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UniSaver Superannuation seminars with Mary Holm

UniSaver is sponsoring a seminar series developed by investment expert Mary Holm specifically for university staff regarding superannuation.

Presenter

Mary Holm is the author of six books on personal finance, including the bestselling Rich Enough? A Laid-Back Guide for Every Kiwi (2018). She is a Qantas Media Award-winning columnist known for her personal finance column in the Weekend Herald and regular appearances on National Radio. Mary is a director of Financial Services Complaints Limited (FSCL) and a former director of the Financial Markets Authority. An expert on UniSaver will attend each session to help answer questions specific to UniSaver.

The EventBrite registration links have now been set up, as follows:

Staff are welcome to attend more than one session.

Monday 9 November, 1-2:30pm (for staff who are not members)

Don’t miss out on UniSaver! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unisaver-superannuation-seminar-tickets-121632059765

 

Monday 9 November, 5:30-7:30pm (evening session for all staff and partners, including retained members)

When I’m 65: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unisaver-superannuation-seminar-tickets-121649515977

 

Tuesday 10 November, 10-11:30am (for UniSaver members)

Getting the best out of UniSaver: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unisaver-superannuation-seminar-tickets-121649794811

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 ucahead@canterbury.ac.nz

Impact Summit is back for its third year

Impact Summit 2020

Impact Summit 2020 will empower you to create a more sustainable world, one decision at a time.

 
Come and be inspired by a variety of speakers, learn something new in a workshop and meet new people.
Join us at 1:00pm – 4:30pm on Saturday 10 October at the University of Canterbury. Limited tickets available, secure yours now!
Keynote speaker: Malcolm Rands (ecostore co-founder and Fairground Foundation executive chairman), will share his entrepreneurial journey and insights around sustainability, innovation and the environment.
 
Panel Discussion: Sustainability experts from a variety of sectors will discuss what you can do to ensure a sustainable future and will answer questions from the audience. Facilitated by award-winning journalist Rod Oram.
• Brianne West – Founder and CEO of Ethique
• Tony Moore – Sustainability Advisor at Christchurch City Council
• Veronica Harwood-Stevenson – Founder and CEO of Humble Bee
• Logan Williams – Entrepreneur, Inventor and Scientist
 
You’ll also get the choice between a range of workshops, including:
• Money talks. What’s yours saying?
• Designing solutions for the 21st Century
• How to identify what matters
• Let’s talk SDGs
• What do the eco-labels really mean?
• Turning waste into value

Get your ticket now!

EMAIL | COVID-19 Alert Level 2: Protecting yourself and others

The Government has this afternoon confirmed that COVID-19 Alert Level 2 will continue for Aotearoa New Zealand until 11.59pm on Monday 21 September, pending cabinet confirmation earlier on Monday.

We anticipated this outcome, so there will be no change to the guidelines already in place for Term 4. To remind yourself of what this means for UC, follow this link>

Minimising risk to you, our students and UC whānau remains our primary focus. Here are just four things you can do to ensure you’re best protecting yourself and others while you’re on campus: 

  1. Prioritise contact tracing

Please use the Government’s NZ COVID Tracer app, or your Canterbury Card, to scan into every building and lecture theatre you enter on campus. Download the NZ COVID Tracer app now.
QR codes are plentiful inside lecture theatres and other spaces, so please encourage students not to crowd entrance ways and maintain physical distancing as they enter venues, and scan the code/s once inside.

  1. Physical distancing and designated seating

Room capacities will be limited to ensure physical distancing and stickers will be used to show where to sit.

A physical distance of 1m should be maintained at all times.

In no situation should students be asked to ignore physical distancing guidelines. If you have any concerns about this, email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

  1. Face coverings

You play a vital role in encouraging students to wear a face covering while in lectures and other teaching situations, and are expected to wear one – you are not however expected to enforce the wearing of face coverings.

Face coverings help to protect you and others when you are unable to maintain physical distancing, by stopping droplets from spreading when you speak, laugh, cough or sneeze. Information on how to make a DIY face covering can be found here>

Face coverings do not need to be worn by people with a disability or physical or mental health condition which makes it difficult to wear a face covering. Check out this video from the UCSA Exec team for more: https://youtu.be/9X1qXn4qJiY

  1. Maintain good hygiene
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
  • Put used tissues into the bin or a bag immediately after use
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Look at scientific facts, not hype and,
  • If you’re sick, please don’t come to campus.

See the email sent to students today here

For more information, visit UC’s COVID-19 webpage and if you have any questions or concerns, email UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Upcoming Prestigious Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship Opportunities

The following three prestigious postgraduate travelling scholarships are open now and close 1 November, 2020. 

They provide exciting opportunities for graduates in Arts, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or a medical/health-related field to undertake further postgraduate study at either a UK institution in the case of the Sims Empire Scholarship, or an overseas institution in the case of the Tytheridge Travelling Scholarship in Arts and the Lord Rutherford Memorial Research Fellowship.

These opportunities will take place in 2021, subject to the opening of borders at the time. 

Eligible applicants can read the regulations and login and apply at the following links now:

Lord Rutherford Memorial Research Fellowship

Sims Empire Scholarship

Tytheridge Travelling Scholarship in Arts

For more information please contact: scholarships@canterbury.ac.nz