Hidden treasures on campus

How often do you take time to appreciate the cool spots around UC? We have a beautiful campus, and with autumn here there’s a lot admire. 

Our wellbeing coordinator Timothy Rowe took a wander around campus and found some great spots to enjoy: 

The first hidden treasure was by Te Ao Mārama, in the awa | river, where there are some tuna | eels. Consider taking some time to visit and watch the eels swim, under the rushing water. 

Longfin eels are considered a tonga, an important cultural treasure for Māori and need to be respected. When visiting it is important to instil the appropriate level of respect and care for them. This means please don’t touch the eels. 

Another hidden treasure is a wall of ivy with a ton of little birds on it on Elsie Locke that is easy to miss and walk by without noticing, but if you stop and pay attention it is a hive of bird activity.  Just another one of those things it’s easy to miss/not know about, but which when you stop and notice is actually pretty cool!

What is the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of Students?

The Code supports the wellbeing and safety of all students. It covers topics like physical safety and inclusion, access to advice and support services, physical and mental health support, support for transition into and out of university study, student accommodation requirements, and having opportunities for students to have their voices heard. Find out more here, and watch the video below to find out how UC should be supporting your mental health. 

Covid-19: how to prepare for self-isolating

As Omicron continues to spread across the motu, now’s the time to make sure you’ve got everything you need in case you need to self-isolate.

How to get yourself ready

Food and supplies
Create a plan for yourself or your flat on how you will support each other at home. This might be a “get well kit” or having a mate drop off supplies. It’s a good idea to start buying a few extra items on your next shop.

Take a look at this readiness checklist on the Covid-19 website here>

Teaching and learning
While you’re isolating, take care of yourself and rest. You can catch up on all your lecture recordings on  when you’re feeling better.  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.

When will I need to self-isolate?
If you’re waiting for the results of a Covid-19 test or you are a positive case, you will need to self-isolate immediately. Please let us know by completing this form so we can support you

A member of the UC Covid-19 welfare team will contact you to discuss any support you may need while you isolate. The more information you share with us, the more informed we can support you.

What to do if you need to self-isolate
Self-isolation can be in your home or suitable alternative accommodation. This could be another house that you have access to, or are provided, that is more suitable for self-isolation than where you usually live.

  • Limit contact with others you live with and wear a face mask indoors if you can’t physically distance 
  • Don’t share items with others 
  • Don’t have visitors in your house 
  • Clean surfaces reguarly, including door handles, light switches and phones
  • Open windows to ventilate the house

How to let people know you’re isolating 
You can print off a poster to pop up on your door to let people know if you’re self-isolating.

Getting ready for Covid-19 and self-isolating can feel a bit overwhelming.  Covid-19 affects us all differently and puts some of us are at higher risk of severe illness. This is a new challenge for many of us, so be kind to yourself and others. Take regular breaks, do things you enjoy and reach out to your friends and whānau to see how they’re doing.

You can take a look at some of UC’s support services here> 

Taking care of you 

  • Practise good hygiene – wash your hands often, and cough and sneeze into your elbow
  • Wear a face mask 
  • Get vaccinated. Get your booster
  • Keep physically distanced where possible
  • Stay at home if you’re sick
  • If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms, please arrange to get tested immediately and remain isolated at home or in the accommodation you are staying in. This advice extends to anyone even if they haven’t visited any of the locations of interest. If you’re not sure what you should do, please call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice.