Apply For Leave Using The New UCPeople (PeopleSoft)

UCPeople (PeopleSoft) has had a major upgrade, so the next time you check your pay, apply for leave, and all the other things that you use UCPeople (PeopleSoft) for, expect a pleasant surprise!

Find out more about UCPeople’s new look, mobile capability and easy user navigation.

To apply for leave using the new UCPeople:

UCPeople User Video: Complete Absence Request – Annual Leave (Video) (2min:40sec)
– To pause the video, tap the spacebar on your keyboard.
– To display the play controls, roll your mouse towards the bottom of the video window.
– If you are in a hurry you can step through the process steps by clicking the forward or backward buttons at the bottom of the video window.

To view the process maps:

Plan and Apply for Annual Leave – Academic Staff

Plan and Apply for Annual Leave – General Staff

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VC announcement

Tēnā koe,

I would like to let you know that I have advised the University Council that I will not be seeking a further term as VC when my current term expires on 1 February 2019.

This will initiate the search for a new VC by the University Council. It will not be my part to advocate for a new VC but I remain responsible for the delivery of our strategies and initiatives.

This is not the time to acknowledge those who have supported me but rather to encourage behaviours that promote the long-term interests of our community. We should be remembered not for our legacies but our trajectories.

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Tourist leave no trace education project recognised internationally

When Ngāti Rangi iwi, located on the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, and environmental group Leave No Trace New Zealand showcased the success of their partnership programme at the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) in Vancouver, Canada last week, Dr Chris North’s work had a crucial role.

With New Zealand tourism numbers growing exponentially each year, Ngāti Rangi has noticed an increasing impact on their maunga – mountains, in their awa – rivers and throughout the rohe – their lands.

Concerned about increasing damage to the Ruapehu environment and cultural landscape they contacted Leave No Trace New Zealand and together, developed and piloted a programme aimed at training local people working in the area of tourism and in turn, they passed on their learnt knowledge to visitors.

Based on Ngāti Rangi values and principles, the course was, led, co-developed and hosted by the iwi’s Pou Taiao Manager Dave Milner.

“It’s gratifying to have our mahi – work recognised internationally as world-leading”, Mr Milner said.

Tourism operators learnt how to deliver key messages to visitors to the region based on research into the most effective strategies compiled by Dr North.

These messages included, “sharing the cultural significance of the maunga with visitors and encouraging them to make sure they bring their rubbish off the mountain.

“Respectful actions like these seem simple but exponentially help to not only mitigate the impact on the Ruapehu environment but also helps build bridges among community ”, Dr North said.

Research into the benefits of the training programme shows that participants are using the knowledge learnt from the course to tailor their messages to tourists over six months after the training.

Environmental education internationally is looking at opportunities to work together with indigenous peoples, he says.

“With ever growing tourist numbers around the globe, we are leading the way in this project.  It is exciting to see experts from around the world wanting to learn more about what we are doing and how we are doing it.

“As a researcher, it has been some of the most rewarding work I have done.  The cross-cultural aspects of this project has challenged me to listen more carefully, tread more gently and be more aware of my own world view.  Ngāti Rangi have shown a great deal of trust and generosity in inviting me to work with them.

“I really think the approach we took to this project has potential to benefit New Zealand more broadly.”

Leave No Trace and Ngāti Rangi are pleased with the outcomes and recommend the benefits and learnings to other local communities who are concerned at environmental degradation in their areas.


UC connections run deep for Canadian Adjunct Professor

WynnWhere were you in 1974? If you were one of the remaining staff then located at the University’s central city site, you may have known Graeme Wynn. Or did you meet him when he helped develop the Staff Club at the Ilam Homestead? Now, as Adjunct Professor in the Department of History, he says there might be a book on the cards.

What is your career background?

I followed an unusual route into academia, through a naval training college and a series of serendipitous opportunities that carried me into four continents and led me from an early fascination with the history of exploration into post-graduate work in Geography.

Trained as an historical geographer I have straddled the two disciplines, holding various offices in national associations of both historians and geographers.

I spent more than 40 years as a faculty member in The University of British Columbia (where I also served as Head of Geography for ten years, as Associate Dean of Arts for six, and as Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies) before becoming Professor Emeritus in 2016.

Defined most broadly, my research and teaching interests are in the environmental histories and geographies of “new world societies” – but this necessarily entails knowing something of the “ old world”  and requires some degree of local/regional  specialization; most of my research has focused on Canada between the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, but I have also worked on New Zealand topics, and published on Australia and South Africa.

How long have you been connected with UC and how did that come about?

My connection to UC goes back to 1974, when I was among the last group of staff members appointed to the old central city site, to teach in Geography and American Studies.

As a Commonwealth Scholar in Canada, I was unable to remain there on completion of my Toronto PhD, but  New Zealand was a very attractive proposition for its then strong tradition of historical geographical research   and (for a sometime serious player and coach) the quality of its rugby team. Though my stay was shorter than I planned (an unexpected opening at UBC beckoned in 1976), I lived through the relocation to Ilam, played a role in the development of the Staff Club at the Ilam Homestead, coached Varsity rugby with Laurie O’Reilly, and married Christchurch- born and raised Barbara Cocks.

This latter connection ensured frequent returns to New Zealand, for family and research purposes, and sustained links with UC colleagues I had come to know in 1974-76. Then, as things turned out, both our Canadian-born children attended the College of Education, and one has settled in Christchurch. Squaring the circle, I visited UC as an Erskine Fellow in the first half of 2017.

 What do you hope to achieve in your work /relationship with UC?

One of my several  “retirement projects”  is to complete a number of now unfinished essays on various New Zealand topics and (perhaps) to pull these together in a book. Access to the UC library and opportunities to discuss the work with colleagues will be most helpful. I also anticipate occasional engagement through seminars, informal discussion and/or thesis advising with UC colleagues and post-graduate students on return visits to Christchurch.

Can you share an example of the real world impact of your work/research? How does your work improve/contribute to society?  

I work in the Humanities, where the great task is not to produce widgets or “solve” specific societal problems, but to help people know themselves. To put this slightly differently, and  perhaps more specifically, my work aims to help people  answer the seemingly enigmatic question: “where is here?” This is to say that I hope toadvance understanding of how the places we inhabit came to be and to provide folks with the tools by which they can address the great moral question of this and many previous ages: “How Shall We Live?”
What else would you like the UC staff to know about what you do, or about you personally?

I love what I do, and I feel greatly privileged that I am still able to do it.

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 at 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,

Click here for the survey>