: you may be asked to confirm your age and/or sign in to view.

It’s time to join The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.

It’s aim is to enable better understanding of current affairs and complex issues by working with university academics and researchers to unlock their deep expertise for use by the wider public, and we’re encouraging all UC academics to sign up>

This free resource has become one of Australia’s largest independent news and commentary sites. Around 35% of readers are from outside Australia, with editions for Africa, Canada, France, United Kingdom, United States and global readerships.

As well as a respected media resource, The Conversation is a source of ideas, experts and free content (under creative commons) with its articles often quoted and republished in mainstream media around the world. It’s a way that academics and researchers can persuade influential people outside their field – including funding assessors, politicians, the media, industry and the public – that their work matters.


Those with experience in Australian universities are already aware of the positive impact contributing to The Conversation can have on academic careers – via awareness of research, researchers and increased citations.

Why it works – trusted content: All The Conversation authors are academics and researchers; you must be a member of an academic or research institution to write for The Conversation.

Its editors are professional journalists who can help create high quality content that’s also easy to read.

The Conversation codes of conduct ensure accuracy. All articles carry a disclosure statement listing any potential conflict, and the authors retain final sign-off on all their articles. The content is subject to an Editorial Charter to ensure it is evidence-based, independent and trusted writing.

Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Arts + Culture
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For more information, contact the UC Comms team>


Celebrating another awesome O Day

It’s been another fantastic Herea tō Waka | Orientation Day for UC!

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According to preliminary numbers we’re on par with 2019, with around 2,000 new students and whānau braving the weather to attend O Day.

Check out more of the action from the O Day social wall>

A big thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to give a warm welcome to the students joining our UC community this year.

With all new and returning students on campus from Monday, we are set for a fantastic 2020.


Remembering Professor Kathleen Quinlivan

Kia hora te marino
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana
Kia tere te kārohirohi I mua I tōu huarahi

May the calm be widespread
May the ocean glisten as greenstone
May the shimmer of lights ever dance across your pathway

Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development staff and students are deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Kathleen Quinlivan.

Kathleen was an alumna of the Christchurch Teachers College, and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), where she completed both her Masters and PhD.

She was an engaged and engaging English teacher for many years, who sought to instill in her students a critical mind and self-assurance of their capability to make a difference in the world.

She joined UC after completing her doctorate and had a distinguished twenty-year career as an internationally-recognised researcher in sexuality education, and an enthusiastic member of the School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

The culmination of her career was her 2018 sole-authored book, Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Education with Young People: Theories in Practice, published by Palgrave McMillan. This built on the foundation of her previous two coedited collections in the field, as well multiple book chapters and journal articles.

Moreover, she was a highly respected and sought after post-graduate supervisor, and a dynamic and inspiring lecture across multiple programmes. Throughout her career at UC, Kathleen made substantive contributions to programme quality enhancement and university committees through her varied academic leadership roles.

We feel very proud to have hosted a Festschrift celebration for Kathleen earlier in January, celebrating her academic contributions to the international community of sexuality scholars.
To read about this event, click here.

Professor Quinlivan was a taonga, a gift to us as scholar, teacher, friend and colleague. We will miss her deeply.

Professor Letitia Hochstrasser Fickel, Ed.D
Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor||Amorangi Taupua
College of Education, Health & Human Development||Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora