COVID-19 UPDATES: WHAT'S ON AT THE UCSA?
Last updated 30 March 2020
These last few months have been pretty hectic, but we wanted to assure you that even though Kiwis are bunking down for a while, the UCSA Team are still around to support you as we switch to working remotely. A few of our services, due to their nature, will have to close for the time-being (like our cafes, early learning centres and dental clinic), but many of our other services are on.
Here's an update.
UCSA Early Learning Centres (ELCs)
Ilam and Montana ELCs will be closed from Tuesday 24 March for at least four weeks.
Parents and Caregivers, please be assured that you won't be charged for this time.
The ELCs will continue to update you by email (and Ilam will also be updating its Facebook page).
Our Events Team are looking into new ways to bring you virtual events that you can get stuck into from your flat (online Foundry quiz night anyone?). While we toss around some ideas, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.
It won't be a surprise, but our 'in-person' events have been cancelled until further notice. This includes The Foundry's Ritual nights, MONO and Grad Ball (which is postponed until later in the year). We'll let you know when things get up and running again.
Comms are operating as usual (now from the comfort of our sweatpants), and we're still bringing you news and entertainment.
Connect with us:
Advocacy and Welfare
The Advocacy and Welfare Team is here to help with advocacy issues and advice, grants, Mickle Fund loans, and Food Support services. The only thing they aren't able to provide right now is the Food Bank. See more about their services here.
UCSA Dental Service
On 22 March, the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Dental Council issued a joint statement requiring all elective dental services be suspended immediately. As a result, UCSA Dental closed on 23 March 2020, and will be shut until further notice.
The Team will be in touch with all patients who had an appointment booked. Refunds will be issued, so don't worry about that.
For dental queries, please continue to contact UCSA Dental and we can provide some advice. Please note that the UCSA office (Haere-roa) is closed until further notice, and staff are working remotely.
Food and Beverage Outlets
Like others around town, our UCSA cafes and bars will be closed until further notice. This includes: The Foundry, Chilton's, 1894, Collective, Nuts and Bolts, and The Food Court.
The Student Executive Team are advocating for you at every opportunity and are working 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.
Haere-roa will be closed from 5pm 23 March. If you need to contact the Team, you can do that by using our general enquiry line: email@example.com
If you're after a specific staff member, check out our staff page.
Side note: The UC campus will be locked down from 5pm 24 March, but the UC Health Centre and Uni Pharmacy will be available throughout the lockdown period as they're considered essential services (see UC's blog post here for more information about accessing them).