News 12/1 – Canterbury Discounts? Student Services. NZ & US/China.
January 12th 2012 at 9:14am, By Dave Guerin
We’re launching a new weekly series at 11am. Spotlight will ask interesting people in the sector 5 quick questions to given an insight into their organisations. Hope you enjoy it!
Policy & Management
- Canterbury Discounts? Canterbury has turned down an apparent request for a discount by Christchurch City Council, just after the Council gave its CE a pay rise. Putting aside the local politics, it would seem reasonable for a large organisation to seek a discount from a university, but in Canterbury’s case they’ve had their tuition funding guaranteed already by the government, so tuition fee income is the only new income they’ll get.
- Virtual Gallery AUT has developed a virtual gallery space for students to display art – they think it’ a world first.
- Student Services Unitec has signed a student services agreement with their students’ assn. Massey seems to have struck a tighter deal with students and the newspaper at Palmie, Chaff, may go, to be replaced by a monthly publication with Massey Wellington. Why no-one is setting up a group blog, rather than a physical paper, is beyond me.
- Literacy Workbase’s Katherine Percy is using the slow period to good effect, by promoting adult workforce literacy – the NZ Herald has a good story.
- Extras: Canterbury Ballet School is moving some classes to Nelson (Nelson story).
Research & Innovation
- Extras: Waikato research to improve lake quality.
- NZ & US/China Victoria’s Robert Ayson discusses NZ’s options after the US decision to focus its military on Asia (read China).
- Balloon Crash AUT’s Max Abbott on the psychological impact on people in Carterton.
- Sea Lions Otago Uni’s Bruce Robertson on sea lions (TV3) and their risk of extinction.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Jim Mann on obesity; National and Labour defended themselves against an Otago Uni academic’s accusation of favouritism toward the food industry; Massey’s Peter Lineham on Destiny Church; David Rankin disagreeing with AUT’s Paul Moon.
- Extras: $7m of student earnings thru SJS at Otago Uni last year (release); Waikato student into car racing; Victoria student helped out with an archaeological job.
- Extras: EIT paid to restore a Goldie print.
Teaching & Learning
- Vampires…are the focus of a summer school course at Otago Uni by Garth Cartwright. Meanwhile, dance students are heading to India.
- Extras: Canterbury’s Alison Ogier-Price teaching happiness.