Category Archives: UC Strategic Vision

Work-Integrated Learning – Guest speaker from Waikato University, 30 Sep

Kia ora koutou,

I’m delighted to announce new investment in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) as part of the University’s strategic vision and commitment to future-focused learning. Connecting across UCOnline, Kia Angitu, External Engagement and the Digital Strategy, it will be a pan-university initiative with positive student outcomes at its heart.

Clare Murray has been appointed as Director of WIL, working towards creating a centre for WIL best practice. The initiative seeks to enable and support all staff involved in WIL (in its many forms).

Come and hear more as UC starts on this exciting journey. To kick-off the conversation, Dr Karsten Zegwaard Director of Work-Integrated Learning Research, will present on the WIL journey that Waikato University embarked on a few years ago.

When:  9 – 10am, Thursday 30 September
Where:  Rehua 329 (in person and recorded)
Note:  Informal chat for any who wishes to stay afterwards (10 – 10.30am)

Ngā mihi,
Professor Catherine Moran
Tumu Tuarua Akoranga | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

Life and times of the Product and Delivery Team by Dana Burnett

The Product and Delivery team have had a busy few months working across a number of initiatives that range from improving our website search engine, to developing new online forms for staff seeking sabbaticals as well as upgrading critical systems like PeopleSoft.  Here are a few of the highlights of new initiatives:  

From  Retronet to Really Great Intranet 

The intranet is an important tool for most organisations – it’s the “digital lounge”, a shared space that connects people, places, and information.  Our intranet is built on technology from early 2000, a time when Facebook and YouTube didn’t exist and when Nokia and Blackberries dominated the phone market.  We are on a mission, working with People and Culture and the Communications and Engagement Team, to revamp and revive our intranet by making it: 

  • Personalised, making relevant information discoverable to you based on your role 
  • Mobile, so that you can access news and information from your phone or device anywhere, at anytime 
  • Easy to use and update, so that staff can maintain information 
  • Real time, so you are kept up to date as changes happen 
  • Visual and engaging 
  • Easily shared 
  • Interactive, with notifications and updates 

Focus on planning and portfolio management 

We are piloting new portfolio and project management software called that will enable us to have one place for managing projects, planning the ITS portfolio, and tracking finances.  It will also help us to map out when digital change is occurring across the University so that we can better coordinate project milestones and understand the impacts.    

Accessibility for LEARN and improvements to ACE  

The Learning Outcomes team have been working with the Kia Angtu programme to take ACE to the next level with improved reporting and insight for students and staff.  They have also been collaborating with the Future Learning team to redesign the look and feel of Learn so that it’s easier for students to use and more accessible to everyone.  

Dynamics 365 and the student record 

The Dynamics 365 team are focused on preparing our new CRM system (Microsoft Dynamics 365) for use in October so that academic advisors, student support staff and the contact centre are able to see and share information.  This project will begin to build our view of student interactions with UC and help us provide better and more targeted advice and support. 

If you have feedback to share on how we are progressing on these, or any of our projects, or you simply wish to know more, please get in touch with me and the team on 



Teaching and learning during lockdown – resources by UC staff

Just taking a moment to share a collection of research articles and blogs by UC staff on T&L during lockdown – some of these have just been released online.  

Brown, C., Datt, A., Forbes, D., Gedera, D., Hartnett, M. (2021) Report: University students online learning experiences in COVID-times.

Journal publications:
Clarke, J. & Munro D. (2020) Student experiences of online learning due to Covid-19. New Zealand Annual Review of Education 26. 130-140
Munro D. & Clarke, J. (2020). Best practices for supporting student experiential learning in an online environment during emergency situations. New Zealand Annual Review of Education 26. 141-152

Blogs/ News articles:
Dabner, N. 2020. I ‘C’ you … communication, community, connectedness and co-construction within the context of tertiary education responses to COVID-19. ASCILITE Technology Enhanced Learning Blog.
Brown, C., Datt, A., Forbes, D., Gedera,D., Hartnett, M., Alfonso, C., and Mohamed, Z. (2020) Student experiences of online learning in COVID-times. ASCILITE Technology Enhanced Learning Blog.
Brown, C. (2020) What do students need in the age of lockdown learning. The Conversation

Thanks to Associate Professor Cheryl Brown for compiling this list. 

The 2021 SDG Summit is pivoting online!

The two-day face-to-face event at the University of Canterbury is now a Virtual SDG Summit online on Thursday 2 September, with an online Climate Change Commission Panel featuring Dr Rod Carr and UC academics on Friday 3 September at 3-5pm. Both events are free. 

If you have registered for the in-person event, you must re-register to attend the Virtual Summit. Tickets for the original in-person event have been cancelled and refunds issued.

The first 500 tickets for the Virtual summit were snapped up in a  few days and we are now working on releasing more tickets. To join the waitlist please Register here now so you don’t miss out.

2021 Aotearoa Virtual SDG Summit ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’ 

Participants can choose from 10+ interactive online workshops, over two sessions, exploring collaborative action-planning, along with breakout sector-based kōrero, networking and short project showcases.

The SDG Declaration for Aotearoa will take shape during the summit, with participants contributing to the declaration and signing up to affirm their commitment to creating positive change.

Hon Nanaia Mahuta (Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Manu), Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will deliver the opening address of the summit. The Office of the Auditor General will also report on the Government’s preparedness to implement the SDGs.

Built into the programme are carefully timed SDG3: Good Health and Wellbeing breaks. You can tune in at any point throughout the two days.

See the online programme details on our website here

Climate Change Targets Research Panel

All academic staff have been emailed about this research-focused online event on 3 September to join the conversation on how we can make a difference in solving the challenge of future climate change emission targets. 

Tickets for the Virtual SDG Summit include the Research Challenges in Meeting Future Climate Change Emissions Targets panel on Friday 3 September, 3pm – 5pm, with:

  • Climate Change Commission Chair Dr Rod Carr;
  • Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury and IPCC core writing team member for AR6 Bronwyn Hayward MNZM;
  • General manager transformation at Ngai Tahu Holdings Dean Fraser and
  • Professor of Geography at the University of Canterbury Simon Kingham

Or you can register separately for the Climate Change Targets Research panel here.

Free Tickets to SDG Summit for UC Staff!

The Sustainability Office is delighted to announce that tickets to the two-day Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit, 2-3 September, have been made available at no cost for UC staff! (If you have paid for a ticket, you will be reimbursed).

Join us to share your knowledge, discuss ideas with other sectors, take what you learn back to your department and contribute to collaborative action planning to driving change in Aotearoa.

What is the SDG Summit?

This event is the third face-to-face national Summit, intended to build momentum and drive change in Aotearoa towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the first time this is being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch, theming ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’.

Both days are an action packed programme of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, a community feast and field trips. Included in the programme are a wonderful dialogue between Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond (Auckland University) and our own Sacha McMeeking (Kāi Tahu) on the special place of the SDGs in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as an engaging session with Climate Change Commissioner Dr Rod Carr.

The focus for the two days is on interactively building action plans that will move our country forward along critical pathways. We’d love to have you there.

With the theme of ‘Collaborating for Systemic Change’, it is important that you are able to attend as much of the Summit experience as possible. This is to ensure we can create collaborative pathways for national and local action beyond the Summit. The most important pieces of the programme for staff to attend are the entirety of Day One, and the afternoon of Day Two. Both these slots are held at UC.

Please visit the event website here for more information and to view the full programme of incredible speakers, session leads and workshop facilitators.

When is it happening?

The Summit is taking place here at UC on 2-3 September!

How to get your free ticket

In order to access this opportunity, staff should first get approval in writing from their Head of Department or manager to attend for the full two days. This approval should be forwarded to

Once received, staff will be sent a registration code for their free registration. It is important that staff register using this code, for catering and seating allocation purposes. 

Community Feast

Instead of a traditional conference dinner, this Summit features a Community Feast, which is being held in the central city. We are working with mana whenua, local farmers, the chef school at Ara, food rescue organisations, community gardens, homelessness advocates and others to bring together an amazing event that touches on the SDGs No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Responsible Production and Consumption. This will weave in the themes of mahinga kai, food waste, food insecurity, and food resilience to create an event like no other.

The Community Feast will be held in the central city on the evening of September 2 (day one). Due to the special nature of this event, staff will need to register for the Community Feast separately, for a nominal fee of $5. Registration information for this event will be circulated shortly.

Project Showcase

Do you want to share your work on the SDGs with other participants at the Summit? We have session called the SDG Project Showcase on Day 2 (3 September, in the mid-afternoon) where participants can share ten slides in ten minutes about their SDG aligned projects, research, or mahi. If you would like to use this opportunity, you should register and send your slides to us by  Friday 13 August using this form here.

This Summit is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the partners Christchurch City Council, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch NZ, Tourism NZ, NZ National Commission for UNESCO, Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship,  Humanitix and others.