Category Archives: Events

Anzac service on campus – pedestrian friendly

From this week you will see concrete bollards placed around the centre of campus. This is in preparation for the UCSA Anzac Day service on 25 April.

Placement of the bollards will restrict and reduce the level of vehicle movements in the heart of campus making it a more pedestrian-friendly area. If you skateboard, cycle or scooter around campus please take care around the new barriers, reduce your speed and be considerate of pedestrians and each other.

Bollards will be placed on access footpaths into Matariki Quad and at both ends of the path that runs between C Block and Undercroft.

Read more about the Anzac Day service here>

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

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

Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day 2019

Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day 2019 takes place next Tuesday 9 April, with around 1500 year 12 students from schools across Waitaha Canterbury arriving on campus to explore university for a day.

On the day our guests will be attending lectures in the Engineering, Arts and Central Lecture theatres as they discover the differences between school and university life, while connecting with current UC staff and rangatahi students.

If you see them out and about, be sure to welcome them to campus with a smile!

Our guests will be arriving to campus by bus. Sections of the Clyde Car park will be closed to allow regular drop off and pick up – please keep this in mind should you regularly park in the Clyde Car park.

An inclusive, safe and welcoming culture. Whiria te Taura Tangata #15

Kia ora koutou

I’ve been thinking a lot about inclusiveness over the last few months and the events of the 15 March have increased my desire to support UC as a welcoming and inclusive community.  This means our working and learning culture is one where we all feel safe, respected and comfortable to be ourselves. A place where we can share our sense of belonging.

From an Organisational Culture perspective, three of the constructive (blue) cluster of styles directly talk to this:

  • Self-Actualising: people should feel comfortable to be themselves at work,
  • Humanistic-Encouraging: people are expected to be supportive of each other, and
  • Affiliative: people are encouraged to place a high priority on constructive interpersonal relationships and to be friendly, open and sensitive to the needs of others.

There are many opportunities for us to continue building UC into an inclusive environment. Here are some links I know of:

I know there are lots of people doing heaps of great work in this space so feel free to add a comment about initiatives you are involved in or aware of.

Support – take care of yourself and others

  • Self-care events to be held at the end of April – look out for the special events we’ll be promoting very soon
  • Staff Support
  • Student Support

Find out more

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes), 

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager



The Christchurch vigil, Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives, is being hosted in Hagley Park on Sunday 24 March, 5pm – 7pm.

UCSA President Sam Brosnahan will be speaking at the event.

UC, SVA and UCSA are working together to provide a free bus service to get UC students and staff to and from the Vigil*. 

Register here to book your seat.

Buses will leave from the Foundry car park and there are four departure times.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time so you can be allocated a wristband before you hop on the bus.

Departure times

  • 3.15pm
  • 3.30pm
  • 3.45pm
  • 3.55pm

Buses will leave the vigil at 7.30pm and return students and staff to the Foundry car park. 

Please take care with your wristband as you won’t be able to board the return bus without it.

*Christchurch City Council are expecting in crowds in excess of 100,000 people to attend the vigil, and recommend bus transportation as parking cannot be guaranteed.
Please take a moment to reserve your seat today