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UC VALUES – Last set of workshops to have your say

Kia ora colleagues

A desire to co-create Organisational Values for UC came through strongly in the focus groups and other feedback mechanisms in the Strategy development process.  So far 61 staff have participated in the three workshops that have been run – 18 Academic staff and 43 Professional Staff.

I’ve already promoted two more workshops and I’ve now scheduled more so you have six further opportunities to engage face to face with staff from across UC . These are listed below. Email me directly to book your place.

Why have Organisational Values? 


  • remind us of what we stand for
  • provide a roadmap for work and behaviour
  • help us make the right decisions
  • create the context to allow for alignment between people, systems, processes, structure, leadership and culture
  • provide a measure for “organisational fit” for prospective staff (and students).

Opportunities to participate:

  • Thursday 29 October 1 to 2.30pm
  • Monday 02 November 10 to 11.30am
  • Tuesday 10/11, 2.30 to 4pm
  • Tuesday 17/11, 2 to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday 18/11, 10.30am to 12 noon
  • Thursday 19/11, 1 to 2.30pm

Please pass on this information to your colleagues. Thank you.

Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather
People and Culture

Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants now open

Kia ora colleagues

The Association of Commonwealth Universities has launched this grant round today.  It is open to both academic and professional staff. The deadline is 11.59 pm GMT on 13 November 2020.

“Today on UN International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, we are delighted to announce the launch of the ACU Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants. Aimed at academic and professional staff, the grants can be awarded to ACU member universities from any country to support initiatives addressing climate resilience.

Grants of up to GBP 2500 each are available to help meet the costs of organising projects that promote the aims and priorities of our Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network (CCRN).

If you are involved in enhancing the climate resilience of universities themselves, and/or enhancing universities’ contribution to the resilience of communities, business and government – then you’re eligible to apply.

The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops and events….”  You’ll find more details and the application form on their website.

Karen Mather, People and Culture

UC Values – MORE opportunities to participate in deciding our way forward

Kia ora colleagues

A desire to co-create Organisational Values for UC came through strongly in the focus groups and other feedback mechanisms in the Strategy development process.

Two more times providing an opportunity for you to participate in this co-creation are  now available:

  • Thursday 29 October 1pm to 2.30pm OR
  • Monday 02 November 10am to 11.30am.

The sessions will include a short introduction to Organisational Values and the context and benefits of Values to an organisation and its staff. We’ll then take you through an exercise to identify concepts that are important to us as an organisation. Your conclusions will be added to those from other staff workshops as part of the process to identify 3 or 4 core UC Values and the behaviours that are the Values translated into day-to-day actions.

Table group discussion

If you wish to participate in either of these sessions please email me  and indicate which date and time suits you. I will then send you an invitation with details. If you are unable to make these options but are interested in further sessions, let me know.

Please pass on this information to your colleagues. Thank you.

Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather

People and Culture

ACU Newsletter: “resilience in a changing world”

Each month, an individual at a different ACU member institution is invited to write the introduction for this newsletter, providing an opportunity to highlight perspectives. This month, Professor Sally Wheeler, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Australian National University (ANU), writes for us about resilience in a changing world.

The start of 2020 in Australia was heralded by extreme bushfires. This was followed by a hailstorm so severe that it inflicted millions of dollars worth of damage to our Canberra campus. Miraculously no one was hurt. Repairs continue and many buildings are still unable to be used.

Resilience is a word we use and hear a lot in the context of these climate change related disasters, and other threats such as COVID-19. Breaking the concept down might help us align research and teaching with action. Framing resilience to include elements of knowledge, motivation, capacity, and opportunity sets an agenda for universities globally.

Our capacity to respond to global challenges begins with knowledge. We have a role in creating, building, communicating, and respecting knowledge. Universities can help advance informed, ethical action by diagnosing issues and identifying opportunities, outlining benefits and trade-offs, understanding the psychological, social, economic, and political aspects, and connecting with people’s emotions via communication and the arts.

Alongside developing information and technology, universities also have roles in developing the human and institutional capacity to take effective strategic action. Through an understanding of policy, political, economic, and other dynamics, universities can not only help our partners grab opportunities for change but also create them.

At ANU we have a cross-university institute – the Climate Change Institute (CCI) – that convenes, coordinates, and facilitates inter-disciplinary responses to climate events, food security, health, and others. The CCI engages with governments at all levels across Australia and globally (via the IPCC), as well as with community groups and industry, bringing the knowledge and expertise of these partners into academic research.

ANU also has an internal Below Zero initiative which aims to turn the university from being a significant net emitter of greenhouse gases to a net sink. The CCI is leading this complex, cross-ANU activity, working with partner universities and industry from across the globe to enhance cross-institutional learning.

By recognising the multiple ways in which universities are working to enhance societies capacity to deal with change, we can see how integral we are to a brighter future for all.

Professor Sally Wheeler,
Pro-Vice Chancellor
Australian National University

This article and other ACU news.

ACU Research Fellowships – up to 5000 GBP – now open

Kia ora colleagues

UC is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Their latest fellowship round is open and closes on 14 October. The Fellowships support collaboration at a distance by enabling the creation of valuable new partnerships between member universities in different countries. This year’s ACU Fellowships will solely fund virtual collaborations.

Please see details on the ACU website.

Karen Mather, People and Culture