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Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day 2021 taking place on Tuesday 13 April

Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day 2021 takes place next Tuesday 13 April from 9.30am-2.30pm, with around 1600 tau 12 students from schools across Waitaha Canterbury arriving on campus to explore UC.

On the day our guests will be attending lectures and activities in the Undercroft, Engineering, Arts and Central Lecture theatres as they discover the differences between school and university life, while connecting with current UC staff and rangatahi students.

If you see them out and about, be sure to welcome them to campus with a smile!

Our guests will be arriving by bus from 8.30am. The following areas on campus will be affected during the day:

Arts Road
There’ll be traffic management and extra security during the day (8.30am-2.30pm). 

Clyde Road
Sections of the Clyde Car park will be closed to allow buses to park during the day (8.30am-2.30pm).

Engineering Road
500 students will be dropped off outside the Erskine Building at 8.30am, and will depart at 11.30am.

Please keep this information in mind if you regularly park in these car parks. 

You can find out more about Rā Tūhura | Discovery Day here

COVID-19: UC information on returning to Alert Level 1

The Prime Minister has confirmed that all regions outside of Auckland will move to Alert Level 1 from 6am on Sunday 7 March.

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

Teaching and learning
Under Alert Level 1, face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will resume without restriction. 

Events and gatherings can resume without restriction, however we recommend organisers ensure COVID contingencies are built into any future plans, so they’re prepared for all eventualities.

Important advice and guidelines:
While Alert Level 1 means we can return to business as usual, it’s important we remain prepared and ready in case COVID-19 reappears in our community.

  • Stay at home if you’re feeling unwell. This is the best thing you can do to prevent any future spread of COVID-19. If you feel sick, you can protect the rest of the UC community by staying at home. If you have cold or flu symptoms, please call your GP or Healthline for advice.
  • Location tracking is still important in Alert Level 1, so when you are on campus, please keep note of where you have been by using the COVID Tracer appto scan into every building and lecture theatre and where possible, activate the Bluetooth tracing functionality.
  • Good habits with face coverings are encouraged, even at Alert Level 1 when they’re no longer compulsory, as they help stop droplets from spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes. Find more information on face coverings here>
  • Focus on your hygiene. UC has a robust cleaning schedule in place in all areas on campus, however it’s important that our staff and students continue frequent hand washing, sneezing and coughing into your elbow, and remain vigilant with cleaning.

Posters and digital screens 
Remember to take down the Alert Level 2 posters and digital screens and replace these with Alert Level 1 designs. These will be available within the next hour here.  

More information
See UC’s COVID-19 Information page for additional information on cleaning, Health Centre guidelines, gatherings and events, links to commonly required information and more.

Click here to see the communication sent to students

Remember that COVID-19 does not discriminate, so please be compassionate and kind. We thank all of you for your support and cooperation this week. If you have any questions, please speak to your line manager or email

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together

Shaping our future – another chance to contribute your feedback

Kia ora koutou,

Thank you for your feedback on the future organisational structure of UC, which I invited you to submit.

We received some 153 items of feedback, 20 of these from groups.  I wish to thank everyone for submitting thoughtful, reflective and considered responses based on much experience.  Of the total the distribution was 53% from individual academic staff and 42% from professional staff, followed by groups of staff and the UCSA.

Further feedback from the upcoming Academic Board workshop and two staff workshops will be added to the final summary. However, at this stage staff have indicated a desire for change with 74% of the overall responses suggesting changes, 79% of the academic staff and 84% of the professors. This was in response to the question “What structural arrangements may best enable our academic mission and aspirations?”

Academic Board will now consider your feedback and the options suggested. As UC’s principal academic body, its role is to provide advice to the Council on all academic matters relating to courses of study, awards, student admission, enrolment and examination, strategy, function, and regulation of the University, so it is appropriate that the Board consider the organisational structure feedback as a group.

Two workshops are planned for staff to contribute further to the process. Feedback gathered at these workshops will be added to the overall summary.

Workshops for all staff will be held:

We will continue to update you regularly as we work through this process assessing our structure in relation to achieving our strategic vision. At this stage I think it is more important to listen and gather the views of a wide-cross section of our staff before arriving at the best outcome.  

Thank you for your continued support and valuable contributions.  

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor

COVID-19: reminder on UC travel restrictions

As you will recall, travel restrictions were put in place for all UC travellers in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late last year, the Risk Advisory Committee (RAC) considered options for travel in 2021 and after careful deliberation of all issues, including health risks and travel insurance, the Committee determined that the current restrictions should remain in place, i.e.

Any air travel (domestic, trans-Tasman, or international) may only proceed if deemed essential and only with SLT approval.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains volatile and any travel should only be for essential purposes and if approved by an SLT member. The RAC will keep the current restrictions under continuous review and advise if there are any changes.

It’s not too late to volunteer for Herea tō waka | Orientation Day (O Day) on Friday 19 February!

This is our biggest event to welcome new ākonga (students) and whānau into the UC community and staff volunteers are essential to the smooth running of this event. The Events team still needs your help!

If you are interested in volunteering but unable to do a full shift please email your preferred times to Bree Cumming at and she will work around this. Any time you can spare, even if it’s just an hour, would be so helpful. 

If you are interested, please review the roles, check with your manager and sign up here. 

O Day volunteer roles:

  • Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people – only 3 shifts left!
  • Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig – only 8 shifts left!
  • Session Greeter – you’re there to scan people into sessions – only 18 shifts left!
  • Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think – only 4 shifts left!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

If you have any questions please email us at Please note you will need to commit to attending the event briefing at 10am on Wednesday 17 February 2021. If you are able to volunteer but can’t make it to the briefing, please still send us an email.  

Thank you in advance for your support! Also a big thanks to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer.

Ngā mihi,

Te Rōpū Pāpori
Communications and Events