Category Archives: Events

It’s not too late to volunteer for Rā Tōmene | Online Open Day!

Rā Tōmene | Open Day is UC’s key recruitment event for future students, parents and whānau and its success depends on staff throughout UC. Our new virtual event is no exception.

UC’s Rā Tōmene | Online Open Day will take place next Thursday 9 July –  read more about the event here>

While many of our staff are already involved in planning webinar presentations and leading online departmental booths, there are opportunities for staff to volunteer as virtual assistants.

From the comfort of your desk – or any location really! – you’ll support our virtual attendees by joining our online information hub and answering any questions they may have, or letting our guests know when the staff/student/team they are looking for will be next available to help them.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to ‘meet’ new students, and be an invaluable part of a brand new event for the University.

If you’d like to get involved, please check with your manager then register your interest here>>

Our virtual Open Day | Rā Tōmene will run from 9.00am to 5.45pm on Thursday 9 July. The events team will schedule volunteers based on their availability.

Thank you to all those across the University who are working hard to bring this event to life – we look forward to another great day, online!

Information on how to get involved as a volunteer for the on-campus event will be coming soon.

Ngā mihi,

UC Events

Calling all volunteers – join us for Rā Tōmene | Open Day online!

This year, we will be holding not one but TWO Rā Tōmene | Open Day events.

A new, virtual event will take place online on Thursday 9 July with our annual on campus event now being held on Thursday August 27. Read more about both events here>

Rā Tōmene | Open Day is UC’s key recruitment event for future students, parents and whānau and its success depends on staff throughout UC. Our online event is no exception.

While many of our staff are already involved in planning webinar presentations and leading online departmental booths, there are opportunities to take part in other ways.

For Rā Tōmene | Open Day online, our events team are looking for staff to volunteer as virtual assistants.

From the comfort of your desk – or any location really! You’ll support our virtual attendees by joining our online information hub and answering any questions they may have, or letting our guests know when the staff/student/team they are looking for will be next available to help them.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to ‘meet’ new students, and be an invaluable part of a brand new event for the University. If you’d like to get involved, please check with your manager then register your interest here>>

Our virtual Open Day | Rā Tōmene will run from 9.00am to 5.45pm on Thursday 9 July. The events team will schedule volunteers based on their availability.

Thank you to all those across the University who are working hard to bring this event to life – we look forward to another great day, online!

Information on how to get involved as a volunteer for the on-campus event will be coming soon.

Ngā mihi,

UC Events

Applications for the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards, and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards 2020

Kia ora koutou,

Applications are now open for the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards for 2020.

Please visit the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards webpage for full details and the application form.

These awards recognise and assist exceptional professional development initiatives and are available to continuing general staff members. I encourage both work teams and individuals to apply.

The Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards for 2020 are also open.

These awards now include a Recognition award for engagement with health and safety at the university, and an Initiative Award that is to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health and Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College.

These are open to all fixed-term and continuing staff and I encourage both work teams and individuals to apply.

Previous winners include –

Julian Phillips, Technician, Mechanical Engineering, joined a group of students for a humanitarian effort repairing medical equipment in the Solomon Islands.

The UC Grounds team, Facilities Services, developed a highly innovative and workable solution improving hazard awareness and safety of the community whilst mowing.

Te Paea Paringatai, Manager Customer Services, Library, attending and presenting a paper at the IFLA World Library & Information Congress in Athens, Greece.

https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/ld/dev_plan/vc_awards/previous-awards-list.shtml

Applications for both awards close on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

ACU Digital Now events: “Strategies for successfully moving courses online” and “Going Global 2020: From Global Goals to Global Learning”

Kia ora colleagues The following invitation has been received from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. These events are free as part of our membership.  If you want the information but the time zone doesn’t suit, register for the event and they will then send you a link to the recorded webinar.

Connect with colleagues from across the Commonwealth – attend an ACU Digital Now event.

International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work. ACU Digital Now is part of our commitment to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond. We are using digital solutions to cross borders, narrow divides, and create access to inspire change.

From free webinars offering practical advice and lessons learned, to virtual conferences exploring a range of key areas in higher education – ACU Digital Now marks a digital step change in how we collaborate with each other.

Get insights and perspectives from universities across the Commonwealth to advance your knowledge and support your work. Register online to attend an ACU Digital Now event:

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.

If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards,  The ACU

Professorial Lecture Series

Celebrating Fresh Thinking:

Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Mukundan Ramakrishnan and Professor Andreas Willig in the first presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2020.

Date:               Thursday, 2 July, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Location:        E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

 “Digital Pathology Research in the NZ Context” – Presented by Professor Mukundan Ramakrishnan, Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering.

In the rapidly growing field of digital pathology, several new image analysis and machine learning algorithms are currently being developed for automated extraction and quantification of tissue biomarkers used in pathological evaluations. The application of digital technology in pathology has the potential to transform care of breast cancer patients through improved pathology workflow, early and accurate disease diagnosis and enhanced disease management.  However, despite numerous benefits digital pathology offers for routine diagnosis, its uptake in clinical practice in New Zealand has been slow.  Our research group (Computer Graphics and Medical Image Analysis group, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering) has established strong research collaborations with anatomical pathologists specialising in breast cancer, and is at the forefront of research and development in this field in New Zealand. This lecture gives an overview of the projects undertaken by the group in the past few years, some of the key accomplishments, and the current state of research.  This lecture also looks at the challenges in the adoption of digital pathology implementation in clinical practice, and discusses how some of the emerging technologies could be used in future for the transition of digital pathology from 2D to 3D tissue specimen analysis.

“Past and Upcoming Research in Wireless Networking” – Presented by Professor Andreas Willig, Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering.

 In the first part of this talk I will focus on wireless body sensor networks (WBSNs), a technology in which a group of sensors is attached to the human body to collect vital signals. These sensors communicate wirelessly amongst each other, using standardized technologies like the IEEE 802.15.4 personal area network. It is of critical importance that this communication is reliable, but unfortunately WBSNs can easily experience interference from other technologies (like WiFi) or from other WBNs using the same technology. We will discuss results on the impact of interference and some ways to manage it.

The second part of this talk is more futuristic. In recent years, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have found numerous applications, e.g. in delivery of goods, aerial photography, asset inspection and other fields. So far, most of these applications have relied on single drones. There is now growing interest in going beyond this and to consider applications of collaborating swarms or formations of drones. We look into some of the communications / networking and coordination challenges that need to be solved to support networks of hundreds / thousands / ten-thousands .. of drones.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau