Category Archives: Staff Success

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award Nominations OPEN

Do you know hardworking people who make a difference?
Put them or yourself forward for an award!
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Award Categories

  1. For the Recognition Award, we want to hear about exceptional initiatives completed which contributed to the health, safety and wellbeing in their workplace or wider community.
  2. For the Initiative Award, we’re looking for applications from colleagues who are developing exceptional initiatives and need financial assistance to see it come to fruition.

Ultimately, if you’ve inspired engagement in health, safety, and wellbeing, and made a positive impact in your service unit or department, we want to make sure you are recognised for it!

Applying or nominating

Get your thinking caps on because you can make a submission yourself, as part of a group or unit, or nominate a fellow worker, or group of workers.

Applications for the above awards are open to UC staff from Monday 30 August 2021 until Friday 1 October 2021.

UC Early Career Researcher Networking Event

Research & Innovation would like UC academic staff to join us for informative talks and the chance to meet other Early Career Researchers across different departments. Morning tea provided.

Thursday, October 14, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am
Beatrice Tinsley 112

Schedule:

·         Sarah Wiki-Bennett, Kaiārahi Māori Research, R&I — Welcome

·         Cara Swit, Senior Lecturer, Health Sciences, UC Early and Emerging Academic Researcher Network (EEARN) founder — Fostering a supportive research community

·         Jonathan Tonkin, Biological Sciences & Rutherford Discovery Fellow — on Navigating Early Career Funding

·         Joanna Cobley, Researcher Development Coordinator, R&I — on Developing as a researcher at UC

Please book using the following link: https://canterbury.libcal.com/event/5399776

Bookings limited to 40 spaces, zoom option available.

JOIN US FOR THE NEXT AKO ANAMATA: EDTALK – 13 JULY

Te Ako Anamata | Future Learning and Development is excited to invite UC staff to the next instalment of our monthly Ako Anamata: EdTalks, which will be given by DLTP Scholar Dr Rosie Cameron from the College of Engineering.

Date: Tuesday 13 July
Venue: University of Canterbury Club (Ilam Homestead)
Time: 4pm – 6pm

The session includes:

  • 4.00pm: Welcome and introduction – Dr Brad Hurren, Kaiwhakawhanake Akoranga | Academic Developer
  • 4.05pm: An update from the Vice-Chancellor – Professor Cheryl de la Rey, Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor
  • 4.20pm: DLTP presentation – Adaptive Learning Technologies in MATH101 – Dr Rosie Cameron, Pūkenga | Lecturer
  • 4.55pm: Close, followed by networking with colleagues

DLTP Presentation – Adaptive Learning Technologies in MATH101

Over recent years, the cohort of students in MATH101 has included many students who lack the foundational mathematics skills that they need to succeed in the course. Many students also have low mathematics self-efficacy and are apprehensive about studying mathematics.

The initial stage of the project will be to explore different tools and teaching methods that have potential application to a redesigned MATH101. One such tool is adaptive learning which provides students with targeted remediation and automated support. This provides them with the opportunity to master initial, prerequisite content and then build on these acquired skills as they encounter content that is more complex. It also gives students experience of success in mathematics learning which will hopefully improve their self-efficacy and confidence.

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 teaching and learning areas at UC. 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 please contact Dr Brad Hurren.

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

Professor Jason Tylianakis appointed Director of Food Transitions 2050

Tēnā koutou, 

In August 2020, a regional strategic partnership was established between the University of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Plant & Food Research, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and AgResearch.

The result was a new postgraduate school focusing on food sustainability, tentatively titled Food Transitions 2050dedicated to supporting the transition of our regional, national and international food systems – the first for postgraduate research in Aotearoa New Zealand.

A range of significant milestones have been achieved since then, and I want to provide an update on some key developments on behalf of the Food Transitions 2050 Working Group.

Leadership
I am pleased to announce that Professor Jason Tylianakis has been appointed Director of Food Transitions 2050 for 2021, to progress development in the next stage.

Jason is an award-winning Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences, with particular expertise in biodiversity and sustainable production systems.

PhD projects update
There was a very strong response to the call for project proposals last August, with a total of 57 proposals for the pool of 15 scholarships available at the two universities. The successful projects can be found from the Food Transitions 2050 website

Call for project proposals for the 2022 cohort
A call for project proposals for the next round is expected in the middle of this year, and we are in discussions about a series of externally funded scholarships that have been attracted by the themes of the Food Transitions 2050 initiative.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Professor Tylianakis, directly.

Ngā mihi,

Professor Wendy Lawson
Amorangi Pūtaiao | Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science