Mandatory vaccination update

As you might be aware, the Government announced that it will be expanding the scope of the Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.

What this means for students

Following this announcement, a list has been created naming all courses which require students to be fully vaccinated to be able to enrol to. You can find them here under ‘UC Programmes with vaccination requirement’.

What this means for staff

The two key expansions that are affected by the latest Government announcement were:

  1. High-risk workers in the health and disability sector will need to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 December 2021. This includes general practitioners, pharmacists, community health nurses, midwives, paramedics and all healthcare workers in sites where vulnerable patients are treated. It also includes non-regulated healthcare work, such as aged residential care, home and community support services, kaupapa Māori providers and non-government organisations who provide health services.
  2. School and early learning staff and support people who have contact with children and students will need to receive their first dose of the vaccine by 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated by 1 January 2022. This includes home-based educators and all those support people in schools and early learning services such as teacher-aides, administration and maintenance staff and contractors.

At this stage there are some grey areas as to whether certain duties and roles will be covered by the mandatory order. The Government has not provided further detail on this yet and as soon as they do, we will provide more clarity.

Due to the tight timeframes, People and Culture need to proceed whilst awaiting further details. The first step is to identify staff members who are both clearly covered and may be covered by the mandatory order for some or all of their work. If this is affecting you and your role, you will receive an email from People and Culture in the next few days with further information.

There will be further information and updates once the Government provides clearer information on how the mandate is affecting tertiary education.

Wellbeing video for UC ākonga

Exams are coming up and this time can be especially stressful for students, especially this year with Covid-19-related disruptions. For many students, looking after their wellbeing draws the short straw. 

To raise awareness around wellbeing and share helpful tips and tricks, the UC Health Centre created a short video in which Dr Jane Scott and Dr Victoria Price, who are both GPs at the UC Health Centre, cover Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s four pillar plan for wellbeing. 

You can find it here>

You can share this video with your students, which is a great opportunity to show manaakitanga and acknowledge that this might be a stressful time for UC ākonga.

Microsoft Teams and OneDrive is coming!

Kia ora koutou,

We are delighted to announce that Microsoft 365 (M365) applications, Teams and OneDrive, will be available to all staff at UC in November 2021.

Microsoft Teams and OneDrive is stage one of introducing tools which support agility, responsiveness, and collaboration. We will be introducing additional features such as Teams for Teaching and Learning in stages across the University, next year.

A pilot with various groups around the University has shown success over the past few months, which has been beneficial in preparing for the university wide launch of Teams and OneDrive.

More about Teams and OneDrive:
Teams and OneDrive are cloud-based Microsoft applications used locally and globally that are very effective means of collaborating from any device, anywhere.

Teams is a place where you and your colleagues can create content and make decisions together. Teams allows your conversations, files, meetings, and apps to come together in a single shared workspace that you can access on any device.

OneDrive gives you one place to store and share files you manage on any device, anywhere at any time, which is an improvement to P Drive. You can also share and co-author documents with colleagues in real time.

In preparation of these apps arriving on your desktop, training is available for you to sign up to during the remaining weeks of October and throughout November.

There are two different lessons you can attend virtually to learn how to get the most from these two tools. We encourage you to attend both. Training will be available from Wednesday 27 October until the end of November, book in your slot below:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Teams and OneDrive will cover the basics of how to use the Teams workspace and OneDrive. There are plenty of spaces available over the next month and you can book here.
  • Lesson 2: Teams for Enhanced Collaboration will show some of the extra apps that are part of Teams and OneDrive for easy and seamless collaboration with colleagues. This module also has plenty of space available over the next month and you can book here.  A full training schedule is available on the UC Intranet M365 site.

We’ll update you when you these two apps will be available to you.  You can find more information on  Microsoft Teams and OneDrive on the UC Intranet M365 site, or the FAQ page here.

If you have any questions, contact the  M365 Project team.

Was it something I did? Why did they leave us at the end of S1?

Each year around 20% of first years do not return to study at UC the following year. What’s driving the attrition?

The Evaluation & Student Insights team recently surveyed the 7% of first-year “fresher” students enrolled in Semester 1 who did not return to study in Semester 2.

In line with previous surveys, “fear of failure” was the most commonly selected experience of those who left, but the experiences of this latest cohort are varied.

For those that experienced health issues (including stress), nearly 9 in 10 indicated that this was a critical factor in their decision not to return this semester.

Although most of these students indicated that they weren’t likely to return to UC in the future, they were generally positive when asked whether they would recommend studying at UC to their friends and whānau.

To check out these insights and more, head over to ESI’s dashboards here and open the UC Student Experience dashboard.

For any questions, or if you would like the Evaluation and Student Insights Team to come to speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at

Data from Grad Destinations 2021 is here!

Interested in what your 2020 grads are up to these days? The Evaluation & Student Insights team have the answers for you. Check it all out on the Graduate Destinations Dashboard!

All former students who had graduated or became eligible to graduate in 2020 were invited to complete the Graduate Destinations Survey. Despite a nationwide lockdown occurring in the middle of our data collection period, 38% of those invited completed the survey.

Consistent with previous years, the largest proportion of employed graduates are working in the Education and Training industry, with 23% indicating working in this sector. Following the trend of hiring its own graduates, UC is the largest employer, beating out the Ministry of Education and the CDHB.

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we delve into the 2021 data, bringing you insights to help better understand your graduates! In the meantime, head over to ESI’s dashboards here to check it out for yourself.

For any questions, or if you would like the Evaluation and Student Insights Team to come speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at

Keeping UC staff informed