Category Archives: Announcements

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>

Psychology of work, performance and wellbeing – Whiria te Taura Tangata #20

Kia ora e hoa!

I am on the cusp of a week’s leave which will definitely contribute to my own wellbeing.  So this is a short, but hopefully sweet, posting.

Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope – November – Psychology of work, performance and wellbeing session – next month we are very excited to be co-hosting, along with the College of Business and Law and the College of Science, Professor Michael Leiter from Deakin University, a world-renowned expert in the psychology of work!

Combining Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope sessions together this time has allowed us run the same one hour session twice on 7 November to give you two options of time. Attendance is limited to 100 people per session.  There’s more information and registration details in this blog.

Weaving the Rope – our inaugural organisational culture sessions for all staff were held late last month. It was good to go back to basics and look at the How Culture Works Model. About 150 people attended and you can see details about what we covered on the OD website soon.

Opening up those silos – an article caught my attention this morning, especially the comments about intra-unit cooperation generally being high (we work well together) but inter-unit coordination is often seen as being problematic (they are difficult to work with).

That situation plays out in many of the culture outcomes across UC’s results. Is that your experience? If so, then the article might be worth five minutes of your time.  Trying to work across silos can be frustrating and detrimental to our wellbeing at work.

“If we want to achieve great things at work, to solve challenging and meaningful problems, and to live and work in constructive cultures — we must cultivate a broader sense of We”.

Ngā mihi, Karen Mather, Organisational Development Manager

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Geospatial Research Seminar Series – Dr Kat Salm presents on “Women in Spatial”

Dr Kat Salm has been working in the spatial industry in New Zealand across government, industry, and research/education for a number of years. She is also the winner of the 2018 New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) in the category “Women’s Leadership Award”, as well as the 2019 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA).

In this ‘talk of two halves’, Kat will share information on a couple of her focus areas.

  • The first of these is around the current state of Women in Spatial in New Zealand. Kat will present the outcomes of the latest survey of women in the industry and talk about some of the key findings.
  • The second will provide an overview of FrontierSI, a not-for-profit company that exists to deliver major benefits to governments, industry and the community in Australia and New Zealand. Kat will highlight some of the key priority research areas in their programme.

Date: 25 October 2019
Time: 12:30 pm – 2 pm including light lunch
Location: University of Canterbury, Ernest Rutherford Building 263
Host: Geospatial Research Institute

Please sign up via the Eventbrite link so that we can accommodate for catering.


Latest ISB survey results released today

International students studying at UC participated in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB) survey, held between April and June this year. The results have been released today.

The ISB is a benchmarking tool that tracks decision-making, expectations, perceptions and satisfaction levels of international students. International students from 212 universities in 20 countries participated in the survey.

Results from the ISB survey will help UC to enhance the international student experience, improve communications, and inform recruitment and retention strategies.

International students from across all five colleges and at all levels of study participated in the survey – the response rate at UC was 32%. View the video below to see an overview of the results for UC.

Christchurch Press Archives

The College of Arts has a large selection of The Christchurch Press Archives, covering the period from the 1950s through to 1971, that it needs to dispose of.

These are bound copies of The Christchurch Press often covering three months in one volume. They are currently in storage so if you have any interest in viewing them or taking one or more home then please contact to arrange a time to view.

These all need to be cleared from Locke by Friday October 11.