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Join in the fun and volunteer at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day

Kick-start your new year by volunteering at Herea tō waka | Orientation Day 2021! 

The Events team is looking for friendly, inviting, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students and their whānau to the UC community, creating a sense of belonging and helping them get their bearings on their first day. 

Herea tō waka | Orientation Day 2021
Friday 19 February, 9.30am – 2.00pm

From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is an opportunity for you to be part of O Day. If you are interested, please review the roles, check with your manager and sign up by Friday 12 February 2021. Please note you will need to commit to attending the Event Briefing on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

O Day volunteer roles:

Supplier of Smiles
You have a great smile and enjoy making people happy. We want you on the O Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC.

Information Guru

Providing help and answering questions is your gig. You know campus well and can point people in the right direction (or point them to someone who can!)

Session Greeter
You’re there to scan people into sessions, all the while being that friendly face on their first day. 

Data Gatherer
You’ll happily ask people what they think. iPad in hand, we need you to approach attendees with a smile to get their feedback on O Day.

 Campus Explorer
You know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off. We need you to take small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities.

Volunteer now or email the Events team if you have any questions.

Herea tō waka: The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away.

For our students and that arrive here at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.

Aukaha Tau 10 prepares Taiohi Māori for their journey to higher education

Ka mau te wehi! A record number of taiohi Māori from schools across Ōtautahi Christchurch took part in hands on science experiments, tested their understanding of the Law and engaged with Colleges at UC as part of an interactive day designed to inspire students to further their study.

Led by Te Waka Pākākano | Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, Pacific and Equity, the annual Aukaha Tau 10 event provided a welcoming, fun and supportive environment for over 170 taiohi Māori to start thinking about their future after school and explore their study options at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury.

The name ‘Aukaha’ is taken from a Kāi Tahu whakataukī ‘Aukaha ana tō waka’ meaning ‘strengthen the lashings of your own waka’- in this context this whakatauki is a metaphor for taiohi to prepare themselves for the journey ahead, readying themselves for future tertiary study. 

The day started with a mihi whakatau, and taiohi Māori then took part in a number of interactive, educational sessions on different subject areas taught at UC. College Advisors were on hand to provide information and advice about courses options and career pathways. Taiohi Māori were guided through the day by tuākana mentors, current ākonga Māori, who offered a warm welcome and shared their own experience of life on campus.

Aukaha Tau 10 is the first-step in a series of kaupapa to engage with secondary school taiohi, making connections between the learning and opportunities available to them at UC. Whakawhanaungatanga is key in Aukaha for connecting taiohi with UC communities and facilities on campus.

See some photos from the day here: 

Celebrate Pink Shirt Day on Friday 16 October

It’s Pink Shirt Day on Friday 16 October! All students and staff are encouraged to wear pink and join in this global movement celebrating diversity and taking a stand against bullying.

How to get involved 

Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu, Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora

Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying

UniSaver Superannuation seminars with Mary Holm

UniSaver is sponsoring a seminar series developed by investment expert Mary Holm specifically for university staff regarding superannuation.

Presenter

Mary Holm is the author of six books on personal finance, including the bestselling Rich Enough? A Laid-Back Guide for Every Kiwi (2018). She is a Qantas Media Award-winning columnist known for her personal finance column in the Weekend Herald and regular appearances on National Radio. Mary is a director of Financial Services Complaints Limited (FSCL) and a former director of the Financial Markets Authority. An expert on UniSaver will attend each session to help answer questions specific to UniSaver.

The EventBrite registration links have now been set up, as follows:

Staff are welcome to attend more than one session.

Monday 9 November, 1-2:30pm (for staff who are not members)

Don’t miss out on UniSaver! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unisaver-superannuation-seminar-tickets-121632059765

 

Monday 9 November, 5:30-7:30pm (evening session for all staff and partners, including retained members)

When I’m 65: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unisaver-superannuation-seminar-tickets-121649515977

 

Tuesday 10 November, 10-11:30am (for UniSaver members)

Getting the best out of UniSaver: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unisaver-superannuation-seminar-tickets-121649794811

News from the Association of Commonwealth Universities

Included below:

  • Internationalisation and the challenges and opportunities for international offices going forward.
  • Policy brief featuring recommendations for governments and universities to take swift action to ensure no one is left behind in the shift online.
  • Funding – gender initiative grants and fellowship funding.
  • Librarians – virtual conference.
  • Sustainable Urbanisation Programme news.

Almost six months into the global pandemic, the impacts upon universities have been – and continue to be – profound.

In response, universities – and the individuals and offices within them – have shown incredible resilience in adapting and innovating to advance their teaching and learning, research, and service missions. Those particularly responsible for internationalisation within their institutions are no exception.

The ACU recently convened a group of internationalisation leaders from six member universities to reflect upon the challenges and opportunities for international offices going forward.

These leaders shared experiences of the ways in which their work had changed significantly. The need for more virtual internationalisation opportunities in the wake of limited mobility activities (a traditional mainstay of universities’ internationalisation efforts) is one key example.

Collectively, they agreed that internationalisation remains a core priority for their respective universities. Indeed, this period has highlighted the critical importance of, for instance, cross-cultural learning and transnational research collaboration. The ACU will be taking these discussions forward through its member Champions.

My own work with the ACU so far this year has shown me the value of the symbiotic relationship between international university networks and individual universities.

Networks, for their part, connect, convene, innovate, and advocate to create the right opportunities for their members for the times we are in. This, in turn, allows universities to focus upon what they do best – directly engaging their students, researchers, and communities.

I invite you to review this issue of Synthesis – and the ACU’s latest activities – to see how such a synergy is playing out in real time. With its online events, Networks and Communities, programming, and UN engagement, the ACU has built an international structure of opportunities. Members can then select those that advance their particular priorities.

While calls for transparency and effectiveness predate, of course, the pandemic, they have become louder during recent months. Judicious engagement in international networks by universities can help all achieve their goals. I look forward to future opportunities to work with the ACU to help convene and support universities as they navigate this new landscape in higher education.

Kind regards, Professor Ian Rowlands,
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability,
University of Waterloo, Canada

A snapshot of digital engagement in Commonwealth universities 

The results of the ACU’s recent digital engagement survey highlight a stubborn digital divide and its impact on higher education. Our new policy brief features recommendations for governments and universities to take swift action to ensure no one is left behind in the shift online.

ACU Gender Grants 2020 – applications now open!

10 ACU Gender Grants, up to a maximum value of GBP 1,000 each, are now available to staff at ACU member universities who are working to promote gender equity and equality in their institutions. The deadline for applications is 20 September 2020, 11.59 pm (BST).

ACU Fellowships – coming soon

Applications will open this month for ACU Fellowships, aimed at academic and professional staff of ACU member universities in any country to promote the exchange of knowledge, skills, and ideas. These virtual fellowships will support collaboration at a distance and enable the creation of valuable new partnerships, as part of the ACU Digital Now strategy.

From zero to hero: Rising to the challenge in a time of crisis

The ACU is partnering with the University of Johannesburg’s Library for their virtual conference ‘From zero to hero: Rising to the challenge in a time of crisis’, on 14-15 September 2020.This conference will focus on the changing roles of librarians in the transforming landscape of information science in a time of global disruption.

Commonwealth Sustainable Urbanisation Programme

‘The Commonwealth Sustainable Urbanisation Programme was a great learning experience where I understood multiple stakeholders’ perspectives on a range of issues surrounding urban development. Such initiatives can push for more innovation and collaboration, which is significant in addressing any crisis.’ – Rohit Pradeep Lahoti, 2019 Commonwealth Scholar

This programme of online events on the important issue of sustainable urbanisation was curated by the ACU and our partners.

For all information go to the ACU home page.

Ka kite anō au i a kōrua Karen Mather, People and Culture