Tag Archives: Physical Wellbeing

Special Consideration for students with flu

Have you been poorly with flu (influenza) recently? Has it been impacting your studies? If you’re struggling to complete your assessments if, there is support here for you at UC. 

If you’ve had flu or been unwell with flu-like symptoms, you can apply for either: 

  1. Extension of Time to complete your assignments, tests and exams. An Application for an Extension of Time should be made directly to your lecturer, course supervisor or via your Department/School process. You’ll need to supply supporting documentation with your application. OR 
  2. A Special Consideration for either impairment or absence in relation to an assessment item. You’ll need to upload your supporting documentation when you make the application.

When applying, you’ll need to: 

  • provide supporting medical evidence, such as the UC Medical Certificate completed by the UC Health Centre or your Health provider; or
  • complete an Influenza Declaration Form (valid for a limited time only). 

You can find out more here> 

Free bike servicing on campus

Bring your bike down to C Block Lawn every Friday afternoon and get your bike serviced…. for free!

Dr Bike is a free cycle fix-it clinic available to both UC staff and students. This service provides basic cycle maintenance such as tuning brakes, oiling chains and puncture repairs.

You’ll find our student mechanics, Gina and Fiona, on C Block Lawn every Friday from 12pm – 1.30pm. Drop in sessions run during term time only.

To keep updated on Dr Bike sessions (and more!), follow the Sustainability Office on Instagram @ucsustain.

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.

Keep an eye out for these two on Fridays!

Protect yourself and your whānau from flu this winter

Flu, also known as influenza, affects your whole body. Symptoms can come on suddenly and can include fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, and stomach upsets. It can keep you in bed for a week or more, and you might become very sick.

With the borders shut for over two years, we’ve been protected from Covid-19 and a whole heap of viruses, including flu. However, this means we don’t have immunity in our communities, and as Aotearoa reconnects with the world during the winter months, we’re all more at risk of catching the flu this year. There’s a real possibility of having flu and Covid-19 within a short space of time. Don’t risk it, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your whānau from becoming ill.

Get your flu jab
Getting vaccinated means you are far less likely to get infected, less likely to get sick, and you’re less likely to pass it on. Win win!

You can get vaccinated at your GP practice or your local pharmacy – find your closest one here>

If you are enrolled with the UC Health Centre, you can get your vaccine for free. Please be aware that there is at least a two week wait for appointments at the Health Centre due to high demand.

Stay home if you’re feeling sick
If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, or have any respiratory symptoms, the best thing to do is stay at home. Going to your mate’s party this weekend might be tempting, but you could pass the virus to your friends. Stay home, and make sure you and your mates are well enough to enjoy what winter has to offer.

When you are at home, take care of yourself and rest. You can catch up on all your lecture recordings on AKO | LEARN when you’re feeling better. 

Hygiene hacks
You can follow these simple hygiene practices to help keep you safe and stop the spread of viruses:

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and dry them for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put the tissue in a lined bin
  • Keep wearing a face mask when out and about.