News 11/9 – Aoraki Loss. ELS Closure. Zombie Ants.
September 11th 2012 at 7:30am, By Dave Guerin
There are some great Waikato research stories today, and lots of interesting links overall.
Policy, Management & People
- Aoraki Loss Aoraki is forecasting a $1.3m loss as EFTS are down 19% on budget. That’s a real problem for them and they have a small window to turn it around before a merger is presented to them as their main option.
- ELS Closure Canterbury’s English language school may close for two years, as there are 7 staff (3 part-time) but only 20 students right now. Another provider would fill the gap in the interim.
- Nursing Review of UCOL’s nursing provision for international students – it’s an interesting situation that I reviewed for ED Insider yesterday (to be published this morning).
- Power Surge A power surge stuffed computers at WITT temporarily.
- QS Rankings The NZ Herald is reporting the latest QS rankings, with AUT there for the first time.
- Extras: Fairfax seems to rewrite a Canta story about Canterbury; Raukawa EPI improvement; profile of Whitireia’s Martin Russek; Otago Uni cited in freeing up of official stats; NZUSA on student debt.
Research & Innovation
- Women’s Weight Otago Uni’s Caroline Horwath on what helps women to keep weight off (Fairfax, APNZ, AAP).
- Programming A Waikato PhD student has gamified programming learning.
- Migration Waikato’s Prof John Gibson on whether migration is good for health.
- Kingfish Waikato and BOPP are working on farming kingfish – yum.
- IV Waikato’s Judy Bowen and Prof Steve Reeves on reverse engineering IV infusion pumps.
- 3D Waikato’s Adrian Dorrington creating cool 3D images.
- Extras: exhibition by Massey artists; Victoria’s John Townend on Canterbury quakes; Liggins Institute trial of olive leaf extract; Len Lye opera a winner at Auckland.
- Reading Massey’s Prof James Chapman oppose Labour’s plans to boost Reading Recovery, saying there are better options to achieve the overall goal.
- Don’t Study Arts Waikato’s Prof Jacqueline Rowarth shills for agriculture again (Waikato) and tries to get some headlines.
- Special Schools Canterbury’s Prof Garry Hornby opposes closure of residential schools (Fairfax).
- Ozone Canterbury’s Adrian McDonald on the ozone hole (Fairfax, NZ Herald).
- Zombie Ants Waikato’s Alison Campbell is giving an interesting public lecture soon.
- Teacher Needs Waikato’s Prof Roger Moltzen on a possible teacher shortage (Bay of Plenty Times).
- Extras: Massey’s Mike Joy on 100% Pure, Prof Richard Archer on a late Indian dairy leader, and Grant Duncan on asset sales; Massey’s Prof Paul Spoonley on a dopey NZ Herald poll; Massey Nick Roskruge on Maori food; AUT’s Greg Treadwell on new NZ Herald look (3 News); visitor to Waikato on languages; Otago Uni’s Marc Schallenberg on new water quality rules; Otago Uni’s Winsome Parnell on school lunches; Auckland’s Prof Gregory Luke Larkin on alcohol; Laidlaw’s Mark Keown on the Paralympics; Laidlaw/Victoria visiting scholar on religious violence; Canterbury’s Prof Philip Joseph on compensation for a murder accused who was imprisoned then freed.
- Nude Blacks…looking for an opponent.
- Extras: Sydney Uni rowing win; Massey swimmer wins at Paralympics; Auckland student gets wrong number texts; AUT student’s tile art; is AUSA at risk?
- Top Trainer ATTTO wins industry award.
- Extras: Chinese diplomat to speak at Massey; Victoria conference on the Romantics; great showing in Wallace Art Awards by Whitecliffe.
Teaching & Learning
- DEUs MIT is celebrating the successful introduction of Dedicated Education Units in clinical settings for nurse training.
- Godspell…was put on by MIT students.
- Extras: profile of Unitec adult learner; EIT promoting its new arts degree; Canterbury top lecturers.
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