Category Archives: Health and Safety

Could you use a resetting of your resilience?

I think you’ll agree that this year has tested all of our resilience. In times such as this, it’s so important to take care of ourselves.

The Growing Personal Resilience programme was developed to provide people with the practical tools to manage life more effectively, and to not turn pressure into stress. The programme is aimed at developing people’s personal strengths, helping them to become more resilient and to gain more control over their personal and professional lives.

Growing Personal Resilience programme will run on Thursday 5th and Wednesday 18 November from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

Go to the Development tab in UCPeople to register, or access via our Learning and Development site.

New Health and Safety Representatives Elected

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S Reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

NameDepartment/Service Unit


Naomi van den BroekArts Centre – College of Arts
Rayleen FredericksCAPE – College of Engineering
Diego RamirezECE – College of Engineering
Cameron BellMaths & Stats – College of Engineering
Christopher AtkinsonElectrical Services – Facilities Services
Prasanna MuppallaProperty & Vehicle Services – Learning Resources
Sam GarmonswayRec Centre – UC Sport & Recreation
Kathryn HarrisonLiaison – Student Services
Leonie PartridgeAlumni & UC Foundation – SSAC
Aidan MoodyFine Arts – College of Arts
Amarjit “AJ” SinghSecurity – Facilities Management


Health & Safety Representative Elections 2020

Health and Safety, UC News

Health & Safety Representatives – Nominations Open

10 August 2020

Nominations are sought for the position of Health and Safety Representative for the following departments/areas:

Committee GroupDept/Service 


College of ArtsArts Centre1
College of Business and LawCollege Office1
College of EngineeringChemical & Process Engineering1
College of EngineeringElectrical & Computer1
College of EngineeringMathematics & Statistics1
People, Culture & CampusFacilities Services1
People, Culture & CampusProperty & Vehicle Services2
People, Culture & CampusSecurity & CCS1
People, Culture & CampusUC Logistics1
Service 1Vice-Chancellor’s Office/Registrar1
Service 1Pacific Development1
Service 1Careers, Internships & Employment1
Student LifeUC Sport & Recreation Centre1
Student LifeSSAC (Liaison)1
Student LifeAlumni and UC Foundation1

Nominations are open from: 9:00am on 10 August 2020 until 5:00pm on 21 August 2020.

  • Full list of Health and Safety Representatives
  • A description of the Health and Safety Representative role can be seen on the here.
  • If you would like to discuss the role or have any questions, please contact Angie Willington from the Health and Safety Team or your union representative.
    Completed nomination forms should be returned in a sealed envelope marked “Voting Papers” to:
    Health & Safety Coordinator, Health & Safety Office, Okeover House

Staff Conduct

Are you familiar with the Staff Code of Conduct? UC has high standards of professional behaviour and integrity expected of all members of our University community. These standards are easy to find; they are set out in Staff Code of Conduct and also the Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy

Every member of University community has responsibility to familiarise themselves with these policies.

The Staff Code of Conduct is being reviewed in the near future to bring it up to date with best practice and UC’s strategy and you will have a chance to contribute to this process during formal consultation, which will be announced in the coming months.

Work is also being done on creating a Staff Student Interactions Policy which will:

    • Clarify expectations for professional behaviour and integrity when interacting with students;
    • Provide students, their families and whanau, the community and the public with trust and confidence in UC; and
    • Provide staff with guidance and support to ensure they are equipped to protect their own professional reputation and that of UC.

Formal consultation on the draft Staff Student Interactions Policy will also be announced soon.

If you see or experience unacceptable behaviour please speak to your Manager, Department Head and/or HR Advisor, or find more information here Raise a Complaint about Another Person.

In the context of the fast-changing nature of our world, especially at the moment, please remember to be kind and considerate of others and address any problems that do arise promptly and constructively.

Applications for the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards, and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards 2020

Kia ora koutou,

Applications are now open for the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards for 2020.

Please visit the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards webpage for full details and the application form.

These awards recognise and assist exceptional professional development initiatives and are available to continuing general staff members. I encourage both work teams and individuals to apply.

The Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards for 2020 are also open.

These awards now include a Recognition award for engagement with health and safety at the university, and an Initiative Award that is to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health and Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College.

These are open to all fixed-term and continuing staff and I encourage both work teams and individuals to apply.

Previous winners include –

Julian Phillips, Technician, Mechanical Engineering, joined a group of students for a humanitarian effort repairing medical equipment in the Solomon Islands.

The UC Grounds team, Facilities Services, developed a highly innovative and workable solution improving hazard awareness and safety of the community whilst mowing.

Te Paea Paringatai, Manager Customer Services, Library, attending and presenting a paper at the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Athens, Greece.

Applications for both awards close on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae