Did you know that UC has approximately 1100 on-campus international students who have not been able to return home to their families for the past two summers, given NZ’s ongoing border closures? These students have committed to staying in Aotearoa so as not to jeopardise their studies with us.
This summer the International Relationships Office wants to ensure all international students who are staying in Christchurch over the break feel welcomed and supported by our UC community. We want to encourage our students to have some fun and get to know new friends in the UC community.
How can you help?
We welcome UC staff to invite a couple of international students to take part in a summer activity with you and your whānau. This could be a BBQ at your home, a walk at Sumner beach, or even a day trip to Akaroa. Perhaps students could join you for a community event in Christchurch e.g., Christmas Carols at Hagley Park – it’s up to you. This is a one-off activity, designed to fit with your existing summer plans. There is no expectation of ongoing interaction with the students, though we hope that you’ll now have another friendly face to see around campus.
Please note that we ask any staff who sign up, to host two international students. Pairing students up gives them a level of comfort and confidence. The IRO will connect you to students who are not in the same department as you, to ensure no conflict of interest.
If you’re interested in taking part in this programme please complete the form here before 10 November 2021. IRO will be in touch after the deadline with more information, guidelines for H&S etc.
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.
When life is challenging, we all know that a little exercise can go a long way to finding balance and improving our sense of wellbeing. It can be hard sometimes to find routine or accountability, especially when we can’t go to our usual class, PT or walk and talk with a friend outside of our bubble! We may just have a solution, drumroll please….
Classes and meditation with the UC RecCentre for FREE
We are delighted to offer all UC Staff the opportunity to join us online for livestreamed classes via the Rec&Sport app!
Daily 15min guided meditation at 12.15pm weekdays
Daily group fitness classes (check the schedule in-app) including HIIT, Yoga, Pilates, KO, TBC, BAT and of course, Zumba!
The beauty of a livestream is that once it’s gone, it’s GONE! We don’t save it, so you need to commit to your wellbeing by booking in, turning up and giving it a go at the time scheduled. Great to have something to look forward to and reset.
You can also interact with the instructor and other class members before and after, just like a zoom call.
Bonus, you’ll get to see a vast array of lovable furry friends and not so furry kids joining in (or being used as weights!)
Access to other app features like Workout of the Day, Week and month (and they have wee videos to show you what to do)
Or try an OnDemand Technogym class in your own time
Browse the online timetable in the ‘Timetable Section’
Find classes you’d like to try, and select ‘remind me’
You’ll get a notification 1hour before class to remind you AND
another one when the trainer arrives to open the class. Once the class is opened, head into the app and select ‘join now’.
It works a lot like zoom – so you can choose to turn your microphone and camera off or on, so if you’re having troubles, just speak to the instructor live and we’ll help you out – trust us, you’re not alone!
Your access will be granted until September 30th, 2021 ABSOLUTELY FREE. No strings, no problems!
That’s it! We hope to see you in a virtual class with us soon! Once again, if you have any troubles getting started, please message us and we’ll reach out and give you a hand.
We are saddened to hear about the situation currently unfolding in Afghanistan and wanted to check in with staff who may be affected.
We understand this may be a challenging time for you and your whānau and would like to remind you that there is support available at UC if you need assistance or to talk to someone over the coming days and weeks. You can reach out to your line manager or any one of the support services below.