News 7/12 – Tertiary Trends. Elections. Auckland Weather.
December 7th 2012 at 6:20am, By ED Staff
I enjoyed meeting NZUSA and ITI people this week – always nice to get out of the office and meet some people doing interetsing stuff, Dave
Policy, Management & People
- Avonmore…is back in the Christchurch CBD. Hopefully their new site helps them build up their students again.
- Union Meeting The TEU’s president Sandra Grey has invited Steven Joyce to meet and discuss tertiary issues, but is yet to receive a reply.
- Tertiary Trends The MOE has released Profile & Trends 2011, while the NZUSA has released its own set of trends based on OIA requests.
- Court Case Otago Uni’s insurance payout for its Christchurch campus could be affected by a pending High Court case.
- Elections Ian McKinnon has been re-elected as Chancellor of Victoria by the University Council, and TEU elections will open next week and run through until the end of January.
- Extras: Maori student association supports TEC decision on Victoria fees; TEU among unions partnering with It’s Not OK on family violence campaign; AUT TEU members are voting on a new collective agreement; Massey’s website re-design to launch on Tuesday.
Research & Innovation
- Clinical Governance An Otago Uni report on clinical governance (Fairfax, Radio NZ) has been launched by Tony Ryall.
- Young Researcher A St Cuthbert’s College student won the PM’s Future Scientist Award for her work with Auckland researchers on myopia.
- Asthma The Global Asthma Network (GAN) has been launched at Auckland.
- Milk Auckland’s Cliona Ni Mhurchu says the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme has increased milk consumption of Northland kids.
- Maori and Pasifika Researchers from Auckland’s Success for All project recognised for study on Maori and Pasifika tertiary success.
- Genetic Diversity Otago Uni’s Prof Lisa Matisoo-Smith to study genetic diversity of NZ population.
- Te Reo Maori A Massey student will trace Te Reo Maori among teenage speakers to track the language’s survival.
- Volcanoes Victoria’s Prof Colin Wilson will be studying supervolcanoes like Lake Taupo for the next two years.
- Extras: Canterbury student engineer developing emergency communications system; Otago Uni report shows favourable attitude to safe sex; Massey’s Suraya Dewing has launched digital publisher The Story Mint; Auckland studies show shellfish may not have recovered to sustainable levels.
- Waterfront Hotel A joint submission from Otago Uni’s geography and applied sciences depts says consent should be declined for a $100 million hotel proposal.
- Auckland Weather Victoria’s James Renwick on the random nature of tornadoes, and Canterbury’s Marwan Katurji on the west coast climate (Fairfax, Science Media Centre, Sciblogs).
- Exemplary Damages Auckland’s Prof Bill Hodge on the high threshold required for exemplary damages.
- Christchurch Education Canterbury’s Lindsey Conner says Christchurch could be an “education magnet” if managed correctly.
- Cow Deaths Massey’s Richard Laven says nitrate poisoning may be responsible for sudden death of 120 cows.
- Burger King Massey’s Jane Coad says Iain Lees-Galloway’s opening of a Burger King franchise is inconsistent with his role as Labour’s associate health spokesman.
- Food Parcels OUSA president-elect Francisco Hernandez says a spike in Otago Uni students seeking food parcels indicates they are struggling financially.
- Uni Blues The NZ University Blues have been awarded at Massey, with rower Hamish Bond taking out top honours.
- Power Shift Otago Uni student cycling to Auckland youth climate summit, and these Waikato students are going too.
- Film Awards An NZ Film and TV School grad has won 8 awards at the Sorta Unofficial NZ Film Awards.
- Extras: Auckland student in Howick Children’s and Youth Theatre show.
- Climate Change Massey’s Prof Ralph Sims has been appointed to the science and technology advisory panel of the Global Environment Facility.
- Arcactive Canterbury has sold its equity stake in high-tech company Arcactive Ltd to existing shareholders.
- Engineering Firms… in Hamilton and Auckland opened their doors for a recent Competenz careers open day.
- Extras: Massey holds online open days for distance learners; Hayes International committed to training apprentices.
Teaching & Learning
- Christchurch Rebuild Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman says NMIT may offer training module for rebuild.
- Alternative Education MIT and Nga Rangatahi Toa Creative Arts Initiative offer short visual arts course to alternative education students.
- Fine Artists Three Canterbury fine arts students have been selected to have their work added to Canterbury’s permanent art collection.
- Film Festival Media Design School short films have been featured at a film festival in Santiago, Chile.
- Extras: SIT annual award recipients; Whitireia visual art and design grad exhibition; Whitecliffe fashion show.