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Staff Pulse Survey

We’ve had an exceptionally pleasing response to our first wave of Staff Pulse Surveying of 1185 responses.

The data pulled shows that 79% of staff feel supported by UC and trust the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to make sound decisions. 70% of staff report as having a good level of Wellbeing. We note that only 39% of staff are feeling secure in their jobs and qualitative data suggests this is linked to the recent SLT portfolio changes as well as uncertainty of the current Covid-19 situation. Analysis of qualitative data shows staff are reporting that they would like more visibility of financial impacts and future planning that is taking place.

76% of staff have found the communications useful and feel informed of ongoing status changes. Qualitative data suggests that the quantity and quality of communications has improved and streamlined as we have journeyed from our initial response to now.

The working environment shows 70% of staff are feeling productive, so around 30% of staff are struggling with productivity and this is mainly related to having access to appropriate resources and struggling with family care arrangements. Qualitative data suggests some staff are worried about equity in processes like sabbatical, PBRF and promotions where productivity has been impacted.

The results of the survey were released to the SLT on Wednesday afternoon. The SLT are now in a position to collectively analyse the data and implement some strategies to address concerns. The data will also allow each SLT member to analyse the responses for their localised area and work to address issues of concern that are relevant for them.

Analysis on the qualitative data continues and will continue to be shared as more key themes emerge. The data gathered to date has provided a wealth of knowledge that helps support all staff, including ways for you to access important equipment on campus. Please be assured of you anonymity and that the SLT are listening and will act on concerns raised. With that in mind we strongly encourage you to continue to participate.

This survey is being released fortnightly to allow for tracking and comparisons over time. We now invite you to participate in the second survey here>

Academic staff | Quick Tips for effective online learning

As we move towards online teaching from 20 April, our colleagues (led by Associate Professor Cheryl Brown) have put together a resource with tips for effective online teaching.

It’s filled with helpful hints & tips to engage students and help them continue to succeed in their studies. Read it here>

More information, along with further preparation for online learning, will be with you later this afternoon via email.

A student version has also been created and can be viewed here>

Living in your bubble this Easter

How is it going in your bubble? The Easter break poses a range of emotions and thoughts for us to process.  Do any of the following resonate with you?

  • I’m pleased about not having to work and looking forward to having a rest.
  • I’m missing my loved ones that I’d usually spend Easter with.
  • I’m looking forward to spending some time in the garden.
  • I’m worried about how other people are managing, even people I don’t know.
  • I think my kids/partner/flatmates are going to drive me crazy over the next few days.
  • I was really looking forward to going away for Easter.
  • I’m on my own and not sure if I’ll feel lonely or not.

We will all have different feelings and thoughts about how Easter will be for us this year and that’s normal.  Consider Easter as a good time to review your Wellbeing and how you are taking care of yourself.  Try doing something different to improve your wellbeing and make life in your bubble more manageable.

Here are some tips for living in your Easter bubble:

Tips for getting a good night’s sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. Sleep is more than just a time for your body and mind to rest. Sleep can help reduce stress and improve your memory, sleep also helps the body repair itself as well as making you more alert and energized for the day.

Here are some tips and tricks for helping you get the right amount of zzzz’s:

  • Allow for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.
  • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
  • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom
  • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
  • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
  • Meditation or reading before bed can also help to calm the mind ready for sleep.

1 minute clip for sleep meditation:

REGISTER HERE IF YOU ARE IN SELF-ISOLATION FOR SPECIFIC REASONS

If you are in self-isolation or going into self-isolation for any of the following reasons, please complete the relevant form below, so UC can support you during this time:

  • Have a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Had close contact with a suspected OR confirmed COVID-19 case
  • Recently arrived from overseas
  • Immune system compromised
  • Symptomatic/Unwell
UC staff member in self-isolation? Register here> 
 
Please note: these forms are not intended for those who have been instructed to stay at home as a consequence of the Level 4 activation announced by the Government on 23 March.