EMAIL | UC Information on the move to Alert Level 1

Today the Government announced that the majority of Aotearoa New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 effective from 11.59pm tonight and Auckland will move to Alert Level 2 at 11.59pm, Wednesday 23 September.

A move to Alert Level 1 means there are no restrictions on our daily routines, but our borders will remain closed.

This is welcome news as we get closer to the end of the academic year and examinations. This year has been challenging and it will be important to continue encouraging students to focus on their wellbeing, learning and final examinations, while looking after your own wellbeing, to ensure a strong finish to this year.

In Term 4 all face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume, and you will need to continue providing online (live or recorded) lessons and course materials. You will still see seat stickers in lecture theatres, but at Level 1 they do not need to be abided by. You will be advised if the situation changes.

Even though there are no restrictions at Alert Level 1 it is important to remember COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and we recommend you continue to follow general advice to ensure we are keeping ourselves and our UC community safe.

  • Face coverings help keep you and others safe. Continuing good habits with face coverings will keep you and others safe, even at Alert Level 1 when it’s no longer compulsory.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. This is the best thing you can do to stop any future spread of COVID-19. If you have cold or flu symptoms please call your GP or Healthline (0800 358 5453).
  • Location trackingis still important at Alert Level 1, the Government’s advice is that fast and effective contact tracing helps to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand. When you are on campus, please keep note of where you’ve been, and use the NZ COVID Tracer app to scan QR codes or scan your Canterbury Card.
  • Focus on your hygieneby washing your hands frequently. Sneeze or cough into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.
  • Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate.Please be compassionate and kind, we are in this together.

The email sent to students today is available here.

Follow this link for more on what UC is doing to manage COVID-19 and if you have any questions about the future direction of the University, email

Mental Health Awareness Week and Staff Wellbeing

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week! To celebrate MHAW this year, each day of the week is inspired by Te Whare Tapa Whā. Imagine your wellbeing through the whare by exploring each aspect as we move through the week together!

Rahina / Monday: 

The theme for Monday is taha whānau/family and social wellbeing. Taha whānau is the people we care about, who recharge us and make us feel we belong. Take notice of how you feel around certain people. Do some people make you feel exhausted and drained? Whereas others enhance your energy? Whānau isn’t just our immediate relatives it can include our friends, colleagues, iwi or community.

  • How can you recharge with others today?
Rāta / Tuesday:

The theme for Tuesday is taha wairua/spiritual wellbeing. Taha wairua is about taking notice and appreciating the beauty around us. For some, wairua is faith or a higher power. We encourage you to think about what wairua means to you and ways to strengthen it.

  • How do you take notice and rediscover everyday things around you?
Rāapa / Wednesday:

The theme for Wednesday is taha whenua our connection to the land. It’s soil, plants, animals and people – tangata whenua. It’s the earth through which you are connected to your tūpuna/ancestors.

  • Can you return to nature today? Or spend time in nature today?
Rāpare / Thursday:

The theme for Thursday is taha tinana. Taha tinana is about how your body feels and how you care for it. Refuelling your body helps you to feel mentally well. What’s important is that you do what you can to nurture it.

  • How you can refuel your body today? Or take some time out for yourself?

 Rāmere / Friday:

The theme for Friday is taha hinengaro. Taha hinengaro is about your mind, heart, conscience, thoughts and feelings. Just like your physical health, your hinengaro needs to be nurtured. Hinengaro is what you do to stimulate and refresh your mind so you can better cope with the ups and downs of life.

  • Can you take a moment to stimulate and refresh your mind today?  

Supporting Wellbeing here at UC 

We would also like to take this opportunity to take a pulse of our staff Wellbeing and invite you to complete a short survey. By participating you will be helping to inform opportunities for follow up as we look for ways to continue to support staff Wellbeing.

Survey link:

Purchasing materials from the School of Fine Arts

UC is changing the way you buy materials from the School of Fine Arts.

What you need to know ……..

  • Buy materials online via the College of Arts Products web-page using Visa or MasterCard.
  • Provide your order number when you pick up your materials. Your order number can be found in the order notification email sent to you when you pay for the materials.
  • Pickup locations are still the same and are displayed on the College of Arts Products web-page.
  • Canterbury Card can no longer be used to pay for materials. Please do not top-up your Canterbury Card with funds specifically for this purpose.
  • Materials can be purchased in person at the School of Fine Arts Block 1 or Block 2, using EFTPOS/Debit card, MasterCard or Visa.

Contact Sarah Brown ( in the School of Fine Arts if you have any queries.


Mental Health Awareness Week Update

Mental Health Awareness week is starting on Monday the 21st through to Sunday the 27th September.

There have been a few changes made to the line up since our last blog post.

The Wellbeing Expo is now being held on Wednesday the 23rd September instead of Monday the 21st of September. This is due to New Zealand remaining at Level 2. The Wellbeing Expo will only go ahead if we move to Level 1 following the governments announcement on Monday 21st September.

Lunchtime seminars will continue to go ahead in Level 2 as planned. Please note there will no longer be a lunchtime seminar on Wednesday the 23rd.

For more information about the upcoming events for MHAW click here.

Keeping UC staff informed