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A Balanced Life

05 October 2023

At UC we offer our staff more than just a job. We offer an opportunity to be part of a dynamic, world class organisation that provides benefits and support throughout the lives and careers of our staff. Learn more about the University and what we offer, including leave options and flexible working.


A Balanced Life

At UC we offer our staff more than just a job – we offer them an opportunity to be part of a dynamic, world class organisation which provides its staff members with benefits and support throughout their lives and careers.  Read on to learn more about the University and what we have to offer you as a staff member.

Leave Options

  • Accident Leave
  • Annual Leave - 5 weeks for continuing staff
  • Bereavement/Tangihanga
  • Discretionary Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Long Service Leave
  • Overtime or Time-in-lieu/Day-in-lieu
  • Professional Development Leave
  • Retirement Leave
  • Sabbatical Leave
  • Sick Leave - 13 days/year
  • UC Paid Parental Leave
  • University Leave - 5 days/year
  • UC Staff Volunteer Day 2023

Allowing yourself to take time out to recharge and rest is important for your wellbeing, both for you, and your whānau.  At the University of Canterbury we provide sick leave so you have time to look after yourself and your immediate whānau in the event of an injury or sickness.  If you are a continuing employee there is also the added time benefit of receiving an enhanced annual leave package of five weeks per annum.  Many staff are also entitled to receive five days of University leave per year.  These days are listed on our key dates page and fall on the Tuesday after Easter Monday, the last working day before Christmas and the three days between Christmas and New Year.  

There are a number of leave entitlements, both paid and unpaid that are offered at the University, to help you manage your leave requirements.  We have a number of discretionary leave options that include, but are not limited to Sports and Cultural leave, Earthquake leave and Leave without Pay. We also acknowledge long term continuing general staff members with long service leave.

Flexible Working

UC is committed to helping staff achieve a healthy balance between work and the other important aspects of their lives. This means that the implementation of a flexible working alternative may be a practical solution for both you and the University.

Where reasonably practicable, flexible working arrangements may be offered such as:

  • Part-time work
  • Changes to hours of work
  • Leave without pay
  • Partial or early retirement
  • Reduced responsibilities
  • Working from home
  • Job sharing


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