Tag Archives: Health

Staff Conduct

Are you familiar with the Staff Code of Conduct? UC has high standards of professional behaviour and integrity expected of all members of our University community. These standards are easy to find; they are set out in Staff Code of Conduct and also the Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy

Every member of University community has responsibility to familiarise themselves with these policies.

The Staff Code of Conduct is being reviewed in the near future to bring it up to date with best practice and UC’s strategy and you will have a chance to contribute to this process during formal consultation, which will be announced in the coming months.

Work is also being done on creating a Staff Student Interactions Policy which will:

    • Clarify expectations for professional behaviour and integrity when interacting with students;
    • Provide students, their families and whanau, the community and the public with trust and confidence in UC; and
    • Provide staff with guidance and support to ensure they are equipped to protect their own professional reputation and that of UC.

Formal consultation on the draft Staff Student Interactions Policy will also be announced soon.

If you see or experience unacceptable behaviour please speak to your Manager, Department Head and/or HR Advisor, or find more information here Raise a Complaint about Another Person.

In the context of the fast-changing nature of our world, especially at the moment, please remember to be kind and considerate of others and address any problems that do arise promptly and constructively.

Applications for the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards, and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards 2020 – Closing July 15

Kia ora koutou,

Applications are now open for the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards for 2020.

Please visit the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards webpage for full details and the application form.

These awards recognise and assist exceptional professional development initiatives and are available to continuing general staff members. I encourage both work teams and individuals to apply.

The Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards for 2020 are also open.

These awards now include a Recognition award for engagement with health and safety at the university, and an Initiative Award that is to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health and Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College.

These are open to all fixed-term and continuing staff and I encourage both work teams and individuals to apply.

Previous winners include –

Julian Phillips, Technician, Mechanical Engineering, joined a group of students for a humanitarian effort repairing medical equipment in the Solomon Islands.

The UC Grounds team, Facilities Services, developed a highly innovative and workable solution improving hazard awareness and safety of the community whilst mowing.

Te Paea Paringatai, Manager Customer Services, Library, attending and presenting a paper at the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Athens, Greece.

https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/ld/dev_plan/vc_awards/previous-awards-list.shtml

Applications for both awards close on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Wellbeing at work

If you’ve ever walked in the door and complained about your work, you’re not alone. What if, instead of being a source of stress – our work (and workplaces) were good for us?

In Episode 9 of Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science’s weekly podcast, UC Science Radio, Professor of Psychology Katharina Naswall talks about the world of work in uncertain times, how to reduce stress and increase health and wellbeing in the workplace, and how to make sure it’s good for us.

Check out the episode here or on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts.

Jumpstart your Health and Wellbeing – a free six week walking programme

Would you like to start exercising, but are a little overwhelmed by all the high intensity training online?   No problem!    Walking is one of the safest and healthiest forms of exercise to get you started, and we’re here to help.

What is Jumpstart?
Two women walking up steps in forest walk
Washpen Falls

Jumpstart is a FREE six week walking programme that will progress you from walking nowhere, to walking 5km comfortably and safely.  You don’t need to join the RecCentre, and you can do it wherever you like!

Once you’ve completed it, you may feel stronger about hitting up the many gorgeous walks in Canterbury, once we hit Level 2.

Why join Jumpstart?
  • Having a programme with daily goals helps keep you on track
  • You’ll have a trainer assigned to you, so you can chat about anything that pops up
  • We throw in some beginner conditioning and stretching that will improve your strength and flexibility, helping you walk better
How do I join?
  • Simply download the Rec & Sport app (it’s free), and select the Jumpstart programme from the featured programmes selection.
  • This will be your programme to follow for the next six weeks.
    You can start the programme anytime you like.
  • Your first walk is just 10mins! (And we guarantee, absolutely NO BURPEES!)

If you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor or discuss with your trainer before commencing the programme.

For more information, check out our Jumpstart – Desk to 5km page.
Nga mihi

UC Rec & Sport