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Professional Development Opportunities for Staff

You may not realise that UC offers a wide range of professional development courses for their staff.

Go through to our intranet site and explore to see what courses might aid you in your role

Simply click on the tile most relevant to what you’re looking for eg, Capability Development, and see what courses are related to that topic.

Alternatively, click on the A-Z at the bottom of the page to see all of the courses we offer.

We are happy to help if you have any questions, please contact us via email on learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz

Staff Easter Accommodation Discount

We have accommodation available at the fantastic low rate of $49 per night for conference groups, and as a special offer to Canterbury University staff, friends and family – perfect for an Easter break.

Call us now on 03 364 2720 to book this special rate on accommodation available at Sonoda Village until 30 June 2017.
* Space is limited.

UC accommodation for groups, seminars, conferences
From late November to early February we can cater for groups up to 300, complete with catering options. If you prefer to cook we also have self-catered options available. During the winter months we have options for smaller seminars and accommodation catering for groups up to 30 people.

If you haven’t viewed the UC Accommodation facilities on the UC campus, I would be happy to show you around. Just give me a call and we will arrange for a tour.

Further information:
Christine Wilson
Campus Living Villages
Tel: 03 364 2720

Prestigious appointment for UC academic

Hayward Pol Sci bannerAssociate Professor Bronwyn Hayward for our School of Language, Social and Political Sciences has been appointed as a Lead Author for a special Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

The robust scientific report was commissioned under the Paris Agreement COP21 in 2015. It will explore ways to hold global warming to levels of 1.5 degrees Celsius, while also addressing climate change and poverty eradication goals

Eighty-six experts from 39 countries were selected from over 560 nominations to undertake the assessment.

“I feel honoured to be appointed as a Lead Author to this special report that addresses three of the most difficult issues facing our world – tackling climate change and poverty, while also developing in sustainable ways,” says Associate Professor Hayward.

With a background in political science and geography, Associate Professor Hayward said, “ we need interdisciplinary thinking to address complex serious problems, and it is also heartening to see recognition for the way arts and humanities can also assist us in tackling some of our world’s greatest challenges.”

The team of world experts is due to finalise the report in September 2018, in time for the facilitative dialogue under the Paris Agreement that will take place later that year.

Associate Professor Hayward is the only New Zealander on this special report although other New Zealanders are expected to be nominated to help author later reports.

Read media release

Click here for the detailed list of the members of the author team

Hear your students’ views now

The responses to teaching and course surveys are now available to academic staff; you can access these via Learn.  If you are having difficulty seeing the responses, please see the following guide: SET Assigning Access in Learn.

This year, we have moved to a new way of surveying students, which has resulted in a large increase in our response rates. To make sure we keep this good response rate up, we invite all staff to actively engage in closing the loop on course surveys by providing brief written information to next year’s students on the comments made this year.

You may wish to do this on Learn, on the CIS or by other means.

Thanks from the Academic Services Group.

Recreation and tourism to the max: How much love can Aotearoa handle?

Dr Chris North, Deputy Head of UC’s School of Health Sciences, has worked in outdoor education and leadership for 17 years for secondary and tertiary institutions, international outdoor leadership organisations and outdoor clubs, and is a founder of Leave No Trace. He discusses the impact of New Zealand’s tourism boom.

Chris North, winner of the Environment Leadership Award, 29.10.10
Chris North, winner of the Environment Leadership Award, 29.10.10

An ongoing good news story in New Zealand is the success of our tourism industry – more international visitors than Kiwis are predicted for the near future.  This means more work for New Zealanders, and not just in the main centres.

The downside of this boom is the growth in negative impacts. Regular headlines have been detailing the ways in which New Zealanders are experiencing the downsides.  Most of these impacts are revolting, disturbing and rude, culturally inappropriate or just plain dangerous.

The tourism boom feels like we invited a few friends over for dinner on Saturday night but somehow the invitation went viral on social media.  Next minute, the street is packed with people who are burning the letterbox, scaring the pets and throwing rocks at police – when all we really wanted was a quiet dinner.

Back when we were hosts, we used to talk about international travellers as guests.  Nowadays we talk about customers and businesses.  Customers pay their money and get a service.  This relationship is very different to guests and hosts and seems to define our approach to tourism in New Zealand.  From a business perspective, the problems associated with growing tourist numbers can be solved by building more toilets and dispersing tourists to diverse destinations.  These are important in addressing rapidly increasing tourist numbers, but this response keeps the relationship very much as customers and business; we supply the infrastructure and experiences that our customers expect.  That is certainly one way to understand tourism but it doesn’t place the same importance on the responsibilities of international tourists.

I think reclaiming the concept of guests and hosts would be very helpful.  Guests and hosts have a reciprocal relationship; hosts look after guests and guests work hard to show their appreciation and fit in with the expectations of the hosts.  Using this idea, guests take some responsibility for learning about the local culture, environment and expectations.  New Zealanders would work hard at being great hosts – and I don’t just mean those in the tourism industry.  We would then need to think about how we can promote New Zealand as a destination for responsible travellers who want to learn about the places they are visiting and be good guests.

What are we doing collectively to help promote responsible behaviour to our guests?  In a partnership between Ngati Rangi, Leave No Trace and tourist concessionaires at Ruapehu, we looked at this challenge and came up with some strategies that we are trialling at the moment.  How can we educate international travellers so that our cultural and scenic landscapes are protected and enhanced, our roads safer and our guests’ experiences richer? We can’t keep adding people to New Zealand without thinking pretty hard about how we are going to cope – and it’s more than just building more toilets.

Dr Chris North presented a case study on the experience of tourists and New Zealanders in Tongariro to the Outdoors Forum in Wellington, in September.