Category Archives: UC News

Appointment of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategic Projects

While it was decided in August that the proposed Lincoln University UC partnership proposal would not proceed, the University is moving forward with a new and exciting partnership with Lincoln – a joint postgraduate and research institute.

Also involving relevant Crown Research Institutes, the initiative had been proposed as part of the initial partnership proposal but is something both parties have committed to moving forward.

Professor Wendy Lawson will lead UC’s role in the establishment of the initiative, accepting a temporary secondment into the new position of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategic Projects from 14 October 2019 until 30 June 2020.

In this role, Professor Lawson will also assist Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wright with Research and Innovation related projects.

Dean of Science Professor Janet Carter will step into the role of Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science, and member of the Senior Management Team, for the duration of Professor Lawson’s secondment.

Congratulations to Professors Lawson and Carter on their appointments.

UC Strategy – thank you and next steps

Thank you to everyone who attended the UC Strategy presentation this week. It was great to see so many staff at these sell-out presentations engaged around working together to bring the strategic vision to life.

Just to note, the Strategy was officially approved by the UC Council on 25 September and implementation plans are well under way with working groups in place. Actions are being prioritised around the near term and beyond.  If you have further comments on the implementation of the Strategy and priority actions you can email your comments to strategicplanning@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you were unable to attend a presentation you can view a recording of the presentation here and visit the dedicated UC Strategy Site – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora

We would appreciate you not forwarding the strategy site or details externally until after our gala dinner launching the strategy externally next Wednesday evening, 23 October.

Big community reaction to Eleanor Hurton’s story

Communications received a number of emails this week from young people with disabilities who were inspired by the story of Eleanor Hurton, reported in The Star newspaper recently.

Communications put Star reporter Jess Gibson in touch with Eleanor because she’d won two Blues awards and seemed an ideal fit for the newspaper’s new ‘Young & Successful’ column.

Eleanor is an amazing disability advocate as well as a Master’s of Sociology student who has an auditory processing disability herself.

The young people who emailed us had disabilities themselves or were looking for more information for siblings with disabilities. Many of them had been told they wouldn’t succeed at university – even those at the top of their class! – due to their disabilities. They had never seen a positive representation of someone ‘like them’ and were so excited and inspired that is was quite humbling. Many of our email writers are now applying to UC!

Communications replied to the emails and shared our equity and disability webpage links for further information. Eleanor is already part of the UCMe campaign launching at the start of 2020, so that also is very inspiring for young people with disabilities.

Takeaways from this experience:
One news story can make a huge difference to someone’s life.
Young people with disabilities don’t often see successful examples of people like them.
There may be some misinformation out there about who can succeed at university.

James Logie building refurbishment completed

College of Arts staff are excited to finally begin the reoccupation of the newly refurbished James Logie Building on Monday 21 October.

Significant renovations have included the incorporation of stylish new communal spaces and kitchen facilities along with extensive energy efficiency improvements extending to new double-glazed windows, improved insulation levels and an improved radiator system.

Work will start shortly on similar renovations to the Elsie Locke Building. This work is expected to complete in June 2020.

Under Pressure: Understanding assessment anxiety

Help your students cope with assessment-related anxiety with this new online resource by Dr Valerie Sotardi (College of Education, Health & Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora educational psychologist) and Associate Professor Erik Brogt (Learning Evaluation and Academic Development team).

First year students can be particularly vulnerable as they transition to university life, but help is at hand with new resources for students and teachers, funded by Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand’s Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and available on their website.

Top tips for teachers:
• Being familiar with NCEA content and structure
• Teaching for transfer of knowledge
• Setting clear expectations
• Communicating the purpose of an assessment
• Building student confidence
• Identifying a clear contact person for the course
• Creating a sense of belonging
• The learning environment matters
• Knowing the referral process

Read the full guide here: Mitigating Assessment Anxiety in First-Year University Students: A resource guide for teaching staff

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