Category Archives: Wellbeing

This year’s pink shirt day

Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day works to create schools, workplaces, communities and whānau where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.  

This year we celebrated together on Friday 16 October and it was great to see pink throughout campus! 


Some of the standout events were:

The Student Care team all wore pink, letting students know they were willing to stand-up to bullying.

Academic Services held a morning tea and had made sure everyone wore pink! The Academic Quality team also raised funds for resources to go into the 2021 rainbow packs for new students.  

UCSA  held their annual Coffee Party event at Haere-Roa which this year incorporated a special stall to recognise Pink Shirt Day. To match the colour of the day, pink buns were also given out. It was an all-round successful event where it was great to spark conversations about such an important topic!

CAPE held a morning tea for Pink Shirt Day.  Both staff and students enjoyed getting together and sharing pink lamingtons.

AVCMPE held a rainbow student afternoon tea attracted around 50 students and 20 staff everyone enjoyed vegan cupcakes and some awesome company.

Thank you to all the other teams that took part and have not been mentioned here.  You wonderful support of this awesome day is greatly appreciated.

Interested to find out more about Pink Shirt Day? Read about the cause here. 

How to make everyday feel like a Friday!

‘Cannot wait for Friday’

‘I wish it were Friday’

These can be a catchphrase that most of us have become accustomed to! Instead try adopting some responses like:

  • Majestic Monday
  • Thankful Tuesday
  • Wonderful Wednesday
  • Terrific Thursday
  • Fun Friday

Below are some tips to create that Friday feeling every day of the week:

Reduce next morning stress

One of the sure ways to help make your day goes well is to ensure it actually starts off well as it is far harder to have a great day if it starts off the wrong way.

Sometimes you find yourself running late, with an empty stomach or weren’t able to find the right clothes, there are countless ways you can make your morning far more stressful than it has to be.

Therefore, it makes perfect sense to try minimise the stress by being prepared the night before.

This can include:

  • Laying out your clothing for the following day
  • Preparing your bag with your computer or whatever else you need to bring
  • Preparing or at least setting out your breakfast for the following morning.

Doing this helps ensure that your workday morning will not only be easier and less stressful but it also requires less time meaning more time to sleep or exercise before you head to work. In other words, more Friday feeling!

 Make commuting more enjoyable

One of the more dreaded parts of every work day is commuting to and from the workplace. Whether you drive or take public transportation, it can often feel like a really arduous task.

There are a number of ways of doing this but the following two will have the biggest impact straight away:

  • Consider listening to catchy and interesting audiobooks or podcasts. You may very well start looking forward to your next commute for that very reason.
  • If traffic is a big problem on your commute, speak to your manager and see if it is possible if you start earlier/finish earlier in order to try miss the build-up. Having a shorter commute is bound to enhance your workday enjoyment.

Enhance your work day

With the morning and commute of the working day enhanced, the other big area that needs to be considered is your time actually in the workplace. The following are just some of the few of many different ways to help make your working day more enjoyable:

  • Make sure you are taking regular mind breaks throughout the day
  • Stretch if you are feeling tight or uncomfortable
  • If your situation allows for it, decorate your desk with something that will make you smile.

By bringing the Friday feeling to the rest of the working week, you are not only making your time at work more enjoyable but you are benefiting yourself in the process. There are countless different ways of doing this, see what works for you and give it a go, it can only make you happy.

Doing some training is another great way to add variety to your week. Why not sign up for the upcoming workshop on Growing Personal Resilience. The Growing Personal Resilience programme will take place on the Thursday 5th and Wednesday 17th November from 12.30pm and 4.30pm. There are still a few spots left so get in quick!


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.

Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants now open

Kia ora colleagues

The Association of Commonwealth Universities has launched this grant round today.  It is open to both academic and professional staff. The deadline is 11.59 pm GMT on 13 November 2020.

“Today on UN International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, we are delighted to announce the launch of the ACU Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants. Aimed at academic and professional staff, the grants can be awarded to ACU member universities from any country to support initiatives addressing climate resilience.

Grants of up to GBP 2500 each are available to help meet the costs of organising projects that promote the aims and priorities of our Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network (CCRN).

If you are involved in enhancing the climate resilience of universities themselves, and/or enhancing universities’ contribution to the resilience of communities, business and government – then you’re eligible to apply.

The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops and events….”  You’ll find more details and the application form on their website.

Karen Mather, People and Culture

Take part in ShakeOut

New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is happening on Thursday 15 October 2020 at 9.30am.

This is a great opportunity to practise the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and tsunami. If you would like to take part, find out how you can get involved here.