Category Archives: Staff Success

Are you Living the Change?

Living the Change: inspiring stories for a sustainable future will be making its Christchurch premiere at UC this October.

The film explores solutions to the global crises we face to day – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

UC’s own Dr Susan Krumdieck is featured in the film, having been approached by the Directors as they looked for people who ‘walked the talk’ on sustainability.

“They wanted to include some experts and I believe that as they talked to people, my name kept coming up.”

When Dr Krumdieck moved to New Zealand from the USA in 2000, one of the main areas of research she  wanted to pursue was energy transition. The science was clear and the need to take climate action and reduce dependence on fossil fuels was paramount.

“In this film, I talk about how the reality of the future is a sober one where renewable energy is used, yes, but the total consumption of energy and resources is much less than today. (Renewable energy) is not really a choice, it is the only option.”

Dr Krumdieck is currently teaching a unit on Transition Engineering in her final year elective course, Energy Engineering.

Date: Thursday 18 October, 5.30 – 7.30pm
Location: Jack Mann Auditorium

Dr Krumdieck will be taking part in a Q&A with one of the Directors, at this screening. 

Dr Ronán Feehily wins UC Business School Early Career Researcher Award

The 2018 recipient of the UC Business School Early Career Researcher Award is Dr Ronán Feehily, senior lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.

Ronán has worked as an academic on three continents, and his research profile reflects the global reach of his publications.

His research interests lie primarily in the field of international commercial dispute resolution. Additional research interests include corporate governance, international trade and legal education.

He is the author of 17 peer reviewed journal articles in leading journals in the USA, UK and South Africa (including 7 A, 2 B, and 6 C ranked publications).

He has also edited a book and co-authored a new edition of An Introduction to the Law of Contract in New Zealand. He has delivered nine conference papers at leading conferences in the UK and Africa covering various aspects of his research interests.

While his publications have been cited on numerous occasions by various authors, there are two references that are particularly noteworthy. The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Head for Asia and the Pacific, cited the article ‘Confidentiality and Transparency in International Commercial Arbitration: Finding the Right Balance’, published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review (Volume 22, Spring 2017, 275-323), as a major contribution to the advancement of rule-based commerce and to the promotion of multilateral trade and investment laws.

The proposals for regulatory and law reform contained in the article dealing with costs sanctions published in the South African Law Journal in 2009, were cited by Prof Alan Rycroft, who mentioned in particular that Dr Feehily’s prediction was accurate that commercial mediation would not become a prominent form of dispute resolution in South Africa until heavy costs penalties are deployed by the courts (see Alan Rycroft ‘What should the consequences be of an unreasonable refusal to participate in ADR?’ (2014) 131 South African Law Journal 778).

Ronán’s research has also contributed to proposals for law reform in Ireland, and his proposals were incorporated by the Irish Law Reform Commission in their report ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Conciliation’.

The report ultimately led to the enactment of the Mediation Act 2017, introducing a legal framework for the use of mediation in civil and commercial disputes in Ireland.

He is currently involved in an interdisciplinary project with Julia Wu, an ACIS lecturer in accounting, involving an investigation into institutional investors/shareholders and their experience with audit committees, and the impact it has on corporate governance in New Zealand.

The project has received Business School funding and will result in an article in a highly ranked peer-reviewed corporate governance journal and at least one conference paper.

Please join us in congratulating Ronán on this well-deserved recognition of his research success.

Problem Solving Circles – Whiria te Taura Tangata – update #8

Kia ora koutou! Our next seminar on organisational culture leadership is nearly upon us. This year seems to be flying by so I hope you are able to take the time to attend one of the four Blue CLUES options coming up.

UC Leaders will have received their invitations to this event.

The culture development activities we are undergoing as part of making the changes we have said we want are focusing on three levels – organisational, group/team and individual. 

Problem Solving Circles focus at the group level and can be used with intact teams or with people who come together for a specific or even one-off purpose. For example – when initiating something new or examining an opportunity or problem (research groups, project teams) or when debriefing (root-cause analysis or critical incident debrief team). They can be used to examine an issue or a topic over a period of time but are also helpful when a quick decision is needed.

In groups we often jump to an early solution. We frequently  don’t properly define the issue. We may not listen to everyone’s opinions. Problem Solving Circles are a series of tools wrapped into one process to help us overcome these situations. They support constructive behaviours within the group.

We invite work areas to consider hosting a Blue CLUES. This will involve opening the session and giving us a look into your culture journey. We’ll help with the content of the session and do all the admin. Your HR Advisors will approach you about taking a turn.

Thanks to the College of Education, Health and Human Development for hosting the upcoming seminar.

August Blue CLUES: Problem Solving Circles

As Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the College of Education, Health and Human Development I’m delighted the College will be hosting our next Whiria Te Taura Tangata – Blues Clues – with a focus on Problem Solving Circles. There will be four workshops scheduled at different times to help staff find one to fit their schedule.

Each workshop will be opened by a different leader from our College who will reflect on their experience of problem solving in the context of leading change in their School or unit. We hope that these workshops will provide leaders from across UC an opportunity to come together and reflect on how we solve problems at the moment, and how this particular methodology could help us improve our constructive engagement across teams and units.

From my perspective and experience of using this tool at UC, I’ve appreciated how straightforward using the Problem Solving Circles method actually is. I’ve found the process can support a team or group to collaboratively arrive at a better quality outcome – without the need for expert facilitation or individual skill development.   Letitia

Professor Letitia Hochstrasser Fickel, Ed.D,
Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor | Amorangi Taupua, College of Education, Health & Human Development |Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.

Finding Out More

I write this from home following foot surgery and I will miss the first couple of Blue CLUES. I leave you in the very capable hands of the College of Education, Health and Human Development and my colleagues. Ngā mihi mō tō manaakitanga mai,  Karen Mather.

Technology Enabled Learning Facility (TELF): A new service for Lecturers

The Technology Enabled Learning Facility (TELF) is a new service offered by the e-Learning team to support lecturers in the use of learning technologies. James Hight Room 502 has been equipped a lectern and other technologies typically found in UC teaching spaces.

With support of members of the e-learning team, lecturers utilising this service are able:

  • Practice using and/or receive training in the use of the teaching technologies (lectern) found in UC teaching spaces.
  • Create teaching materials (video recordings, narrated PowerPoint presentations etc.).
  • Teach classes and conduct tutorials to students at a distance using web conferencing (Adobe Connect, Zoom).

If you wish to use this service contact a member of the e-learning Support team.




Innovation Jumpstart – Models for commercialisation workshop 3 August

Just how do you go about commercialising an innovation? What things should you concentrate on to increase your chances of success?

There are many models for commercialisation, often with contradictory advice. As part of the Innovation Jumpstart 2018 competition Adrian Busch from R&I gives a whistle-stop tour of six such models, and attempts to garner a little guidance from each.

Date      3 Aug
Time      11.00am – 12.00pm
Venue   Ernest Rutherford 225

Please RSVP to Adrian Busch –

Sign up to Innovation Jumpstart now

You will become a part of UC’s innovation community which includes opportunities for support and to participate in workshops and seminars. You could also win one five $20,000 prizes.

Find more information and the Innovation Jumpstart application form here>

Innovation Jumpstart key dates:

  • Applications close 6.00pm, Friday 10 August 2018
  • Judging will take place over the following four weeks – shortlisted entrants may be asked to make a short presentation to the judging panel
  • Winners announced at a celebration event early October 2018