Kia ora koutou,
Thank you for your feedback on the future organisational structure of UC, which I invited you to submit.
We received some 153 items of feedback, 20 of these from groups. I wish to thank everyone for submitting thoughtful, reflective and considered responses based on much experience. Of the total the distribution was 53% from individual academic staff and 42% from professional staff, followed by groups of staff and the UCSA.
Further feedback from the upcoming Academic Board workshop and two staff workshops will be added to the final summary. However, at this stage staff have indicated a desire for change with 74% of the overall responses suggesting changes, 79% of the academic staff and 84% of the professors. This was in response to the question “What structural arrangements may best enable our academic mission and aspirations?”
Academic Board will now consider your feedback and the options suggested. As UC’s principal academic body, its role is to provide advice to the Council on all academic matters relating to courses of study, awards, student admission, enrolment and examination, strategy, function, and regulation of the University, so it is appropriate that the Board consider the organisational structure feedback as a group.
Two workshops are planned for staff to contribute further to the process. Feedback gathered at these workshops will be added to the overall summary.
Workshops for all staff will be held:
We will continue to update you regularly as we work through this process assessing our structure in relation to achieving our strategic vision. At this stage I think it is more important to listen and gather the views of a wide-cross section of our staff before arriving at the best outcome.
Thank you for your continued support and valuable contributions.
Professor Cheryl de la Rey
Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor
As you will recall, travel restrictions were put in place for all UC travellers in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late last year, the Risk Advisory Committee (RAC) considered options for travel in 2021 and after careful deliberation of all issues, including health risks and travel insurance, the Committee determined that the current restrictions should remain in place, i.e.
Any air travel (domestic, trans-Tasman, or international) may only proceed if deemed essential and only with SLT approval.
The COVID-19 pandemic remains volatile and any travel should only be for essential purposes and if approved by an SLT member. The RAC will keep the current restrictions under continuous review and advise if there are any changes.
In commemoration of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, Tumu Whakarae Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey and Tumu Tuarua Kaunihera Pro-Chancellor Steve Wakefield will lay a puapua whakamahara, a wreath, at the Roimata Sculpture at 12pm on Monday 22 February. You are welcome to join them for a moment of silence and reflection after the puapua whakamahara is placed.
There will also be cones placed on University Drive with flowers next to them. We encourage you to take a moment to place a flower in a cone in commemoration.
A civic memorial service is happening at Oi Manawa Canterbury National Earthquake Memorial at 12.30pm on 22 February. If you would like to go to this event, please talk with your manager to check that it is operationally possible for you to attend. The service will be live-streamed and available on demand for people who cannot be there in person. Find more information here>