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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 

Making An Emergency Call On-Campus Using Your Mobile Phone

In 2015 I did a tip on who to call in an emergency situation on campus. Answer: call security on 6111.

What about an emergency call on-campus using your mobile phone?

If you are faced with an emergency on-campus and are using your mobile phone to call for help, call 0800 823 637. This is the emergency Security number. Program this into your phone now.

Why call the emergency Security number and not 111?

Emergency Services can easily have trouble finding you on the campus.
Security will:
– Ask you for relevant details, such as your name, your contact number, nature of your emergency, incident location, etc.
– Call emergency services (if required)
– Attend the site with an Artificial External Defibrillator (AED) (if required) – all security staff are trained first responders
– Bring Health Centre Staff to the site (if required)
– Meet the emergency services at a designated place on campus and escort them to the scene of the incident.

If you are NOT on-campus and need to make an emergency call, call 111. You can call 111 on a mobile phone even if the phone is out of credit. See the Emergency services website for information on calling emergency services in New Zealand.


For more great time-saving tips, look up our Archive of Tech Tips or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website.

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Please leave a comment below.

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Action on prevention of harassment and sexual violence

The University is committed to ensuring all members of the UC community are treated in a respectful and equitable way. A number of initiatives have been implemented this year, or are progressing.

  • For the last six months UC has an anti-sexual violence working group comprising academic, general staff and student representation including Thursdays in Black rep
  • UC has reviewed its anti-harassment policy.  It has been discussed comprehensively with the senior management team. UC will be finalising and launching a revised policy within the next month or so
  • UC has mapped its response and complaint processes and will be further documenting and publishing them within the next six to eight weeks
  • UC has identified additional staff training  – 30 staff representatives from across the University will attend the training today (Friday)
  • UC has revamped its website which includes improved and new pages on:

       >Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
        >Bystander Intervention
        >Healthy Relationships
        >Support
        >Report

      Staff and student feedback is welcome.

  • UC has relaunched its Student Code of Conduct in 2018 and has undertaken additional educational programmes for students to support enhanced awareness of issues of harassment and appropriate behaviour
  • UC has re-assessed its processes prior to students undertaking internships to address health and safety issues
  • UC is collaborating with other universities under UNZ to improve awareness and tools to combat sexual harassment across the sector
  • If staff or students wish to raise a concern or a complaint information is available at https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/support/concerns/  or students can access support from Health and Counselling, Student Care or UCSA’s Advocacy and Welfare team.  Staff can access support from their manager or HR advisor.

Asbestos detected in gauze mats

The Ministry of Education has advised that two types of ceramic Bunsen Burner gauze mats recently analysed have been found to contain Tremolite asbestos, a rare form of asbestos.

The asbestos is considered to be low risk. The gauze mat is a bonded product, similar to asbestos sheeting in houses.

The Ministry of Health has advised that the risk to students and staff who have been using these mats is likely to be very low, provided the mats are in good condition (i.e. not broken or showing signs of deterioration – cracking, powdering etc.).

As the health and safety of students and staff is paramount, the Ministry of Education are working with the appropriate agencies to identify all suppliers and schools with the product.

The product will be recalled and the Trading Standards (a business unit within MBIE) will be working with known suppliers to ensure the recall process is effective and appropriate.

Collection and Removal
If these items are present within the University, they are to be disposed of as asbestos waste. For more information, contact the Health and Safety team.

To view the full Ministry Bulletin, click here>