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You are invited to the Staff of the Year Awards 2016

Since 1995, the UCSA Lecturer of the Year Awards have given students a voice in nominating and deciding the most inspiring and dedicated lecturers at UC.

This year the event has been renamed Staff of the Year Award, and a few more awards added to honour the help and support UC General staff members give students. We heartily encourage staff to take up this invitation as it is an excellent opportunity to connect with students and to better understand their experience of UC.

The Staff of the Year Awards celebrate the positive influence UC staff have on the student experience, and also provide an opportunity for students to recognise and reward the most dedicated and inspiring staff at UC. As Co-Chairs of the Joint Operations Advisory Board, which brings together UC and UCSA joint interests, we hope you can join UCSA to celebrate those nominated at this year’s award event.

Friday 23 September at 6:30pm

Location: The UCSA Event Centre (Foundry)

Dress code: Smart Casual.

Ticket includes a glass of champagne on arrival, nibbles and cash bar.

Please RSVP by Friday 16 September via http://evite.me/hyRFewstpd

Please note this rsvp is for one guest. If you intend to bring a partner/friend you will need to send them the RSVP link for a separate reply.

Tickets are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

A special thanks to the UCSA Advocacy and Welfare Team for organising this special event.

Ngā mihi,

James Addington President UCSA
Lynn McClelland, Executive Director, Student Services & Communications, Kaihautū Matua Te Ratonga Ākonga me te Whakapā

SOTY_InvitationsPlease note this rsvp is for one guest.  If you intend to bring a partner/friend you will need to send them the rsvp link for a separate reply. Tickets are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

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Inspirational staff receive awards

Congratulations to recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s General Staff Awards & Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards! Read on for inspiration on how these awards contribute to staff development, and how our staff make a difference.

Vanessa Forrester  Vanessa HR Specialist – Development Human Resources Vanessa will attend the Higher Education User Group Conference in the Gold Coast, Australia. It is an opportunity to network with other PeopleSoft users and gain insight into their system, customisations and any issues they have encountered and how these were solved.
Robert Stainthorpe  Robert ICPMS Service Coordinator College of Science  Robert will attend two weeks training at the Contaminant Biogeochemistry Research Lab, in the School of Environment at Griffith University Brisbane, Australia.There, Robert will receive specialised training in the management of metal free clean room facilities, which are used to support trace metal research in environmental science and engineering.
Theresa Buller  Theresa Liaison Librarian Library Theresa will attend and present a paper at the Australian Law Librarians Conference held in Melbourne, Australia. Theresa will also attend the Australian and New Zealand Academic and College Law Libraries meeting, which includes visits to two Law School Libraries.
Rob Spiers  Rob Spiers Technician Geological Sciences The award is in recognition of Rob identifying and implementing a cost effective measure to improve emergency response systems.
Rose Reynolds  Rose Project Coordinator 


Student Success  Rose facilitated wellbeing workshops for staff in Student Success and Communications, and developed a toolkit of resources that can be used across UC.
Brian Phillips  Brian Phillips Programme Director Capital Works This award is for Brian’s initiation of, and continuing support of the UC Contractor Roundtable forum.
Caroline Burt  Caroline Events Coordinator Communications & Engagement Caroline has embedded at a high level of H&S foresight with contractor management into Event Planning at UC.

Q&A with award winner Dr Erik Brogt

As a follow-up to the 2016 UC Teaching Awards, we profile award winner Dr Erik Brogt, Senior Lecturer Academic Services Group.

Q: What are some of your career highlights?
A: As an academic developer, my role is to support good teaching and learning at UC, so I work with a lot of different programmes. My pan-university work has been tremendously rewarding; I get to see the different ways of teaching that go on around campus, and I bring the good practices from one discipline to another, even though normally those disciplines would have little reason to talk to one another.

The press conference exercise for which we were awarded the Teaching Innovation Award is a great example of what can happen if you bring different areas of expertise on campus together, in this case Disaster Risk & Resilience (formerly Hazard and Disaster Management) and Journalism.

Q: What is your teaching philosophy?
A: The overarching theme of the press conference exercise is authenticity to make the exercise as real as possible for the students. The Disaster Risk & Resilience students are responsible for managing a crisis; usually we simulate a volcanic eruption of Mount Taranaki on the North Island.

The scenario is completely realistic and was peer-reviewed by our colleagues at GNS Science and the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management. GNS Science allowed us to use their logos and format of the official alert bulletins, so it all looks and feels like the real thing.

For the Journalism students, the exercise is about breaking news reporting. They know that there is an exercise and that it involves a natural hazard, but only find out what is happening when they receive the first volcanic alert bulletin. Then they have to get up to speed fast, just like in a real newsroom. We also have staff play roles of senior officials in government and the local business and lifelines sector that the journalism students can call, just like in a real event.

Q: What do you love most about teaching?
A: I love building bridges between different disciplines, linking colleagues and together be innovative and creative about our teaching. The press conference exercise was based on all of us being willing to take a leap of faith and create something unique for both the Disaster Risk & Resilience and the Journalism programmes. It is very challenging for students, purposefully so, but the students know they have the skill and knowledge to do it. They really relish the challenge and rise to the occasion, and deliver great work.

For us as teachers, it is tremendously satisfying that the students always realise that having gone through the exercise makes them a better professional in the field. We had Journalism graduates from a few years ago come back to tell us that the exercise had helped them when they had to report on real breaking news events like the Cook Strait earthquakes. It is great to hear that the exercise has made a difference for them.

Congratulations to Aaron Beehre – Winner of Best Cover

Congratulations to Aaron Beehre of the School of Fine Arts Design Studio for his success at the 2016 PANZ Book Design Awards.

Convening judge Odessa Owens, Programme Leader for the Whitireia Publishing Programme, was joined on the judges’ panel by Arch MacDonnell, Founder and Creative Director of Inhouse Design, and Rowan Sommerset, Illustrator and Book Designer for Dreamboat Books.

All three judges were singularly impressed by 101 Works of Art, winner of the HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Cover, designed by Aaron Beehre.

“The cover is breath-taking and the unique folding of the dust jacket is genius, revealing triangular details of highlights from the collection. It’s also completely reversible allowing a different composition of alternative images,” said MacDonnell.

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VC Awards – applications close this Friday

Applications for the VC Awards close this Friday, so if you are attending or presenting at a conference, undertaking specialised training, or even taking part in a staff exchange, then get in quick.

The VC Awards are a chance to be recognised for your interest and upcoming participation in professional development that is exceptional and will benefit you, your team, your department and UC.

For more details and the application criteria for the Awards, please visit the Learning and Development webpage here or apply here.

If you have any questions or comments on this or other professional development opportunities, we would love to hear from you.

Please email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.