The Incident Management Team has done a remarkable job over the last 10 weeks of guiding UC through what has been, and continues to be, a deeply uncertain period since the COVID-19 outbreak. NZ moved back to Level 2 – Reduce – on Wednesday, 13 May at 11:59pm and the University of Canterbury campus reopened the following day. While teaching remains online for the remainder of this semester, most of the campus is now open for staff and students.
Transition to BAU
Planning has been in place for transitioning between levels throughout the IMT response period but the focus now appropriately shifts to handing back responsibility for teaching, research, and service delivery to the business. Friday, 29 May has been recommended as the handover date as it is a natural point to do so with the end of lectures for Semester 1.
The Incident Controllers; Michel Fivet, Ripeka Tamanui-Hurunui and Steve Gibling will continue to support the transition and will be in readiness to stand up the IMT again if we need to move up alert levels in the future.
As we look ahead, a new Post COVID-19 Core group has been put in place with two key focuses; business continuity and growth opportunities for the future. A new email address for staff has also been set up firstname.lastname@example.org for your queries about the way we work together in a post COVID world. More information on the new work streams that have been set up will be shared next week as we move into the next phase of our response to COVID-19.
He Waka Eke Noa | We are all in this together.
The health and safety of our UC community remains top priority. For information on health and safety procedures during our return to campus in alert level 2, read more here>
You’ll find plenty of hand sanitiser across Ilam and Dovedale campuses, here are some maps to show you where:
Now that we are in Level 2, many of you may have spent the weekend re connecting with your friends and family. Connecting with others is vital for maintaining a healthy wellbeing and for helping us to feel safe, less stressed and less anxious.
Connecting in Level 2 is a little different than normal, so please remember to practice safe social distancing and keep your gathering sizes small.
Looking for ways to connect, here are some ideas:
- Gather a few friends for a movie night; ask people to share a film they like.
- Smile at a stranger – you may be surprised by the smile you get back!
- Find more opportunities for humour in the home by starting a family joke collection.
- Connect with the whenua; grab some mates and get into the great outdoors – go on a bush walk, go surfing or mountain bike riding.
- Take time to read your local newspaper or newsletter – find out what’s going on in your area, such as music or cultural performances, then organise a group outing.
- Have a family WIFI, TV and text free day and bring out the old board games you have – you may be surprised at how much fun they still are! Contact a friend you have not seen or spoken to for a while and talk, talk, talk!
Click here for a clip from the All Right Campaign where Si and Gary talk about the importance of connection.
Catherine Moran, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) has provided an update to students about grading during Semester 1 in light of COVID-19.
You can read the update on Insider’s Guide here>
As we head into Level 2, many of us will experience mixed emotions about this change. We all respond to change in different ways, therefore it is important that we remember to be kind to ourselves and others during this transition.
Here are some ways that you can prepare yourself for change:
- Create a list of positive outcomes: Change can be an overwhelming process therefore it is important that we think about the positive things that can occur as a result of change. Make a list of positive outcomes from this change for you to refer back to when you need a positivity boost.
- Create a self-care plan: To remind you of the coping strategies that you can use if you ever become overwhelmed or need a break.
- Voice your concerns: Speak to a friend or a family member about any concerns that you may have about the change, you may find that they too feel the same way.
- Give yourself time to adjust: Be kind to yourself, change can take time to adjust to, take one day a time.
- Celebrate small victories: During this transition it is important that we celebrate the small wins. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting up on time; for missing the morning traffic; for going to the library to study instead of staying at home; or for completing a workout; these are only a few examples.