Survey: do you have a child who has had speech-language therapy?

Stephie MacIntyre is a Speech-Language Therapist and master’s student in Speech and Language Sciences and UC.  For her dissertation, she is studying parental expectations of speech-language therapy and needs your help. 

What are parents’ expectations of speech-language therapy for their children?  Are parents’ expectations being met during the course of the therapy and how do their expectations change? These are some of the questions that I am trying to answer in my research.

Parental involvement in their child’s therapy is important, however when people feel that their concerns or questions are not being answered or taken seriously there can be a tendency to disconnect.  Knowing more about what New Zealand parents are wanting for from their child’s speech-language therapy will help speech-language therapists to deliver therapy in a manner that suits the child and their family best.

For my research I am seeking parents of children who are either currently receiving speech-language therapy services in New Zealand or have in the last year to take part in a 10-15 minute online survey that is looking at answering these questions.  If you fit this criteria please complete the survey by clicking the link below (the link can also be shared with others that fit the criteria). Responses are voluntary and anonymous,

Treasury University Challenge – last chance to apply

Do you want a chance to have your say on real-life policy issues currently facing New Zealand? Submissions for the Treasury University Challenge close on Sunday 1 October!

This is the last week  to get your submission together, which you can present as either:

  • an essay of up to 2,000 words (excluding references)
  • a video presentation of up to 5 minutes, or
  • an A3 poster

The top five submissions will be awarded study grants of up to $2,000 and the chance to spend a day in Wellington on 23 November. This ‘finals day’ will include a panel discussion with staff from a variety of teams, a social activity with the 2017 Treasury interns and a prize giving ceremony.

This is a fantastic way to learn more about working in the public sector.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at  You can also find more information at

Who won Sustainability Awards?

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As part of Sustainapalooza (18 – 22 September) the Sustainability Awards took place on Thursday. Students and staff were able to nominate themselves and others during August for the awards, which revealed a number of fantastic sustainable projects happening at UC. Congratulations to those who won awards, and everyone who was nominated.

Silver awards

  • Student award: Jackson White, The Solar Project
  • General staff award: Mark Homewood, RRSIC Stormwater Treatment

Gold awards

  • Student award: Shell Eco Marathon Team
  • Academic staff award: The CAREX team, CAREX
  • General staff award: Rob Oudshoorn and Engineering Services, Energy Efficiency and Carbon Reduction Initiatives

Fair Trade diamond award

  • Student award: Selva Ganapathy and Joyce Chen, Fog Water Harvesting Project

Supreme award

  • Student award: Glynne Mackey, Sustainability and Social Justice