Summer school at UC

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Enrolments are open now for UC’s Summer School courses starting in November. Tell your students or check out the options for yourself.

From 3 October, students will also be able to enrol for summer courses starting in January.

There are almost 100 courses available, ranging from Antarctic studies to engineering and from Chinese to statistics.

Summer study is a great way for students to shorten the duration of their degree, spread the workload or pick up a prerequisite course – while still leaving enough time to make the most of the long summer days.

Enter the draw for withdrawn library books

In advance of the next withdrawn library book giveaway on Friday 29 September, a select list of books is available via a special draw.

The Director of Learning Resources has agreed for the Library to offer staff (fixed term or continuing) and PhD students the titles listed before the next public book giveaway on Friday, 29 September. The Library holds copies of all of these titles.  These copies were not required by the other NZ University Libraries. This process is an opportunity to offer the titles to staff and keep the sets together.

If you would like to have one or more of the titles, then please add your name contact details on the PDF and tick the titles you would like to own.  Then scan and email the information to  Alternatively you can send the paper copy through internal mail – addressed to Alison Whitla, Library Access and Collections (LAC), Puaka James Hight, rm 519. The information will be required by Wednesday 27 September.

These titles can be viewed in the Library Access and Collections workroom in Puaka James Hight, Rm 519 from 8.30 am – 5 pm Monday-Friday from Monday 11 September until Wednesday 27 September.

A draw will be completed by Friday 29 September and the new owner will then be contacted by phone or email. If a title is not selected,  it will be placed in the book giveaway at 12.15pm on Friday 29 September.

Please note that most titles will have library markings, cancel stamps and are well worn.

See the list of books here>

Joan Simpson
Resource Discovery Manager
Kaiwhakahaere Kimi Rauemi

Last Chance to Register for Ako Aotearoa Project Fund workshop

Making a difference for students: the Ako Aotearoa Regional Hub Project Fund.

Register now for the 7 September workshop (and light lunch) to turn your ideas into a grant application.

Small-scale local initiatives in teaching and learning can have a profound impact on the student experience. The Ako Aotearoa Regional Hub Project Fund (RHPF) is designed to support these initiatives that lead to change, are underpinned by research and help provide the best possible outcomes for tertiary learners.

In this workshop we will discuss how the RHPF works and how to apply for funding. We will showcase some RHPF projects undertaken at UC and invite you to bring your ideas and work with facilitators to develop those into grant applications.
Register your attendance for catering to:

Erskine profile: Sarah Wallace, Duquesne University, USA

Sarah Wallace from Duquesne University, USA is visiting UC during Semester Two 2017.

Sarah hiking near Taylor’s Mistake
Sarah hiking near Taylor’s Mistake

Where you have come from and what do you teach?
I am an Associate Professor at in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA. At Duquesne University, I teach four courses in our Master’s Program including Adults with Aphasia, Neurogenic Communication Disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, as well as Capstone in Evidence-Based Practice. I also serve as the Program Director for the Adult Language and Cognitive Clinic and enjoy working with clinical educators and supporting students in that clinic. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy mentoring student research projects.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/Why did you want to come to UC?
I had heard of the Erskine program through UC instructors and colleagues in the States who had travelled here for this wonderful opportunity. I was really excited about the opportunity to learn from instructors and students at a different university. I was eager for the opportunity to live in another country and learn from the people there – particularly in New Zealand. Additionally, I was drawn to learning more about UC’s program because of the innovative clinical education practices implemented by the instructors here.

Sarah hiking on the snow at Lake Tekapo
Sarah hiking on the snow at Lake Tekapo

What have you been doing at UC?
This term, I am teaching a course called Complex Communication Disorders. It is a problem-based learning course focused on complex clinical cases similar to realistic clinical caseloads. In the course, I have the opportunity to talk about dementia and, traumatic brain injury as well as augmentative and alternative communication – all topics I am really interested in. During the second term, I will teach a Professional Studies course and cover topics related to ethics and interprofessional education. I am really involved with interprofessional education at Duquesne University so it is exciting to share that information with students here. I am also presenting at multiple research and education seminars during my time at UC. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my research and experiences. 

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
It is really difficult to think of just one thing. I have really enjoyed getting to know the people and have been fortunate that everyone has been so kind and generous. I am training for the Mt Cook Marathon in September so I have been running all around the city and seeing some of the most interesting places during my runs. I love running in Hagley Park and through the City Centre and even ventured up to Bottle Lake Forest. When I am not teaching or running, I have been going hiking most every chance I get. I love the Port Hills and generally exploring the tracks around that area. I got to hike in the snow at Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook a few weeks ago and it was amazing!


10k Race in Sumner with Kate Cook from the Communication Disorders Department
10k Race in Sumner with Kate Cook from the Communication Disorders Department

Add Holidays to a Calendar

Do you ever accidentally make appointments on a public holiday? It’s easy to do when you are booking a meeting a few weeks or months in advance.

Or perhaps you are planning for travel, and need to know the public holidays in another country?

Solve those issues with
Outlook’s Add Holidays feature.

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  1. Open Outlook
  2. Click the File menu
  3. Click Options
  4. Click Calendar (on the left-hand side)
  5. Click the Add Holidays button (in the centre of the Calendar options section)
  6. Choose NZ for the list of countries
    (or another country if you need to know its public holidays)
  7. Press the OK button

Public Holidays are now added to your Outlook calendar.

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