COVID-19 UPDATES: WHAT'S ON AT THE UCSA?
Last updated 20 May 2020
These last few months have been pretty hectic, but the UCSA Team are still around to support you as we move to Alert Level 2.
Here's an update.
Welcome back: Haere-roa has reopened to students. If you're popping over, remember to bring your Canterbury Card because you'll need it to gain entry.
The Student Executive Team are advocating for you at every opportunity and are working closely with UC. If you want to ask a question or pass feedback on to the Exec, get in touch by email here. They're always happy to hear from you.
You can also get regular updates on how they're going – Tori and the Team are doing videos from home. Catch those on our Facebook page and News section.
Under Level 2, the Adovcacy and Welfare Team are working remotely in most cases but continue to deliver you important services like independent advocacy, as well as welfare services like Mickle Fund Loans, the Medical Prescription Grant, the Hardship Grant, and food support. The Team will have some limited capacity for drop-in appointments, but to ensure that you get an appointment, it's best to book ahead.
Food services: In response to COVID-19, the Food Support Service will be distributed through e-vouchers rather than parcels. We've also revamped the Foodbank into a Foodbank Grant for the timebeing.
Class Reps: Your reps are still here to support you – they're just working remotely.
The UCSA Flu Vaccination Subsidy Scheme: Our subsidy has launched and you can get deets on how to apply here.
Subsidised optometry: We're able to supply digital optometry vouchers online, and from Monday 18 May you also have the option of visiting UCSA reception, Haere-roa, to apply (please bring your valid UC student ID card). Details about the scheme can be found here.
Menstruation emergency, borrow-a-calculator and borrow-a-bike: From Monday 18 May, Haere-roa will be open (with swipe-card access) and UCSA reception can help with these services if you need them.
UCSA Dental: The dental service is able to reopen during Alert Level 2; however, we don't have a confirmed opening date just yet. This is because we have to purchase some new gear to fit with the new guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Dental Council. Deliveries across New Zealand are also delayed at this time. We will send out another update when we are able to take bookings. Thanks for your patience.
Food and beverage outlets
You can now grab a bite from the following outlets, Monday to Friday:
- Nuts & Bolts 9AM–3PM
- Collective 9AM–2.30PM
- Chilton's 9AM–4PM
And from 21 May, you can return to your local – The Foundry, 4PM til 10PM Monday to Friday.
We have full safety plans in place for each site, and we can't wait to welcome you back.
Please note that our other UCSA food and beverage outlets remain closed until further notice.
Clubs and Societies
We know this has been a crazy time for clubs, and we've been working with them to provide support, coordination and advice.
One of the ways we're doing that is by opening a section of our club grants pool so they're able to get online events up and running. Find out more here. We'll add them to the Event Calendar below as they come through.
Under Level 2, clubs are holding some great virtual events (like online study groups and ENSOC's run for mental health). But there will also be the possibility of holding other kinds of events in line with government event requirements.
Our Events Team have gone virtual, bringing you online events that you can get stuck into from your flat. So far, we've organised livestream Foundry quiz night on Tuesdays, Sketch 'n' Sip classes on Wednesdays, MONO on Thursdays, live streamed music sets on Fridays, plus a heap of competitions.
Under Level 2, we’re continuing with our virtual events, but we’re also looking towards Re-Ori in July.
Upcoming UCSA and Club events: