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Engagement Australia Excellence Awards 2020: apply here

The Engagement Australia Excellence Awards identify and celebrate the most exciting and impactful engagement activities undertaken by Australian and New Zealand universities. 

At UC we have a commitment to engagement within our community and encourage applications across the seven Award categories:

  • Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
    Recognising outstanding collaborations between communities, higher education and industry for societal benefit. 
  • Award for Excellence in Community Engagement: Closing the Gap
    Recognising outstanding collaborations between communities, higher education and industry that directly reduce disadvantage.
  • Award for Excellence in Industry Engagement
    Recognising outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education by members of tertiary education institutions, community and industry partners.
  • Award for Outstanding Engagement for Research Impact
    Recognising excellence in research and development activity, that makes a substantial difference to the community, undertaken jointly by researchers in tertiary education institutes and partners in the community, business and industry.
  • Award for Excellence in Student Engagement
    Recognising outstanding contributions that improve student engagement on campus, with industry and/or in community.
  • Award for Excellence in Alumni Engagement
    Recognising outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality alumni engagement and support in higher education.
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership in Engagement
    Recognising an individual who has made notable contributions to engagement above and beyond that expected for their role, resulting in sustained and impactful partnerships.

Download the Applicant Guidelines>
Visit the Awards Portal to make a submission. Applications close 7pm NZST 31 July 2020.

Award recipients will be announced at the Engagement Australia Awards dinner held in conjunction with the Engagement Australia Annual Symposium in November 2020. More information>

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.

Applications for both awards close on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

School of Music – Together Again in Concert

The School of Music is delighted to be back TOGETHER AGAIN in concert on June 22 in The Great Hall at the Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora. This concert is the first in a series of three concerts that form part of the Arts Centre Chamber Series – in association with UC.

To celebrate being back in the same place together, this concert programme will be feature bright lights from the baroque firmament. Led by local Baroque master musician, Tomas Hurnik, and UC Head of Performance, Mark Menzies, this programme will feature a sparkling array of musicians from the School of Music and our wider community.

The concert programme will feature something for everyone. Although perhaps a lesser known composer of this era, Georg Muffat is one of the driving figures in the evolution of the baroque style. His concerto grosso, Propitia Sydera, gives the theme of this dramatic concert – Bright Stars.

Vivaldi is one of the most well-loved and well-known baroque era composers. His La Notte recorder concerto continues the night theme, and in a more unnerving way: one section is titled “Fantasmi” and the work in general seems to ruminate in the dark shadows of night. This work will feature one of the bright stars of the School of Music, Lily Doak.

Certainly there were no brighter stars in the 1960’s than the Beatles and, as is inventively laid out by Peter Breiner’s Beatles go baroque concerto grosso, it is clear that the musical construction of Beatles’ songs are themselves baroque in craft. The humour present matches the gorgeously frothy spirit of Johann Heinichen’s Overture, and Telemann’s Recorder “concerto” styled overture that make up the rest of the performance.

As well as a gorgeous group of strings – made up of most of the string players from the School of Music – this concert will include a harpsichord, played by UC Alumni, Daniel Cooper. If you haven’t seen or heard a harpsichord being played before, you are in for a real treat.

The Great Hall fireplace will be lit, all the appropriate precautions to protect your health and safety will be taken, the entrance price is low, the music virtuosic. Come and join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening back TOGETHER AGAIN!

Concert details:

This concert is presented in cooperation with the Baroque Music Community and Educational Trust of New Zealand. N.B This concert will be a similar programme to a concert presented the previous day at The Piano.


HE KUPU WHAKAMAHARA | Autumn/Winter 2020

He Kupu Whakamahara | Chronicle No.59 went live on Friday 17 April, highlighting some of the excellent recent research and developments at UC, delivered straight to your inbox (no print version this time due to level 4 restrictions). Read it here>

From the maths behind the lockdown, to advice on leading staff through the pandemic – more recently our UC staff, students and graduands are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19 locally and globally.


A big thank you from the UC Print team

Last week the UC Print team sent a request to UC Admin Plus staff for help managing overflow printing from their on-campus office area.

The team would like to say a big thank you to those who responded with offering assistance. They were overwhelmed with the amazing response.

This is a good example of redeployment of available staff, staff’s willingness to be flexible, and the value of the UC Admin Plus network.

In addition to this, a number of people also responded to a call for help from Admin Plus to phone all UC’s mature students. With this help the team were able to make great progress in calling this group and feedback has been positive with respondents appreciating being contacted.

Professor Cheryl de la Rey also wished to convey her appreciation to all.

Tēnā koutou katoa

I would like to take a moment to convey my sincere thanks to the UC Admin Plus network on their willingness to support various needs across UC in these unprecedented times. Your overwhelming response to the request from the UC Print team for support in providing a printing service to students, was fantastic. This is the spirit that will see us through this challenging time. I am grateful to each of you for your commitment to UC. 

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae