Mental Health Awareness Week Update

Mental Health Awareness week is starting on Monday the 21st through to Sunday the 27th September.

There have been a few changes made to the line up since our last blog post.

The Wellbeing Expo is now being held on Wednesday the 23rd September instead of Monday the 21st of September. This is due to New Zealand remaining at Level 2. The Wellbeing Expo will only go ahead if we move to Level 1 following the governments announcement on Monday 21st September.

Lunchtime seminars will continue to go ahead in Level 2 as planned. Please note there will no longer be a lunchtime seminar on Wednesday the 23rd.

For more information about the upcoming events for MHAW click here.

Impact Summit is back for its third year

Impact Summit 2020

Impact Summit 2020 will empower you to create a more sustainable world, one decision at a time.

 
Come and be inspired by a variety of speakers, learn something new in a workshop and meet new people.
Join us at 1:00pm – 4:30pm on Saturday 10 October at the University of Canterbury. Limited tickets available, secure yours now!
Keynote speaker: Malcolm Rands (ecostore co-founder and Fairground Foundation executive chairman), will share his entrepreneurial journey and insights around sustainability, innovation and the environment.
 
Panel Discussion: Sustainability experts from a variety of sectors will discuss what you can do to ensure a sustainable future and will answer questions from the audience. Facilitated by award-winning journalist Rod Oram.
• Brianne West – Founder and CEO of Ethique
• Tony Moore – Sustainability Advisor at Christchurch City Council
• Veronica Harwood-Stevenson – Founder and CEO of Humble Bee
• Logan Williams – Entrepreneur, Inventor and Scientist
 
You’ll also get the choice between a range of workshops, including:
• Money talks. What’s yours saying?
• Designing solutions for the 21st Century
• How to identify what matters
• Let’s talk SDGs
• What do the eco-labels really mean?
• Turning waste into value

Get your ticket now!

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

Over 500 reusable masks made for our UC whānau

Over 500 reusable face masks made, and counting!

Over the past three weeks, the Student Volunteer Army and the UC Sustainability Office have worked with over 100 incredible staff and student volunteers to make reusable face masks accessible for our UC community.

From donations of time, materials and sewing machines to mahi from students in CHCH101, and even a guest visit from VC Professor Cheryl de la Rey – we’re so grateful for all the support we’ve received for this project.

The masks have been distributed to the support service teams on campus. If you’re in need of a mask and haven’t yet received one please contact Student Care.

The formal organised mask making workshops are coming to an end this week. However, if you’d like to still contribute to this project we’d love support with making masks from home – all materials provided! If you’re able to make some masks at home please contact the Sustainability Office on sustainability@canterbury.ac.nz.

Me mahi tahi tātou mo te oranga o te katoa – working together as one for the well-being of everyone.

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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 ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

  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: https://youtu.be/9X1qXn4qJiY

  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 UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz.

Keeping UC staff informed