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UC joins Shielded Site Project to help victims of domestic abuse

UC has added the Shielded Site icon to the bottom footer section of our website where it will be visible on every UC webpage.

The project, led by the Women’s Refuge, provides a way for victims of domestic violence to ask for help. The Shielded Site provides resources, such as what to do if you are in danger, how to make a plan to get out, how to be safe online, and where to go for more support and information.  

What makes this window special is that it does not appear in the browsing history of the web browser you’re using, meaning that it can be accessed without fear that an abusive partner might discover what has been looked at.

Many victims of domestic violence live in fear of their every move being monitored, online as well in person. The Shielded Site provides a safe haven for accessing help.

Many NZ organisations have joined the project including ASB, The Warehouse, Stats NZ, Trade Me, Countdown and NZ Post.

You can learn more about the Shielded Site Project here.

 

We need you for Open Day | Rā Tōmene 2019!

Looking for something to do during the mid-year break? Something to make you feel good while you’re helping others?

Well we’ve got the opportunity for you… and it includes FREE STUFF!

The Events team are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to share their knowledge and experience of UC while having a bit of fun with our future students, their friends, families and whanau at Open Day | Rā Tōmene next Thursday 11 July from 9am – 5pm.

You can volunteer for any of the following roles:

Supplier of smilesyou have a great smile and enjoy making people happy
We want you along our Open Day | Rā Tōmene trails, warmly welcoming our visitors to UC. Scan tickets, hand out tote bags, greet those coming from out of town on the free bus and wave goodbye at the end of the day. With a big smile, you take care of those all-important frontline tasks.

Information guruproviding help and support is your gig
We have stations across campus just for you. You’ll assist visitors with any questions they have – from where to get good coffee, to the time their next information session starts.

Foot traffic controlleryou’re there to help people find their way.
You love the buzz of people gathering, ready to learn. Every hour a new information session begins and you’ll be at the front of the line, managing the flow of people in and out of lecture theatres and helping our guests find the right session.

Campus exploreryou know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
You’ll be taking small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities (especially the sparkly new ones), helping them get a feel for UC. You’ll answer questions as you go, highlighting where things are happening on the day.

And now for the FREE STUFF – as a thank you for your trouble, you’ll get:

  1. a cool t-shirt to wear on the day (and keep!)
  2. a drink bottle
  3. an exclusive UC branded beanie and
  4. all the tea, coffee and hot chocolate you can drink from the volunteers kitchen!

Even better, as a UC Host, you can claim this on your CCR!

It’s a pretty good deal, right?

Sign up now by completing our Eventbrite form here>

Any and all questions welcomed – contact the team here>

Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Pavel Castka and Professor Tom Cochrane in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date:               Thursday 6 June, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location:       E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

“Universal Language of the Future? Addressing business challenges through international standards” Presented by Professor Pavel Castka, Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

How can businesses address social and environmental issues – such as climate change, social responsibility, poverty or child labour – in a vastly diverse world with different opinions on these issues?  Is there a common platform or universal language that can facilitate the interaction between businesses across the world – enabling addressing of these challenges as well as challenges of everyday cooperation of firms in global supply chains?

In this inaugural professorial lecture, I will build on research at UC as well as my involvement with international standard setting NGOs – including International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – and discuss the status quo as well as future challenges of standards setting, adoption and control mechanisms that ensure consistency of international standards across the globe. The lecture is designed for a diverse audience that is interested in social and environmental issues as well as in the generic matters of cooperation in international business – inclusive of non-academic audience such as business leaders or social activists. The lecture provides an insight into the exciting world of international standards, potentially the universal language of the future.

“Food–energy–water nexus in the Mekong” – Presented by Professor Tom Cochrane, Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering

The Mekong basin in Southeast Asia is undergoing rapid development.  Basin wide water infrastructure development (hydropower/irrigation), climate change and land-use change are causes for concern due to potential impacts on highly valued fisheries, agriculture, and natural ecosystems. Extensive water, sediment and nutrient modelling and analyses were thus conducted to understand the food-energy-water nexus in the basin and assess future threats and evaluate alternative pathways. Results show that recent development of flood protection dykes, as well as sea level rise and land subsidence pose a major threat to the long term sustainability of the Mekong Delta. Future adaptation and mitigation strategies should include optimal operation of water infrastructure (hydropower, dykes, and irrigation systems) to reduce hydrological and sediment changes, reduction in groundwater pumping, water storage management, sea level rise protection infrastructure, land reclamation, enhancement of coastal and in-stream habitats, and others.  A single solution is not sufficient for this complex basin; multiple mitigation initiatives are necessary through transboundary communication and coordination. The analysis and methods, as well as the lessons learnt in this research can be translated to other river systems around the world undergoing rapid development and climatic threats.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua