Category Archives: UC Strategic Vision

Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants now open

Kia ora colleagues

The Association of Commonwealth Universities has launched this grant round today.  It is open to both academic and professional staff. The deadline is 11.59 pm GMT on 13 November 2020.

“Today on UN International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, we are delighted to announce the launch of the ACU Commonwealth Climate Resilience Challenge Grants. Aimed at academic and professional staff, the grants can be awarded to ACU member universities from any country to support initiatives addressing climate resilience.

Grants of up to GBP 2500 each are available to help meet the costs of organising projects that promote the aims and priorities of our Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network (CCRN).

If you are involved in enhancing the climate resilience of universities themselves, and/or enhancing universities’ contribution to the resilience of communities, business and government – then you’re eligible to apply.

The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops and events….”  You’ll find more details and the application form on their website.

Karen Mather, People and Culture

Knowledge Commons: 150 projects of impact

In June Professor Ekant Veer was seconded into a role in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office to start working on the ‘Knowledge Commons’. In this video Ekant and Dr Susannah Stevens give a quick update on what they’ve been doing and how the knowledge commons can be used as one way to achieve the institutional strategic goal of being an ‘Engaged University’. Please do contact Ekant on if you’d like to know more or help with sharing some of your stories of impact in the community.

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

Staff Conduct

Are you familiar with the Staff Code of Conduct? UC has high standards of professional behaviour and integrity expected of all members of our University community. These standards are easy to find; they are set out in Staff Code of Conduct and also the Prevention of Harassment and Bullying Policy and the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy

Every member of University community has responsibility to familiarise themselves with these policies.

The Staff Code of Conduct is being reviewed in the near future to bring it up to date with best practice and UC’s strategy and you will have a chance to contribute to this process during formal consultation, which will be announced in the coming months.

Work is also being done on creating a Staff Student Interactions Policy which will:

    • Clarify expectations for professional behaviour and integrity when interacting with students;
    • Provide students, their families and whanau, the community and the public with trust and confidence in UC; and
    • Provide staff with guidance and support to ensure they are equipped to protect their own professional reputation and that of UC.

Formal consultation on the draft Staff Student Interactions Policy will also be announced soon.

If you see or experience unacceptable behaviour please speak to your Manager, Department Head and/or HR Advisor, or find more information here Raise a Complaint about Another Person.

In the context of the fast-changing nature of our world, especially at the moment, please remember to be kind and considerate of others and address any problems that do arise promptly and constructively.

UC Values – opportunity to participate in deciding our way forward

Kia ora  koutou

A desire for organisational values for UC came through strongly in the focus groups and other feedback mechanisms in the Strategy development process.

I am looking for volunteers to form a pan-UC working group to establish how we go about developing and implementing a set of meaningful UC Values.

Your likely initial commitment would be:

  • A two-hour workshop on the afternoon of August 28
  • Two additional one hour follow up meetings.

Then it will depend on what we as a group decide.

I will pick about 20 names from those who put their hand up – the group will need to be a good representation of staff. If you miss out on this initial group there will be plenty of opportunities to participate further and your enthusiasm to support this mahi will greatly appreciated.

Please email me by  07 August.  Thank you.  Kia pai tō koutou rā .

Karen Mather

People and Culture