In the last few weeks the UC Strategy has been presented to external audiences in events in Christchurch and Wellington. An overarching driver of the strategy is an institutional commitment to engagement and these events provided the first opportunities to engage with the wider UC community about the Strategy.
The Strategy was presented to local business leaders and friends of UC at the Gala Dinner | Te Hākari held in The Great Hall of the Arts Centre on 23 October. It was well received, especially UC’s commitment to engage with stakeholders to achieve their economic, social, cultural, technology and innovation objectives, and in turn economically boost the city.
Government and New Zealand influencers
On Tuesday 5 November, Hon Dr Megan Woods co-hosted with UC the Creating the Future event at the Beehive, Wellington. Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera Sue McCormack and Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey presented the Strategy to Wellington business leaders, Members of Parliament and 80 other members of the public. UCSA 2020 President elect Tori McNoe injected a student voice to the event sharing her experience at UC – a chance for guests to hear from and get to know one of our inspirational student leaders. Overall, the event was a great opportunity to purposefully engage with leaders, decision makers and influencers in Wellington to strengthen our relationships and forge new ones.
Coming up is an interactive workshop for the first round of implementation planning of the Strategy. The workshop is an opportunity to continue the collaborative work that went into creating the strategy, and for managers to prepare their teams to meet the challenge of delivering the Strategy.
You can visit the dedicated UC Strategy Site – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora website to download the full strategy document, and if you were unable to attend a strategy presentation in October you can still view a recording of the presentation here.
The UC Strategic Vision was publically launched last week at the UC Gala Dinner | Te Hākari. Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae presented the Strategy to local business and city leaders, and special friends of the University at the event. The presentation was well received by the audience – a positive step as the Strategy affirms UC’s commitment to local business and engaging with the community and city.
Implementation plans and prioritisation of activities are well under way and you will be kept up-to-date with progress from your manager and staff communications including Intercom.
You can now see and download the full Strategic Vision 2020 to 2030 – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora document from the website – and share the link with your contacts.
If you were unable to attend a presentation to staff you can view a recording of the presentation here.
Thank you to everyone who attended the UC Strategy presentation this week. It was great to see so many staff at these sell-out presentations engaged around working together to bring the strategic vision to life.
Just to note, the Strategy was officially approved by the UC Council on 25 September and implementation plans are well under way with working groups in place. Actions are being prioritised around the near term and beyond. If you have further comments on the implementation of the Strategy and priority actions you can email your comments to email@example.com.
If you were unable to attend a presentation you can view a recording of the presentation here and visit the dedicated UC Strategy Site – Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora
We would appreciate you not forwarding the strategy site or details externally until after our gala dinner launching the strategy externally next Wednesday evening, 23 October.
Following the E tū, kia ora staff consultation process, students were enaged via an online survey, that invited their views on the future direction of the university. More than 1700 students responded to the online survey, which asked them to allocate a notional $10,000 to ten activities that the university could invest in. Three activities featured as the most important to students when allocating spend: supporting student success and wellbeing, sustainability, and improving UC’s teaching and research. As a result of this survey, and other feedback through the process, the draft strategic plan now strongly features both student and staff wellbeing and sustainability initiatives.
Recently the strategic planning team has been busy refining the draft strategic plan in preparation for final submission to the Academic Board and the Council. The high level of engagement and feedback has meant additional time has been required to more fully develop our wider objectives. Also, during the E tū, kia ora consultation process, participants made it clear that the University has a significant opportunity to improve the way we work together. With this feedback we have broadened our focus to include kotahitanga, sustainability and impact.