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Big community reaction to Eleanor Hurton’s story

Communications received a number of emails this week from young people with disabilities who were inspired by the story of Eleanor Hurton, reported in The Star newspaper recently.

Communications put Star reporter Jess Gibson in touch with Eleanor because she’d won two Blues awards and seemed an ideal fit for the newspaper’s new ‘Young & Successful’ column.

Eleanor is an amazing disability advocate as well as a Master’s of Sociology student who has an auditory processing disability herself.

The young people who emailed us had disabilities themselves or were looking for more information for siblings with disabilities. Many of them had been told they wouldn’t succeed at university – even those at the top of their class! – due to their disabilities. They had never seen a positive representation of someone ‘like them’ and were so excited and inspired that is was quite humbling. Many of our email writers are now applying to UC!

Communications replied to the emails and shared our equity and disability webpage links for further information. Eleanor is already part of the UCMe campaign launching at the start of 2020, so that also is very inspiring for young people with disabilities.

Takeaways from this experience:
One news story can make a huge difference to someone’s life.
Young people with disabilities don’t often see successful examples of people like them.
There may be some misinformation out there about who can succeed at university.

James Logie building refurbishment completed

College of Arts staff are excited to finally begin the reoccupation of the newly refurbished James Logie Building on Monday 21 October.

Significant renovations have included the incorporation of stylish new communal spaces and kitchen facilities along with extensive energy efficiency improvements extending to new double-glazed windows, improved insulation levels and an improved radiator system.

Work will start shortly on similar renovations to the Elsie Locke Building. This work is expected to complete in June 2020.

Under Pressure: Understanding assessment anxiety

Help your students cope with assessment-related anxiety with this new online resource by Dr Valerie Sotardi (College of Education, Health & Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora educational psychologist) and Associate Professor Erik Brogt (Learning Evaluation and Academic Development team).

First year students can be particularly vulnerable as they transition to university life, but help is at hand with new resources for students and teachers, funded by Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand’s Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and available on their website.

Top tips for teachers:
• Being familiar with NCEA content and structure
• Teaching for transfer of knowledge
• Setting clear expectations
• Communicating the purpose of an assessment
• Building student confidence
• Identifying a clear contact person for the course
• Creating a sense of belonging
• The learning environment matters
• Knowing the referral process

Read the full guide here: Mitigating Assessment Anxiety in First-Year University Students: A resource guide for teaching staff

Read the news story here>

Crusaders 2020 partners offer for UC staff

The Crusaders have announced 2020 membership offers for their partners, which of course includes UC.

UC staff can take advantage of discounts in the platinum and gold seating categories at Orangetheory Stadium for all seven Crusaders home games in 2020 – and Kids Go Free in covered seats with a paying adult. Partner membership offers went on sale on 1 October.

To find out more visit www.crusaders.co.nz. To purchase a membership go the Crusaders Club Membership page and enter the promo code: 2020club

Read more: Crusaders sponsor membership offer

UC Sustainability Awards

UC celebrated sustainability champions yesterday at the annual UC Sustainability Awards, presented by Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey. 

Supreme Award winner Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward led the way with her international involvement in the IPCC reports and her incredible community engagement and there were many more excellent projects that received accolades as well. 

  • Winner Supreme Award: Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward
  • Winner Academic Staff – Team: Environmental Science staff team
  • Winner: Student Research: Helena Ruffell for Wastewater treatment plants as a source of microplastics to the environment
  • Winner Student-Led Project Individual: Courtney Wright-Watson for Envirosoc
  • Winner Student-Led Project Team: Amelia Dewhurst, Rose Bayldon, Florence Ferguson, Josh Watson for the Christchurch Climate Challenge
  • Winner General Staff – Individual: Linda Morris for a lifetime of reusing, repurposing and recycling
  • Winner General Staff – Team: Haere-roa/UCSA Building Project Team for Wellbeing Precinct Low Carbon Energy Scheme

Read more and watch the videos here