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November 16th 2012 at 7:07am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. TEU… has consolidated its structure, criticises MIT course and staff cuts, and on polytech cuts. President Sandra Grey addressed the National Conference yesterday.
  2. AUT… staff have received a high-level South African delegation to discuss collaborative research and ongoing organisational relationships.
  3. India Research Institute Victoria is heading up the new NZ India Research Institute, with academics from Victoria, Auckland, Massey, Canterbury and Otago Uni (Indian Newslink).
  4. Funding Palmerston North’s mayor is critical of the latest round of TEC funding, saying not enough investment in provincial New Zealand.
  5. Modern Apprenticeships… have fallen 20 per cent, and Grant Robertson blames the Government.
  6. Extras: Kiwiblog on Victoria’s approach to PBRF submissions; legislative amendment allows Auckland law dean to join Council of Legal Education; EIT’s art and design faculty rebranded as Idea School; Massey moving grad party to avoid breaching liquor ban; Gaylene Preston EIT’s Screen Production patron; parking rates to increase in Auckland university district; Peter Kerr says ATI should be consulting with stakeholders.

Research & Innovation

  1. Awards Massey’s Prof John Potter, David Parsons, and Bronwyn Holloway-Smith have all won awards for a paper evaluating the ‘ThinknLearn’ app, contributions to cancer research, and an open source creative project, respectively. Waiariki’s Vivienne Kermode has won a research award for her work on workplace assessment and tertiary training.
  2. Marine Creatures Auckland’s Mark Costello estimates one third of marine species undiscovered.
  3. Rugby Fixtures Victoria’s Mark Johnston designed the ITM Cup fixture selection system.
  4. Green Investment More on the Auckland report recommending green growth (ODTNBR, Radio NZ), supported by Labour and this NZ Herald editorial. Waikato’s Prof Jacqueline Rowarth and Canterbury’s Eric Crampton offered contrasting analyses (Fairfax).
  5. YMCA A Canterbury student is researching the history of the YMCA for its 150th anniversary.
  6. UV Plants Massey’s Jason Wargent say bathing leafy vegetables, herbs and fruits in ultraviolent light when young makes them hardier later on.
  7. Extras: Massey student designs transformable garments; new book on Battle of Britain by Massey’s Adam Claasen; the Waikato Summer Research Programme has begun; Massey franchising survey; Otago Uni’s Kirsten Coppell on diabetes stats.

Public Issues

  1. Prince Charles Canterbury’s Prof David McIntyre says the Prince is a pioneer of green issues.
  2. Sentencing Canterbury’s Chis Gallavin on relevant sentencing factors for the former teacher charged with child abuse.
  3. Extras: Canterbury’s Prof Lucy Johnston on gender pay gap; Auckland’s Nicola Gavey makes expert statement in rape trial.


  1. National Blues Three Olympians are among the nominees at the NZ Universities Blues (Radio NZ).
  2. Student Volunteer Army… reps are helping with the Super Storm Sandy recovery, while Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will meet with founder Sam Johnson.
  3. Extras: Canterbury student president says big year planned in 2013; Otago Uni student on buying online; Massey student equestrian at World Challenge.


  1. Farming Scholarships Motutapu Farms Ltd chairman Rick Braddock offering two new scholarships for Maori to train at Taratahi Agricultural Centre.
  2. Carbon Scheme Waikato’s Prof Barry Barton working with industry and Government on regulatory framework for carbon capture and storage.
  3. Rhodes Scholarships Philanthropist Julian Robertson has donated $14.4 million to sustain the three existing NZ Rhodes Scholarships.
  4. Extras: the Duchess of Cornwall visited Massey’s Equestrian Centre yesterday (Yahoo, Fairfax); BOPP hosts secondary school volleyball champs; Awanuiarangi national kapa haka symposium; Auckland co-convening workshops on ship strikes (Yahoo); TWOA using Northland Chamber of Commerce’s networking event; Otago Uni backing sunbed ban for teens and fair skinned; American expert Greg Duncan says child poverty damaging the economy.

Teaching & Learning

  1. NMIT Students… growing native seedlings for planting out around Marlborough.
  2. Beauty School… hoping to expand and gain appropriate NZQA certification.
  3. Scrap Art Challenge Wintec engineering students competing to create art out of scrap metal.
  4. Extras: EIT runway show a big success; WITT end of year photography exhibition; AUT’s Andy Thomson contributing to NZ Film Archive exhibition; Unitec dance student showcase; HITO award for BOPP’s Lynette Joseph; UCOL fashion showcase.

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