Category Archives: Wellbeing

Thursdays in Black – not just for students

Thursdays in Black is a global campaign aimed with increasing awareness of sexual violence, consent culture, and positive relationships. Thursdays in Black encourages everyone to wear black every Thursday in solidarity against gender based violence.

Student blogger Ben reflects on efforts on campus to build the Thursday’s in Black campaign for the UC campus community – students and staff.

The 2018 formation of UC’s Thursdays in Black club has led to many events including clothing swaps, discussion panels, and free workshops, keeping its focal message in mind. You can typically find our stalls Thursday’s at the central library’s entrance for free coffee, resources, and conversation. Otherwise, look out for us on Facebook. The on-campus presence of clubs and campaigns such as Thursday’s in Black lies at the heart of UC’s culture, building a community united in diversity.

Kaitlyn White, President of Thursdays in Black @ UC says:

“It’s so important to have a movement like Thursdays in Black that breaks down the taboo of sexual violence and is spreading awareness for what we all can do to end rape culture. To have a campaign like this on campus means that we can firstly spread awareness about what sexual violence is, then take actions within our communities and through working with the university to end sexual violence and promote a safe and fun campus.”

(Thursdays in Black has developed a strong presence on campus. Left to right: Mel Haworth, Abby Robertson, Kaitlyn White, Katrina Hope.)

On-campus societies and campaigns such as Thursdays in Black, the counsellors at the UC Health Centre and those of the Māori Student DevelopmentPacific Development, and Student Care teams are all there for a reason. The safety and security of everyone on campus is paramount.

In the following New Zealand Police video, Dr Cathy Stephenson from Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC) outlines some quick facts on sexual consent.

In the following New Zealand Police video, Dr Cathy Stephenson from Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa (MEDSAC) outlines some quick facts on sexual consent.

You can read more about Thursday’s In Black at UC  in the latest Chronicle on page 22>

UC info on sexual harassment and sexual assault is available here> including information on:

  • consent

  • bystander intervention

  • healthy relationships

  • support

  • report

99%! Whiria te Taura Tangata #10

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa

Arts and Engineering The Organisational Culture Inventory/ Organisational Effectiveness Inventory questionnaires for the Colleges of Arts and Engineering are opening at the end of this month.

Please talk to your Head of Department/School or your HR Team if you want more information, and look for communications from your College in the lead up to the surveys.

Progress across UC

Once the Colleges of Arts and Engineering surveys are complete, 99% of staff will have had the opportunity to feed into the conversation about ‘actual’ and ‘desired’ UC culture.  That’s pretty impressive!

Soon we will see some more ‘re-tests’ undertaken. It has been three years since the College of Education, Health and Human Development and the HR Service Unit filled out their first round of surveys.  Look out for information about this if you are in those work areas.

Problem Solving Circles How are the PSC going? Does anyone have any success stories to share? Please post a comment if you do, I’d love to hear from you.

November Blue CLUES The November session for those involved in Culture Leadership will be the ‘red’ companion piece to the ‘green’ session run back in June.  ‘Leading Groups from the Red into the Blue’ will look at the four aggressive-defensive styles with a view to understanding what causes them to occur. This session will also delve into conflict situations so we can develop and reinforce strategies to manage these constructively. Invites and details to be confirmed soon.

Hei konā mai

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

Whiria te Taura Tangata | Weave the Rope of People – UC’s Organisational Culture Development Programme

Mental Health Awareness Week – get involved

Student and staff wellbeing is a priority for our UC community and Mental Health Awareness Week from 8 – 14 October encourages us to focus on looking after ourselves.

World Mental Health Day is Wednesday 10 October, and we encourage you to head outdoors and get active. Walking is a great way to improve your mental health and you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. The Breeze Walking Festival has a number of walks to choose from including our own UC run, All Right? Amble 2018 

Take the time to visit our Wellbeing Partnership web page. Three UC courses to consider if you have not had the chance are: Growing Personal Resilience 2018, Mental Health & Wellbeing – Awareness for Heads & Managers and Supporting Students in Crisis.

If you are concerned about a friend, colleague or student, ask how they are doing and listen – you don’t need to be an expert. If you are still concerned, suggest they contact a professional service such as their family doctor or the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). EAP is a confidential counselling service, paid for by the university, designed for short-term intervention.

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has excellent advice at www.mentalhealth.org.nz.

Students can attend the UC Health Centre or contact Student Care at any time. If you refer a student, check in with them soon afterwards to see how they got on. These sorts of actions show you care, encourages others to get help when needed and helps remove the stigma around mental health.

 

Paul O’Flaherty 
Executive Director Human Resources
Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata 

Lynn McClelland
Executive Director Student Services and Communications 
Kaihautū Matua Ākonga me te Whakapā

                                                                                                              

 

We need your help to get UC staff 20% off memberships at CCC Pools/Fitness Centres!

  • Do you have a current membership to CCC pools/fitness centres?
  • Do they know you are UC staff?

Once we have 10 UC staff signed up, we all get 20% off our memberships! All you need to do is email Lou Murray (CCC Rec & Sport Membership Administrator) with your CCC membership number so they can flag you as UC staff. There are already 8 of us, so we just need 2 more people to get the discount. If you are considering becoming a member…read on!

With a multi-membership you can use the pools (including the Swimsmart adult lessons), the fitness centres and the group fitness classes at any of the four CCC Recreation & Sport Centres (Jellie Park, Graham Condon, Pioneer and Taiora QEII). You also receive a free personal programme, which includes a tailored plan to meet your goals, and a free follow-up appointment every 12 weeks.

I am also a member of UC RecCentre and LOVE IT, but find it’s great having a CCC membership as well, because I can use their spas/sauna rooms, pools, and saves money when I want to take the kids swimming during the school holidays. It’s a good option in the weekends because I have a CCC centre close to home. They have flexible payment options too.

Lou has already offered to provide staff some free passes, so you can try before you buy. They are exhibiting at The Fitness Expo on Saturday 6 October at Horncastle Arena where they will have giveaways.

Click here for info about membership options and prices.

 

 

UC’s Edible Campus

Missed our Edible Campus walking tour? Here’s the link to our Edible Campus Map, so you can take yourself foraging on campus whenever you like!

The fruit, nuts and berries you see on campus are all free for you to forage as you wish. However, we ask you do some research if you’re unsure – some edibles may look ready before they are actually ripe for picking!

You can always be in touch with the Sustainability Office if you have any questions about foraging on campus.

The Sustainability Office has a long-term plan to see more food grown on campus, complementing the plantings and ecological restoration work we have been supporting. As issues of food accessibility and affordability become better understood, we are committed to proving an edible landscape for our UC community. The idea of an edible campus and a food forest is embedded in UC’s landscape master plan.

We already have two community gardens on campus – those on the tour visited Okeover Community Garden with us, and we also have an allotment style community garden based at Dovedale.

Interested in volunteering in our community garden? All volunteers are welcome to take home fresh produce in return for their time. See more about volunteering with us here.

Found an edible on campus that isn’t on this map? Please let us know! We’re in the process of updating and refreshing our Edible Campus maps and guides.

Happy foraging UC!

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected, and be in touch with us! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or check out our website for more information about what we do, and upcoming events.

Got a question or want to know more? Email us at sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz