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Become a leader within the teaching community – UC teaching scholarships now open

UC’s Leadership in Teaching Development Programme offers prestigious scholarships that reward recipients with time and funds to pursue their teaching interests, within their localised teaching and learning communities.

In 2021, the Deputy Vice Chancellor’s office will again be awarding five scholarships across UC to support teaching development projects. The scholarship offers $10,000 to enable staff to undertake teaching related research and development, as well as an academic buyout for 0.2 FTE for two years. Proposed projects need to address UC strategic priorities, while building developmental capacity for collaborative problem-solving through authentic, practiced-based teaching development.

This is the second year of the Leadership in Teaching Development scholarship, with five projects already funded and underway. The projects that have secured funding so far are looking at a range of issues; from the development of robust methodology for flipped/blended teaching environments, to equity and inclusiveness in online teaching. The uses of adaptive technology to enhance introductory math outcomes, indigeneity in Engineering teaching, and developing pedagogies that better support practice-oriented teaching and assessment are further areas currently being researched.

The scholarship is prestigious. It rewards staff who are interested in developing teaching practices, and offers recipients the opportunity to become leaders within the teaching community.

Check out this website for more information on the scholarships, and how you might be able to apply.

Applications close on the 31st of March, 2021.

When They Leave Us, Where Do They Go?

Have you ever wondered where University of Canterbury graduates end up?

Did you know that 47% of 2019 graduate respondents are employed in Ōtautahi Christchurch? And 62% are employed in roles directly related to their field of study? Well, it’s true!

For over a decade, the Ako Marake | Evaluation & Student Insights Team (formerly Learning Evaluation & Academic Development, LEAD) has been collecting data on UC grads through the annual Graduate Destinations Survey (GDS). The survey invites all graduates to participate during the year following the completion of their studies.

The graduates are asked about any current employment, and/or further study, and also for feedback on the courses they completed and the skills they learned. We are constantly tweaking the survey to find better ways to understand our graduates’ experiences after leaving the university.  The 2020 survey had a response rate of ~38%. This year, respondents had the chance to win one of ten $100 Prezzy Cards – not bad for 10 minutes “work”!

The Evaluation and Student Insights (ESI) team has just published the latest GDS data in a new version of the Graduate Destinations Dashboard (opens new window). More interactions and insights than ever before are available, and new features make it easy for UC staff members to “slice and dice” the numbers to investigate cohorts of interest.

If you are looking to alter curriculum, needing evidence to support a programme review, or just curious, you can find interesting information in the “Programme Feedback & Skill Development” tab. For example, about 3 in 4 grads would recommend their programme of study at UC to others, and 80% agree there was good teaching throughout their study.

These are just some examples of the insights to be found in the Graduate Destinations Dashboard (opens new window). Find all our dashboards here.

To access, you must be a UC staff member. If you are on Windows, we recommend using Google Chrome. If you are on a Mac, please use Safari.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come speak to your team about this dashboard and others, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at