Category Archives: Wellbeing

Host UC international students for a Kiwi Summer Day

Did you know that UC has approximately 1100 on-campus international students who have not been able to return home to their families for the past two summers, given NZ’s ongoing border closures? These students have committed to staying in Aotearoa so as not to jeopardise their studies with us.

This summer the International Relationships Office wants to ensure all international students who are staying in Christchurch over the break feel welcomed and supported by our UC community. We want to encourage our students to have some fun and get to know new friends in the UC community.

How can you help?

We welcome UC staff to invite a couple of international students to take part in a summer activity with you and your whānau. This could be a BBQ at your home, a walk at Sumner beach, or even a day trip to Akaroa. Perhaps students could join you for a community event in Christchurch e.g., Christmas Carols at Hagley Park – it’s up to you. This is a one-off activity, designed to fit with your existing summer plans. There is no expectation of ongoing interaction with the students, though we hope that you’ll now have another friendly face to see around campus.

Please note that we ask any staff who sign up, to host two international students. Pairing students up gives them a level of comfort and confidence. The IRO will connect you to students who are not in the same department as you, to ensure no conflict of interest.

If you’re interested in taking part in this programme please complete the form here before 10 November 2021.  IRO will be in touch after the deadline with more information, guidelines for H&S etc.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact candice.houghton@canterbury.ac.nz

Thanks for helping to ensure UC’s international student whānau feel supported and connected to our community this summer. You are truly engaging in the UC Values!

HEALTH AND SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES – NOMINATIONS (still) OPEN

Kia ora koutou

Health and Safety Representatives are critical to effective health and safety at UC.

We provide appointees with training and a clear scope, so the role ends up being an important but manageable responsibility.

H&S Committee hui are a great opportunity to meet reps from other business units and hear the latest H&S news.

The job description can be found here.

The nomination form can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

The following business units have vacancies:

Committee GroupDepartment/ServiceVacancies
College of ArtsHumanities & Creative Arts (Admin)1
College of ArtsCollege Office1
College of EngineeringForestry1
College of EngineeringChemical & Process Engineering1
College of EngineeringCivil & Natural Resources1
College of EngineeringCivil & Natural Resources1
College of EngineeringCollege Office1
College of EngineeringProduct Design1
College of ScienceCollege Office1
College of ScienceGeological1
College of ScienceGeography1
College of ScienceBiological1
Service 1Financial Services1
Service 1AVC Maori1
Student LifeHealth Centre1

Biketober is coming to Ōtautahi next month!

Biketober (=Bike + October) is Christchurch’s annual festival of cycling, and is all about giving cycling a go. Whether you ride a bike already, would like to try, or just want to join the fun, there will be cycling events and activities for you and your whānau to enjoy almost every day this October!

Curious? Check out the website & event calendar here.

Some of the Sustainability Office’s top event picks this year are:

So grab a bike, check out the entire month’s event calendar here and have fun!

Biketober 2021 events are being run according to MOH guidelines to keep everyone safe. Please refer to the Biketober website here for event specific updates.

New All Right? resources available

The team at All Right? have released a brand new set of resources specifically intended to support the wellbeing of tertiary students. They have been adapted from previous All Right? And Getting Through Together campaigns with input from focus groups of students at UC, Lincoln, and Ara, and include some content in te reo Māori and Samoan.

Designed for use on online learning platforms, social media and PowerPoints, UC staff may find them useful as a way to help support the wellbeing of UC students in the online teaching/digital space.

To see and download what they’ve created, use this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yx49o281102c8jh/AAC-48dyYPFzkSZ8t24ZLGQta?dl=0