All posts by Karen Mather

"A constructive culture and leadership through Organisational Development: Enabling people to make a difference - to UC’s future." The goal of Organisational Development (OD) is to facilitate organisational transformation by enabling and growing a culture that drives an organisation’s strategic goals. OD initiatives and projects support senior leadership to develop an agile and responsive workforce and organisation. OD is often defined as a systematic approach to align strategy, people and processes. UC's People Strategy can be found here: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/about/hr/people-strategy/

“Developing the Next Generation of Researchers”

We are members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. This gives us access to a number of exciting and varied events and opportunities. An upcoming event is “Developing the Next Generation of Researchers” in March, in Ghana.

This event will provide an opportunity for senior academic staff and emerging researchers to explore innovative approaches to professional development and collaboration.  The workshop will be split into two halves: the first two days will be for early career researchers, the last two days for senior staff, and a cross-over day in the middle. Sessions will consist of panel presentations, group activities and discussion.

Please see the ACU website for more information.

ACU also offer Early Career Conference funding grants. These open sometime this month.

“Language loss and revitalisation” Association of Commonwealth Universities newsletter

The ACU Review is now available online, celebrating and showcasing the remarkable work of universities across the Commonwealth and their contribution to the world around them.

Our first issue focuses on endangered languages and how ACU members are working with indigenous communities to protect and preserve our planet’s linguistic diversity. Read the first issue here.

We’d love to hear your feedback! Write to us at review@acu.ac.uk

First Tertiary Technicians Symposium: Registrations now open

The symposium I posted about late last year is now open for registrations. You can find all the details and how to register on the ATEM website.

What: The Aotearoa ATEM committee is organising a Tertiary Technicians Symposium.

The aim of the day is to improve the visibility and recognition of our technical workforce, provide them with an opportunity to network with their peers and help them explore professional development opportunities.

Where: Victoria University of Wellington
When: 10 – 11 February 2020

If anyone does attend, I would be interested to hear your feedback.  Karen Mather, OD Manager

First Tertiary Technicians Symposium: save the date and register interest (ATEM)

Kia ora Technical Staff

I have received information of an opportunity in the New Year. UC is a member of ATEM* so if there is a discount for members, ensure this is applied when registering.

“The Aotearoa ATEM committee is organising a Tertiary Technicians Symposium on the 10th February 2020 at Victoria University of Wellington. The aim of the day is to improve the visibility and recognition of our technical workforce, provide them with an opportunity to network with their peers and help them explore professional development opportunities. This is intended to be an interactive day with workshops to untangle the new Worksafe regulations and some psychological first aid training to help technicians who are encountering students with emotional and mental health issues. We hope to bring in a keynote from Weta Digital for some inspiration followed by a panel of tertiary technicians sharing their career pathways and professional development choices. If that is not enough to get you all excited we are also organising some site visits to other tertiary providers on the morning of Tuesday 11th February for those who are interested in exploring the technical facilities of their fellow institutions.

Date: Monday 10 & Tues 11 February 2020, Venue: VUW, Pipitea Campus.  See more details in our Draft Agenda and please register your interest via email and we will notify you of the opening of the registrations as soon as they open.”

*Association for Tertiary Education Management

Grants for initiatives to boost gender equity and equality

Further to my recent post on ACU membership benefits, this is a heads up that ACU offers an annual grant to member universities to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality.

They say…. “The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops, and events in areas such as:

  • Supporting women in leadership
  • Raising awareness of sexual harassment and developing anti-sexual harassment initiatives
  • Supporting women in science and research
  • Creating effective institutional policies
  • Mainstreaming gender equity into the curriculum.”

Keep an eye on their site for the opening date.

Karen Mather, Organisational Development Manager, Human Resources