Resumption of UC Student Travel

From 4 April 2022, UC students can recommence business travel both domestically and internationally.

Given the ongoing risks and uncertainties with international travel, students and those who approve student travel should consider, discus and mitigate against any identified travel risks ahead of a student travelling overseas for educational purposes.

UC has prepared the following guidance for students wanting to travel internationally (including trans-Tasman and to the Pacific Islands)

  • University Travel for Students – Guiding Principles and Risk Assessment: April 2022
  • Student Traveller FAQ’s
  • Travel Insurance – recommended minimum requirements
  • Pre-Travel Risk Assessment.

Please refer to the UC Student Travel webpage for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of UC’s Risk and Insurance Team via insurance@canterbury.ac.nz

 

Two UC schools place in top 100 for 2022 QS subject rankings

Today the annual QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject were released for 2022. Universities are given a global overall rank and subject rankings (which name the world’s top universities against 51 different subjects and five faculty areas). The QS rankings compare universities on things such as teaching quality, research quality, and student employability.

For the University of Canterbury, two subjects (Linguistics and Civil Engineering) have stayed in the top 100 global ranking, with Linguistics moving further up the ladder to 78 (from 92), while Civil Engineering has maintained a place in the top 100 of the QS subject rankings.

Tumu Tuarua Rangahau | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Ian Wright, says that it is encouraging to see the two subjects at the University continue to place in the top 100 compared to other universities around the globe.

“It is pleasing to see linguistics continue to be recognised in the global QS subject rankings, particularly after seeing speech and language coming through in last year’s Marsden funding round, which provided more opportunity for our researchers and PhD students to further excel in this field,” he says.

“It is also pleasing to see Civil Engineering continue to be placed in the top 100. I have observed many researchers at the University of Canterbury exploring their fields of expertise with integrity and vigour, sharing their discoveries to create better outcomes for everyone, and I believe their efforts deserve to be further recognised across broader subjects in years to come.”

At UC we strive to deliver creative and innovative research for the benefit of local and global communities. Linguistics shapes how language is a part of everything we do, and researchers are empowered at the University to better understand how communication shape’s identity, relationships, and way of life.

 

University withdraws Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

Kia ora koutou,

Following the Government’s announcement to end the requirements for vaccine passes, the University of Canterbury Council has withdrawn the University’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy.

This means that from 11.59pm on 8 April 2022, a My Vaccine Pass will no longer be required to attend UC campuses or take part in face-to-face University managed activities.

There will be exceptions to this, particularly for University activities where Government vaccine mandates still apply. Certain students on  placement in the health and disability sector will still be required to be vaccinated and to have received their booster in accordance with the Government legislation. The University will continue to collect this vaccination information from those specified students as required by law.

If you live in a hall of residence, vaccination mandates remain in place. The University’s accommodation providers are reviewing their vaccination policies and risk assessments with their advisors and are expected to confirm any changes before the start of Term 2.

The decision to remove the University’s Covid-19 Vaccination Policy signals a change in the assessment of the current risk to the University community. Modelling suggests that, for those who are fully vaccinated or boosted, there is only a small reduction in risk as a result of continuing to prevent unvaccinated people from coming to campus. This is because of a combination of reduced (although non-zero) effectiveness of vaccines against the Omicron infection, relatively fast waning of immunity against infection, and the build-up of significant immunity from prior infection in the UC community. However, staff and students need to remain mindful that Covid-19 is still circulating in our community and should continue to wear a mask, stay home if unwell and regularly wash our hands.

We understand this change could cause feelings of uncertainty for some of you, particularly if you are immunocompromised. Contact your student advisor for any specific needs. It’s important to look after yourself and others during this time, so check out the online wellbeing hub where there’s a wealth of information covering anxiety and stress and mind and body.

We are almost at the end of term 1, having negotiated our way through the start of the year as Covid-19 has moved through the country. It’s been tough, but together we have managed to overcome the challenges presented. I encourage you to make time for some rest and relaxation over the April break and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus for term 2.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul O’Flaherty
Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata | Executive Director of People, Culture and Campus Life

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