Category Archives: Wellbeing

UC EMERGENCY FLIP CHART PROCEDURES – AGGRESSION (PHYSCIAL/VERBAL)

We have all seen the Emergency Procedures Flipcharts around, but how many of us have actually read these?

Each week we will look at a page from the flip chart in order to become more familiar with its contents.

AGRESSION (PHYSICAL/VERBAL)

Do not allow yourself to be drawn in by this kind of behaviour. Stay calm and follow the instructions of the flipchart.

NEW Health & Safety Representatives Elected

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng (Zheng Pan) Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Laurie Anderson Physical & Chemical Sciences
Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler Biological
Greg Russell Physical & Chemical Sciences
Rob Thirkettle Physical & Chemical Sciences
Arthur Dredge Security & CCS
Swee Hoon Goh Library – Macmillan Brown
Kathryn Hearsum ITS – CTS
David Cross Capital Works
Dave Lane Library – EPS
Tim O’Sullivan Library – James Hight
John Paterson Facilities Services – Building & Compliance
Hugh Robinson Facilities Services – Grounds
Sue Thompson Library – Collections
Bruce Vincent Facilities Services – Mechanical Services
Peter Bullock UC Print
Lisa Willis AVC Maori
Cassandra Yeo Early Years Care & Education
Zhania Anindya SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office)
Jacqui Tither Student Success – Academic Skills

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Physical & Chemical Sciences Laurie Anderson
Biological Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler
Physical & Chemical Sciences Greg Russell
Physical & Chemical Sciences Rob Thirkettle
Security & CCS Arthur Dredge
Library – Macmillan Brown Swee Hoon Goh
ITS – CTS Kathryn Hearsum
Capital Works David Cross
Library – EPS Dave Lane
Library – James Hight Tim O’Sullivan
Facilities Services – Building & Compliance John Paterson
Facilities Services – Grounds Hugh Robinson
Library – Collections Sue Thompson
Facilities Services – Mechanical Services Bruce Vincent
AVC Maori Lisa Willis
Early Years Care & Education Cassandra Yeo
SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office) Zhania Anindya
Student Success – Academic Skills Jacqui Tither

Mindfulness Course for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

  • The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS), a group for children (aged 8-11 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improve focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduce stress.
  • The group will run from 4 – 5pm, starting Wednesday 23 October for 8 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury. It requires both child and parent/caregiver to attend and learn together.  The total cost of the program is $200.
  • For more information, please email justine.brougham@canterbury.ac.nz

View the following YouTube clip to hear children explain PBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awo8jUxIm0c

Further information about the research and benefits of PBS can be found here: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1707/S00094/pause-breathe-smile-mindfulness-training-will-help.htm

Under Pressure: Understanding assessment anxiety

Help your students cope with assessment-related anxiety with this new online resource by Dr Valerie Sotardi (College of Education, Health & Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora educational psychologist) and Associate Professor Erik Brogt (Learning Evaluation and Academic Development team).

First year students can be particularly vulnerable as they transition to university life, but help is at hand with new resources for students and teachers, funded by Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand’s Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and available on their website.

Top tips for teachers:
• Being familiar with NCEA content and structure
• Teaching for transfer of knowledge
• Setting clear expectations
• Communicating the purpose of an assessment
• Building student confidence
• Identifying a clear contact person for the course
• Creating a sense of belonging
• The learning environment matters
• Knowing the referral process

Read the full guide here: Mitigating Assessment Anxiety in First-Year University Students: A resource guide for teaching staff

Read the news story here>

Psychology of work, performance and wellbeing – Whiria te Taura Tangata #20

Kia ora e hoa!

I am on the cusp of a week’s leave which will definitely contribute to my own wellbeing.  So this is a short, but hopefully sweet, posting.

Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope – November – Psychology of work, performance and wellbeing session – next month we are very excited to be co-hosting, along with the College of Business and Law and the College of Science, Professor Michael Leiter from Deakin University, a world-renowned expert in the psychology of work!

Combining Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope sessions together this time has allowed us run the same one hour session twice on 7 November to give you two options of time. Attendance is limited to 100 people per session.  There’s more information and registration details in this blog.

Weaving the Rope – our inaugural organisational culture sessions for all staff were held late last month. It was good to go back to basics and look at the How Culture Works Model. About 150 people attended and you can see details about what we covered on the OD website soon.

Opening up those silos – an article caught my attention this morning, especially the comments about intra-unit cooperation generally being high (we work well together) but inter-unit coordination is often seen as being problematic (they are difficult to work with).

That situation plays out in many of the culture outcomes across UC’s results. Is that your experience? If so, then the article might be worth five minutes of your time.  Trying to work across silos can be frustrating and detrimental to our wellbeing at work.

“If we want to achieve great things at work, to solve challenging and meaningful problems, and to live and work in constructive cultures — we must cultivate a broader sense of We”.

Ngā mihi, Karen Mather, Organisational Development Manager

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