Kia ora koutou,
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today about the increased risk from COVID-19, we have received many queries from anxious students.
Therefore, in consultation with all Colleges and the TEU, we have decided this is the appropriate time to accelerate our plans for online teaching delivery.
From Monday 23 March all lectures and tutorials will be delivered and available online. For further details of these arrangements please see: https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/csr/announce/students/2020/200321.shtml.
Campus facilities remain open. If you are unwell, please stay at home. Staff who are in an at-risk group are advised to contact their manager to discuss arrangements for working from home.
Staff who require support for teaching online are advised to contact Kaylene Sampson. Resources are available to support staff for this purpose.
The health and wellbeing of our UC community is our priority. The situation we all face is unprecedented. Our goal remains to provide quality education and to support the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. For additional support the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available.
Please continue to use firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui | Be strong, be brave, be steadfast.
Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae
Images, posters and a map of hand sanitiser locations on campus are below.
Hand Sanitisers Location map
On 16 March the Ministry of Health advised that gatherings of 500 or more people should be cancelled to help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
In response to this, and due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, UC graduation ceremonies scheduled for 7 and 9 April won’t go ahead.
UC has contacted all graduands directly. Their qualifications will be formally conferred in absentia and certificates will be posted to graduates. UC plans to hold graduation celebrations later in the year to celebrate and recognise their significant achievements.
With the current status of COVID-19 in New Zealand, we have been recommended by Massage New Zealand (MNZ) to follow the health professionals guidelines from the ministry of health:
We have increased our cleaning, hand washing, personal and room sanitizing procedures at the UC Rec Centre before and after clients.
If you are however concerned please do what is best for your own health.
Massage therapists will be updated by MNZ as events unfold and we will inform you when things may change. Otherwise we are continuing to offer a great service and we thank you for your support.
Tina George PHMT owner
We are urging all staff to carefully consider all overseas personal travel at this point in time. The university of course can’t and won’t dictate where people go on personal leave, however it is important that staff understand implications that might be associated with a decision to travel abroad right now. These implications might range from imposed travel restrictions, insurance issues, to a need to self-isolate for 14 days upon return (and therefore cannot return to work).
Here are a few tips that may be helpful in your decision making:
- If you are travelling, note that insurance at the moment can be problematic with COVID-19, so pay attention to the fine print and keep an eye out for any updates or changes to your insurance coverage
- Check https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/to help you make good travel choices
- Be aware of the possibility of travel restrictions that could impact your ability to return to work (eg Iran). Refer to Immigration New Zealand
In addition, it is always useful to share your travel plans with your manager so they are aware and can provide assistance if any help is required.