E tū, kia ora progress update

Earlier this week Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey shared with Staff Forum attendees an update on the E tū, kia ora UC strategy process.

Since the launch of the consultation process in late March there has been 800 hours devoted to face-to-face meetings, the Vice-Chancellor has met with about 500 staff, close to 700 people responded to the staff survey and 1300 lines of feedback from workshops and written submissions has been recorded.

Four clear topics were identified in the workshops and written submissions: Education, Operations, UC in the Community and Reputation.

Education

Improving the quality of education, investigating new delivery methods and fostering a multidisciplinary approach to teaching were the most commented on aspects under the education heading, along with focusing on graduate attributes and supporting student wellbeing.

Operations

Decreasing bureaucracy and changing the operational structure and funding methods were the most popular comments recorded, along with a desire for more collaboration across the University. Also raised were points relating to improving professional development and providing more support for administrative tasks.

UC in the Community

Collaboration across the University was also a key discussion point when talking about UC’s role in the community, as was our engagement and impact within the wider community. Feedback also indicated that we needed to build more external relationships and partnerships, recognise the importance of our geographical location and ensure we share our knowledge.

Reputation

Many workshop participants saw an improvement in our rank and reputation as important, suggesting that identifying our points of difference, looking at internationalisation and becoming a global university, and attracting and supporting international students is key to achieving this.

Results from the survey can be found here>

Next steps

With the consultation process almost complete, the next step is for the draft strategy to go before the Academic Board on 12 July. Colleges and services will consider the draft in parallel. From there, the draft will go before Council for a workshop on 27 July, and then back to Academic Board on 9 August for them to consider feedback. Council will then consider the final strategy at a meeting on 28 August.

As discussed in her presentation, Professor De la Rey has said that while the process started by focusing mostly on the academic there has been a really strong voice that has come out of the process saying UC has to focus on the operations side of the University, so this will be included in the final document.

“Some of the operational issues… it’s simplifying, about collaboration – enabling collaboration, about commitment to the community and how we translate that into practice, about a set of values that we subscribe to and translating that into day-to-day practice and then about the role of the University in Christchurch and Canterbury. That is what has come up consistently in the discussions.”

Staff are encouraged to keep an eye on the intranet over the coming weeks as a dedicated site focused on E tū, kia ora feedback and findings will be launched.