Category Archives: UC News

UC membership in The Conversation gains momentum

By now, we hope you’ve heard the exciting news that UC is a member of The Conversation, which has the primary and lofty goal of “democratizing knowledge.”

The Conversation is an independent, non-profit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public. These pieces are syndicated by media outlets across the world.

In addition to the measurable visibility through readership of The Conversation and its network of re-publishers (national and international journalists and media outlets), authors report significant increases in requests for further academic collaborations, support for current or future grants or funding support, citations for scholarly articles, influence on policy by decision-makers and requests for media interviews (radio, print and TV).

Some recent UC articles include:

If you want to know more or need support to submit an article contact your dedicated communications advisor or Margaret Agnew:

Breeze RobertsonArts
Aleisha BlakeBusiness and Law
Breeze RobertsonEducation, Health and Human Development
Hannah SeeleyEngineering
Corrina DonaldsonScience


How it works

  • Academic staff submit brief “pitches” for possible stories to The Conversation editors, in response to topic-specific requests, or proactively to share research, scholarship or creative work of interest to the public. Pitches can be made directly to editors through a simple online form, or with facilitation from their dedicated Communications Advisor*.
  • The UC Communications team also receives an expert callout email each day from The Conversation and will follow up directly with relevant academics to see if they can write an article.
  • Once a pitch is accepted, academics collaborate directly with editors from The Conversation to develop the article. Once complete, the piece is published in the online edition of The Conversation, included in the outlet’s outbound emails and made available to a network of potential re-publishers. UC Communications also shares content by its authors through appropriate UC channels, including UC News, e-newsletters and social media. 
  • As with other news media, “pitches” need to be topical and timely. Once accepted the articles need to be quickly written and approved for publication, otherwise the moment is lost.
  • Authors have access to an analytics dashboard and can see the number of reads the article has received, the geographic location of readers and where the piece has been republished. Dashboards also monitor all engagement on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as well as comments on the site, which authors can respond to, providing an opportunity to network with other academics.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Jayne Austin at or Margaret Agnew at, Communications and Events:

Supporting our students through COVID19


Since the nationwide lockdown was announced,  UC staff members from across the University have been asking how they can support students experiencing financial hardship because of COVID19.

In response to this outpouring of goodwill, the UC Foundation established the Emergency Student Relief Fund. This Fund is helping students in need of immediate financial assistance.

So far over $6,000 has been donated by staff and alumni around the world. The commitment to our UC community has been remarkable. The UC Foundation would like to recognise the staff members who are making a difference to our students’ wellbeing.  If you’re able and would like to contribute, your support would mean so much to students experiencing financial hardship. 

The Emergency Student Relief Fund is helping students access hardship grants to cover essential bills like rent and wifi to access online learning. Foodbank grants are also available to students in need.

Donations are being channelled through the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team. They’re doing an outstanding job connecting students to the many channels of support available to them.

The Postgraduate Office is also working with the UC Foundation to make hardship grants available for self-funded UC doctoral candidates needing short-term emergency support. The Kopa Iti grant is available to PhD candidates who have exhausted all other financial options.

If you know any students in need of financial assistance, please encourage them to contact the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare team to find out if they qualify for support. 

Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to the Emergency Student Relief Fund. You are making a difference.

If you have any questions, please contact

New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura awards

New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura has 50+ awards in 2020 ranging from $1,000 to $15,0000 in value, including for research.

Please share this information and opportunity with your women students, colleagues and whanau.

The awards on offer are for women who are studying, undertaking research or innovative projects in New Zealand. Information on the awards offered are available on the website

There are three types of awards on offer:
• Second-chance Education for women returning to study at foundation certificate, diploma or degree levels
• Awards for women or groups undertaking research that will be of benefit to women and girls in New Zealand
• Awards for study or projects with a specific purpose. There is quite a range – have a look to see if any suit the programme of study or innovation that you are pursuing.

Awards offered include:
Refugee Study Award – one award for $3,000 sponsored by Graduate Women Manawatu Charitable Trust
The Gwen Ryan Educational Award for Migrant-refugee Women – one award for $3000 for a migrant or refugee woman who is undertaking education at tertiary level
Sonja Davies Peace Award – one award up to $4,000 promotes initiatives that advance peace in New Zealand. The award is available to a woman or group led by a woman who is developing an initiative that will help them create a more peaceful world at home, school, the workplace, or in the community. (Not for tertiary study).
The Public Service Association Award (PSA Award) – one award for $3000 for a woman studying at post-graduate level in New Zealand, in the area of gender and pay equity.
An Outward Bound Classic and an Outward Bound Discovery course, co-sponsored by Outward Bound and New Horizons for Women: Hine Kahukura

Applications for all awards close 30 April. Apply here

New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura would like to acknowledge the many sponsors, donors and benefactors that have made it possible to offer these awards.

Mobile phone usage

You may be using your UC mobile phone more than usual as you stay in touch with colleagues and use various apps. If you exceed 500MB of data you will receive a warning. You don’t need to be concerned about warnings of data usage, as each staff member has 2GB to use. If you have questions, then log an Assyst ticket here.