STATEMENT FROM UOW PULSE IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

CEO update as at 29th May 2020

As restrictions begin to ease, UOW Pulse would like to provide an update on our services that will take effect from Monday 1st June 2020.

UniBar

UniBar is excited to be reopening for 50 patrons as at Monday 1 June 2020 with the below restrictions being put in place*:

  • Our Managers have completed the Government COVID-19 infection control training course
  • UniBar has ensured all tables and chairs are socially distant
  • There will be a team member on the door to explain the entry / exit and movement rules. That team member will ensure:
  • Patron’s details will be recorded on entry
  • The number of patrons within the bar will remain below 50 or 4m2 per person
  • There will be a roving team member
  • Disinfecting and sanitising tables and chairs
  • Ensuring each patron remains seated
  • Ensuring each patron is socially distanced
  • Sanitiser is available for all patrons upon entry and exit
  • Drinks and meals
  • All drinks must be served with a meal and will be table service only
  • All crockery and cutlery used within the bar is BioPak and disposable
  • Bookings are accepted but can be no larger than 10 people
  • No patrons will be allowed to stand, mingle or dance

*NB this information is correct as at 27th May and may change with updated information from Government, peak association(s) and or representative bodies to the Pub, Club and Hotel industry.

UniActive – Ovals and Fields

Our sporting ovals and fields will be reopening from Monday 1st June 2020 with the below guidelines being put in place to keep everyone safe:

  • Use of ovals and fields is strictly limited to confirmed bookings only
  • There is a maximum of 10 people per half field which will be clearly marked out (average space of 4 sq/m per person applies, includes players, coaches, officials and spectators)
  • Spectators abide by social distancing of 1.5m
  • The change rooms are unable to be used. Toilet facilities only if required
  • All clubs will need to provide hand sanitiser for players to use hands before and after training
  • All equipment must be sanitised after each session by the club
  • Clubs will be keeping a record of attendance
  • Each club is required to have a nominated COVID safety officer who has completed the Government COVID Safety Module (coaches also recommended to complete)
  • All training sessions plans must not include the following: contact, close marking, tackling, line outs, scrums, wrestling

Cafés and Restaurants 

We are welcoming back Little Curry House on Monday 1st June who will be operating from 11am- 2pm. Various food and beverage outlets have continued to remain open over the last fortnight and operating hours for businesses on campus can be found here. These hours may continue to vary and we ask that you continue to check the website.

Alf Maccioni

CEO

As at 18 May 2020

Update from UOW Pulse to our campus community including members, students, staff and stakeholders.

National cabinet has recently released guidelines for a 3 step framework to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Based on the NSW Premier’s announcement outlining the details for the staged approach, the team at UOW Pulse is responding with a plan for the re-introduction of business operations.

Outdoor Sport (up to 10 people)

UniActive is offering new outdoor training programs starting on Monday 18 May.  Taking place on the sports grounds and with full adherence to social distancing and sanitisation requirements these small group sessions include: OUTDOOR – Run Club Ultimate, Cross Training and Seniors.  Bookings are essential so check out the website for all the details.

UniActive Pool

The Government restrictions are still too limiting for use of our swimming pool so we have decided that the pool will not re-open as yet in this first stage. Further updates will be provided as developments occur.

Cafés and Restaurants

A range of campus cafés offering seating which include Ugly Duckling, Gypsy Jones and Hemmingway, will be welcoming patrons indoors from Monday 18 May. Various food and beverage outlets have continued to remain open over the last fortnight and operating hours for businesses on campus can be found here. These hours may continue to vary and we ask that you continue to check the website.

Rush

Rush has been mobilised and from Monday 18 May coffee will be delivered to your car.  Located in the Kids Uni drop off and P8 car park, operating from 7am to 10am, pre-orders can be placed by calling 4221 5924.

UniBar

A range of UniBar favourites including the Chip Roll will be on offer through the new UniBar take away menu.  Food can be pre-ordered for pick-up or delivered direct to your desk or study area.  Alcohol home delivery is now also available to anyone living within a 5km radius of the University. Orders can be placed by calling 4221 8084.

UniShop – A Graduation Experience

Students may not have the formal Graduation Experience in 2020, but UniShop want to help create that special moment.  Students can borrow a gown and have their photo taken in front of the UOW media wall.  Located in UniShop running from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Supporting the Campus Community

UOW Pulse is also moving forward with initiatives to continue to support the campus community during this difficult time.  There’s no doubt life is currently complicated, with juggling work, home schooling, physical distancing and getting used to the new norms.  Here’s how we are trying to make life that little bit easier.

Free Food for Students

On Wednesday 20 May between 1 pm and 4pm, the UOW Pulse team will be outside the UniBar giving away FREE pre-packaged meals for 300 students.  Many of our students are suffering financial hardship and are isolated while remote learning.  We want to do our bit to thank our valued students who have supported all of Pulse businesses over the years.

Student Pantry Pack

To help further support students who are experiencing hardship, units from across UOW have teamed up with UOW Pulse and our IGA to create the Student Pantry Pack. Staff can purchases these packs for $35, which will be donated to students.

There are two ways to help, you can either purchase a student pantry pack at IGA for $35 and the packs will be handed to students on your behalf or you can purchase items from the pantry list and drop off to your faculty donation point or drop off at the  UniLife reception in Building 11.

It’s been a very different campus over the last few weeks, but with the easing of restrictions we are now undertaking a staged approach in transitioning the team back to work on campus. We are all looking forward to Welcoming you – our members, customers and stakeholders – back to our businesses.

If you feel that UOW Pulse can help in any other way please reach out and let us know what we can do.

Stay safe!

Alf Maccioni

CEO

As at 2 April 2020

As we head towards the start of online course delivery, there are still students and staff who are attending Campus for a variety of reasons.  It is important for us to continue to serve our campus community through retail, food and beverage and services.  Thank you to everyone who has supported Pulse businesses during these times. Starting 06 April various businesses will be open for those of you who remain on campus and those who visit.  At this point UniActive including the Sports Hub and Pool, and UniBar remain closed.  Kids’ Uni Wollongong Campus, IC and Wollongong CBD continue to operate.

Operating hours for all outlets can be found here. These hours may continue to vary and I ask that you continue to check the website.

This week we expanded our online UniShop store and we are now offering essential items and pre-packaged meals through the UniShop website.   We have meals that are ready to heat when you’re ready to eat plus milk, snacks, toilet paper and more.  All available through click and collect here.  We’ve made it easy, order online by 3pm and pick before 5pm through UniShop.

Studying online is a new learning experience for UOW students and with Pulse’s purpose to enrich the student experience we’ve looked to support the student community and deliver a student engagement program to connect, support and build communities online.  This week I’m launching UOW Pulse’s UniLife Online program where students can engage through online activities including trivia, yoga, and lunch on your lounge, competitions, clubs and society’s communities plus lots more.  My goal is to support UOW students through this new learning experience.  You can keep up to date with initiatives through our Facebook page.  Please share any of these programs and help us support the campus community.

Alf Maccioni

CEO

As at 25 March 2020

UOW Pulse would like to update the community after recent government requirements.

Like the rest of the University of Wollongong, UOW Pulse is following all government guidance and direction in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UOW Pulse, through UniLife, will be cancelling or deferring all events until 24 July 2020 to support social distancing.   This includes all events through UniLife including entertainment, sport, wellness, volunteering; clubs and societies and UniBar.

As the situation continues to evolve we will be taking advice from the University of Wollongong and NSW Health as we respond to any new development.  We will be updating arrangements as necessary during this evolving situation and we request our students and stakeholders check our social media and website for the latest information.

We appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented circumstances.

Kind regards

Alf Maccioni

CEO

As at 23 March 2020

On Sunday 22 March and Monday 23 March the federal and state governments respectively directed the closure of all non-essential services.

Like the rest of the University of Wollongong, UOW Pulse is following all government guidance and direction in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These closures include indoor sporting venues, licenced premises, restaurants and cafes, religious gatherings and places of worship.  In accordance with the restrictions imposed, the following facilities have closed from 12 midday on 23 March, 2020.

  • UniActive gyms (Wollongong and Innovation campus) along with all indoor facilities;
  • UOW Sports Hub (including high-performance team training facilities);
  • Swim School and aquatic programs;
  • UniBar; and
  • MAWU prayer space

In keeping with the restrictions placed on restaurants and cafes, the food outlets currently remaining open on campus will now only offer a take away only service. These outlets are:

  • RUSH – Buildings 67 and 7
  • Piccolo Me – Building 11
  • Hemmingway – Building 67
  • Ugly Duckling – Building 21
  • Subway – Building 67
  • Kew Thai – Building 67

While these operators remain open for takeaway service only, the shared food hall dining facilities in Buildings 11 and 67 will be closed for indoor dining, in accordance with government directions aimed at closing facilities used as public gathering places.

UniShop, Post Office, Mac 1, IGA , Uni Hair and Beauty and STA Travel are currently remaining open and operating under recess trading hours.  The banks, both National Australia Bank and IMB, are considered essential services will also remain open.  For all recess hours and open/closures please visit https://unilife.uow.edu.au/eat-and-shop#campushours.

MAWU Prayer Space

The MAWU prayer space in building 50 will be closed as per the restrictions.

UniActive

UniActive gyms (Wollongong and Innovation Campus) and all indoor facilities will also be closing in accordance with the restrictions on sports venues.  As it is an outdoor facility, the UniActive pool is exempt from the closure and will be open for members, although swim school programs will close for this term and no bookings will be accepted for next term.

Strict social distancing rules will apply to pool users, both in the pool and the change rooms.

We will continue to communicate further changes across all UOW Pulse businesses as they occur. You can stay updated at https://pulse.uow.edu.au/

We understand how disappointing and inconvenient these closures and changes may be, and we are very mindful of the impact these changes are having on affected staff at this difficult time. We ask you to join UOW Pulse in supporting colleagues and in upholding these measures, which are aimed at keeping our campuses safe and helping Australia overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alf Maccioni
CEO

As at 17 March 2020

UOW Pulse wish to brief our UOW Community including stakeholders and students of our service operation delivery during the recess period and how this may impact the on campus experience.  Our highest concern is the wellbeing of the campus community.

Starting 23 March to 3 April, the University of Wollongong will move into recess and during this time food, beverage and retail on campus will be operating under recess hours as found on our website https://unilife.uow.edu.au/eat-and-shop/.

UOW Pulse through UniLife will also be cancelling or deferring all event from Wednesday 18 March to Friday 03 April to support social distancing.   This includes all events through UniLife including entertainment, sport, wellness, volunteering; clubs and societies and UniBar.  The attached annexure details the changes to date.

As the situation continues to evolve we will be taking advice from the University of Wollongong and NSW Health to address any new development.  We will be updating arrangements as necessary during this evolving situation and we request our students and stakeholders check our social media and website for the latest information.

As your on campus services organisation we face uncertain times in the coming months and we will continue to support our communities through online communications and activities.  We will also look to deliver as many of our services and programs online in the short term.

Thank you for your support and loyalty.  If you have any questions please contact unilife@uow.edu.au and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Alf Maccioni

CEO

ANNEXURE

AS AT 17 MARCH, 2020

UOW STUDENT PULSE PROGRAMS

 

UniLife entertainment, events, wellness, sport and volunteering. All events cancelled from 18 March to 05 April

All Australian campuses.

Clubs and Societies

 

All on campus events cancelled from 18 March to 05 April
UOW PULSE OPERATIONS

 

Food, beverage and Retail

 

Recess hours of operation details found https://unilife.uow.edu.au/eat-and-shop/
UniBar

 

Entertainment suspended or cancelled from 18 March to 05 April.  Yours and Owls is in contact with all artists during this period in regard to postponement, tickets and potential refunds.  Please keep an eye on your inbox for updated details.

Operating hours 11am-5pm. Mon-Fri

IGA Operating Hours 9am-5pm. Mon-Fri
UniShop Operating Hours 9am-5pm.  Mon-Fri
Kids’ Uni Operations as normal hours
UniActive

 

Operating hours and class times may vary and once finalised will be communicated through

https://uniactive.uow.edu.au/index.html and uniactive socials.