Category Archives: Notice

NCEA Changes: What do they mean anyway?

Friday 25 June, 11am, Te Moana nui a Kiwa: Level 2, Rehua

Education Advisers Justin Paul and Grant Ritchie from the Canterbury NCEA Changes Team will be leading this informational workshop for all staff.

This is your chance to come along and learn about the changes to NCEA and how it will effect students and schools in the region.

Organised by the School of Teacher Education, College of Education, Health and Human Development/Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.

For more info, contact

UCSA’s Noel Leeming Friends and Family Sale starts soon

The UCSA Noel Leeming (Riccarton) Friends and Family sale is back!

Running from 14 to 27 June 2021, it’s a great opportunity to pick up a deal while supporting UC’s Students’ Association (+2.5% of total sales will go towards UCSA student events).

The offer is open to all UC staff and students, and to receive it you need to present a copy of the flyer and get the barcode scanned in store. Download the flyer (944KB) here.

Thank you for your support.


Terms and conditions apply.


Changes to the Incident Management Team

Leanne Keenan and Iain MacPherson have been appointed as Incident Controllers (ICs) to work alongside Rīpeka Tamanui-Hurunui on the UC Incident Management Team. The team’s focus has been on whakawhanaungatanga and developing networks with local emergency services to enhance UCs response to significant emergency incidents.

  • Last month ICs met with local NZ Police Inspector Brian Buck and Inspector Craig McKay to network and discuss a campus exercise, which will likely be scheduled for Jan or Feb 2022.
  • ICs also met with Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) Team Station Manager Paul Burns, who is now located on Creyke Road in the new Fire Station on campus.
  • FENZ Area Commander Dave Stackhouse and Assistant Area Commander Steve Kennedy attended the hui to discuss collaborative training and other opportunities. As a result of this hui, FENZ invited the ICs to attend a recent Regional Fire Simulation Exercise at the Justice Precinct in the city, as observers.
  • ICs met with the Canterbury City Civil Defence and Christchurch city Group Civil Defence Teams. Neville Riley, Regional Manager Civil Defence and Rob Orchard Christchurch City Emergency Manager gave the ICs a briefing and tour of the Justice Precinct Emergency Operations Centre. We have agreed to developing collaborative training opportunities and sharing best practice to enhance our emergency preparedness and response.
  • The ICs keep a watching brief on COVID19 matters and other emergency events, such as the recent floods in Canterbury.
  • The IMT has restarted monthly training scenario sessions to practice responding to various emergency situations.

We are currently recruiting an Emergency Management and Business Continuity Manager. The role closes on 6 June 2021.

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

3 Years of Learning and Teaching at UC

With the closing of the UCount 2021 survey last week, we’re happy to write that that brand new data is already accessible to all UC staff in the Learning & Teaching Dashboard (opens new tab)!

Using the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (opens new tab), students provide feedback on the learning & teaching they experience at UC. Respondents consider their overall educational experience, course structure and relevance, engagement inside and outside of courses, and quality of learner resources, like physical spaces and course materials, and more. Individual items within the focus area categories undergo calculations to derive the respondents’ overall “percent positive” scores.

Ako Marake have used these QILT Learning & Teaching Indicators in the UCount survey since 2019. We now have 3-year trendlines for the focus areas, all of which can be “sliced and diced” to show your cohort of interest, whether it be a specific programme, subject, or ethnicity.

Over 12,000 respondents comprise the trends presented below:

line graph trends of UC Learning and teaching

In nearly all focus areas,  percent positive scores have reached or surpassed pre-COVID scores in 2019.

Have a look at the brand new data, and explore all of the new features in this dashboard (see this blog post for reference)(opens new tab).

If you would like, a member of the Ako Marake ESI team would be happy to come talk with you and your team about these data; reach out to Ellie and Elyse at with any questions or comments.