Tag Archives: Academic Staff

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.

The business of science

A wonder gel for wound healing, birth control for possums, and beating antibiotic resistance in cattle worms – it’s all part of the job for UC chemist and entrepreneur Prof Rudi Marquez, our guest on the latest episode of UC Science Radio.

Prof Marquez’s goal as a scientist and businessman is to come up with solutions that leave the lab and make a difference in people’s lives. Listen to the episode here, or on SpotifyStitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

Science on thin ice

As climate change accelerates, the warming earth means our world-famous glaciers, like Fox and Franz Josef, are receding and thinning. We need to study them while we still can.

UC Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment glaciologist and award-winning teacher Dr Heather Purdie, talks about her research on endangered glaciers, passion for the environment, and why virtual teaching will never replace real-life experiences with nature: on Ep10 of our science podcast UC Science Radio.

Check out the episode here: bit.ly/ucscienceradio-ep10

We’re also on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

Wellbeing at work

If you’ve ever walked in the door and complained about your work, you’re not alone. What if, instead of being a source of stress – our work (and workplaces) were good for us?

In Episode 9 of Te Rāngai Pūtaiao | College of Science’s weekly podcast, UC Science Radio, Professor of Psychology Katharina Naswall talks about the world of work in uncertain times, how to reduce stress and increase health and wellbeing in the workplace, and how to make sure it’s good for us.

Check out the episode here or on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts.

Words and worlds collide

What’s the difference between a poet and an astronomer? Nothing, if you’re UC astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister.

Dr Bannister is an expert in the discovery and characterisation of minor planets in the solar system. She’s been involved in the discovery of more than 800 minor planets and even had an asteroid named after her! She’s also an avid creative writer. The poet, planetary astronomer, hunter of new and strange worlds, and self-described ‘connoisseur of fuzzy dots of light’ is our latest guest on UC Science Radio.

Check out Michele’s interview here, or on Spotify | Stitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts