Tag Archives: COVID-19 Update

Support available for Students in isolation

We all know isolation can be hard, especially if you’re feeling unwell and don’t have everything you need to stay at home. UC wants to ensure we provide the best support for our students in isolation. For us to get you the support you need, it’s important you let us know that you are either COVID positive or a household contact. You can do that easily by completing this form: https://ucsafety.assurasoftware.net/Default.aspx 

The form only takes about five minutes to complete and is an opportunity for you to let us know what support you require to complete your isolation. Whether its study-related, financial, tech support or simply needing some help to get groceries, a friendly staff member at UC will follow-up to get you the support you need.  

The added bonus? 

UC is currently delivering welfare packs to COVID positive students which contains some essentials to help you recover. Cup of soup, lozenges, tissues and more can be delivered to your door once you’ve completed the Assura form. 

There are also 5 x $20 UCSA food vouchers up for grabs each week as spot prizes for students who complete the form! Just a little something to welcome you back to campus when you’re feeling well again! 

Teaching and learning  

While you’re isolating, you can access all your lectures and course materials online through AKO | LEARN. Here you can find your course calendar, details about assessments, connect with your classmates and read important updates from your course lecturers. Click here to find out more, or contact your course coordinator if you have any questions. 

Technology support 

If you are isolating and feeling well enough to continue with study, but don’t have a device or internet connection that is suitable, please email UCprotect@canterbury.ac.nz  

Confirmed Covid-19 case in our community

Covid 19

We have been notified that a student in the University Hall community has tested positive for Covid-19.

Hall and CDHB staff have identified and communicated with close contacts in Uni Hall, Tupuānuku and College House, who are isolating safely and receiving support from the UC welfare team.

The student has visited sites on campus and affected sites on campus are published here. People who were at these sites at the identified dates and times are considered casual contacts. They do not need to isolate but should watch for symptoms. Find more advice here.

It is expected that we will begin to see more cases in our community. Information on cases and affected sites on campus will be posted to the UC Covid-19 website. Please check this regularly as we won’t always be able to notify you directly.

We continue to follow public health guidelines and receive regular guidance from the TEC and Ministry of Health. Should these guidelines change, we are ready to adjust our approach as needed to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. This will include the ongoing development and implementation of specific actions to support our most at-risk populations, including but not limited to our Māori and Pacific communities, and those with underlying medical conditions.

What the Government’s new measures mean for UC

Covid 19

From 11.59pm today (15 February), the Government is introducing new measures to protect our health services and communities within the current red traffic light setting. The University’s approach and plans remain in place.

We continue to follow public health guidelines and receive regular guidance from the TEC and Ministry of Health. Should these guidelines change, we are ready to adjust our approach as needed to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff. This will include the ongoing development and implementation of specific actions to support our most at-risk populations, including but not limited to our Māori and Pacific communities, and those with underlying medical conditions.

The University intends to start Semester 1 in a teaching mode that’s as normal as possible, knowing that students benefit from maximum on-campus engagement as they start their university studies. Herea tō waka | Orientation Day will go ahead on Friday in a hybrid format to provide new students with information that will best support them as they begin their studies at UC. 

With Omicron spreading across Aotearoa New Zealand, you are encouraged to get your vaccine booster. We are relying on you all to ensure you are prepared.

Wellbeing support 
There are services you can access if needed. 

UC Vaccination Clinic
We are holding a vaccination clinic on campus next week:

Date: Tuesday 22 February
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Haere-roa

You don’t need to make an appointment, simply turn up at Haere-roa. See more details about the clinic here.

My Vax Pass
Remember to upload your vaccination status to the UC Vaccine Pass Verifier. Thank you to those who have done this already.

If you have questions about UC’s response, speak to your line manager or email ucprotect@canterbury.ac.nz. For more information on UC’s Covid-19 response visit the UC website.