Spring Gradfest is designed to help postgraduate students navigate their thesis journey, as well as meet other postgraduates at UC. Please encourage your students to attend.
What’s Gradfest? A week of free seminars, workshops, and social events especially for postgrad students on such topics as
- The research ethics approval process
- How to give a research presentation
- Managing stress
- Preparing for the Oral exam
- The publication process and more
When’s Gradfest? Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November 2018.
View the programme and register here>
UC’s Professor Katie Pickles will be speaking as part of the Suffrage Series at the Arts Centre on Tuesday 16 October, 7.00-9.00pm.
She will be joined by Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla (University of Otago) and the evening, ‘Women’s Suffrage – A cultural journey’ will give Katie and Angela a chance to explore the suffrage journey from Pākehā and Ngāi Tahu perspectives.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga are partnering in presenting the event.
Katie Pickles is Professor of History at UC and current Te Aparangi Royal Society of New Zealand James Cook Research Fellow. After postgraduate studies at UBC and McGill, Katie has worked teaching New Zealand women’s/feminist history at UC for 23 years. She has supervised over 30 postgraduate theses and served as the UC Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies. Katie is the author of three books and the editor of six collections. She has published over 50 essays, journal articles and opinion editorials on a variety of topics that tend to coalesce around gender, empire, heroines, hegemony, landscape and commemoration. She is currently at work on a broad sweep of women’s status in society over the past 200 years through an examination of global heroines in history.
Angela Wanhalla is an associate professor and Te Apārangi Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Discovery Fellow in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago. Her research focuses on the complex histories and politics of cross-cultural intimacy in colonial societies, particularly for Indigenous communities in New Zealand and the Pacific. Her most recent publications include the award-winning Matters of the Heart: A History of Interracial Marriage in New Zealand (2013), Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific: The children of US servicemen and Indigenous women, World War II (2016) co-edited with Judith A. Bennett; and He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s Voices from the Nineteenth Century (2017) with Lachy Paterson. She is also a judge for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards General Non-Fiction Prize.
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Student and staff wellbeing is a priority for our UC community and Mental Health Awareness Week from 8 – 14 October encourages us to focus on looking after ourselves.
World Mental Health Day is Wednesday 10 October, and we encourage you to head outdoors and get active. Walking is a great way to improve your mental health and you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. The Breeze Walking Festival has a number of walks to choose from including our own UC run, All Right? Amble 2018
Take the time to visit our Wellbeing Partnership web page. Three UC courses to consider if you have not had the chance are: Growing Personal Resilience 2018, Mental Health & Wellbeing – Awareness for Heads & Managers and Supporting Students in Crisis.
If you are concerned about a friend, colleague or student, ask how they are doing and listen – you don’t need to be an expert. If you are still concerned, suggest they contact a professional service such as their family doctor or the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). EAP is a confidential counselling service, paid for by the university, designed for short-term intervention.
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has excellent advice at www.mentalhealth.org.nz.
Students can attend the UC Health Centre or contact Student Care at any time. If you refer a student, check in with them soon afterwards to see how they got on. These sorts of actions show you care, encourages others to get help when needed and helps remove the stigma around mental health.
Executive Director Human Resources
Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata
Executive Director Student Services and Communications
Kaihautū Matua Ākonga me te Whakapā
As the 150th Jubilee approaches in 2023 the University has identified that we need to have a co-ordinated strategic plan to realise the best outcomes for this celebration. Initial discussion has been held with the Chancellor, SMT and representatives of UC Foundation. A number of staff representatives have been put forward by colleges and service units.
Executive Director Student Services and Communications | Kaihautū Matua Ākonga me te Whakapā Lynn McClelland and I have asked Jo Dowling, Director of Alumni & UC Foundation to Chair the Steering Committee and approved a 0.2 FTE post to support the development of the 150 Jubilee Plan and co-ordination of activities.
- The first meeting of the Steering Committee is taking place on 31 August 2018, 12:30pm in Okeover Room 101. Interested staff in addition to the existing representatives are welcome to attend this initial meeting.
The initial timeline is to undertake consultation with various stakeholders within UC and also with the City (ChristchurchNZ, City Council, The Arts Centre for example) and to have developed a Strategic Plan with the key objectives of the Jubilee, a timeline and any resourcing requirements to be confirmed by the end of Q1, 2019.
There will be brief regular reporting to Council and within Intercom on progress.
Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae