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NEW Health & Safety Representatives Elected

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng (Zheng Pan) Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Laurie Anderson Physical & Chemical Sciences
Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler Biological
Greg Russell Physical & Chemical Sciences
Rob Thirkettle Physical & Chemical Sciences
Arthur Dredge Security & CCS
Swee Hoon Goh Library – Macmillan Brown
Kathryn Hearsum ITS – CTS
David Cross Capital Works
Dave Lane Library – EPS
Tim O’Sullivan Library – James Hight
John Paterson Facilities Services – Building & Compliance
Hugh Robinson Facilities Services – Grounds
Sue Thompson Library – Collections
Bruce Vincent Facilities Services – Mechanical Services
Peter Bullock UC Print
Lisa Willis AVC Maori
Cassandra Yeo Early Years Care & Education
Zhania Anindya SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office)
Jacqui Tither Student Success – Academic Skills

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Physical & Chemical Sciences Laurie Anderson
Biological Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler
Physical & Chemical Sciences Greg Russell
Physical & Chemical Sciences Rob Thirkettle
Security & CCS Arthur Dredge
Library – Macmillan Brown Swee Hoon Goh
ITS – CTS Kathryn Hearsum
Capital Works David Cross
Library – EPS Dave Lane
Library – James Hight Tim O’Sullivan
Facilities Services – Building & Compliance John Paterson
Facilities Services – Grounds Hugh Robinson
Library – Collections Sue Thompson
Facilities Services – Mechanical Services Bruce Vincent
AVC Maori Lisa Willis
Early Years Care & Education Cassandra Yeo
SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office) Zhania Anindya
Student Success – Academic Skills Jacqui Tither

Do you know what to do in an emergency?

As an emergency event has the potential to seriously affect the University, we aim to be as prepared as possible for all eventualities.

The University’s Emergency Management team is responsible for the creation and distribution of an Emergency Procedures flip chart, which you’ll find across all UC departments, service units and colleges, outlining what to do in various types of emergencies.

This is not a definitive list, but the chart is updated as and when required.

Emergency procedures flip chart

Following the events of March 15 for example, a new page was created to clarify the University’s ‘Lockdown’ procedure.

The three main priorities of a lockdown at UC are:

  1. Get notified
    • UC’s UCGo mobile app will send emergency push notifications letting you know what’s happened, and what to do next. Download it now>
    • Help Point towers across campus will be activated and instruct you where to go
  2. Get to a safe location
    • Remain inside and move to your building’s designated safe spot.

Security will be in touch with building occupants over the coming weeks to confirm the location of designated safe spots.

  • If you’re outside at the time, proceed to the nearest building and head to its designated safe spot
  1. Wait for more information
    • UC’s Emergency Personnel and Communications team will keep you up to date.

In the event of any lockdown situation, students will be instructed to follow staff.

For more information on the updated flip chart, which is being distributed across campus now,  click here or contact the Emergency Management team.

Security reminder – opportunistic criminals

From time-to-time opportunistic criminals will enter teaching and office spaces looking for things to steal. They are hard to spot, but if a person looks out of place or suspicious for any reason, please contact UC Security immediately.

Be particularly aware of people following you into spaces tail-gating on your legitimate access, without using an access card of their own. Once you have entered an area, please ensure the door is secure behind you.

If you see someone who seems out of place contact UC Security on 0800 823 637 (it is recommended you save this number in your mobile) or internally by dialing 6111.

This is not a major problem, but it’s important to remain vigilant.

Meanwhile UC Security are busy everyday on campus working to that help keep people and property safe. This includes:

  • assistance with access to rooms
  • campus patrols
  • responding to calls about suspicious people or activity
  • workshops about security.

VC comment on sexual harassment and sexual violence report

A report on tertiary students’ experiences of sexual violence was released yesterday by the New Zealand Union of Students Associations (NZUSA). The ‘In Our Own Words’ report is the result of an online opt-in survey conducted by NZUSA, which received over 1,400 responses.

NZUSA  has outlined a three-year action plan for preventing and responding to sexual violence within tertiary communities. ACC is providing NZUSA with $1.4 million over the next three years to support the action plan.

 Here, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae  Dr Rod Carr reflects on how UC prioritises the welfare of our students.

Sexual harassment and sexual violence is an issue for all New Zealanders and all New Zealand communities. Our university community is no different.

UC prioritises the welfare of its students and is doing a great deal of work to create a safe and supportive community for our students’ wellbeing and success. We have decades of experience in student pastoral care.

Among the many initiatives we have established are:

UC

  • A range of policies to set clear expectations of behaviour including an Anti-Harassment policy and Staff and Student Codes of Conduct
  • Communications and education in halls of residence and training of residential advisers
  • Extensive student support including Counselling, Health Centre and Student Care teams as well as UCSA’s Advocacy unit
  • A 24/7 security presence on campus, emergency towers, designated walking routes and a security hotline
  • Whistle blower hot line supported by independent off campus service provider to preserve anonymity of complainants
  • Diversity Fest, which promotes inclusiveness and discussion on gender, identity and cultural issues including topics related to sexual activity

UCSA with the support of UC

  • UCSA’s “Good One” party register and events procedures which are designed to address alcohol-related harm and Thursdays in Black initiative
  • A Student Equity and Wellbeing representative on the UCSA Executive and Equity and Wellbeing Advisory Group which has representation and a voice on UC’s Equity and Diversity Committee
  • The Raise a Concern process

UC takes the safety and security of its students and staff seriously. The University works closely with the Police. We do not have any reason to believe our University community is any less safe than any other given the demographics of our community.”

We will continue to develop and enhance our current range of initiatives in collaboration with UCSA. No matter what we do we can always do more to promote a safe community to which all students feel they belong. We are interested in evidence to support initiatives and interventions to support a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

Read the full ACC media release here>

If a student needs support or advice – listen, reassure and refer. There is good support at UC. Find out about support in the community and read information from New Zealand Police. Click here>

 

Cycle safety – have you seen a sharrow?

The Christchurch City Council has released a short video explaining some of the new cycle infrastructure and road markings popping up around the city, particularly around UC as part of the UniCycle Major Cycle Route.

The road markings and layouts are new to Ōtautahi Christchurch so will generally be unfamiliar to road users. UC students and staff who bike, walk and drive will come across the new road layouts, so watch the video about the new road markings to help ensure everyone gets safely to their destination. The video aims to keep everyone safe around the area’s schools and the University.

One of the new types of crossing shown in the video – the Paired cycle and pedestrian priority crossing – will soon be installed on Ilam Road, between UC and Ilam Fields.

Watch the video on the CCC website or on Facebook to learn more.