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Update on E tū, kia ora process – UC Strategy

Following the E tū, kia ora staff consultation process, students were enaged via an online survey, that invited their views on the future direction of the university. More than 1700 students responded to the online survey, which asked them to allocate a notional $10,000 to ten activities that the university could invest in. Three activities featured as the most important to students when allocating spend: supporting student success and wellbeing, sustainability, and improving UC’s teaching and research. As a result of this survey, and other feedback through the process, the draft strategic plan now strongly features both student and staff wellbeing and sustainability initiatives. 

Recently the strategic planning team has been busy refining the draft strategic plan in preparation for final submission to the Academic Board and the Council. The high level of engagement and feedback has meant additional time has been required to more fully develop our wider objectives. Also, during the E tū, kia ora consultation process, participants made it clear that the University has a significant opportunity to improve the way we work together. With this feedback we have broadened our focus to include kotahitanga, sustainability and impact.

Information about the UC Strategy is now on the Intranet

More information about the progress of the UC Strategy (prepared following the E tū, kia ora consultation process) can be found on the University’s intranet. This content will be reviewed and revised over the coming months so be sure to check back regularly for updated information.

Major announcements about the strategy will also continue to feature here on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo.

E tū, kia ora progress update

Earlier this week Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey shared with Staff Forum attendees an update on the E tū, kia ora UC strategy process.

Since the launch of the consultation process in late March there has been 800 hours devoted to face-to-face meetings, the Vice-Chancellor has met with about 500 staff, close to 700 people responded to the staff survey and 1300 lines of feedback from workshops and written submissions has been recorded.

Four clear topics were identified in the workshops and written submissions: Education, Operations, UC in the Community and Reputation.


Improving the quality of education, investigating new delivery methods and fostering a multidisciplinary approach to teaching were the most commented on aspects under the education heading, along with focusing on graduate attributes and supporting student wellbeing.


Decreasing bureaucracy and changing the operational structure and funding methods were the most popular comments recorded, along with a desire for more collaboration across the University. Also raised were points relating to improving professional development and providing more support for administrative tasks.

UC in the Community

Collaboration across the University was also a key discussion point when talking about UC’s role in the community, as was our engagement and impact within the wider community. Feedback also indicated that we needed to build more external relationships and partnerships, recognise the importance of our geographical location and ensure we share our knowledge.


Many workshop participants saw an improvement in our rank and reputation as important, suggesting that identifying our points of difference, looking at internationalisation and becoming a global university, and attracting and supporting international students is key to achieving this.

Results from the survey can be found here>

Next steps

With the consultation process almost complete, the next step is for the draft strategy to go before the Academic Board on 12 July. Colleges and services will consider the draft in parallel. From there, the draft will go before Council for a workshop on 27 July, and then back to Academic Board on 9 August for them to consider feedback. Council will then consider the final strategy at a meeting on 28 August.

As discussed in her presentation, Professor De la Rey has said that while the process started by focusing mostly on the academic there has been a really strong voice that has come out of the process saying UC has to focus on the operations side of the University, so this will be included in the final document.

“Some of the operational issues… it’s simplifying, about collaboration – enabling collaboration, about commitment to the community and how we translate that into practice, about a set of values that we subscribe to and translating that into day-to-day practice and then about the role of the University in Christchurch and Canterbury. That is what has come up consistently in the discussions.”

Staff are encouraged to keep an eye on the intranet over the coming weeks as a dedicated site focused on E tū, kia ora feedback and findings will be launched.

E tū, kia ora – Conversation Starter – Values

Our third E tū, kia ora video conversation starter about values is now up on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo.

Exploring the values which underpin our culture here at UC was another important topic raised by staff during the recent E tū, kia ora  staff workshops.

We encourage you click the link above to view the video, then have a discussion with your colleagues about the topic and tell us what you think in the comments, or you can email the Strategic Planning team via

If you have not already, please also take a moment to check out the previous E tū, kia ora video conversation starters about culture and  how UC fits into the city of Christchurch.

E tū, kia ora – Conversation Starter – Culture

Our latest E tū, kia ora video conversation starter is up on Intercom | Pā mai tō reo>

This conversation starter focuses on the culture at UC, a key theme identified during both the staff survey and workshop sessions.

We encourage you click the link above to view the video, then have a discussion with your colleagues about the topic and tell us what you think in the comments.

Please also take a moment to check out the previous E tū, Kia ora video conversation starter about how UC fits into the city of Christchurch.