News 27/1 – Self-Indulgent Education? New Tauranga Campus. Teach First.
January 27th 2012 at 10:01am, By Dave Guerin
I had a lovely day yesterday facilitating a TROQ planning session in the sport, recreation and fitness area – was great to catch up with such a wide cross-section of people from the sector.
Policy, Management & People
- Self-Indulgent Education? A Stuff blogger is going back to study (after having 2 degrees already) and invites her readers to comment on whether she’s being self-indulgent. She gets a few of the costs wrong, suggesting that because she’s paid back her previous loans, it doesn’t matter, but fees (even under the original loan interest rates) only covered 20-30% of costs. Anyway, have a look if you’re keen.
- New Tauranga Campus The new BOPP-Waikato-Awanuiarangi campus in Tauranga will have free use of 0.4 hectares from the Tauranga City Council. The group is also seeking $15m from the regional council and $15m from a local energy trust. That’s a lot of money, but it’s the sort of amount that other institutions pay for themselves. Good luck to the group in finding alternative funding.
- Rowarth Move Waikato celebrates its appointment of Prof Jacqueline Rowarth (Waikato Times). She actually gets less coverage than she deserves in ED Blog because her NBR columns are usually behind a paywall..
- Starpath Auckland’s Starpath project, which helps to improve school performance in Auckland is expanding to a wider group of schools.
- TEC Employment Case A former TEC CFO lost an ERA case over unjustifiable dismissal (link now removed at source site).
- Extras: two new Waiariki managers – Rosemary Johnson and Greg Brimmer; Auckland’s Russell Snell supports Otago Uni’s new neurological chair; steel pou being installed at Massey Albany.
Research & Innovation
- Rat Urine Victoria’s Wayne Linklater is leading a team analysing rat urine to develop better baits for trapping them.
- Extras: AUT’s Philippa Pidgeon has a new dance routine; Otago Uni student tagging albatrosses.
- PNG Auckland’s Steven Ratuva comments on the PNG situation.
- Extras: more dead whales to be checked out by Massey; Otago Uni’s Chris Gallavin on extradition and Bryce Edwards on teapot tapes; Auckland’s Fiona Pienaar was on Breakfast to discuss toi moko; caring for penguins at Massey.
- Aoraki’s Got Talent A new Aoraki student has done well at a talent competition. You can see the video and it’s a good song.
- Extras: UCOL Wairarapa open day; Lincoln had a Decision Day; Aoraki baking students.
- Subway Citing Subway cited some Auckland research .
- Extras: 2degrees and its Maori partner are putting up some big money for Auckland ICT scholarships for Maori students; Massey pop-up garden.
Teaching & Learning
- Teach First Stuart Middleton has a thoughtful piece on Teach First – essentially he says it won’t solve the larger problems around curriculum structure facing secondary schools. There’s more from another blogger here. I think both tend to overstate Teach First’s claims, which are relatively modest, if you read them closely.
- Science Comms Blogger Grant Jacobs opines on what should be in science communication courses.
- CAM Teaching Blogger and Waikato academic Alison Campbell writes on whether universities should teach complementary and alternative medicines.
- Extras: Massey’s Elizabeth Gray gets teaching award.
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