News 18/2 – Enrolment Issues. Acting CE. Workplace Discrimination.
February 18th 2013 at 8:14am, By ED Staff
Today’s post is truly enormous – happy reading!
Policy, Management & People
- Enrolment Issues Computer glitches and a new customer service team have delayed processing of some Otago Poly enrolments.
- Bike Theft… charges against Waiariki deputy CE Keith Ikin have been dropped. (I had expected this last week, as it looked like the Police didn’t have much of a case, Dave)
- Acting CE The TEC has appointed Deputy CE Colin Webb as Acting CE from today.
- Unitec… Early Learning Centre is under police investigation after failing to tell parents their child had fallen and hit his head while at the Centre.
- Gardies Infamous Otago Uni student bar The Gardens Tavern has been replaced by a state of the art study centre (ODT).
- Wanganui Mayor… Annette Main will chair a joint taskforce of the District Council and UCOL on local tertiary education.
- Ngapuhi Hapu Leader… David Rankin has criticised TWOA and other public sector institutions for inflated CE pay packages.
- Course Merger Beef + Lamb chairman Mike Petersen calls for Lincoln and Massey to merge their agriculture courses.
- Alumni Appeal Otago Uni has announced that its 11th Annual Appeal will support undergrad scholarships, a new Chair in Earthquake Science and the MRI scanner fund.
- Aoraki… acting CE Alex Cabrera is excited about the prospects for increasing student numbers.
- Extras: the history of Otago Uni’s Christchurch medical school; Otago Uni’s Hellen Chuma and her family immigrated to NZ 10 years ago; editorial praises Lincoln for course reform; Canterbury’s Eric Crampton in ‘sexiest economist’ poll; Lincoln VC Andrew West taking a proactive and open approach; Peter Dunne’s opening address at the Auckland Health Symposium.
Research & Innovation
- Workplace Discrimination Canterbury’s Annick Masselot says women continue to be discriminated against by employers despite human rights legislation (Fairfax, NZ Herald, Newstalk ZB).
- Antarctic Wildlife Canterbury’s Regina Eisert will lead a new project to help seals and penguins in the Antarctic.
- Post-Quake Canterbury Auckland’s Chris Sibley, Victoria’s Joseph Bulbulia, and Canterbury’s Sarah Yanicki, Ellen Sole, and Mohamud Osman have all been studying the psychological and sociological effects of the earthquakes.
- Obesity Auckland’s John Thompson says if a 4-year-old is obese, they are more likely to remain that way (NZ Herald).
- Govt Regulation Massey’s Sally Casswell says governments should regulate MNCs that push tobacco, alcohol and highly processed food.
- Energy Policy Waikato’s Prof Barry Barton has headed a report on household energy behaviour around space and water heating (Fairfax).
- NCD Interventions Auckland’s Ruth Bonita says 3 cost-effective interventions to counter non-communicable diseases are essential.
- Sex Partners Otago Uni’s Sandhya Ramrakha says the more sex partners young adults have the more likely they are to go on to develop alcohol or cannabis dependence disorders.
- Golden Yarn Victoria’s Prof Jim Johnston and Kerstin Lucas have developed a new luxury woollen product containing pure gold.
- PREDICT Auckland’s Prof Rod Jackson on updating the general practice cardiovascular disease risk assessment tool PREDICT.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Peter Holland has authored a new book on settlers in southern NZ; Massey’s Glenn Banks researching Thai wine industry; Canterbury students testing bridge strength solutions; Otago Uni’s Ben Healey says more than 100,000 NZ children are exposed to smoking in car every week (Fairfax); Massey’s Michael Naylor says NZers are under-insured by $650b; Canterbury’s Paul Gardner and Auckland’s Siouxsie Wiles on what NZers die of.
- Housing Auckland’s Michael O’Sullivan on the size of NZ houses, and Auckland’s Prof Tim Hazledine says incomes, not housing affordability, is the key issue.
- Artistic Interests Auckland’s Prof John Fraser and Otago Uni’s John Adams say artistic interests make for more well-rounded doctors.
- Cricket Series Massey’s Prof Gary Hermansson on the psychological see-saw of international sport.
- Coffee Prices Massey’s Andrew Murphy on coffee chains and their marketing tactics.
- Seven Sharp Auckland’s Joe Atkinson says Seven Sharp is losing the ratings battle to Campbell Live.
- Greenwashing AUT’s John Robertson and Victoria’s Prof Kate McGrath on eco-friendly branding.
- Conflict of Interest Victoria’s Prof Jonathan Boston on Maurice Williamson’s alleged conflict of interest.
- Pacific Environment Auckland’s Steven Ratuva is calling for a stronger cross-disciplinary advocacy for a safe and sustainable Pacific environment.
- Building Codes Lincoln’s Ann Brower argues for stronger building codes after the Christchurch earthquakes.
- Census Auckland’s Prof Thomas Lumley on the pros and cons of our 5-year census.
- Prescription Drugs Auckland’s Prof Rod Jackson on prescription use in middle age.
- GST Victoria’s Prof Norman Gemmel says GST exemptions for fruit and vegetables is an inefficient way to redistribute wealth.
- Extras: Massey’s Stuart McLaren on new traffic light sound control system for schools; Massey’s Steve Stannard on sports doping; Victoria’s Robert Ayson on unpredictable war situations (NZ Herald); Auckland’s Ian Lambie on why young people are more likely to take action in emergencies; Massey’s Prof Mark Brown on digital devices in schools; Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward organised a petition opposing charter schools; Victoria’s Prof Charles Daugherty supports Gareth Morgan on cat database; Otago Uni’s Louise Signal on sports sponsorships; AUT’s Matt Barker on outdoor education; Lincoln’s Jacky Bowring on architectural sites of significance; Massey’s Prof Bob Hargreaves on house prices; Massey’s Mike Joy on waterway pollution; Auckland’s Prof Max Abbott and Peter Adams on the appeal of pokies.
- Mouldy Burger A Massey student was served a mouldy burger at a Burger King in central Wellington (3 News, Newstalk ZB).
- Work Experience A Canterbury forestry engineering student has completed his second summer working with Nelson Forests.
- OUSA… have got permission to spray safety signs on footpaths around North Dunedin.
- Scholarships A Palmerston North school leaver will begin studying biomedical science at Auckland with $90,000 worth of scholarships.
- O-Week… ticket sales in Otago have been strong, says OUSA president Francisco Hernandez, who is ready for a hectic week. Police have warned students not to “overdo it”.
- WITT’s… kapa haka team has had its final dress rehearsal before heading to the Te Matatini national comp.
- Plant Collection BOPP is collaborating with BOP Regional Council on a new pest plant collection which will help identify plants and educate the public.
- Contemporary Jazz The Chris Mason-Battley Group will play NZ composer John Psathas’ works at Auckland for the Fringe Festival.
- Shakespeare The AUSA Outdoor Shakespeare Trust is presenting King Lear at Auckland in March.
- Cross-Party Policies… will be discussed by MPs at the Appeal to Parliament debate at Otago Uni.
- Palmerston North… businesses are preparing for the influx of students at the beginning of the tertiary year.
- Te Matatini Waikato’s Prof Pou Temara (NBR) and Matiu Dickson to judge the upcoming Te Matatini kapa haka comp.
- Immersion Schools About 20 Year 12 students from two Kura Maori schools visited Waikato to use its chemistry lab.
- The Hobbit Former Hobbiton Movie Set comms manager Ian Brodie to give free lecture at Waikato.
- Japanese Cooking… demonstration to be hosted at Waikato during orientation week.
- Richard Dawkins Foundation… director Sean Faircloth will speak at Auckland Uni.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Harlene Hayne appointed to Treasury’s advisory board; Otago Uni’s Keri Lawson-Te Aho presented the first of MHF Maori Suicide Prevention webinars; Otago Uni’s Francis Hodgkins Fellow Nick Austin’s exhibition ‘The Liquid Dossier’ opens tomorrow; Orientation 2013 and Summer Fete hosted at Canterbury; Katherine Mansfield conference held at Victoria; IBM funding new Delivery Centre at Unitec; photography collective that began at UCOL; Canterbury has made a submission on the proposed Waimakariri Basin irrigation scheme; SIT to continue as naming rights sponsor for the Stags rugby team; Nobel laureates Profs Roald Hoffman and Bill Phillips to speak at Otago Uni.
Teaching & Learning
- Shanghai… University models will feature in the iD International Emerging Designer Awards next month.
- SIT… is increasing classes in trade courses to keep up with strong enrolments.
- Extras: Waikato’s new postgrad governance course launched by John Key.