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UC Professor named Outstanding Contribution to Spatial winner

The New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) have named Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategic Projects Professor Wendy Lawson as winner of their Outstanding Contribution to Spatial Award for 2019.

The Outstanding Contribution to Spatial Award recognises an individual who has contributed significantly to the spatial sector throughout their career, including furthering the reach of the sector, driving capabilities needed to support and grow the sector overall and providing leadership in key areas.

Professor Lawson was nominated by the NZSEA Steering Committee, which is made up of representatives from the foundation partners including, Land Information New Zealand, Survey and Spatial New Zealand and Spatial Industries Business Association.

Choosing to select a winner from an academic background this year, the committee found Professor Lawson’s background and experience to be unparalleled, calling her a true leader in her field.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Lawson on this prestigious award.

For more on the 2019 NZSEA Awards, click here>

Appointment of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategic Projects

While it was decided in August that the proposed Lincoln University UC partnership proposal would not proceed, the University is moving forward with a new and exciting partnership with Lincoln – a joint postgraduate and research institute.

Also involving relevant Crown Research Institutes, the initiative had been proposed as part of the initial partnership proposal but is something both parties have committed to moving forward.

Professor Wendy Lawson will lead UC’s role in the establishment of the initiative, accepting a temporary secondment into the new position of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategic Projects from 14 October 2019 until 30 June 2020.

In this role, Professor Lawson will also assist Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wright with Research and Innovation related projects.

Dean of Science Professor Janet Carter will step into the role of Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science, and member of the Senior Management Team, for the duration of Professor Lawson’s secondment.

Congratulations to Professors Lawson and Carter on their appointments.

2019 Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

Two UC academics will be recognised at this year’s Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, hosted by Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education, later this month.

Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Awards recognise the country’s top tertiary teachers and we’re proud to confirm that Dr Heather Purdie from our College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao and Dr Masayoshi Ogino from our College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata have been recognised for their sustained excellence in tertiary teaching.

Dr Heather Purdie is passionate about geography, fascinated by glaciers and inspired by her father’s footsteps.

Heather’s teaching approach uses pūrākau or storytelling and experiential learning, bringing the outside in and connecting students to the environment. She embeds sound and innovative pedagogical practice into her teaching through her use of the real field and her reimagining of the field in the classroom – bringing the outdoors in.

Her commitment to integrating Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori in her teaching practice is particularly commendable. She has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to teaching over a number of years and she has sought opportunities to use her expertise to enhance the quality of teaching in her Faculty and beyond.

Heather demonstrates a dynamic, engaging and student-centred approach to teaching and her students testify to this.

“You could really tell she is passionate about geography…it rubs off on you and pushes you to want to know more.” 

Dr Masayoshi Ogino teaching style is based on a strongly-held belief that “Connections created through language and culture can engender empathy, compassion and a better understanding of oneself and others.” 

Dr Ogino’s pioneering of the online World Café Forums for Japanese Language Educators, which in 2018 attracted 60 educators from 15 countries, is an achievement for which he has developed an international reputation. 

He has created a multi-layered learning environment featuring a learner-focussed course design and networks his students with groups in the local and internet community.  This support of learning intentionally echoes traditional Māori support systems – where more experienced tuākana guide less experienced teina. 

One of his students have referred to him as a “life changing lecturer” and another described him as “super helpful, super kind and incredibly understanding.” 

“[Masa] ensures that students of all levels engage with their learning community.”  

Have your say about MBIE’s RSI strategy

The Government is developing a Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) Strategy that sets out their vision for RSI in Aotearoa New Zealand and its role in delivering a productive, sustainable, and inclusive future.

The draft strategy has recently been released for public consultation (available here) and MBIE are keen to hear the views of New Zealanders so they can get a better understanding of what our country needs from RSI.

These views will inform the direction of Government investment in RSI and the research and innovation areas for the team to focus on as a country, as well as help them understand the challenges they need to overcome.

MBIE are hosting a public presentation/discussion session on the draft Strategy on Thursday 10 October,  3 – 4.00 pm at UC’s John Britten Foyer.  

They welcome anyone with an interest to come along to hear more about the Strategy, and share their thoughts. Please register here if you would like to attend.

MBIE are taking feedback on the draft strategy via written submissions, and encourage you to make a submission through the template form available here. The closing date for submissions is 10 November 2019.

UC People (PeopleSoft) Outage 8 October

The PeopleSoft system, including UC Vacancies and UC Temp Vacancies, will be unavailable from Tuesday 8 October, 12noon – 5pm, for planned system maintenance.

We encourage staff to complete any urgent PeopleSoft self-service transactions before the outage and log out of PeopleSoft. We apologise for any inconvenience.

If you have any questions about this maintenance, please contact the IT Service Desk.