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UC Strategy – thank you and next steps

Thank you to everyone who attended the UC Strategy presentation this week. It was great to see so many staff at these sell-out presentations engaged around working together to bring the strategic vision to life.

Just to note, the Strategy was officially approved by the UC Council on 25 September and implementation plans are well under way with working groups in place. Actions are being prioritised around the near term and beyond.  If you have further comments on the implementation of the Strategy and priority actions you can email your comments to

If you were unable to attend a presentation you can view a recording of the presentation here and visit the dedicated UC Strategy Site – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora

We would appreciate you not forwarding the strategy site or details externally until after our gala dinner launching the strategy externally next Wednesday evening, 23 October.

LawSoc investigation concludes

Kia ora koutou,

The University Proctor has now completed enquiries into a complaint concerning the 2019 LawSoc Revue and draws the following conclusion.

It has been found that a number of students involved in the show breached University Discipline and the Proctor has imposed penalties on the students in accordance with the University’s Discipline Regulations.

As a result, the University Proctor has seen fit to use this as a learning opportunity for those students who breached the University’s Discipline Regulations. Each student will complete, to varying degrees, an academic essay and information sheet where they will explore social concepts such as harassment, bullying, empathy and wellbeing and how erosion or enhancement of these aspects contributes to wellbeing and community. Students will also participate in community service activities through the Student Volunteer Army and their names and conduct will be recorded on the University Discipline Register for ten years.

At UC we do not condone any form of harassment, bullying or discrimination by a person or group that may offend, humiliate or intimidate another, and may interfere with a person’s right to work or study in a non-threatening environment. Although we do not act as censors, one of our roles in pastoral care of our students is to censure behaviour that does not meet the expectations of our community. We intend to use this matter to strengthen our resolve of being a diverse and inclusive campus.

We want people to feel safe to speak up and be heard, and regard harmful and/or inappropriate behaviours involving staff or students as unacceptable. If you see something of concern you can speak to your manager or you can find information on the UC website including how to raise a concern.

Ngā mihi,

Jeff Field
Registrar | Pouroki

Diversity at UC – this is me.

As part of Diversity Fest 2019 we are exploring what a diverse and inclusive UC community looks like.

This week the UCSA International Rep Kevin Fernando was out and about on campus talking to students about how they are their true self, how they are represented and how they are able to express themselves at UC.

Check out the thoughtful responses of some of our students in the video.

Join the conversation – we want to hear from as many of you as possible, if you missed the chance to share your thoughts, please include them in the comments below.

You can also check out last week’s Diversity at UC clip that highlighted a few facts about the UC community>

Kate Sheppard House, a resource for the future

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Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and UC are delighted with the Government purchase of the Kate Sheppard House in Christchurch, as announced by Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods today.

It was a poignant announcement on the anniversary of 126 years since women in New Zealand were given the vote. From this house Kate Sheppard and suffragist supporters worked to put together the 270m petition that was presented to Parliament.

At an event held at the house on Thursday morning, UC Chancellor Sue McCormack hoped the resource will serve to inspire and remind us that our actions today have far reaching opportunities for the future.

“Christchurch is a place filled with agitators and activists striving for social change,” she said.

The Kate Sheppard House borders the Ilam campus and will become a heritage venue and educational centre, which UC and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga will benefit from.

Read UC’s news story here>
See the New Zealand Herald story here>

Innovation Jumpstart workshop – Intellectual Property

When: Wednesday 2 October, 11.30am-1.00pm
Where: Forestry building, F1 lecture theatre

Michael Brown, principal at intellectual property law firm AJ Park, will present a one hour session on intellectual property (IP).  The session will introduce and discuss the different types of IP, explain how IP can be used to achieve commercial success, and cover important points to optimise protection. Questions will be welcomed.

Michael joined AJ Park in 1998 and currently co-heads the engineering and ICT patents team. His role involves advising clients on patentability, design registration and product commercialisation. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications, both in New Zealand and abroad and also regularly conducts infringement and freedom-to-operate assessments, patent portfolio due diligence, and IP audits.

A light lunch will be available from 11:30am, and Michael’s talk will begin at midday.

Please RSVP to