Category Archives: UC News

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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Psychology of work, performance and wellbeing – Whiria te Taura Tangata #20

Kia ora e hoa!

I am on the cusp of a week’s leave which will definitely contribute to my own wellbeing.  So this is a short, but hopefully sweet, posting.

Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope – November – Psychology of work, performance and wellbeing session – next month we are very excited to be co-hosting, along with the College of Business and Law and the College of Science, Professor Michael Leiter from Deakin University, a world-renowned expert in the psychology of work!

Combining Blue CLUES and Weaving the Rope sessions together this time has allowed us run the same one hour session twice on 7 November to give you two options of time. Attendance is limited to 100 people per session.  There’s more information and registration details in this blog.

Weaving the Rope – our inaugural organisational culture sessions for all staff were held late last month. It was good to go back to basics and look at the How Culture Works Model. About 150 people attended and you can see details about what we covered on the OD website soon.

Opening up those silos – an article caught my attention this morning, especially the comments about intra-unit cooperation generally being high (we work well together) but inter-unit coordination is often seen as being problematic (they are difficult to work with).

That situation plays out in many of the culture outcomes across UC’s results. Is that your experience? If so, then the article might be worth five minutes of your time.  Trying to work across silos can be frustrating and detrimental to our wellbeing at work.

“If we want to achieve great things at work, to solve challenging and meaningful problems, and to live and work in constructive cultures — we must cultivate a broader sense of We”.

Ngā mihi, Karen Mather, Organisational Development Manager

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GradFest

GradFest is coming up!

What’s GradFest? A week of free seminars, workshops, and events especially for postgrad students, with social events at the end of each day where you can meet other research students.

Starting with an opening address from Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey, the week is packed with sessions on such topics as

  • The academic supervisory relationship
  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Giving research presentations
  • ESOL Smart Strategies throughout the thesis cycle
  • The Publication Process
    and more!

When’s GradFest? Tuesday 29 October to Friday 1 November 2019.

You can view the programme and register at http://www.lps.canterbury.ac.nz/lsc/lsc-course-LSCC.php

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ngā mihi,

The Academic Skills Centre, Postgraduate Office and UC Library

Coffee Party 2019

The Coffee Party is a free, all ages, alcohol free event for all UC students to celebrate the end of lectures.  It is brought to you by the UCSA Help (Advocacy & Welfare) team and the UCSA Events team, and will be held on 18th October (Friday) at Haere-Roa from 11am – 2pm.

There will be free coffee/tea, cakes, BBQ, and cuddles with farm animals (and friendly doggies between 12pm and 1pm).  There will also be music, giant games, and stalls featuring the friendly staff from Lifeline, UC Chaplaincy, and UC Counsellors just to name a few.

So tell your students, or better, come relax on the lawn yourself with soothing music and just chill coz lectures are finally over!!