News 4/2 – WITT. Falling Enrolments. Online Entomology.
February 4th 2013 at 8:10am, By ED Staff
I have a child starting school today and thought for 2 seconds of starting a blog about that. Then I saw how much content was in this morning’s post and realised I was busy enough in tertiary education! Dave
Policy, Management & People
- WITT… staff are unhappy at CE Richard Handley’s imminent departure, and two opinion pieces are critical of the WITT Council, here and here.
- Cultural Awareness Unitec has been recognised by the Office of Ethnic Affairs for implementing its Intercultural Awareness and Communication Training Programme.
- UCOL… and Wanganui District Council have formed a joint governance taskforce.
- Falling Enrolments Otago Poly first-year enrolments are down 13%. (Update 7/2 – it was actually falling applications, but they were still well above places available.)
- Student Survey Otago Poly has scored well in an Australasian comparative student survey.
- Extras: Auckland promotes 17 to Professor (Newstalk ZB); Otago Uni to collaborate with Burmese university; Otago Uni med students to return to repaired Christchurch campus; no opposing submissions on Massey’s liquor ban exemption.
Research & Innovation
- Online Entomology Lincoln has digitally catalogued it’s 250,000-strong bug collection.
- After-School Jobs… provide benefits for children even when poorly paid, according to an Otago Uni study.
- Flora and Fauna Otago Uni’s Sir Alan Mark has completed a definitive guide to our alpine environment.
- Power Prices… have increased at twice the rate of nearly every other developed country over the past 30 years, says Victoria’s Geoff Bertram.
- Antarctic Sea Otago Uni’s Stephen Wing studying Antarctic life under the ice.
- Movement Music A Victoria student has designed new software to turn movement into sound (3 News).
- Roebel Cable A WelTec grad has designed a new manufacturing unit for efficient production of Roebel cable, crucial to the superconductor industry.
- Phone App A Canterbury student has designed a phone app and website for Christchurch’s High Street precinct.
- Self-Harm Victoria’s Marc Wilson says self-harm patients are getting younger.
- Fishing Canterbury’s Michael Plank is studying sustainable fishing systems.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Miles Lamare on ocean acidification; Massey’s Toby Mundel on the effects of a hot climate on athletes; Otago Uni PhD study on algal bloom in Lake Hayes; Otago Uni zoologists studying Orokonui tuatara; Otago Uni develop a drill-less method for fixing holes in children’s teeth; new book about NZ history by AUT’s Paul Moon; Otago Uni’s Marc Schallenberg on DCD contamination; fish silage developed at Lincoln to be commercialised; Massey survey on home affordability; Otago Uni student research on economic benefits of iD fashion week.
- Private Education Auckland’s Peter O’Connor on the benefits of private and public education.
- Green Image Canterbury’s Prof Michael Hall says NZ’s clean, green image is increasingly contentious.
- Press Freedom Massey’s Cathy Strong says NZers can be blasé about media access to public info.
- TV Ratings… can be misleading, says Waikato’s Geoff Lealand.
- Paul Holmes’… death signals the passing of “old-school” broadcasting, says Otago Uni’s Brett Nicholls.
- Housing Massey’s Prof Bob Hargreaves on housing affordability nationwide.
- Dung Beetles Auckland’s Grant Guilford says releasing dung beetles in NZ could be risky.
- Callaghan Innovation AUT’s Prof John Raine and Victoria’s Profs Kate McGrath and Shaun Hendy on the new crown institute.
- Gender Gap AUT’s Katherine Ravenswood on the pay disparity between men and women.
- Extras: Auckland’s Nora Yao on learning mandarin; Auckland’s Mark Costello on naming earth’s species; Otago Uni’s Prof Robin Gauld on the Novopay ministerial inquiry; Auckland’s Bill Hodge on legal aid; Massey’s Prof Steve Stannard on sports supplements; Waikato’s Prof Jacqueline Rowarth on agricultural innovation; Canterbury’s John Caldwell on Family Court reforms.
- Financial Advice… for students facing large student loan debt.
- Lincoln Reform Lincoln student president Kent Lloyd has been accepted onto the Steering Group for the University’s planned qualifications reform.
- Extras: Massey student equestrian at Dressage Champs; Lincoln student in Crusaders squad.
- Pacific Trades Training… is a joint initiative between TEOs and Pacific churches training Pacific people to help in the Christchurch rebuild.
- Visiting Academics Otago Uni will host public lectures by Nobel laureates Roald Hoffmann William Phillips.
- Triathlon NZ Waikato has welcomed Triathlon NZ’s relocation to Cambridge.
- Apprentices The Gough Group has launched its 2013 intake, taking on 15 new apprentices.
- CPIT… students have donated three bike racks to Youth Hub Barbadoes.
- Extras: nanotech art exhibition at Auckland; Massey’s Mandy Morgan and Te Kani Kingi join Glenn Inquiry; radio astronomy conference hosted by Auckland.
Teaching & Learning
- Kayak Adventure Two TPP tutors have completed the first ever descent of the Upper Waitaha River as part of a 5-man team.
- Summer School CPIT, Auckland, Unitec and Victoria students are developing ideas for the Christchurch Central development.
- Trade Grads… from Aoraki are apparently being snapped up , including this one who won an apprenticeship at Ag Rural.
- Extras: Waikato students in final of Imagine Cup.