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A Fortnight dedicated to Staff Wellbeing and Self-Care

It is important to take care of ourselves in our day-to-day lives, and it becomes essential to be kind to ourselves and take time out to pause and practice some self-care in times of stress and trauma.

So, for the fortnight of Monday 29 April to Friday 10 May, you will have the opportunity to attend some lunch time sessions on various topics around self-care for you and your family.

We encourage you to attend as many of the sessions as possible, which have been planned around lunch time. Grab a drink, bring your lunch and prepare to learn and practice some techniques to enhance your wellbeing.

Free access to the RecCentre for the Self-Care Fortnight.

All staff will have free access to the RecCentre and you can bring a friend too, but you must be there to sign them in.
Contact the RecCentre for further information.

Session information:

Feeding the brain in times of stress: practical advice on how to nourish ourselves
Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Straight-forward ways to boost your mental and emotional states via nutrition/nutritional interventions, with immediate and long-term results in adults and children.

  • Date: Monday 29 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Sleep, Health and Children
Jacki Henderson, Senior Lecturer, Psychology

  • Date: Thursday 2 May, 12.00pm – 12.50pm
  • Location: Check the intranet page for updates on venue

Staff Yoga
Sabine Claus, Group Fitness Instructor
Come and enjoy a free 45 minute yoga session.
Please bring your own yoga mat, as there will be limited mats available to use in the room.

  • Date: Monday 6 May, 12.00pm – 12.45pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

The Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health
Stacey Niao, Sport and Wellness Coordinator, UC RecCentre

  • Date: Thursday 9 May, 12.30pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Mindfulness – An introductory session
Ann Huggett, Registered Clinical Psychologist
Please bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on as you will be sitting on the floor.

  • Date: Friday 10 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

We are currently working on more speakers to share their expertise with you, keep an eye on our intranet site to find out more, or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you need more information on support, please visit our Staff Support page or contact your HR Advisor.

Learn to be Culturally Responsive with your Pedagogy

Liz Brown, Kaiārahi Matua, is running three Culturally Responsive Pedagogy workshops this year.

Book your place on one of the following course dates:

  • Thursday 11 April, 12.30pm – 4.30pm, or
  • Wednesday 10 July,  9.00am – 12.30pm, or
  • Monday 18 November, 1.00pm – 4.30pm

Register via the Professional Development tile in UCPeople.

For more information, visit the Culturally Responsive Pedagogy website here.

These courses will only go ahead if a sufficient number of staff are signed up to each, so register now to avoid missing out.

If you have any further questions, please email Learning and Development.

Mental Health Awareness for Heads and Managers

As Heads and Managers you are responsible for the wellbeing of your staff members, and we’re assisting you with the tools to do so through the upcoming Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness for Heads and Managers course. 

Taking place on Thursday 7 March between 9am – 1pm, this interactive workshop aims to provide participants with fundamental skills to understand and support others who maybe experiencing mental distress and/or mental illness.

Register through your Professional Development tile in UC People, or click here for more information  on the course and Learning Outcomes.


Looking for further Professional Development? The 2019 Learning and Development and Health and Safety workshops are now available.

Email Learning and Development for any queries.

Te Reo Māori for the Workplace – Enrol now!

Te Reo Māori for the Workplace course dates are now confirmed for 2019.

First dates for 2019 are:

There are 6 pairs of modules for the year, get in quick as places fill fast. Further information on the course and how to enrol can be found on our Learning and Development site.


Not quite what you are after?
Look up the Learning and Development intranet, or
email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz with any queries.

New Workshop: Delegating and Influencing to achieve results

Register for the Delegating and Influencing workshop
on Tuesday 20 November, 9am – 4.30pm.

Delegation is a critical skill for leaders in today’s environment.
Fewer resources, changing motivations, and complex business goals are just a few of the challenges leaders face.

Influencing is another crucial element to successful leaders and teams – whether it’s an innovative breakthrough, a simple process improvement or a change in ‘the way things are done around here’, making it happen requires a strategy.

In this programme, participants learn the skills they need to address these challenges, gain the commitment of team members, develop individual skills and abilities, and enhance the overall capability and capacity of their teams and, ultimately, UC.

Don’t miss out, this course is too good to miss, and this is your last chance to register for at least another 6 months!


Is this course not quite what you are looking for? To see what other programmes are available, visit the Learning and Development website for more information.