Category Archives: Health and Safety

Vice Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards – Applications open next Monday

We are welcoming applications for the Vice Chancellor’s General Staff Development Awards from Monday 15 June 2020, and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards from Wednesday 17 June.

Applications for both awards close on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Changes to the Awards and Ceremony

Please note there are some amendments to the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards, which are now in two categories. The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Recognition and Health, Safety and Wellbeing Initiative Awards, please see the H&S internet site for more information, there is also a change to the ceremony dates this year.

Awards winners will still able to utilise the award in the same way as last year, however, the ceremony to recognise the winners will be moved out to around November with dates yet to be confirmed.


UC Pulse Survey Results

The pulse survey was jointly created between People and Culture, Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship, School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing, Academic Services Group and Wellness Services. The survey was put together at pace and it was a fantastic example of cross unit collaboration in action.

1182 of our staff completed the first wave of the survey. This allowed for a rich gathering of data and analysis.

There were 47 staff, responding to the first pulse survey, who requested contact be made with them. Each of these staff members have been contacted directly by a member of the People and Culture team.

Each SLT member has access to their results and is working their way through the data and, in the first instance, implementing changes and providing clarity where immediate action can be taken.

Here are the results to the first survey.

It is vitally important that we continue to gather data on how our staff are doing in the current climate. This will tell us, as time progresses, where we need to focus our efforts and to see if our interventions to address issues are having a positive impact on our staff. We will be asking staff to complete the survey every fortnight.

If you haven’t already done so I invite you to respond to the second wave survey which closes this Friday 8 May.  

Ngā mihi

Rachel Dillon – Organisational Development Consultant

Heart attack! Where you can find AEDs on campus.

If you encounter someone having a heart attack, you could save their life if you act quickly.

What is an AED?

An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm.

AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, commonly referred to as a heart attack (source).

You don’t need training to use an AED – the unit tells you what to do.

(AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator)

Where can I find an AED on Campus?

Use the Campus Maps page on the UC Website to find the locations of AEDs on campus.

  1. Type AED into the Search box at the top left.
  2. Press Enter.
    – heart symbols appear on the map, indicating the location of each AED on the Campus.
  3. Click a heart symbol to view an AED’s precise location.
Picture of map showing locations of AEDs on University of Canterbury campus.
Locations of AEDs on campus can be found using the map on UC’s website.

Why would I need an AED?

  • Each year more than 2,000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital.
  • For 72% of cardiac arrests a bystander will perform CPR
  • People may show no warnings or prior symptoms and 12% survive to hospital discharge following a cardiac arrest
  • Use of an AED within 3-5 min of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44% (source).

If you’d like instruction on  First Aid, courses are run by Health & Safety, accessible through the L&D Professional Development Programme.

More Health & Safety links are available here.

2020 Professional Development course dates released

2020 course dates are now available on the new look Learning and Development intranet page !

Make sure you get in quick and book arrange your development as the courses can fill up fast. Health and Safety courses included.

Having your PD&R soon? You will see a printable calendar view of the Learning and Development courses for you to print and take with you.

If you would like to know more, or can’t find what you are looking for, please email our team.