Category Archives: Announcements

New V-Plate digital card launches

The UCSA  has launched the new V-Plate digital card, a convenient new way to grab your on-campus discounts  and vouchers.

To download it, either visit the Android or Apple app store and search ‘vplate’. Or scan either QR Code below. You can also visit the V-Plate website here.

Google Play

Left: Google Play. Right: Apple Store

If you already have a V-Plate card but want to use the new digital version, you can. Just use the email address you registered with and your card number with an extra ‘0’ at the end. For example, card number ‘12345’ will have pin number ‘123450’. For security reasons, it’s recommended that you change your pin number when you first log in.

UC Wellbeing Strategy review – update

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the UC Wellbeing Strategy review by completing the recent survey.

Staff input is a vital part of the review process. Your feedback will help us understand which wellbeing services and support currently offered at UC are working well, and where there are new opportunities and room for improvement.    

Keep an eye out on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo over the coming weeks for an overview of results from the survey.

Flu vaccine stocks update

Already this season, distribution of the influenza vaccine has reached near record levels in Aotearoa New Zealand, which has led to low stock levels. As a result, the Ministry of Health is asking all general practices to prioritise the vaccination of those at the greatest risk of influenza.

Priority groups include:

  • pregnant women
  • children aged 4 and under with serious respiratory illness
  • people with severe asthma, heart disease, diabetes and other serious health conditions that make them susceptible to influenza
  • those aged 65 and over.

The UC Health Centre should have enough influenza vaccines to cover people who would consider themselves to be in one of the above groups.  

Ways to help minimise the spread of influenza

  • Always cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Stay at home if unwell.

Two UC building projects recognised at Architects Awards

UC achieved an almost clean sweep in the Education Building category of the Canterbury New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards last night with two UC projects, Ernest Rutherford and Rehua winning a combined five awards at the event.

In the Education Building category Ernest Rutherford won architecture and interior architecture awards as well as the Resene Colour Award. Rehua also won architecture and interior architecture awards.

The two projects will now be considered for the National New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards held in Queenstown later this year.

UC’s Programme Director Brian Phillips was on hand to receive the awards along with project architects and was pleased with the result.

“This is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved and acknowledges the thought and consideration that has gone into the campus transformation,” he says.

Brian Phillips and Senior Project Manager Alan Palmer accompanied Jasmax, DJRD Architects, Royal Associates Architects and Athfield Architects Ltd design in collecting the awards at the ceremony held in Christchurch on 6 June.

Making help more obvious on UC’s website

A recent news article analysed reporting systems for sexual harassment and assault in New Zealand universities. The article pointed out it took six clicks to find information on UC’s website. UC aims for continuous improvement and worked quickly to make the relevant information easier to find.

No level of assault is acceptable. At UC we are very active in establishing an environment and behavioural expectations that provide a safe and healthy campus for all students.

In addition to having both formal and anonymous reporting systems, UC has several support teams to provide help to students if they have faced harassment on campus. We will continue to promote reporting options and the range of student support available at UC via a variety of channels.

UC takes very seriously the safety, security and education of our students with the aim of creating a campus community where students feel safe and where they belong.

Information on sexual harassment and assault, support and reporting is available here