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
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.
The 2018 round of UC’s Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards is now open.
The awards are designed to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health and Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College, and are open to all fixed-term and continuing staff. Work teams or individuals may apply.
Applications for close on Friday 27 July 2018.
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>
UC’s Harassment Policy is under review. Staff and students are welcome to provide feedback on the draft Policy before it is updated. Feedback may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12.00pm on Thursday 3 May. Alternatively, Tim Turnbull and Summer Pringle from HR, along with Julie Pratt from Student Services, will be available to receive feedback in person at an informal drop-in session on Thursday 3 May between 11.00am and 12.00pm in the Engineering Core meeting room 1 (room 129 on the ground floor).