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Mandatory vaccination update

As you might be aware, the Government announced that it will be expanding the scope of the Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.

What this means for students

Following this announcement, a list has been created naming all courses which require students to be fully vaccinated to be able to enrol to. You can find them here under ‘UC Programmes with vaccination requirement’.

What this means for staff

The two key expansions that are affected by the latest Government announcement were:

  1. High-risk workers in the health and disability sector will need to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021. This includes general practitioners, pharmacists, community health nurses, midwives, paramedics and all healthcare workers in sites where vulnerable patients are treated. It also includes non-regulated healthcare work, such as aged residential care, home and community support services, kaupapa Māori providers and non-government organisations who provide health services.
  2. School and early learning staff and support people who have contact with children and students will need to receive their first dose of the vaccine by 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. This includes home-based educators and all those support people in schools and early learning services such as teacher-aides, administration and maintenance staff and contractors.

At this stage there are some grey areas as to whether certain duties and roles will be covered by the mandatory order. The Government has not provided further detail on this yet and as soon as they do, we will provide more clarity.

Due to the tight timeframes, People and Culture need to proceed whilst awaiting further details. The first step is to identify staff members who are both clearly covered and may be covered by the mandatory order for some or all of their work. If this is affecting you and your role, you will receive an email from People and Culture in the next few days with further information.

There will be further information and updates once the Government provides clearer information on how the mandate is affecting tertiary education.

Wellbeing video for UC ākonga

Exams are coming up and this time can be especially stressful for students, especially this year with Covid-19-related disruptions. For many students, looking after their wellbeing draws the short straw. 

To raise awareness around wellbeing and share helpful tips and tricks, the UC Health Centre created a short video in which Dr Jane Scott and Dr Victoria Price, who are both GPs at the UC Health Centre, cover Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s four pillar plan for wellbeing. 

You can find it here>

You can share this video with your students, which is a great opportunity to show manaakitanga and acknowledge that this might be a stressful time for UC ākonga.

End of Year function

We know everyone will be looking forward to celebrating the end of the year with your teams and colleagues.  In case you missed the earlier communication, the 2021 year-end function allocation per person has been confirmed at $45 incl GST. 

As per the Sensitive Expenditure Policy, please note that this amount is inclusive of all food / drink (excluding alcohol) / and any venue or activity costs. Costs above this amount must be funded privately or have prior written approval from the Executive Director of Planning, Finance and ITS.


Did you know that the ancient Roman Colosseum could fit 50,000 people who came to see gladiators in action?  We’re about to reach the same awesome milestone at the UC Teece Museum – this November 50,000 visitors will have come through the gallery! To celebrate, we’re asking you to make your own model of the Colosseum out of anything you can get your hands on.

You could use iceblock sticks, Lego bricks, polystyrene, Wheatbix, biscuits, play dough, cardboard, collage, cake, drawing – whatever you can find. Take a maximum of three photos of your finished model and submit these to us along with your details before 5 November 2021. The most inspirational models in each age group will win an awesome prize pack of books and other goodies. Age groups are:

  • 5-11 years
  • 12-19 years
  • 20 years and over 

Plus, if you live in Canterbury, your model could also be chosen to go on display in the Teece Museum! To qualify, your model must be made out of non-perishable materials, and be no bigger than 30cm wide by 30cm deep and 30cm tall. So make your colossal creation, be in to win prizes, and help the UC Teece Museum celebrate welcoming 50,000 visitors! Entry form online here.

Join us in reading Goodbye Sarajevo by UC alumna Hana Schofield and sister, Atka Reid

Did you know that UC staff can join the UC Alumni Book Club? With our next book starting today, it’s the perfect time to join us.

The book selection, Goodbye Sarajevo, written by UC alumna Hana Schofield and her sister, Atka Reid, tells the real-life story of being caught up in 1992 in the middle of the civil war which tore Yugoslavia apart. Then aged twelve, Hana boards one of the last UN evacuation buses to flee the besieged city of Sarajevo. Her 21-year-old sister Atka stays behind to look after their five younger siblings. Atka’s daily life is punctuated by sniper and mortar attacks and desperate food shortages as she and the family struggle to survive.

Grab your copy and get involved in our virtual community of members across the globe. Sign up here!