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Be part of Rā Tōmene | On campus Open Day this year!

This year’s Rā Tōmene | On campus Open Day will take place on Thursday 27 August 2020. This is UC’s key recruitment event for future students, parents and whānau and its success depends on staff throughout UC.

Volunteering on the day is a great opportunity to meet future students and experience the buzz of Rā Tōmene | Open Day first hand. If you’d like to get involved, please check with your manager then register your interest by completing the online form here>.

Our events team are looking for 100 staff volunteers to fill the following roles: 

Supplier of smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you along our Rā Tōmene | Open Day trails, warmly welcoming our visitors to UC. Scan tickets, hand out tote bags, greet those coming from out of town on the free bus and wave them goodbye at the end of the day. With a big smile, you take care of those all-important frontline tasks.

Information guru – providing help and support is your gig.
We have stations across campus just for you. You’ll assist visitors with any questions they have – from where to get a good coffee, to the time their next information session starts.

Session greeter – you’re there to help people find their way.
You love the buzz of people gathering, ready to learn. Every hour a new information session begins and you’ll be at the front of the line, to scan people in, managing the flow of people in and out of lecture theatres and helping our guests find the right session. 

Data gatherer you’ll happily ask people what they think.
iPad in hand, we’re needing you and your smile to approach our guests and get their feedback on Rā Tōmene | Open Day. Using an online survey, you’re helping us get the information we need to ensure the success of our future events.

Campus explorer you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
You’ll be taking small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities (especially the sparkly new ones), helping them get a feel for UC. You’ll answer questions as you go, highlighting where things are happening on the day.

Airport ambassadorsyou’ll be the first face they see when they step off the plane
You’ll be based at Christchurch Airport, warmly greeting our domestic and international guests as they arrive. As a representative of UC, yours will be the first face they see in Ōtautahi Christchurch. You’ll assist our visitors with any questions they have and direct them to the free bus or other transport to their accommodation or Ilam Campus.

Rā Tōmene | Open Day runs from 9.00am to 5.00pm and is based in the centre of the Ilam campus. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a morning or afternoon session.

We encourage you to volunteer for the entire duration of a shift however if you are only available to volunteer for part of the shift please still sign up and email Lauren Robb with the times you are available to volunteer for.

Team leaders and/or managers are also welcome to volunteer their teams as a group in one of the above roles. This is a fantastic opportunity for your team to bond and make an impact by ‘owning’ a significant part of the event.

If your team is interested in being involved, please email Lauren Robb confirming the number of staff and the role your team would like to volunteer for.

Where possible, the events team will do their best to accommodate all requests.

Thank you to those across the University who are involved in planning this event, it’s shaping up to be a great day.

Professorial Lecture Series

Celebrating Fresh Thinking
Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Elena Moltchanova and Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2020.

Date:               Thursday, 13 August, 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:

 “Serial Killers, Epidemics and Control” – Presented by Professor Elena Moltchanova, School of Mathematics and Statistics.

How many patients can a doctor kill before someone notices? What about a statistician? (Hint: significantly more!) Could it have been stopped? When to declare an epidemic and what to do once it has been declared? When is it worth it to gamble? Is learning worth the wait? In this talk, I will discuss the underlying principles of the control chart theory which can help answer all these questions. I will also introduce a novel dynamic control chart and explain how, together with reinforcement learning, it can help us make better decisions in the future.

“Climate of Arid Environments: From central Iran to Dry Valleys of Antarctica” – Presented by Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza, School of Earth and Environment.

 In this talk I will give an overview of our research on the very hot and the very cold places on Earth. Arid environments – mainly defined by a distinct lack of surface water – might seem bland or unforgiving in a meteorological sense, but they provide some of the most interesting ‘wild’ temperature fluctuations of the atmosphere near the ground. For example, in the Dry Valleys, air temperature can increase by 30 degrees in just a couple of hours in the middle of winter and the absence of the sun.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau

UC Policy Library review process documentation updated

Minor amendments have been made to process documents regarding reviewing existing UC Policy Library (UCPL) documents and creating new UCPL documents.

These amendments are based on feedback from contact officers and stakeholders in recent months.

The amendments reflect what is commonly practiced but not explicitly stated in the previous process documentation.

The amendments include:

-Clarifying and stating when best to seek the Policy Unit’s drafting assistance and consultation guidance when reviewing existing UCPL documents (Policy Review Process PDF, 764KB).

– When best to consult the AVC Māori, Pacific and Equity where a new UCPL document is proposed (Developing New Document for UC Policy Library, PDF 405KB).

Adherence to these processes ensures a robust and comprehensive review occurs.

The updated processes are available via the UCPL here.