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Reminder: Safety on campus

It is important to the University to provide a safe and secure campus for the benefit of every person using it.

Security Officers patrol the campus 24-hours, 7 days a week, and provide assistance and support for students and staff.

10 Safety and Security Tips

  1. Programme UC Security’s number into your mobile phone: 0800 823 637. You can also call Security internally on 6111, email or  visit the Security Office at 114 Ilam Road
  2. Be aware of the locations of help towers throughout campus – press the black button for information and the red button in an emergency. In an emergency, wait at the tower until help arrives – within minutes.
  3. Avoid walking alone at night
  4. Travel with a friend whenever possible
  5. Always use well illuminated walkways and recommended walking routes at night
  6. Move your car to a designated (recommended) car parking area on campus if staying after dark
  7. Ensure that all vehicles are locked when parked
  8. Report any unusual behaviour on campus to UC Security immediately, even the smallest incident
  9. Stay alert around construction sites
  10. If you are uncomfortable at any time, call the security office and ask for assistance. They can walk with you across campus.

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Community Gardens update

UC has two community gardens on campus: Okeover (off Engineering road) and Dovedale. Every few months Jane Aistrope, UC’s community gardens coordinator, provides an update on what’s been happening in the gardens.

In May we had back-to-back pizza parties using our own Okeover pizza oven. We had a lunch to thank the IMG_1725 smUniversity staff who supported Project ReScape, attended by grounds keepers, carpenters and management, who all played an important part in making it happen. We kept the fire burning and held an early dinner for the gardeners to celebrate food, community and the epic and unusual season we have had.

With such a huge make-over in our garden, it’s been quite a feat to have continued growing and harvesting so much food. It was pretty nice to have Okeover Pesto as pizza sauce, using our own basil, hazelnuts and garlic. We also roasted Dovedale Crown Pumpkin to go with chilli, greens and herbs. Sometimes being a community gardener means being spoiled with bounty!

IMG_1712We certainly had a long Autumn in 2016 allowing for late sowings of mesclun, spinach and herbs, and many lovely sunny afternoons out! Unfortunately the  warm days have caused our Brussels Sprouts to blow (loose sprouts which are more like flowers) and some of our lovely leeks have gone to seed early. Now we have garlic shoots just poking through and the broad beans are all up and growing well. We continue to sustain our crops with liquid fertilizers made from worm rum, comfrey and nettles.

Winter in the garden is a good time to reconfigure garden beds, prune fruit trees, sharpen tools, tidy the shed, plan for spring and read gardening books! We’ve already done a lot to finish off mulching the paths but we certainly have more reconfiguring to do in the orchard, starting with a new hugelkultur mound. This, pruning and mulching will occupy us until spring sowing begins.

IMG_1859 We are excited to be hosting another sculpture exhibition at the end of term 3. UC Sculpture students will have the opportunity to create works for outdoor public spaces and consider wider social and political issues around sustainability. Keep an eye out for this exhibition as it really brings another layer of interest and vitality to the garden.

For other information about the community gardens, check here. For information on becoming a volunteer and attending working bees on Monday (2-4) and Friday (1-4), check here. The community gardens also have a dedicated Facebook Page.

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Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2016

This year, UC will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week over two weeks, from 4 to 15 Hōngongoi – July. The theme is ‘Ākina te Reo’ – behind you all the way, which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is an opportunity to embrace te reo and build your bicultural competence and confidence. A range of activities will be happening across campus over the next two weeks.  View the full Te Wiki programme here.

How to get involved

  • Pick up a Free UC Te Reo resource pack. These are available for all staff and students to collect from Monday 4 July. Visit the Māori Development Team Reception, Level Two, Te Ao Mārama building, Arts Road.
  • Find out what’s happening on campus and attend Te Wiki o te Reo Māori events.
  • Check out the new online LEARN page that provides te reo resources and support.
  • Listen to the new sound files on the Ngā Ingoa Māori i Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha webpage. Here you can learn key role and unit names at UC, and how to pronounce them in te reo Māori.
  • Keep an eye on UC’s Facebook and Twitter for words and phrases.
  • Download Te Wiki resources.

Beyond Te Wiki there are many opportunities to further your Māori AVCM5639_Te_Wiki_PROlanguage and culture knowledge at UC, including Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora and Te Reo Māori for the Workplace.

Start this week and use the words you learn in everyday conversation on an ongoing basis.

Kia kaha e hoa mā!

Peer Notetaking Update

As you may be aware, UC’s Disability Resource Service (DRS) has implemented a new system of notetaking this year. Known as peer notetaking, the change involves DRS seeking out motivated and capable students enrolled in courses where notetaking is needed and contracting them in order to purchase copies of their notes. Those notes are then provided to students registered with DRS who experience difficulties taking notes for themselves for disability-related reasons.

Like the old method of casual staff notetaking, peer notetaking is an anonymous service, and neither the students receiving the notes nor the peer notetakers themselves are told who the other is. In doing this, DRS aims to ensure that students with disabilities have equal opportunity and access to academic success through reasonable accommodations, while also achieving significant cost savings.

How this change affects lecturers

Because peer notetaking isn’t covered by existing agreements between UC and lecturers in relation to lecturers’ intellectual property rights, DRS is seeking the consent of lecturers to allow peer notetaking in their classrooms.

If you are a UC lecturer, please either provide or decline your consent for peer notetaking at the online form here.

Where to find more information

More information about what peer notetaking is, why consent is needed, and what alternative arrangements are made in cases where lecturers do not wish to give consent can be found on the DRS intranet page here.

If you would like to discuss peer notetaking with someone from DRS before making a decision, this can be indicated on the online form as well.

Why you should volunteer at Open Day

Professor Gail Gillon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, College of Education, Health and Human Development writes about her Open Day experience and why you should volunteer this year.

Professor Gail Gillon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, College of Education, Health and Human Development.Feel like you have the winter blues? Then I would highly recommend that you and your team engage in this year’s Open Day on July 14, and be inspired by potential new UC students.

Last year, I volunteered to help out on UC Open Day and spent a couple of hours talking with potential students in the Information Hub. Chatting with students and their whānau about our high quality programmes of study, the passion and talent of our lecturers, and discussing career pathways from our qualifications was truly energising and uplifting.

We provide opportunities for people to change their lives and to meet their educational aspirations. Potential students who come to Open Day are full of excitement about new possibilities and life at university. It’s great to get caught up in the “buzz,” help answer questions and heighten potential students’ enthusiasm with all that life at UC has to offer.

I would certainly encourage you to talk to your manager or Head of School and see how you can volunteer at  this year’s Open Day. I guarantee it will put a spring in your step!