Category Archives: Learning & Development

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!

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

Workshops to build diversity and inclusion

We have two more workshops arranged for 2020 to enhance and build your awareness around diversity and inclusion.

Rainbow Awareness
Friday 18 September & Friday 16 October, 9am – 11.30am each day
This workshop is aimed at staff that have limited knowledge of gender diversity or how it applies to them in their role at UC.  In these workshops we will explore gender diversity in Aotearoa.

Building Cultural Literacy
Tuesday 15 September, 9.00am – 2.30pm 
Building Cultural Literacy to Enhance Engagement, Understand Complexity and Build Connection: Strategies for Working with Students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds.

Enrol via the Professional Development tile on UCPeople, or find out more information via the Learning and Development intranet.

LinkedIn Learning is almost here!

Have you heard about LinkedIn Learning? It is a super exciting learning platform that enables you to pick what you want to learn when you want to learn it.

Short videos  and longer more in depth courses provide you with on time learning that is interesting and useful.

We will be opening access for all staff in the coming weeks.
Keep your eyes peeled.


To find out more, and to keep up to date with progress, please visit the Learning and Development intranet page.

Gender Grants – to support those who are working to promote gender equity and equality

UC’s membership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) provides access to these grants.  Grants open on 20 August and I anticipate more information will be available on ACU’s website then. Please promote this opportunity. Thank you.

“For more than 30 years, the ACU has worked to further gender equality and women’s empowerment – such as championing women in leadership and combating sexual violence on campus – in partnership with our members. We’re delighted to announce that 10 ACU Gender Grants, up to the maximum value of GBP 1,000 each, will soon be available to ACU members who are working to promote gender equity and equality in their institutions. Now entering its fourth year, the Gender Grants help members to meet the costs of a diverse range of projects, workshops, and events in areas such as supporting women in science and research; mainstreaming gender equity into the curriculum and developing anti-sexual harassment initiatives. The next round of applications will open on 20 August 2020.”

Karen Mather, People and Culture