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Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan Kareem to all of our Muslim students, staff and community. May you have a blessed Ramadan, filled with peace, harmony and joy.

Ramadan is the holy month in Islam when Muslims around the world fast during daylight hours.

For Ramadan 2021, which starts tomorrow [14 April] the UC Business School’s Internationalisation Team are excited to invite you to fast with them for a day.

At the end of the day, you will be able to enjoy a free meal with the other participants as we break fast together.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 4 May.
There are limited places available to join the dinner, with half the tickets reserved for Muslim students and half for non-Muslim students. We hope this will be an opportunity to meet new people and to learn about each other.

To register, scan the QR code at the end of the video below or click this link>

Clear your desks: the Great Stationery Swap is coming!

Join us in recycling, reusing and repurposing all that stationery that has been left in your bottom drawer, stationery cupboard or resource room with the Great Stationery Swap, coming next week!

How to take part:

  • Drop off your stationery and other office supplies to the old UCSA Offices (Level 1, Puaka James-Hight) on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 April between 9am – 4pm. Please place your items neatly on the tables provided.
  • Come back on Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 April between 9am – 4pm and  browse through to take what you or your department needs!
  • You don’t have to donate anything in order to take something back to your space. Our goal is to re-home as many items of unloved stationery as we can!

What to bring:

Any stationery or office supplies that are in good, clean, working condition will be welcomed at the Swap.

Why swap stationery?

By reusing, repurposing and rehoming already existing stationery and office supplies on campus, we are:

  • reducing the amount that goes to landfill
  • saving money by reducing purchasing and waste disposal costs
  • lowering the input of materials that goes into production and,
  • Taking action on Sustainable Development Goal 12 and the creation of a circular economy! 

A big thanks to Barb Fletcher from FM and the UC Admin Plus network for their support for this event. This message was brought to by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. For more information on sustainability at UC, see our website.

Update from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

The latest newsletter includes:

  1. Information on a four-week long virtual global health elective course in a collaborative online international learning model from the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.
  2. Registration for ‘Voices of the Blue Charter: A marine plastics research showcase’.
  3. Applications open for ACU Summer School 2021: ‘Urban disasters: Vulnerability and resilience in a pandemic’ with Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.
  4. International Higher Education Forum 2021: Keeping higher education global
  5.  THE Impact and Innovation Summit
  6.  Opportunities to get involved with the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort
  7.  Deliver a virtual training workshop –  “We are seeking proposals from staff based at member universities to deliver a virtual training workshop on research-to-action for the Cohort. This workshop will equip researchers with the practical knowledge and skills they can apply to design and deliver their own research-to-action projects. A total of GBP 2,500 (plus VAT if applicable) is available to deliver this workshop.”   Deadline: 16 April at 09:00 (UTC + 1)
  8. Call for a research-to-action facilitator – “We are also seeking a senior climate-focused academic based at an ACU member university to support the researchers in developing five peer-led research-to-action projects. As a core component of the programme, these research-to-action projects will provide the Cohort with an opportunity to work across borders and disciplines, and work towards bridging the evidence-to-policy gap in their communities and beyond.”  Deadline: 16 April at 09:00 (UTC + 1)

Noho ora mai

Karen Mather  (she/her)

Pūmanawa Tangata | People and Culture

Closing the Loop – Feedback from the 2020 Student Experience Survey

The Ako Marake | Evaluation and Student Insights team has created a one-page infographic of high level results of 2020’s UCount and UCPEQ surveys to close the feedback loop with students. The infographic, shown below, will be distributed via the UC screens, on Tūpono, and will be posted on selected notice boards across campus.

In August 2020 17,372 enrolled students received an invitation to participate in the annual Student Experience survey. The survey asked a number of questions about the student experience focusing on both the in-classroom and wider university environment. In total, 6,053 students returned valid/completed surveys, equating to a response rate of 35% (margin of error of 1% at the 99% confidence interval).

This data is available across a variety of ESI’s dashboards – you can check them out here.

The 2021 round of the UCount survey runs between 23rd April – 16th May, with data expected to be available around the end of May. The ESI team will be promoting this new round of data collection over the coming weeks, highlighting some of the great prizes available for students to win. Staff can help promote the survey by encouraging students to participate, ensuring that they know that their opinions are valued and acted upon.

Keep your eye out on Tū Ki Te Tahi for 2021 data dashboard updates.

For any questions, or if you would like ESI to come speak to your team about student survey data, please email Ellie Kay and Elyse Thompson at

Wānanga Kaimahi | Staff Forum – in case you missed it

Thank you to everyone who attended our Wānanga Kaimahi | Staff Forum today in the Ngaio Marsh Theatre.

Together we celebrated a great start to the year with increased domestic enrolments, and viewed the new ‘Believe U Can’ recruitment, reputation, retention & engagement campaign with the students who were involved. We heard about progress on the UC Values, and received an update on the effective new Takere programme for Māori and Pasifika students. This was followed by a short Q&A session and to finish we shared some delicious Easter treats, catered by UCSA.

A video of the forum is now available on the intranet: Staff Forum – UC Intranet (

There were a number of unanswered questions from; these will be addressed, with answers available on Staff Forum – UC Intranet ( There will be a reminder in Tū ki te tahi on 9 April. 

To find out more about the UC Values, resources are available here Organisational Development – UC Intranet (

Read more about Takere here: Takere | University of Canterbury