Category Archives: Notice

Celebrate New Zealand Sign Language Week

It’s New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week (21-27 September), a  celebration of one of Aotearoa’s official languages. The theme this year is ‘NZSL is for everyone’,  and is an opportunity to try out some signing. 

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl De La Rey has shared her support for NZSL: 

More resources on NZSL

Deaf Aotearoa has produced a series of NZSL resources, including some Let’s Talk booklets, which show you some quick vocabulary to start using with your whānua, friends and at work. 

You can also use this guide to the NZSL Alphabet to learn how to sign your name: 

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

Know of a student who’s visa is expiring 25 September 2020??

Kia ora!

If you know of a student who was in New Zealand on 2 April and their student visa was due to expire before 9 July, Immigration New Zealand should have automatically extended their visa expiry to 25 September 2020. This was under the original Epidemic Management Notice. Confirmation was emailed directly to all visa holders.

If the student received this extension and has not yet applied for a new student visa, they must act now (next Friday is 25 September 2020).

We encourage you to direct them to UC Enrolments who can can assist through the Provider Direct Service, but will require students to present with a completed INZ1240 application and all required supporting documents no later the 3:00pm on Wednesday 23 September 2020.  Applications will not be accepted after this deadline, and students will be referred directly to Immigration New Zealand to apply for a new student visa.

Alternatively, students can apply to Immigration New Zealand for a new student visa here.

Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei
Student Services |Te Ratonga Ākonga

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

  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:

  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

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: