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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 learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

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

New Workshop: Delegating and Influencing to achieve results

Register for the Delegating and Influencing workshop
on Tuesday 20 November, 9am – 4.30pm.

Delegation is a critical skill for leaders in today’s environment.
Fewer resources, changing motivations, and complex business goals are just a few of the challenges leaders face.

Influencing is another crucial element to successful leaders and teams – whether it’s an innovative breakthrough, a simple process improvement or a change in ‘the way things are done around here’, making it happen requires a strategy.

In this programme, participants learn the skills they need to address these challenges, gain the commitment of team members, develop individual skills and abilities, and enhance the overall capability and capacity of their teams and, ultimately, UC.

Don’t miss out, this course is too good to miss, and this is your last chance to register for at least another 6 months!


Is this course not quite what you are looking for? To see what other programmes are available, visit the Learning and Development website for more information.

 

Vice-Chancellor & Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award Winners 2018

2018 Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards

Alongside Paul O’Flaherty, Executive Director HR | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata, Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae  presented awards to the following recipients at the ceremony on 30 August 2018:

  • Rebecca Hurrell
  • Rebecca Warr and Pamela Glover
  • Naomi Wilde
  • Catherine Woods
  • Jace Carson (who was unable to attend)

Held annually, the awards are a chance for our General Staff to be recognised and rewarded for seeking out exceptional professional development opportunities, such as: visits to other higher educational institutions, staff exchanges, specialised training, conferences and more.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards 2018

Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae, presented alongside Steve Hunter, Health and Safety Manager, awards to the following recipients at the awards on 30 August 2018:

  • Mary Watson
  • Library H&S Group (Mushtak Dawood accepted on behalf)
  • Michael Sandridge
  • Charmaine Atherfold, Julie Stafford and Dave MacPherson

The Awards are designed to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health & Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College.

Congratulations to all of our winners 

Calling all early career Academics

Planning Your Career Advancement is a 2-day workshop for Early Career Academics that’s interactive and reflective and is designed to give you time and space to identify your career goals, give context to your position in UC and provide information on support services available to you.

The workshop runs over two days, from 9am – 4.30pm Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 September, 2018, with a networking event from 5-6pm on Wednesday evening.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend.
Only one course is run per year!

To find out more about the course and instructions on how
to register, visit the  intranet site here.


Visit our intranet site here if you are interested in what other
Professional Development Opportunities Learning and Development has available?

or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

2018 VC General staff awards close Friday 27 July

Applications for the VC Awards close this Friday, so if you are attending or presenting at a conference, undertaking specialised training, or even taking part in a staff exchange, then get in quick.


The VC Awards are a chance to be recognised for your interest and upcoming participation in professional development that is exceptional and will benefit you, your team, your department and UC.

For more details and the application criteria for the Awards, please visit the Learning and Development webpage here or apply here.


If you have any questions or comments on this or other professional development opportunities, we would love to hear from you.

Please email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.