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Keep learning with UC’s LinkedIn Learning

Want to keep learning during Lockdown?  Have you discovered UC’s LinkedIn Learning account yet? 

LinkedIn Learning features a digital library of over 6,000 courses covering a wide range of interpersonal, leadership, online teaching and software topics, as well as wellbeing, personal interest and creative courses.

Sign in via the link on the UC website (accessing directly via google won’t let you access for free) Once you’re in, browse around! Take a course, learn  something new and apply it in your day-to-day! Then share your learnings and recommended courses with your colleagues.

*Access is granted to those in continuing and long term fixed term.

If you find a course that you think would benefit a wider UC audience, we’d love to hear about it. Please email learning and development with course information. 

Free wellbeing webinar today (Thursday) at 1pm

With all the planning in the world, a Covid-19 outbreak can still trigger feelings of anxiety, stress, frustration, fatigue, and even anger.

You may be experiencing these feelings yourself. Your people leaders may be feeling this way, and so may your wider team. And that’s okay.

Join us for a webinar tomorrow at 1 PM, where Sir John Kirwan and Dr Fiona Crichton will be hosting The return to Level 4 lockdown – reaction & coping strategies

This session will help offer some ideas on what we can do to care for ourselves and those around us, plus what tools and content within the Mentemia app can be used to put ideas into action.

This is a great session to share with your people to support them during this Level 4 lockdown and build awareness of the Mentemia app in your organisation.

We understand the quick turnaround of this webinar may mean that you cannot attend, so we will ensure that all registered attendees are sent a recording after the event.

Don’t miss out – register now!

To further help you and your team, we’ve rounded up our best resources developed to help people cope with the challenges of Covid-19.

This includes:

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.

New Workshops to support Mental Health

New for 2021 – We are pleased to offer staff access to the Mental Health 101 workshop run by Blueprint for Learning.

MH101® is designed to equip you to recognise, relate and respond to people experiencing distress or those in need of mental health support – both at work and in everyday life. It also provides valuable skills on how to look after your own mental health and wellbeing.

“You don’t tell someone who’s mentally ill or struggling, who’s having a low time in their lives, to harden up, because it doesn’t work,” Sir John Kirwan.

Blueprint for Learning training reflects a philosophy of recovery and empowerment using best practice to help people become full and active members of their communities.

To find out more about dates and times go to the Learning and Development page, or enrol via the Professional Development tile in UCPeople.


Did you know that we regularly run Growing Personal Resilience courses at UC for staff too? Find out more about Growing Personal Resilience course offerings on our Learning and Development page, or register your interest by emailing the Learning and Development team.

Feedback – art or science?

Is feedback an art or a science?

Complete LinkedIn Learning’s: Giving and Receiving Feedback to learn both the art and the science behind why feedback is so crucial to developing yourself and others at work.

During this course, Gemma Leigh Roberts shows how to give effective feedback, ask for feedback and use the responses as a tool to improve personal performance. 

LinkedIn Learning Course Objectives:

  • Getting comfortable asking for feedback
  • Overcoming blind spots
  • Creating a growth mindset
  • Giving effective and unbiased feedback

As a UC staff member you could access over 6,000 videos via LinkedIn Learning ranging from Software development, Photography through to personal growth and leadership skills – all for free.

Visit our page for the UC LinkedIn access.