Category Archives: Learning & Development

PowerPoint Presentation and Audience Not Listening? Tap “B”.

If you are giving a PowerPoint presentation and your audience is not listening or is distracted by the content on your slide, you can refocus their attention on you by tapping the “B” key on your keyboard at any time to black out the PowerPoint screen (or tap the “W” key to white out the screen). Tap the same key to make the slide visible again.

This is very handy to do while you are talking to the audience, in order to get them to listen to you rather than read the slide (and thus probably not listen to you)!


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99%! Whiria te Taura Tangata #10

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa

Arts and Engineering The Organisational Culture Inventory/ Organisational Effectiveness Inventory questionnaires for the Colleges of Arts and Engineering are opening at the end of this month.

Please talk to your Head of Department/School or your HR Team if you want more information, and look for communications from your College in the lead up to the surveys.

Progress across UC

Once the Colleges of Arts and Engineering surveys are complete, 99% of staff will have had the opportunity to feed into the conversation about ‘actual’ and ‘desired’ UC culture.  That’s pretty impressive!

Soon we will see some more ‘re-tests’ undertaken. It has been three years since the College of Education, Health and Human Development and the HR Service Unit filled out their first round of surveys.  Look out for information about this if you are in those work areas.

Problem Solving Circles How are the PSC going? Does anyone have any success stories to share? Please post a comment if you do, I’d love to hear from you.

November Blue CLUES The November session for those involved in Culture Leadership will be the ‘red’ companion piece to the ‘green’ session run back in June.  ‘Leading Groups from the Red into the Blue’ will look at the four aggressive-defensive styles with a view to understanding what causes them to occur. This session will also delve into conflict situations so we can develop and reinforce strategies to manage these constructively. Invites and details to be confirmed soon.

Hei konā mai

Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

Whiria te Taura Tangata | Weave the Rope of People – UC’s Organisational Culture Development Programme

Vice-Chancellor & Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award Winners 2018

2018 Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards

Alongside Paul O’Flaherty, Executive Director HR | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata, Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae  presented awards to the following recipients at the ceremony on 30 August 2018:

  • Rebecca Hurrell
  • Rebecca Warr and Pamela Glover
  • Naomi Wilde
  • Catherine Woods
  • Jace Carson (who was unable to attend)

Held annually, the awards are a chance for our General Staff to be recognised and rewarded for seeking out exceptional professional development opportunities, such as: visits to other higher educational institutions, staff exchanges, specialised training, conferences and more.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards 2018

Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae, presented alongside Steve Hunter, Health and Safety Manager, awards to the following recipients at the awards on 30 August 2018:

  • Mary Watson
  • Library H&S Group (Mushtak Dawood accepted on behalf)
  • Michael Sandridge
  • Charmaine Atherfold, Julie Stafford and Dave MacPherson

The Awards are designed to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health & Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College.

Congratulations to all of our winners 

Cyber security: yes, lock your doors

It’s National Cyber Smart Week.

Are you still leaving your digital security wide open? So many people do. But so many people get hacked, and…

IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!!!
Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Start moving in the right direction now.
Here are 2 great links to help you get started:

Link 1: Protect your online self this Cyber Smart Week

Link 2: Keen to know where to start with cyber security? Learn the basics here.


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Wrap Text in Word Tables or Excel Cells

If you are working in a table in Word or in a cell in Excel, and you wish to wrap a line of text manually, here’s the key:

Alt + Enter

If you press the Alt + Enter keys on the keyboard while you are typing in a Word table or Excel cell, it will give you a new line for the text while still remaining within the same table/cell.

This gives you more control of the text layout, and enables you to avoid having to manually adjust the width of the column.


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