News 8/7 – Enrolments. Dolphins. GCSB.
July 8th 2013 at 7:43am, By Dave Guerin
Policy, Management & People
- Enrolments 1000 Students are apparently needed by SIT to meet end of year targets, but the detail of the story shows that they’re not that far down on year to date targets. UCOL’s roll is well down. Otago Poly’s international EFTS are well up, with a new Auckland campus the cause.
- Vets’ 50th Massey celebrated the 50th anniversary of its vet school (RNZ) and is adjusting its curriculum.
- OECD The OECD’s Deputy Director for Education and Skills is in NZ this week.
- Extras: new Wintec Council member; Labour’s Megan Woods on Budget papers; tough times for teaching grads; The Press likes Canterbury Uni’s redevelopment plans; David Farrar criticises critic of Steven Joyce; Waikato’s international fees are up; online courses don’t threaten Otago Uni too much; update on an Otago Uni earthquake prone building.
Research & Innovation
- Dolphins A team from Otago Uni has found that amateur fishing is threatening the Hector’s dolphin more than was thought (Fairfax, RNZ).
- New Cast Cool new cast design by Victoria student (NZN, AAP).
- Get Up! Otago Uni’s Meredith Peddie on the benefits of small walks during the day.
- Fast Food More criticism of Canterbury research on fast food outlets and more again.
- Extras: CPIT singing tutor performing with CSO; Massey’s Diane Muller on kids’ sleep; autism software development at Auckland; book by Otago Uni’s Prof Robin Gauld on health governance; Otago Uni’s Sebastian Filep on holidays; Auckland research on Antipodes Island; Canterbury student on droughts and native fish.
- GCSB The GCSB Bill generated comment by Waikato’s Prof Kevin Broughan, and Massey’s Jim Veitch (Fairfax)
- Maori MPs Victoria’s Jon Johansson commented on the Maori Party, while Otago Uni’s Bryce Edwards talked about the Mana Party. AUT’s Paul Moon also got in on the act.
- Traceability Otago Uni’s Prof Russell Frew on food traceability.
- Gender and MPs Deborah Russell with ways to boost the number of women MPs, and Otago Uni’s Andrew Geddis on Labour party’s gender initiatives.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Bob Lloyd on climate change; Victoria’s James Renwick on forecasting competition; Auckland’s Peter Adams on problem gambling (NewstalkZB) and Scott Optican on hiding a witness; Victoria’s Roger Blackley criticised again over an assessment of an alleged Goldie artwork; Otago Uni’s Jonathan Broadbent on fluoridation; Waikato’s Prof Bradford Morse on name changes; AUT’s Max Abbott on the Sky convention centre deal; Otago Uni’s Dr Blackman on helium’s scarcity and Abby Smith on DOC; neurosurgery discussions at Otago Uni; Auckland’s Ian Lambie on porn and kids.
- Hypothermia Some Auckland students got hypothermia n Dunedin, after their kayak capsized in the harbour.
- Model UN…being held at Victoria this week.
- Games World Uni track and field champs in Russia, student rugby league world cup, and Malaysian students’ national games tournament.
- Extras: OUSA governance review; Victoria student might have found a parking ticket loophole.
- Sheep in China Massey will help improve sheep production in China ().
- Extras: Auckland schools’ neuroscience contest; Otago Uni testing motorsport drivers; sleepout at AUT had coverage from TV3 and Fairfax (AUT); Korean War photo exhibition at Massey; NMIT hosted a careers day; Waikato student off to Korean science camp; Otago Poly students helping people to kick synthetic cannabis; Otago Uni Fulbright winners; AUT’s Tony Robotham to talk on car design.
Teaching & Learning
- Shadows AUT is running a Shadow a Leader day for students on Wednesday.
- UCOL Wanganui UCOL is looking at new courses in Wanganui (UCOL).
- Extras: Aoraki inviting the community to study skills sessions; Tai Poutini Pacific Trades; building apprentice competition; WITT’s Gary Sharpe recognised for maths teaching.