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December Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi 2019 – thank you

Thanks to all those who joined us for our Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi this week. Some 520 staff attended the event.

Please take five minutes to complete the staff survey before 19 December. This will help us to improve these events in the future and ensure they remain relevant, engaging and informative.

If you missed the forum, a video recording is now available on the Staff Forum intranet page>

Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera reflected back on the year, signifying the end of the UC Futures Programme.

Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae then looked forward, sharing UC’s future direction as it looks ahead to 2020 and beyond.

This year’s final staff forum was opened with a mihi whakatau and closed with a karakia to bless the food, delivered by mana whenua representative Corban Te Aika.

UC staff gathered to enjoy manaakitanga catered by locally founded Christchurch business Fritz Wieners, on our newly constructed Beatrice Tinsley Plaza.

Find out more on the topics raised:

  • Visit the UC Strategy website – Tangata tū, Tangata ora to read and download the full strategy.
  • Uni-Voice – an ongoing forum for people prepared to make a difference for the university, and for our community. Members of the university community are encouraged to write blogs and start conversations to inspire change in the workplace. Get in touch>

Final staff forum for 2019

There’s been a huge response to our Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi on Tuesday 3 December 2019 – thank to everyone who responded to the Outlook invitation.

This is our last chance to gather together en masse in 2019, hear from our leaders and meet colleagues old and new.

We will then be treated to manaakitanga, hosted by UC Council, as a thank you for 2019 and for all the work that has been undertaken in the years since the earthquakes.

We are proud to support local businesses and our caterers for this event Fritz Wieners started here in Christchurch and have since expanded around the country. They will be serving kai during our usual manaakitanga, located outside the Beatrice Tinsley Plaza (outside C Block) following the Staff Forum. Although they specialise in bratwurst, rest assured that they also cater to all dietary requirements, including gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan and dairy-free along with your choice of a refreshing drink.

As UC embarks on a new direction it is so valuable to hear directly from our leadership and to engage with the new vision that will set the tone for 2020 and the next 10 years.

See you at the December Staff Forum | Te Wānanga!

July Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi 2019

Thanks to all those who joined us for our Staff Forum | Te Wānanga Kaimahi this week. Some 250 staff attended the event.

Please take five minutes to complete our staff survey before 19 July. This will help us to improve these events in the future and ensure they remain relevant, engaging and informative.

Complete the survey here>

If you missed it, a video recording is now available on the Staff Forum intranet page>

UCSA President Sam Brosnahan opened the forum by showcasing the Haere-roa opening on 9 July, followed by a E tū, kia ora academic review progress update from VC Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

Deputy VC Ian Wright ended the forum with a Q&A session, which offered the audience the opportunity to submit and rank questions on the online platform sli.do online.

Special thanks to UC Sustainability who hosted manaakitanga in honour of Plastic-free July.

Find out more on the topics raised:

  • E tū, kia ora, our new academic strategy, is captured here with regular updates.
  • Uni-Voice – an ongoing forum for people prepared to make a difference; for the university, and for other people. Members of the university community are encouraged to get in touch, write blogs and start conversations to inspire change in the workplace. Get in touch>
  • UC Sustainabilitythe UC Sustainability Office is an on-campus hub for individuals and groups interested in how they can create positive change and promote sustainable practices within the University of Canterbury and wider community.
  • Find out more about our climate journey here> 

If any departments/areas would like to host future Staff Forums please email us at events@canterbury.ac.nz and let us know the topic you would like to highlight.

All staff forum with Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ is visiting UC on Friday 20 July.

You are invited to participate in an All Staff Forum where Professor Gerrard will present and invite questions. The forum will be hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science | Amorangi Pūtaiao Wendy Lawson.

  • Date:  Friday 20 July
  • Time: 11.30pm – 12.30pm
  • Venue: John Britten 102 Conference Foyer.
  • RSVP: julie.hicks@canterbury.ac.nz by 5pm Friday 13 July.

Professor Gerrard’s experience, expertise and leadership was highly respected during her tenure at UC.

At the time of her appointment Professor Gerrard was the Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Biological Sciences and School of Chemical Sciences, Auckland University. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said at the time:

“Professor Gerrard has had a distinguished career, specialising in a range of disciplines including biochemical engineering. She was also the past Chair, Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Council giving her wide exposure to other science disciplines.”

She also said that she was pleased to appoint the first woman to the role.

The role is intended to provide the Government with high quality scientific advice to support good robust decision making, and plays a vital role in promoting science and technology, explaining its contribution to society and the economy, and promoting the sector to young people as a career opportunity.

Professor Gerrard started her new role on 1 July.