Category Archives: Organisational Development

Upcoming Robotic Process Automation Bootcamp

The Intelligent Automation team at UC are happy to announce  that the first five-day Robotic Process Automation (RPA) bootcamp will be held from 4 to 8 May.

Price Waterhouse Cooper will be offering this training to enhance RPA developer capability beyond the foundational training. The course covers three to four hours of theory each day, and then two to three hours of Practical exercises. On the fifth day, attendees will complete a case study and present back. After the training, attendees will be able to create robust automation solutions, and run automation scripts using UiPath.

This training is designed to equip staff with the necessary skills to participate in Robotic Process Automation in a variety of capacities such as:

  • Enthusiast / Change leader within teams
  • Developer
  • Implementation Manager

The best candidates for the bootcamp are IT developers, business analysts across the university, process owners, but really anyone who has logical workflow thinking and is interested in become an “RPA Enthusiast”.

If you are interested in attending, please discuss this with your manager and then notify us of your interest.

For more information, please see the  L&D page.

“Developing the Next Generation of Researchers”

We are members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. This gives us access to a number of exciting and varied events and opportunities. An upcoming event is “Developing the Next Generation of Researchers” in March, in Ghana.

This event will provide an opportunity for senior academic staff and emerging researchers to explore innovative approaches to professional development and collaboration.  The workshop will be split into two halves: the first two days will be for early career researchers, the last two days for senior staff, and a cross-over day in the middle. Sessions will consist of panel presentations, group activities and discussion.

Please see the ACU website for more information.

ACU also offer Early Career Conference funding grants. These open sometime this month.

“Language loss and revitalisation” Association of Commonwealth Universities newsletter

The ACU Review is now available online, celebrating and showcasing the remarkable work of universities across the Commonwealth and their contribution to the world around them.

Our first issue focuses on endangered languages and how ACU members are working with indigenous communities to protect and preserve our planet’s linguistic diversity. Read the first issue here.

We’d love to hear your feedback! Write to us at review@acu.ac.uk

Current culture; new strategy – Weaving the Rope #3 on 12 Feb

Kia ora koutou

Happy New Year! You will recall as part of Whiria te taura tangata we ran two Weaving the Rope sessions last year. In September Karen Mather (Organisational Development Manager) and Pam Wilson (Senior Consultant from Human Synergistics) facilitated a session on “How Culture Works”. In November Professor Michael Leiter from Deakin University ran a session on workplace civility and respect.

We are kick-starting 2020 with the third Weaving the Rope session on Wednesday 12 February. We are fortunate to have Shaun McCarthy (Managing Director of Human Synergistics Australia and New Zealand) and Pam Wilson on campus. Shaun will talk about the role Organisational Culture plays when implementing a new organisational strategy. We will then look at how continuing to focus on building a constructive culture will support implementation of the strategy and contribute to the likelihood of success.

During the session we will take a look at UC’s culture results and help make the links between our results and our new strategy. We’ll look at what our results are telling us in terms of what will help us and also what may need some focus to set us up for success.

For those who have not heard Shaun speak before, he is a wealth of knowledge and always attracts a large crowd! Numbers are limited to 125 per session, to secure your seat please register for one of the two events below via Eventbrite. The session will go for one hour with the option to stay for a further 30 minutes for questions and further discussion.

Eventbrite Registration for 12 Feb 10:30am-11:30am

Eventbrite Registration for 12 Feb 1:00pm-2:00pm

Technical session

I would also like to hear if there is interest in Shaun McCarthy running a more technical session on Thurs 13 Feb 1pm-2pm. In the past there have been questions about the research, statistics and norms. This will go ahead if we have sufficient registrations. This would be suitable for those who would like to delve more deeply into the workings of Human Synergistics tools. It would be very helpful to send through questions you have – this will help to shape the session. Numbers are limited to 50 for this session. Please email rachel.dillon@canterbury.ac.nz if you are interested in attending this technical session.

Helpful links

Want to know more about how the “Weaving the Rope” name evolved? https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/od/org-culture-prog/whiria-story/index.shtml

Find out more about UC’s organisational development https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/od/org-culture-prog/index.shtml

For further Information on Weaving the Rope https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/od/org-culture-prog/rope-weave/index.shtml

Ngā mihi

Rachel Dillon

Organisational Development Consultant

First Tertiary Technicians Symposium: save the date and register interest (ATEM)

Kia ora Technical Staff

I have received information of an opportunity in the New Year. UC is a member of ATEM* so if there is a discount for members, ensure this is applied when registering.

“The Aotearoa ATEM committee is organising a Tertiary Technicians Symposium on the 10th February 2020 at Victoria University of Wellington. The aim of the day is to improve the visibility and recognition of our technical workforce, provide them with an opportunity to network with their peers and help them explore professional development opportunities. This is intended to be an interactive day with workshops to untangle the new Worksafe regulations and some psychological first aid training to help technicians who are encountering students with emotional and mental health issues. We hope to bring in a keynote from Weta Digital for some inspiration followed by a panel of tertiary technicians sharing their career pathways and professional development choices. If that is not enough to get you all excited we are also organising some site visits to other tertiary providers on the morning of Tuesday 11th February for those who are interested in exploring the technical facilities of their fellow institutions.

Date: Monday 10 & Tues 11 February 2020, Venue: VUW, Pipitea Campus.  See more details in our Draft Agenda and please register your interest via email and we will notify you of the opening of the registrations as soon as they open.”

*Association for Tertiary Education Management