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Empowering Women’s Safety & Wellbeing in Work

Each year UC Careers organises the Annual Careers Event for Women, where staff and students come together to celebrate 51% of New Zealand’s population in work.

This year’s event, Empowering Women’s Safety & Wellbeing in Work, draws on topical stories shared in the media to support women to thrive in work.   

We have three empowering ladies joining us at this year’s event, HR manager (Lane Neave) Georgie Mortensen, senior solicitor (GCA Lawyers) Emily Flaszynski, and registered clinical psychologist Hannah Blakely, who will share their knowledge and wisdom to support students with career development. This includes knowing their work rights, including their right to safe workplaces, and how to support their health and wellbeing throughout their cycles and life experiences as women.


L-R: Georgie Mortenson, Emily Flaszynski and Hannah Blakely

With drinks and nibbles provided at the start of the event, this is an invaluable networking opportunity for both students and staff.

Our guest speakers will form a panel later in the evening for staff and students to ask questions. This is a unique opportunity to share real-life stories and scenarios, and hear from professional women in support of women in their career success.

We encourage you to share this event with your colleagues and students, and join in the conversation before the event through Instagram and the UC Careers Facebook event page using the hashtags, #UCCareers and #EmpoweringWomen

UC Careers would like to give a special thanks to postgraduate students Kara Kennedy and Danielle Dubien who joined Robyn Cummins and Sarah Tabak from UC Careers to plan and organise this event. They have an amazing amount of enthusiasm and passion for supporting and empowering women to thrive in work.

Does the thought of negotiating make you uncomfortable?

The Negotiation Skills course provides practical tools and strategies that managers and staff can implement in everyday negotiations, so that the perceived stress and fear of negotiation is removed resulting in improved morale, creative solutions and successful outcomes.

Enrol now for Tuesday 31 July’s one-day (9am – 4.30pm) course.

To find out more, visit the Negotiation Skills intranet site here.


Do you want some Professional Development, but this isn’t hitting the spot, visit the Learning and Development intranet to view what’s on offer via our A-Z list.

Helping students make choices after exam results

Right now some of our students are likely to be worried about their exam results and pondering their next steps. UC Academic Skills Centre Learning Advisor Jacqui Tither has some great advice and inspiration for what they might do next. 

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Have you ever considered that some students may walk around campus and think that everyone around them looks as though they are coping, and completely have it together, while they are freaking out on the inside?

 That’s pretty normal and students are not alone, says Jacqui.

“People are a bit like swans. Above the water they look calm and serene, and below the water they are all paddling like crazy to keep afloat and moving.

She advises students:

“If you are worried for any reason about your exam results, Semester Two is one of the best times to think about your next steps and take action.

“Nothing is a mistake if we learn from it. Get a bit of help. You’ve had assignments and your exams. Now you know what happens you can made some changes in a prepared way and adjust what you do in future.”

She says often some guidance at the Academic Skills Centre and making small changes can get the results you need.

“You might need to tighten up your writing, or get some ideas for time management, or understand more about how your brain works with short and long term memory.  Advisors at the Academic Skills Centre will help you pinpoint what needs to change, why, and how you can make the change.”

  • Need to figure out what the problem is and what to do next? Read about 40 minute consultations here and to make an appointment phone (03) 369 3900.
  • Need help with time management, essay writing, proof reading, presenting, note-taking, the English language, avoiding plagiarism and much more? Check out the awesome Academic Skills Centre programme here>

Read on for more awesome inspirational advice from Jaqcui.

Seeking help is the number 1 life skill.

“It’s ok to have a challenge as long as you hang in there and seek help. Help seeking is the number 1 skill in life. It’s not about being needy, it’s about needing help at times.

At the Academic Skills Centre our goal is to upskill you so you become independent.

People can be too scared to look at a problem. We just give them the courage to look and plan and move out of avoiding the problem.

I love helping people because I know what a difference it makes. I have a lot of empathy for people who feel like they’re struggling. You’re not born with skills. Some people can transition in to study really easily, but some people need to learn what an academic essay looks like. It’s just that people come from such varied backgrounds.”

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Whiria te Taura Tangata – Weave the Rope of People – UC’s Organisational Culture Transformation – update #7

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa (warm greetings to you all)

Gift of te reo Māori name: Whiria te Taura Tangata – Weave the Rope of People
At the two Blue CLUES sessions held in June, the name that has been gifted to UC’s Organisational Culture Programme was bestowed.

Liz Brown, Kaiārahi Matua, and Darryn Russell, Amokapua Māori revealed the name and explained the concept behind it. Whiria te Taura Tangata – Weave the Rope of People refers to the way the strength of an individual flax strand is greatly enhanced when it is woven together with others to produce a strong cord. In a similar fashion, we achieve more, and are more successful in our endeavours when we have strong, collaborative relationships.

You can find out all about it on the Whiria te Taura Tangata page including a video of Liz,  videos showing the muka extraction and twisting, sound bites for correct pronunciation, and a little history. You will also find access to the graphics for use in your own presentations. Please share with colleagues.

Blue CLUES #2 – June
The resources (videos, handouts, photos of the flipcharts produced) are now all available on the Blue CLUES website.

Thanks to all who participated and to those staff who presented at the beginning of each session – Associate Professor Catherine Reid (Geological Sciences), Professor Angus McIntosh (Biological Sciences) and Jayne Austin (Events) at the first session, with John Todd (ITS), Denise Hall (SSAC), Associate Professor Annelies Kamp (Educational Studies and Leadership) and Tim Stedman (Library) at the second. Your reflections and positive stories started the sessions on a high note.

Great Podcasts!

A series of weekly Human Synergistics Podcasts provide a great opportunity for learning more about culture focussing on individual, team and organisational levels. Titles include “Myth Busters: If I am not Aggressive then I have to be Passive”; “My Manager is resisting culture change”; “How to spot a Constructive applicant” and many more. They may be helpful for a team session or to build your own understanding. The podcasts are usually 20 mins long and there is also a written summary. You can find them on the Human Synergistics Culture Insights Blog.

Finding Out More

Mā te wā
Noho ora mai

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

Meditation Mondays – free at UC!

Ever wondered how to meditate? Whilst there are a plethora of free meditation apps and videos on you tube, sometimes it’s just nice to have the comfort of a real teacher there to guide you, and answer your questions at the end of your meditation.

There are a range of meditation techniques out there, and we’ve lined up our yoga teacher Saskia Tranter, to offer 2x 20min guided meditation sessions. There is no cost to participate, and you don’t have to be a member of the RecCentre to join.

UC Students and Staff will have priority if we run out of space.

Where and When?
Every Monday throughout term time, beginning Monday 16 July for six weeks. You don’t need to come to every session, just the ones you can make.

Sessions start at 12pm and 12.30pm, and will be held in Rm 210, Puaka-James Hight. Sessions are capped at however many we can safely fit in the room, so do arrive early to get your seat.

Why meditate?
Relaxation is number one! Studies on the relaxation response have shown various short-term benefits to the nervous system including lower blood pressure, improved blood circulation, lower heart rate, slower respiratory (breathing) rate, less anxiety, more feelings of well-being, less stress, and deeper relaxation.

It’s worthwhile noting that the purpose of meditation is not to achieve benefits, but to simply be present. Out of being present, we may find that these benefits come.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact danielle.mather@canterbury.ac.nz