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Impact Summit is back for its third year

Impact Summit 2020

Impact Summit 2020 will empower you to create a more sustainable world, one decision at a time.

 
Come and be inspired by a variety of speakers, learn something new in a workshop and meet new people.
Join us at 1:00pm – 4:30pm on Saturday 10 October at the University of Canterbury. Limited tickets available, secure yours now!
Keynote speaker: Malcolm Rands (ecostore co-founder and Fairground Foundation executive chairman), will share his entrepreneurial journey and insights around sustainability, innovation and the environment.
 
Panel Discussion: Sustainability experts from a variety of sectors will discuss what you can do to ensure a sustainable future and will answer questions from the audience. Facilitated by award-winning journalist Rod Oram.
• Brianne West – Founder and CEO of Ethique
• Tony Moore – Sustainability Advisor at Christchurch City Council
• Veronica Harwood-Stevenson – Founder and CEO of Humble Bee
• Logan Williams – Entrepreneur, Inventor and Scientist
 
You’ll also get the choice between a range of workshops, including:
• Money talks. What’s yours saying?
• Designing solutions for the 21st Century
• How to identify what matters
• Let’s talk SDGs
• What do the eco-labels really mean?
• Turning waste into value

Get your ticket now!

Two new UC Māori language resources for kaimahi

To celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori this year, in addition to attending one of our Māori Language Week events or activities , Te Waka Pākākano are launching two new rauemi reo (Māori language resources) designed to support you with using and valuing te reo in your everyday mahi.

The UC Te Reo Māori Style Guide, available as both a downloadable and printable PDF and an easy to use webpage, is now available on the UC Style Guide website. The Reo Māori Style has been developed by the UC Ohu Reo and is a helpful handbook for UC staff on how to ensure the use of te reo Māori across all our UC publications, social media and marketing is accurate and consistent.  Look out for the tohu (icon) that symbolises te reo Māori which has a waha (mouth) and ārero (tongue).

The second rauemi reo, available on Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori AKO | LEARN site, is a Karakia booklet.  The Karakia booklet includes a selection of karakia for kaimahi (staff) of UC to support them with beginning and closing hui, and to indicate appreciation for kai (food).  Useful sound files to help you with pronunciation are also included and you can also print or save a copy as a downloadable PDF.

Nā reira, e ngā manu kōrihi, e ngā manu korokī o tō tātou whare wānanga nei!
Kia hāro tō tātou reo Māori anō nei he kāhu ki runga i ngā mānia o Waitaha!
Tēnā, tukua kia rere ki te ao!

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness week (MHAW) is coming up on 21 – 27 September. This year’s theme is focused on “Reimagining Wellbeing Together, He Tirohanga Anamata”.

This annual campaign is all about raising awareness and reducing the stigma that exists around Mental Health. To learn more about MHAW click here.

To celebrate MHAW at UC, we are hosting a range of events in support of Wellbeing.

Wellbeing Expo (will only proceed in alert level 1 or below)

When: Monday 21 September, 12 – 2pm
Where: Haere-roa

Featuring a variety of wellbeing services and stalls, bbq, live music and care packs (for first 100 attendees). And a prize draw (be at the expo to enter!)

Prizes include: Massage vouchers (from the Rec Centre), $100 UBS voucher (donated by TEU), 2 tickets to Mount John Observatory (tour and dinner), Himalayan salt lamp, plus loads more!

Lunchtime Seminars

When: Tuesday 22 – Friday 25 September, 12 – 1pm
Where: Undercroft Room 101

Topics: 

Tues: Professor Neville Blampied – Importance of sleep for Wellbeing

Weds: UCSA Clubs Lads without Labels and UC Women’s Wellbeing

Thurs: Professor Katharina Naswall, Wellbeing – Supporting your own and others.

Fri: Professional Julia Rucklidge – Practical suggestions for improving your mental health under stress.

Take a Mate for Coffee

When: Wednesday 23 September

Turn up with your mate and get 2 hot drinks for the price of one!

Participating cafes: Nuts and Bolts ǀ Engineering Core, Foundry ǀ Haere-roa, The Collective ǀ Dovedale, Ancestral ǀ Ernest Rutherford, Therapy ǀ Rehua.

We encourage you to take some time out to attend these events, as taking care of wellbeing is important to sustaining a healthy work life balance.

We look forward to seeing you all there,
Mental Health Awareness Working Group

What’s next for waste?

 
What’s next for waste?
 
Come hear Green Party MP Eugenie Sage talk waste reduction and the pathway to a more sustainable future with UC Sustainability and UC Greens!
 
Waste is everywhere, and despite our best efforts, it’s almost impossible to live without it. Eugenie has been fighting this problem for years, and knows that the problem isn’t the individual – it’s the system.
 
What: Waste reduction and Q&A with Green MP Eugenie Sage
When: Friday 11th September 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Where: Undercroft 101
 
See the Facebook event here for more information.
 

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News from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Included below:

  • Internationalisation and the challenges and opportunities for international offices going forward.
  • Policy brief featuring recommendations for governments and universities to take swift action to ensure no one is left behind in the shift online.
  • Funding – gender initiative grants and fellowship funding.
  • Librarians – virtual conference.
  • Sustainable Urbanisation Programme news.

Almost six months into the global pandemic, the impacts upon universities have been – and continue to be – profound.

In response, universities – and the individuals and offices within them – have shown incredible resilience in adapting and innovating to advance their teaching and learning, research, and service missions. Those particularly responsible for internationalisation within their institutions are no exception.

The ACU recently convened a group of internationalisation leaders from six member universities to reflect upon the challenges and opportunities for international offices going forward.

These leaders shared experiences of the ways in which their work had changed significantly. The need for more virtual internationalisation opportunities in the wake of limited mobility activities (a traditional mainstay of universities’ internationalisation efforts) is one key example.

Collectively, they agreed that internationalisation remains a core priority for their respective universities. Indeed, this period has highlighted the critical importance of, for instance, cross-cultural learning and transnational research collaboration. The ACU will be taking these discussions forward through its member Champions.

My own work with the ACU so far this year has shown me the value of the symbiotic relationship between international university networks and individual universities.

Networks, for their part, connect, convene, innovate, and advocate to create the right opportunities for their members for the times we are in. This, in turn, allows universities to focus upon what they do best – directly engaging their students, researchers, and communities.

I invite you to review this issue of Synthesis – and the ACU’s latest activities – to see how such a synergy is playing out in real time. With its online events, Networks and Communities, programming, and UN engagement, the ACU has built an international structure of opportunities. Members can then select those that advance their particular priorities.

While calls for transparency and effectiveness predate, of course, the pandemic, they have become louder during recent months. Judicious engagement in international networks by universities can help all achieve their goals. I look forward to future opportunities to work with the ACU to help convene and support universities as they navigate this new landscape in higher education.

Kind regards, Professor Ian Rowlands,
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability,
University of Waterloo, Canada

A snapshot of digital engagement in Commonwealth universities 

The results of the ACU’s recent digital engagement survey highlight a stubborn digital divide and its impact on higher education. Our new policy brief features recommendations for governments and universities to take swift action to ensure no one is left behind in the shift online.

ACU Gender Grants 2020 – applications now open!

10 ACU Gender Grants, up to a maximum value of GBP 1,000 each, are now available to staff at ACU member universities who are working to promote gender equity and equality in their institutions. The deadline for applications is 20 September 2020, 11.59 pm (BST).

ACU Fellowships – coming soon

Applications will open this month for ACU Fellowships, aimed at academic and professional staff of ACU member universities in any country to promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas. These virtual fellowships will support collaboration at a distance and enable the creation of valuable new partnerships, as part of the ACU Digital Now strategy.

From zero to hero: Rising to the challenge in a time of crisis

The ACU is partnering with the University of Johannesburg’s Library for their virtual conference ‘From zero to hero: Rising to the challenge in a time of crisis’, on 14-15 September 2020.This conference will focus on the changing roles of librarians in the transforming landscape of information science in a time of global disruption.

Commonwealth Sustainable Urbanisation Programme

‘The Commonwealth Sustainable Urbanisation Programme was a great learning experience where I understood multiple stakeholders’ perspectives on a range of issues surrounding urban development. Such initiatives can push for more innovation and collaboration, which is significant in addressing any crisis.’ – Rohit Pradeep Lahoti, 2019 Commonwealth Scholar

This programme of online events on the important issue of sustainable urbanisation was curated by the ACU and our partners.

For all information go to the ACU home page.

Ka kite anō au i a kōrua Karen Mather, People and Culture