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The Mentemia Wellbeing App is now live

Mentemia is a wellbeing-focused phone app that UC has made available to all staff and students as another way of supporting wellbeing, nurturing staff and helping students to thrive.

Mentemia can help you figure out the simple things you can do on a daily basis to feel happier and less stressed, plus build resilience and cope better with life’s stressors. All of the tools and resources have been developed with a team of psychologists and experts, and are backed by evidence and scientific research.

Watch this short introductory video with Mentemia co-founder John Kirwan: Support For Your Mental Wellbeing (vimeo.com)

Free Webinar to Launch Mentemia – 26 May

To introduce Mentemia to staff, UC is hosting a webinar on Wednesday 26 May at 12pm – 12.30pm.

Join Mentemia’s health psychology specialist Dr Fiona Crichton for a live online event to find out more about the 6 Pillars of Mental Wellbeing model and the methodology behind Mentemia. Bring your questions for the live Q&A session following a 20 minute video.

Dr Fiona Crichton is experienced in designing effective programmes to improve health behaviour and wellbeing and has a breadth of knowledge about the factors that influence psychological wellbeing and adaptive behaviour change.

Save the date and look out for the webinar link in the next edition of Tū ki te tahi on 21 May.

Sign up now and start using Mentemia

You can download the app from your phone’s app store. Just search for ‘Mentemia’.

Once you have downloaded the app, create an account using your staff email address. You will be guided to verify your account to get access to the full range of content and features. It’s super easy and only takes a few steps – if you get stuck, you can find out more information on UC’s Wellbeing Hub or the Mentemia Help Centre.

Be assured that your use of the app is confidential and no personal information or data will be shared with the University of Canterbury.


Need to talk to someone about your Mental Health?
Contact EAP for free as a UC staff member. Click here for our UC Guideline and contact information.

Save the date – Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers, Advice and Study Expo

In partnership with ChristchurchNZ and supported by Ara, Lincoln & UC, the Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers Advice and Study Expo will be held at the Ōtautahi Christchurch Town Hall on 3 June from 12.30 – 5.30pm.

Whether you are (or someone you know is) entering the workforce, thinking of changing roles or keen to upskill or reskill, the Power Up Waitaha Canterbury Careers, Advice and Study Expo could be for you!

Save the date and come along to gain insight into what employers are looking for, what skills are in high demand, and the full suite of study and financial options for you.

More information to come – keep an eye out in Tū ki te tahi.

Shaping our future – another chance to contribute your feedback

Kia ora koutou,

Thank you for your feedback on the future organisational structure of UC, which I invited you to submit.

We received some 153 items of feedback, 20 of these from groups.  I wish to thank everyone for submitting thoughtful, reflective and considered responses based on much experience.  Of the total the distribution was 53% from individual academic staff and 42% from professional staff, followed by groups of staff and the UCSA.

Further feedback from the upcoming Academic Board workshop and two staff workshops will be added to the final summary. However, at this stage staff have indicated a desire for change with 74% of the overall responses suggesting changes, 79% of the academic staff and 84% of the professors. This was in response to the question “What structural arrangements may best enable our academic mission and aspirations?”

Academic Board will now consider your feedback and the options suggested. As UC’s principal academic body, its role is to provide advice to the Council on all academic matters relating to courses of study, awards, student admission, enrolment and examination, strategy, function, and regulation of the University, so it is appropriate that the Board consider the organisational structure feedback as a group.

Two workshops are planned for staff to contribute further to the process. Feedback gathered at these workshops will be added to the overall summary.

Workshops for all staff will be held:

We will continue to update you regularly as we work through this process assessing our structure in relation to achieving our strategic vision. At this stage I think it is more important to listen and gather the views of a wide-cross section of our staff before arriving at the best outcome.  

Thank you for your continued support and valuable contributions.  

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor

COVID-19: reminder on UC travel restrictions

As you will recall, travel restrictions were put in place for all UC travellers in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late last year, the Risk Advisory Committee (RAC) considered options for travel in 2021 and after careful deliberation of all issues, including health risks and travel insurance, the Committee determined that the current restrictions should remain in place, i.e.

Any air travel (domestic, trans-Tasman, or international) may only proceed if deemed essential and only with SLT approval.

The COVID-19 pandemic remains volatile and any travel should only be for essential purposes and if approved by an SLT member. The RAC will keep the current restrictions under continuous review and advise if there are any changes.

10 Year Anniversary Earthquake Commemoration

In commemoration of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, Tumu Whakarae Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey and Tumu Tuarua  Kaunihera Pro-Chancellor Steve Wakefield will lay a puapua whakamahara, a wreath, at the Roimata Sculpture at 12pm on Monday 22 February. You are welcome to join them for a moment of silence and reflection after the puapua whakamahara is placed.

There will also be cones placed on University Drive with flowers next to them. We encourage you to take a moment to place a flower in a cone in commemoration.

A civic memorial service is happening at Oi Manawa Canterbury National Earthquake Memorial at 12.30pm on 22 February. If you would like to go to this event, please talk with your manager to check that it is operationally possible for you to attend. The service will be live-streamed and available on demand for people who cannot be there in person. Find more information here>