Category Archives: Student stories

Student First Programme Creates One-Stop-Shop of Resources For Stakeholders

Student First Programme Communications Advisor, Nicki Tipa was excited to launch the programme’s new intranet site at the July Community Update. The Student First Programme team creates a wealth of resources for its stakeholders, including user guides, news articles and videos, but without a place to house them, they go underutilised. The main driver for the new site was to give the programme’s stakeholders increased access to resources and the ability to easily share these with their teams.

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The Student First Programme Intranet is visible only to UC staff, so when you first visit you’ll need to set up your login details. Here’s some quick instructions to get you up and running:

  1. Go to Student First Programme Intranet. (We recommend using Chrome.)
  2. You will be sent to a WordPress login page – Enter your UC credentials and check the ‘remember me’ box so the details are saved. Click LOG IN.
  3. You should now see the SFP home page, bookmark this for future reference.

The site is still a work in progress and the team welcomes your feedback. Simply email studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz.

Student First Programme’s Process Manager, Tim Hatherley-Green, updated the Community Group on upcoming releases for the remainder of 2019 where the Programme will continue to focus on building more functionality into ourUC (the replacement for Jade), where staff will do their work in the future.

Rachel Montejo, Student First Programme Project Manager – Academic, announced the Programme’s trial of a new Skype Hotline to provide additional support for UC staff helping students during the busy mid-year enrolment period.

See the highlights of the July community update here (14 mins):

July Community Update Video

What’s the latest?

Release 14.0 is the latest from the Student First Programme and will provide foundation benefits for 2020 enrolment enhancements.

This release affected a small number of staff in the College of Arts and featured improvements to workflows such as qualifications with automatic approval being ‘turned on’ to enable them to be processed through ourUC. This release also included an exciting update for better application administration with the creation of the first version of the Task Manager where staff will access their tasks in the future.

The greatest benefit of this release is that the successful deployment of the Qualification entry and Task Manager for the College of Arts provides proof these enhancements can be rolled out for other Colleges in the future.

Watch out for more news about our upcoming releases and new features. If you have questions about the Student First Programme ask your manager or contact the team at studentfirstprogramme@canterbury.ac.nz

UCSA Staff of the Year Awards 2019

Voting for Staff of the Year Awards 2019 has opened!

Since 1995, the UCSA Staff of the Year Awards (formerly Lecturer of the Year Awards) gives students a voice in nominating and deciding the most inspiring and dedicated lecturers, supervisors, administrators, and other non-academic staff members who have given students help and support.

What’s more, when students make a nomination/vote, they are in the draw to win 1 of 4 $50 UCSA Cafe and Bar vouchers.

So encourage your students to vote! You could encourage them to vote for your colleagues or any other UC staff members you think are deserving of an award (or if you are feeling especially confident, you could encourage them to nominate you! Image result for emoticon).

Here’s the link for the voting site: http://ucsa.org.nz/soty to pass on to your students. Below is the QR code you can put on your slides:


And if you would like having some SOTY 2019 posters for your departments, please contact UCSA Advocacy & Welfare Manager, Ee-Li Hong, at ee-li.hong@ucsa.org.nz, who will make personal delivery of the posters to your department! Image result for delivery

Have your say in a student research survey

My name is Jessica Bishop, a student of the Masters of Applied Psychology (APSY) program at UC and I am seeking participants who can complete an online survey that should take no longer than 15 minutes, with a prize draw offered for participation.

My research project investigates how organisations shape their cultures to support positive employee attitudes and behaviours.

Participants must be:

·      In full time employment
·      White collar or service industry professions
·      18 years or over

Below is a link to the survey, where you will also find more information about your involvement in the research:

http://canterbury.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9YcvBqXTp6QWDs1

UC Sustainability Champion: Meet Mikaila

Mikaila Ceelen-Thomas | Masters in Commerce, Green Marketing Guru and Eco Volunteer

This year, we’re proud to be profiling students and staff who we believe are contributing to the culture of sustainability at UC. We are running this campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so get thinking about who you’ll be nominating this year! Nominations for the Awards are open from the 5 – 31 August.

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our next Sustainability Champion profile from the wonderful Mikaila – our social media superstar, ray of sunshine and Eco Volunteer (all while studying towards her Masters in Commerce). You might even recognise her from the latest issue of Canta – fittingly, it’s the Environment Issue!Mikaila zooming on her bike in the latest issue of Canta (photo credit: Java Katzur)

Tell us about yourself!

I am currently doing an MCOM Majoring in Marketing, my focus mainly on over consumption and why people choose to consume less / follow a sustainable lifestyle. Marketing for me is the gateway to reduce environmental impacts in the workplace and society – raising awareness about green marketing and leading by example. A fun fact about myself I love marmite on ice cream (don’t knock it till you try it).

Tell us how you become involved with sustainability at UC.

 After coming home from my exchange in the Netherlands I realised the huge passion I had for the environment and ensuring we maintain our relationship with mother nature. When coming back to UC I sought out for sustainability focused clubs and the got in touch with the Sustainability Office. I found some pretty awesome clubs in relation to making a difference and getting involved, and joining the Eco Volunteer team was a great move, allowing me to meet and hang out with like minded people at sustainability events on campus. I also gained a better understanding of my personal relationship with sustainability and where I fit in. The UC Sustainability team played a big role in helping me get more involved – now I work with Chloe from the Sustainability Office on social media and communications to promote sustainability events we have around campus. Helping get the message out and showing students how to get more involved with sustainability is key to increase engagement for students both on campus and in their personal lives.

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Mikaila (right) at UC Sustainability’s Rethink Your Wardrobe Clothes Swap event earlier this year, where she coordinated the social media coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has been a sustainability project that has meant a lot to you?

One area for me would be combining sustainability and engagement through social media. My main focus is communicating with students and staff the work we are doing around campus and our upcoming events. Ensuring that students are aware of the cool events we put on such as our Bike Breakfast or Zero Waste Workshops and then sharing a snippet of the action through blog posts, Instagram takeovers and Facebook. It’s so exciting to see all the people who come along to the events, and you can see this is often the start of something bigger for them. For example, we had 100 students come along to our Plastic Free July workshop! Right now I’m helping Chloe run some really cool giveaways over social media for Plastic Free July and Fairtrade Fortnight, and boy do students love giveaways!! It’s been really cool seeing students tag in their friends and flatmates in the competitions, and watching how excited people are getting about winning eco products like reusable straws and beeswax wraps is so cool!

I’m also a major contributor to the latest edition of Canta, which is the Environmental / Sustainability Issue (find me in Flat Famous – wohoo!!), and I’m doing some Plastic Free July blogging for the Sustainability Office on campus this week, so watch this space!

Mikaila with the pile of eco giveaways for Plastic Free July and Fairtrade Fortnight, where she has been coordinating the content for social media giveaways and competitions

What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC?

How UC is continuously striving to become more sustainable, little things such as the Cup Library in both the Eng Core and the Undercroft are big for me. Since being a fresher at UC I have seen some pretty cool developments and become much more aware of how sustainable our campus is. Who knew we have plenty of fruit trees on campus? Also how the UCSA’s Tea Party and other events have switched from plastic disposable cups to reusable ones – and not to forget our beautiful community garden – it makes me proud to be a student at UC.

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Mikaila (bottom left) and her flatmates featuring in the Environmental Issue of Canta (photo credit:  Java Katzur)

Where to next for you?

This is my final year studying (woohoo), after finishing my thesis I shall step out into the real world and find myself a job. Ideally I will be working with a clean, green company that’s positively impacting the way we consume products. However, I would love to help guide businesses with sustainable practices, helping them grow and gain a better appreciation for our environment and why we need to take great care of it.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our Sustainability Champions Campaign, where we profile UC students and staff doing great things for sustainability. This is part of our wider communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.