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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

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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 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

Rescue (exercise) in the Erskine stairwell by award winners

 The 2019 round of Vice- Chancellor General Staff Development Awards including Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards were held in August 2019.

A training session this week with the new rescue stretcher. 

Team Leader UC Rescue, Bruce Vincent, was awarded a Health and Safety Award, which was a new collapsible stretcher that can be used to rescue personnel from heights or confined spaces. UC Rescue is the onsite rescue team that can activate in a major event.

Bruce donated the rescue stretcher to the rescue team and gave it a trial with an exercise in the Erskine stairwell on 1 October.

The stretcher can be rolled up into a back pack to enable it to be carried to locate patients. In a horizontal position it will lift up to 350 kg and it can also be used to lift a patient vertically up to 250 kg.

Psychology of work, performance and wellbeing session

Kia ora koutou,
The next combined Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope session features Professor Michael Leiter from Deakin University, a world-renowned expert in the psychology of work. Professor Leiter will talk us through workplace civility and respect and how that supports wellbeing and leads to improved individual and organisational performance.

The sessions are on 7 November and are open to all staff.

Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope support UC’s Organisational Culture Journey, Whiria te taura tangata | Weave the rope of people.

About Michael
Prior to starting at Deakin, Michael was a Professor of Psychology at Acadia University in Canada where he held the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Wellness. While at Acadia University he served as Head of Psychology, Dean of Science and Vice-President Academic. His research on job burnout and work engagement has been widely read with over 70,000 citations in Google Scholar. As part of his commitment to improving work-life quality, he consults with organizations and researchers around the world. Dr Leiter is a co-author of the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Areas of Worklife Scale and has extensive experience and depth of insight regarding their interpretation.
His current research and consulting focusses on improving collegiality within workgroups. In Australia, he is currently involved in projects addressing workplace civility and job burnout in healthcare, policing, education, and financial services. Much of this work occurs through SCORE (Strengthening a Culture of Respect & Engagement), a workgroup-based approach to improving workplace civility.

Panel: Following this one-hour session, for those who are able to stay, Michael will be joined by Associate Professor Sanna Malinen (Business & Law), Professor Katharina Naswall (Psychology, Speech and Hearing) and Karen Mather (Organisational Development Manager) for a 30 minute panel discussion where light refreshments will be provided.

Combining Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope sessions together has allowed us run the same 1 hour session twice on 7 November. Attendance is limited to 100 spaces per session.

To register, please choose from
Thursday 7 November 10am-11am Book here

Thursday 7 November 1pm-2pm Book here

I look forward to seeing you there!

Sanna and Katharina will be arranging a guest research seminar during Michael’s visit so please watch out of further details regarding this.

Ngā mihi,

Rachel Dillon,

Organisational Development Advisor

Helpful links
Want to know more about how the “Weaving the Rope” name evolved? 
Find out more about UC’s organisational development 
For further Information on Blue CLUES