Category Archives: Diversity

Keen to join the Queer Straight Alliance at UC?

The QSA stands for Queer Straight Alliance is made up of 60 staff, who work together to ensure progress is made in supporting rainbow communities, here at UC. 

This positive group advises and supports the work of the Rainbow Advisor Ari Nicholson and meets bi-monthly. QSA come up with ideas on how our community can support rainbow staff and students, and members also get involved in student events, such as O week.  A steering committee ensures that the recommendations are progressed, and the group are great at supporting each other on projects across campus. 

Any staff member can join if they are rainbow or a supporter of rainbow communities. If you would like to join QSA, reach out to Ari Nicholson today!

Equity Review Update

In October 2020 Te Waka Pākākano designed and implemented a process for reviewing Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness at UC. The review investigated our shared organisational understanding of equity, the extent to which we are responsive to the needs of underserved groups in our university community and recommendations to support UC’s ongoing commitment to building an equitable and inclusive learning and working environment.

The review was conducted with support from academic experts and Human Ethics Committee approval and guidance. Mixed method qualitative data capture was used to collect student and staff narratives through in person interviews and an online questionnaire. 84 individuals were interviewed in person and we received more than 695 online questionnaire submissions.

The review is still underway, however Te Waka Pākākano has completed a first phase of analysis of the data and have commenced the second phase this month with intention to produce a report within the next 4 – 6 weeks. Although yet to be fully analysed, the findings indicate while we have made some effort, we have failed to give effect to our organisational aspirations for equity, diversity and inclusiveness.

Our tentative process moving forward will be to finalise the report, agree a communication process and confirm an implementation plan which will include co-constructing with key student and staff stakeholders a meaningful response to the aforementioned aspirations.

News and opportunities from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Kia ora colleagues

Please see the latest newsletter on the ACU website. There is a lot in this issue for those with an interest in the areas of sexual harassment, gender inequity, climate change and sustainability so please let your relevant colleagues know.

The newsletter includes:

  1. The potential of technology to combat gender inequality.
  2. Opportunity to host the 2022 and 2023 ACU Summer Schools
  3. Deliver a virtual mobility project with another ACU member university
  4. A virtual mobility survey
  5. Take part in the Second IAU Global Survey on the ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education’
  6. Amplify your university’s climate work in the lead-up to COP26
  7. International Green Gown Awards – apply by 31 March
  8. Opportunities to get involved with the Commonwealth Climate Research Cohort

Plus a number of events as well as articles on “Tackling the taboo of sexual harassment”, “Choosing to challenge gender bias and inequity to build a better world”, and “No-bystander training for a safer city”.

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture


Celebrating Kathleen Quinlivan during Christchurch Pride 2021

To mark the first anniversary of Kathleen’s death, the UC Queer Straight Alliance and School of Educational Studies and Leadership invite you to join with us to celebrate her during Christchurch Pride 2021.

Date and time: Friday 12th March, 4pm – 6pm

Venue: Community Engagement Hub, Rehua

Please bring your favourite memories and stories about Kathleen for sharing together.

Refreshments and juice will be provided. BYO wine or beer.

RSVP to:

by Tuesday 9th March for catering purposes.

If you would like to contribute towards a koha for a native tree to gift to Kathleen’s partner Linda during the celebration, please email Nicola by Tuesday 9th March: