Help shape our future with E tū, kia ora

Kia ora koutou,

I have enjoyed visiting many departments over the past few weeks and I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months. I have learnt how passionate staff are about UC and am impressed with the good ideas about how we could shape our future.

We have much to be proud about with vibrant student numbers, exciting new facilities for learning, internationally leading research and a healthy balance sheet. UC is on a trajectory to success across all the areas of achievement expected from a world-class institution and now is the time to work together to build on this and develop an overarching academic strategy.

There will soon be an exciting opportunity for all staff to help set the future academic direction of UC. I am calling this process E tū, kia ora – Stand together and make a difference. All of you are integral to the development of this strategy and I would like your thoughts on a number of questions that underpin our role as a university.

What kind of university do we want to be when UC turns 150 years in 2023? • How can we get even better at learning, teaching and research, and service functions that enable our academic activities? • What is our academic vision? • What plan or road map do we need to achieve that vision? • What strategies do we need to employ to implement that plan? • How does a new vision and plan inform other existing plans?

How can you take part? 

Over the coming months, there will be a number of ways that you will be able to engage in the development of the academic strategy. More information on how to participate will be published on the Intercom | Pā mai tō reo blog and all staff newsletter weekly.

You will be able to register for May/June workshops from 22 March and from 29 March a survey will be available for you to complete.

I look forward to working together to develop an academic strategy that will shape our future and advance the achievements of the past.

Ngā mihi

Professor Cheryl de la Rey 
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae