Category Archives: UC Strategic Vision

Gender Grants – to support those who are working to promote gender equity and equality

UC’s membership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) provides access to these grants.  Grants open on 20 August and I anticipate more information will be available on ACU’s website then. Please promote this opportunity. Thank you.

“For more than 30 years, the ACU has worked to further gender equality and women’s empowerment – such as championing women in leadership and combating sexual violence on campus – in partnership with our members. We’re delighted to announce that 10 ACU Gender Grants, up to the maximum value of GBP 1,000 each, will soon be available to ACU members who are working to promote gender equity and equality in their institutions. Now entering its fourth year, the Gender Grants help members to meet the costs of a diverse range of projects, workshops, and events in areas such as supporting women in science and research; mainstreaming gender equity into the curriculum and developing anti-sexual harassment initiatives. The next round of applications will open on 20 August 2020.”

Karen Mather, People and Culture

Staff Conduct

Are you familiar with the Staff Code of Conduct? UC has high standards of professional behaviour and integrity expected of all members of our University community. These standards are easy to find; they are set out in Staff Code of Conduct and also the Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy

Every member of University community has responsibility to familiarise themselves with these policies.

The Staff Code of Conduct is being reviewed in the near future to bring it up to date with best practice and UC’s strategy and you will have a chance to contribute to this process during formal consultation, which will be announced in the coming months.

Work is also being done on creating a Staff Student Interactions Policy which will:

    • Clarify expectations for professional behaviour and integrity when interacting with students;
    • Provide students, their families and whanau, the community and the public with trust and confidence in UC; and
    • Provide staff with guidance and support to ensure they are equipped to protect their own professional reputation and that of UC.

Formal consultation on the draft Staff Student Interactions Policy will also be announced soon.

If you see or experience unacceptable behaviour please speak to your Manager, Department Head and/or HR Advisor, or find more information here Raise a Complaint about Another Person.

In the context of the fast-changing nature of our world, especially at the moment, please remember to be kind and considerate of others and address any problems that do arise promptly and constructively.

UC Values – opportunity to participate in deciding our way forward

Kia ora  koutou

A desire for organisational values for UC came through strongly in the focus groups and other feedback mechanisms in the Strategy development process.

I am looking for volunteers to form a pan-UC working group to establish how we go about developing and implementing a set of meaningful UC Values.

Your likely initial commitment would be:

  • A two-hour workshop on the afternoon of August 28
  • Two additional one hour follow up meetings.

Then it will depend on what we as a group decide.

I will pick about 20 names from those who put their hand up – the group will need to be a good representation of staff. If you miss out on this initial group there will be plenty of opportunities to participate further and your enthusiasm to support this mahi will greatly appreciated.

Please email me by  07 August.  Thank you.  Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather

People and Culture

Feeding the mind – as researchers in New Zealand explore the link between nutrition and mental health, could a Māori philosophy of wellbeing hold some clues?

Feeding the Mind” by Taryn Hale (Ngāti Koata, Ngāti Pākehā), a UC Master’s student and Professor Julia Rucklidge, Director of Te Puna Toiora, the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group and Professor of Clinical Psychology was published on 8 July in “The ACU Review”, the online publication of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

You may enjoy reading some other recent articles in this publication in the areas of Endangered languages and Public mental health.

You can also explore the ACU homepage.

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:

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.

If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

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