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Vice-Chancellor & Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award Winners 2018

2018 Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards

Alongside Paul O’Flaherty, Executive Director HR | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata, Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae  presented awards to the following recipients at the ceremony on 30 August 2018:

  • Rebecca Hurrell
  • Rebecca Warr and Pamela Glover
  • Naomi Wilde
  • Catherine Woods
  • Jace Carson (who was unable to attend)

Held annually, the awards are a chance for our General Staff to be recognised and rewarded for seeking out exceptional professional development opportunities, such as: visits to other higher educational institutions, staff exchanges, specialised training, conferences and more.

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Awards 2018

Dr Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae, presented alongside Steve Hunter, Health and Safety Manager, awards to the following recipients at the awards on 30 August 2018:

  • Mary Watson
  • Library H&S Group (Mushtak Dawood accepted on behalf)
  • Michael Sandridge
  • Charmaine Atherfold, Julie Stafford and Dave MacPherson

The Awards are designed to reward and encourage staff members to initiate innovative Health & Safety practices within their Department/Unit/College.

Congratulations to all of our winners 

Cyber security: yes, lock your doors

It’s National Cyber Smart Week.

Are you still leaving your digital security wide open? So many people do. But so many people get hacked, and…

IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!!!
Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Start moving in the right direction now.
Here are 2 great links to help you get started:

Link 1: Protect your online self this Cyber Smart Week

Link 2: Keen to know where to start with cyber security? Learn the basics here.


For great time-saving tips, look up our Archive of Tech Tips or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website.

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You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

Wrap Text in Word Tables or Excel Cells

If you are working in a table in Word or in a cell in Excel, and you wish to wrap a line of text manually, here’s the key:

Alt + Enter

If you press the Alt + Enter keys on the keyboard while you are typing in a Word table or Excel cell, it will give you a new line for the text while still remaining within the same table/cell.

This gives you more control of the text layout, and enables you to avoid having to manually adjust the width of the column.


For great time-saving tips, look up our Archive of Tech Tips or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website.

Was this tip helpful to you? Anything else you want to know? Please leave a comment below.

You’ll find more learning at Learning and Development.

Learn New Zealand Sign Language during Term 4

Sign up to the New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) introductory course running in term four and learn how to finger-spell the alphabet, basic phrases, numbers, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar.

No previous NZSL experience is required and the course is open to both students and staff.

Classes will be held each Thursday of term four from 12.00 – 12.50pm in the Puaka-James Hight building on 13, 20 and 27 of September and, 4, 11 and 18 October. The course costs $60.

Handouts are provided and there is no structured homework with the course, but practicing what you have learnt between classes is encouraged to enhance your learning.

Sign up today to learn New Zealand’s third official language.
Simply email Nicola McDonald nicola.mcdonald@canterbury.ac.nz for details and a form to enrol.

Techniques for Building on Participants’ Prior Knowledge

Techniques for Building on Participants’ Prior Knowledge
Elizabeth Lochhead and Jessica Ritchie, UC Academic Skills Centre
Wednesday 22 August, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Room 210, Puaka James Hight Building, Ilam Campus

Have you ever wished you could use what your participants already know to help them learn more effectively?

Prior knowledge is important for learning new skills. This workshop covers techniques for building on prior knowledge in learning sessions. As a participant you will explore how prior knowledge is relevant to your learning contexts and practise applying these techniques.

Elizabeth Lochhead and Jessica Ritchie are Learning Advisors at the University of Canterbury Academic Skills Centre. They have run tutor training sessions for the Pacific Development and Student Care teams, in addition to training advisors in their own team.


You will find more professional development offerings  at Learning and Development.