As climate change accelerates, the warming earth means our world-famous glaciers, like Fox and Franz Josef, are receding and thinning. We need to study them while we still can.
UC Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment glaciologist and award-winning teacher Dr Heather Purdie, talks about her research on endangered glaciers, passion for the environment, and why virtual teaching will never replace real-life experiences with nature: on Ep10 of our science podcast UC Science Radio.
Check out the episode here: bit.ly/ucscienceradio-ep10
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The Engagement Australia Excellence Awards identify and celebrate the most exciting and impactful engagement activities undertaken by Australian and New Zealand universities.
At UC we have a commitment to engagement within our community and encourage applications across the seven Award categories:
- Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
Recognising outstanding collaborations between communities, higher education and industry for societal benefit.
- Award for Excellence in Community Engagement: Closing the Gap
Recognising outstanding collaborations between communities, higher education and industry that directly reduce disadvantage.
- Award for Excellence in Industry Engagement
Recognising outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education by members of tertiary education institutions, community and industry partners.
- Award for Outstanding Engagement for Research Impact
Recognising excellence in research and development activity, that makes a substantial difference to the community, undertaken jointly by researchers in tertiary education institutes and partners in the community, business and industry.
- Award for Excellence in Student Engagement
Recognising outstanding contributions that improve student engagement on campus, with industry and/or in community.
- Award for Excellence in Alumni Engagement
Recognising outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality alumni engagement and support in higher education.
- Award for Outstanding Leadership in Engagement
Recognising an individual who has made notable contributions to engagement above and beyond that expected for their role, resulting in sustained and impactful partnerships.
Download the Applicant Guidelines>
Visit the Awards Portal to make a submission. Applications close 7pm NZST 31 July 2020.
Award recipients will be announced at the Engagement Australia Awards dinner held in conjunction with the Engagement Australia Annual Symposium in November 2020. More information>
QS Quacquarelli Symonds – compilers of the QS World University Rankings – and The Wharton School have now opened the 2020 Reimagine Education Awards, which are offering $50,000 and global visibility to an outstanding approach to teaching or learning.
The Awards were contested by 1518 university faculty, cross-departmental teams, and edtech companies in 2019, and have received over 5000 submissions since their 2014 inauguration – making them currently the world’s largest educational awards program.
Previous winners include Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, and the London School of Economics.
There are also 14 Category Award Winners – with categories including Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Hybrid Learning, Presence Learning, and Best Educational App – and awards available for outstanding submissions by region and by discipline.
All applications can be made free of charge, and can be submitted by visiting www.Reimagine-Education.com/application. There is no restriction on the number of unique applications that can be made by an individual institution or department.
Do you know an excellent teacher or teaching team who deserve wider recognition?
Then take a moment to nominate them for a UC Teaching Award or the UC Teaching Medal.
Nominations for the 2020 Teaching Awards and UC Teaching Medal are open from now until 18 May, so kick start your year now.
Don’t forget that there is also an award available for implementing a single special teaching innovation, and that all teaching awards also bring with them a financial reward. The process is simple: complete a one-step form.
All awards recognise excellence in teaching (including thesis supervision) in both undergraduate and graduate programmes. The teaching medal is UC’s highest award for teaching and leadership.
Further information and nomination forms are available on the Teaching Awards or the Teaching Medal websites.
The University of Canterbury and Lincoln University worked in partnership this year to deliver the Children’s University Canterbury Partnership programme in Canterbury.
The 2019 pilot programme was very successful, resulting in 80% of the cohort graduating in a ceremony held at the Christchurch Town Hall. This short video captured the event.