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Help us celebrate our graduating students

The lead up to graduation allows us to celebrate some of our graduating students, acknowledging the work they’ve invested in their degree, what they got up to while they were studying, what their UC education means to them and what they’re going to do once they’ve graduated.

Here’s just a few of our graduating superstars – now UC Alumni – we’ve recognised over the past 12 months:

  • After graduating with a doctorate in Ecology, Iveren Abiem returned to Nigeria to share her UC education with students at the University of Jos. Read more>
  • In December 2019 Hinerangi Curtis completed an ambitious five-year journey, graduating with a double degree [BSc/BA], majoring in Astronomy and Māori studies/te reo Māori. Read more>
  • After dedicating decades of his life to teaching, composing and conducting, John Emeleus graduated from the University of Canterbury last December with a Doctor of Music at the age of 82, adding to the Master of Music degree he gained in 1993. Read more>
  • Her years of study were a journey of discovery for Ereni Pūtere, as stories of her tīpuna were recognised through her whakapapa research. Read more>

Do you have exceptional students you’d like to nominate for the December 2021 graduation spotlight?

Email the Communications team with a little information about the student, including their name, UC Live email address [if you have it], and a little about what makes them exceptional, and your student could be one of the faces of UC’s graduating class of December 2021!

Check out more of our recent graduation stories here>

Work-Integrated Learning – Guest speaker from Waikato University, 30 Sep

Kia ora koutou,

I’m delighted to announce new investment in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) as part of the University’s strategic vision and commitment to future-focused learning. Connecting across UCOnline, Kia Angitu, External Engagement and the Digital Strategy, it will be a pan-university initiative with positive student outcomes at its heart.

Clare Murray has been appointed as Director of WIL, working towards creating a centre for WIL best practice. The initiative seeks to enable and support all staff involved in WIL (in its many forms).

Come and hear more as UC starts on this exciting journey. To kick-off the conversation, Dr Karsten Zegwaard Director of Work-Integrated Learning Research, will present on the WIL journey that Waikato University embarked on a few years ago.

When:  9 – 10am, Thursday 30 September
Where:  Rehua 329 (in person and recorded)
Note:  Informal chat for any who wishes to stay afterwards (10 – 10.30am)

Ngā mihi,
Professor Catherine Moran
Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

Support for those affected by the situation in Afghanistan

Kia ora koutou,

We are saddened to hear about the situation currently unfolding in Afghanistan and wanted to check in with staff who may be affected.

We understand this may be a challenging time for you and your whānau and would like to remind you that there is support available at UC if you need assistance or to talk to someone over the coming days and weeks. You can reach out to your line manager or any one of the support services below.

  • Te Whare Hauora | UC Health Centre – 03 364 2402,
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – 0800 327 669, 
  • Chaplaincy services – Reverend Dr John Fox, 027 357 1628,
  • Ministry of Health Need to talk? – Free phone or text 1737
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or text HELP to 4357 for free, 24/7, confidential support

(Please call to make a booking at the Health Centre as they are unable to accept walk-ins while we are under Covid Alert Level 4.)

We encourage you to reach out if you need to, the UC community is here to support you during this time.

If you are concerned about a student who may have been affected, please refer them to the information available here.

Kia kaha,

Amanda Derry
Kaihautū, Pūmanawa Tangata ǀ Director, People and Culture

Student Success: PALS recap & new Kia Angitu webpage

Last week at Staff Forum Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Catherine Moran talked about UC’s Student Success programme, Kia Angitu – an ecosystem of interconnected initiatives designed to help all students transition into their first year of uni and make the most of their studies. She introduced PALS Coordinator, Katie Mills who told us all about PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Sessions), one of the Kia Angitu initiatives. In case you missed it – here’s a quick recap on PALS.  

Peer Assisted Learning Sessions 

PALS is a peer-to-peer programme that involves regular study sessions, aligned with a course. These study sessions are facilitated by leaders who are also students and have already successfully completed the course.  

Rather than a focus on “re-teaching” or “tutoring,” the sessions are centred around study skills and supporting students to revise and problem solve amongst themselves. The sessions offer an opportunity for students to: 

  • make connections with their classmates 
  • revise through group study 
  • learn study tips and tricks from students who have already aced the course 
  • learn how to navigate university life more generally in a safe, student-only environment.  

The peer-to-peer environment is the greatest strength of PALS. The leaders who facilitate the sessions attend classes with the new students and are seen to be “on the same level”. New students feel that PALS leaders truly understand the challenges of the course and feel comfortable asking them questions. 

You can watch the video below to see what students are saying about PALS and another Kia Angitu initiative – Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE).  

Want to know more about Kia Angitu? We’ve launched a new webpage 
Check out the new Kia Angitu webpage here to find out more about the programme and our vision. You can also learn more about each of the initiatives (like PALS and ACE) within the programme, and how these fit together to support students. The webpage is a work in progress, we’ll be adding more information as more initiatives are developed and implemented.  

Ngā mihi,
Kaylene Sampson
Kaihautū Angitu Ako | Programme Director – Learner Success

Join us for Ako Anamata: EdTalk – 15 June

Te Ako Anamata | Future Learning and Development team is excited to invite UC staff to the first monthly Ako Anamata: EdTalk, which will be given by Associate Professors Cheryl Brown and Sara Tolbert two of UC’s 2021 Distributed Leadership in Teaching Programme (DLTP) Scholars.

Date: Tuesday 15 June
Venue: University of Canterbury Club (Ilam Homestead)
Time: 4pm – 6pm

The session includes:

  • 4pm: Welcome and introduction – Professor Catherine Moran, Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic
  • 4.05pm: An update on Catapult courses – Julie Mackey, Dean (Academic Success) and Kaylene Sampson, Programme Director Learner Success & Team Leader Evaluation and Student Insights
  • 4.20pm: Key presentation – Principles and Praxis for pedagogies of care in a Postdigital University – Associate Professor Cheryl Brown and Associate Professor Sara Tolbert, DLTP Scholars. (Introduced by Brad Hurren, Kaiwhakawhanake Akoranga | Academic Developer)
  • 4.55pm: Close, followed by networking with colleagues

Key presentation – Principles and Praxis for pedagogies of care in a Postdigital University
Cheryl and Sara are conducting interview podcasts with scholars who are doing innovative critical work in the area of (post)digital pedagogies. They then plan to use these conversations (along with selective literature) as stimulus for a workshop with interested colleagues. The podcasts will be available in June for participants to listen to and contemplate, and then in early July we will meet face-to-face to collectively think about how to engage with the content as we work to develop and design Principles and Praxis for pedagogies of care in a Postdigital University (i.e., hybrid tertiary educational contexts).

DLTP monthly talks
Our DLTP (Distributed Leadership in Teaching Programme) Scholars have been successful in applying for the opportunity to secure both time and funding to explore their interests in teaching and learning. More information on the DLTP can be found here.

These monthly talks provide an exciting opportunity for DLTP scholars to showcase their work, as well as to give you a brief update on what’s happening in the wider Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic team. The Ako Anamata: EdTalk is also time for colleagues and friends to get together and network in an informal setting. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact Brad Hurren