Adopting digital technologies in the curriculum

Digital Technologies has just been added to the New Zealand curriculum, and will be taught from primary school level.

In a recent UC Connect public lectureProfessor Tim Bell looked at the purpose of introducing it to such young students, how it related to the rest of the curriculum, and the challenges and successes involved in adopting digital technologies in schools.

If you missed it, you can watch the lecture, here.

Need to know: UC Insurance

UC has a comprehensive insurance programme that includes damage, loss, business interruption, travel, and liability policies.  Responsibility for the programme sits within my portfolio and following recent staff movements, I have taken the opportunity to revisit the management of various aspects of the programme.

Every year, our broker goes out to market on behalf of the university sector to secure the best conditions and premium for the sector. This annual renewal will continue to be managed by myself and the Financial Controller, Adrian Hayes.  Finance Shared Services will also continue to support the operational claims and renewal invoices.

All other operational and strategic insurance issues will now be managed by the Risk Manager, Jacqui Lyttle.  Jacqui has used this opportunity to update the Insurance site on the intranet and I encourage you to have a look at the extensive array of information that is on that site now.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jacqui directly or via the dedicated insurance email address with any insurance queries that you have.

Keith Longden, Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer | Kaihautū Matua Ahumoni

Enter the draw by 18 June for withdrawn library books

The Director of Learning Resource has agreed for the Library to offer staff (fixed term or continuing) and doctoral students an opportunity to own a copy of these titles.

The titles have become available because the Library holds duplicates, or because they are no longer required for Research and Teaching at UC.

For a chance to own one or more of theses titles, please add your name and contact details to the PDF, tick the titles you would like to own, and then scan and email the information to:

Alternatively, you can send a paper copy through internal mail addressed to:|
Alison Whitla
Library Access and Collections (LAC)
Puaka James Hight, rm 519

All requests must be received by Monday 18 June.

From Friday 8 June and from Monday – Friday  thereafter (9am-5pm), the titles will be  available for viewing in the Library Access and Collections workroom (rm 519) in Puaka James Hight.

A draw will be completed by Wednesday 20 June, with all successful applicants then contacted by phone or mail.

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

See the list of books here.

Erskine Visitor arrival

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome Professor Sally Seidel from the University of New Mexico, USA to UC. Professor Seidel will be joining the Department of Physical and Chemical Sciences for 3 months.

We wish Professor Seidel and her family an enjoyable time at UC.