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It’s UC’s birth-week, let’s celebrate our legend Dame Margaret Mahy

This Tuesday 16 June marked 147 years of UC history. To celebrate our Foundation Day, we’re spending this week reflecting on the triumphs of some of our legends.

New Zealand’s most celebrated children’s author of more than 120 titles.

After graduating from Canterbury University College in 1955, Margaret published her early stories in the NZ Department of Education School Journal.

Her first book, A Lion in the Meadow, was published in 1969 while working as a Librarian in the Canterbury Public Library. She produced over 100 picture books, 40 novels and 20 collections of short stories. Many of her works won medals and awards, and have been translated into a host of languages around the world. Some of her best known books include:

  • A lion in the meadow (1969)
  • The Dragon of an ordinary family (1969)
  • The man whose mother was a pirate (1972)
  • The Haunting (1982)
  • The Changeover (1984)
  • The catalogue of the Universe (1985)
  • The Moon and Farmer McPhee (2010)

In 1993, she was appointed to the Order of New Zealand, the highest of the country’s honours, for her lasting contribution to children’s literature.

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It’s UC’s birth-week, let’s celebrate our legend Elsie Locke

This Tuesday 16 June marked 147 years of UC history. To celebrate our Foundation Day, we’re spending this week reflecting on the triumphs of some of our legends.

A woman well ahead of her time – a renowned activist in the peace and feminist movements in New Zealand.

A woman well ahead of her time, Elsie Locke was an ardent campaigner for birth control, women’s rights, nuclear disarmament, social justice and the environment long before these causes became popular.

A member of the Communist Party from 1932-1956, she came to the attention of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service at the same time as she raised her four children and fought vigorously to improve the world around her. Her essay Looking for Answers, which won the Katherine Mansfield Memorial Award, describes these turbulent times.

She was a prolific writer, particularly of children’s books, and contributed to a great number of publications for schools including the New Zealand School Journal and a series of historical books that educated Aotearoa New Zealand children about their social history. She studied te reo Māori and incorporated biculturalism as a central feature in her writing long before it became fashionable.

In 1987, Elsie was awarded an Hon Doc Litt by UC for her remarkable contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand society, and the building that houses the English Department at the University is named for her.

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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.

https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/ld/dev_plan/vc_awards/previous-awards-list.shtml

Applications for both awards close on Wednesday 15 July 2020.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Cheryl de la Rey

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

ACU Digital Now events: “Strategies for successfully moving courses online” and “Going Global 2020: From Global Goals to Global Learning”

Kia ora colleagues The following invitation has been received from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. These events are free as part of our membership.  If you want the information but the time zone doesn’t suit, register for the event and they will then send you a link to the recorded webinar.

Connect with colleagues from across the Commonwealth – attend an ACU Digital Now event.

International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work. ACU Digital Now is part of our commitment to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond. We are using digital solutions to cross borders, narrow divides, and create access to inspire change.

From free webinars offering practical advice and lessons learned, to virtual conferences exploring a range of key areas in higher education – ACU Digital Now marks a digital step change in how we collaborate with each other.

Get insights and perspectives from universities across the Commonwealth to advance your knowledge and support your work. Register online to attend an ACU Digital Now event:

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We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards,  The ACU