Herea tō waka: The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away.
For our students arriving at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.
Be part of the fun on campus and volunteer at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day. The Events and Partnerships team are looking for friendly, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students, families and whānau to the UC community. This is an opportunity to welcome new students to our diverse UC community – Kotahitanga – we’re all a part of shaping our new students’ experience.
Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day)
Friday 14 February, 9.00am – 2.30pm.
From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is a position for everyone. Read the role descriptions, check in with your manager and click on the sign-up link below.
O Day volunteer roles:
- Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people
- Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig
- Session Greeter – you’re there to scan people into sessions
- Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think
- Campus Explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
CLICK HERE to sign up!
Here’s what our volunteers had to say about volunteering for Herea tō waka | Orientation Day in the past:
“Campus was so busy, great atmosphere.”
“Was good to see a huge number of students coming through… a good number from all over the country.”
“Helpers were so positive and everyone genuinely wanted to help students and have fun.”
If you have any questions, CLICK HERE to email the events team.
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>
I am very pleased to advise the new appointment of Professor Megan McAuliffe as Dean of Postgraduate Research | Te Amo Rangahau, replacing Professor Bryce Williamson who is retiring from this role at year-end.
Professor McAuliffe will be seconded to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and lead the Postgraduate Research Office from her position in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing for a period of two years, with effect from mid-January 2020.
Professor McAuliffe will be responsible for leading the strategic development of postgraduate research at UC, and ongoing oversight of progressing our Doctoral students through their studies. As outlined in UC’s new institutional strategy, we have particular aspirations in ensuring our Doctoral students contribute to the agenda of UC being an internationally recognised research intensive university, and progressively growing our Doctoral student numbers to over 1300 over the next 4-5 years. Megan’s leadership will be integral to crystallizing these objectives. I know Megan looks forward to working across the Colleges, interacting with staff, and will bring new perspectives to our postgraduate research programmes.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bryce for his sustained contributions to the Postgraduate Research Office over a number of years, including his prior role as Associate Dean Postgraduate Research (Scholarships), and more recently as the Dean. He has advanced a number of complex and largely unseen initiatives, and his deep and sincere support of UC’s Doctoral students is to be commended.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua
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!
What is happening?
In line with the UC Staff Recruitment Strategy and as part of an ongoing commitment to operational excellence and continuing process improvement, Human Resources has reviewed the current continuing and long-term fixed term staff recruitment system (currently UCPeople/PeopleSoft Recruitment Module).
We have now commenced on a project to replace the current UCPeople/PeopleSoft recruitment module for continuing and long term fixed term staff recruitment.
Note: University of Canterbury Temporary Vacancy System (UCTV) is not affected at this stage.
What are the benefits ?
Some of the benefits of the new solution selected is:
- easy to use,
- mobile capability,
- ability to build candidate talent pool,
- opportunities to further automate and improve process for faster turnaround of staff recruitment,
- easier and faster on boarding of new staff,
- cloud based recruitment platform, less maintenance from UC required,
- easy integration into UC’s HR systems.
What is changing?
The new staff recruitment platform will enable technology and process changes across UC:
- Replacing unreliable, outdated recruitment platform with a user-friendly, cloud-based recruitment solution,
- Replacing manual Recruitment Business Case (Word) (HR Intranet, staff access only) with an online form and workflow,
- Implementing a Talent Pool system capability, so that candidates can receive notifications on roles they are interested in and load their information into our ‘talent pool’.
- Online Recruitment Business Case and approvals
- View applications online
- More automated recruitment processes
- Candidate accessibility
- Enabling manager led recruitment
- Offer Letters to be sent and accepted via the Recruitment Platform
- Online forms (e.g. Personal Data Form, Bank Account, IRD330 etc.)
- Automated Hiring process – payroll information fed directly into UCPeople/PeopleSoft via Robotic Process Automation (HireMe)
The new staff recruitment platform will go live by the end of November 2019.
Please contact your HR Advisor for further information or visit our HR intranet site: UC Staff Recruitment Platform (staff access only).
Executive Director – Human Resources | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata