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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 sdgsummits@canterbury.ac.nz.

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.

Kia Angitu – Student Success programme

Kia ora koutou,

I’m delighted to share information about the University’s Student Success programme, Kia Angitu. This important mahi brings together eight inter-connected initiatives to achieve one of our key strategic objectives – to develop and provide targeted interventions and a positive environment that support student success. 

Many of you may have already contributed to conversations around Kia Angitu in different ways, such as through college or staff meetings, but for others the programme of work we are embarking on may not be familiar yet.

What is Kia Angitu?
Kia Angitu focuses on the institutional changes needed to ease transition into university and support students successfully through their first year of study. A strong first year for students will set them up well for progression and success through to graduation. This is particularly important for traditionally underserved communities including Māori, Pacific and first in whānau students, as well as those from low-decile schools and students with disabilities.

The eight interconnecting initiatives in the Kia Angitu programme are: Pathways to Tertiary, Takere (Success Academy), Case Management, Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE), First Year Advising, Careers, Momentum (first year course design) and Adaptive Technology. Further detail about these initiatives will be provided as they develop and progress.

The diagram below gives an overview of the interconnected elements of Kia Angitu. The work is well underway.  2020 saw the implementation of ACE and Hōpara, a pathways to tertiary mentoring project in low-decile schools and in January 2021 UC welcomed the first cohort of 37 Māori and Pacific students into the summer success academy, Takere.

(Click on the image below to see a clearer version.)

What are we working on now?
While there is much happening across all the projects, a priority is easier and more visible access to our current academic and pastoral supports. The University has an abundance of excellent services for students but we have heard time and again that students find them to be disconnected. Likewise staff sometimes have felt that students haven’t reached the right area for advice and/or efforts are being duplicated. The aim is to develop a student-centred approach that also enables staff to put the best supports in place. Currently a team is working on a technology solution to connect advisors and support staff across campus.

Academic staff are also involved in developing and trialling new teaching and learning approaches to better support students in their studies. This includes the re-design of key first-year courses with the help of the Learning Design and Technology team, innovative projects led by academic colleagues through the Teaching Development Scholarships, and the introduction of PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Support) in selected first year courses.

What’s next?
Given the extent of the programme, we are aiming to broaden communication channels. A web page with further information about Kia Angitu and each of the initiatives within the programme is being developed. There will also be specific updates on the various projects as they progress. Have a look and if you are interested to know more or feel you have a role to play, please get in touch.

There will be an opportunity to hear more about Kia Angitu at the next staff forum in July. We are also planning some less formal opportunities to discuss and share ideas so please look out for those and come along. 

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