News 30/8 – University Councils. Primary ITO. Science Investment.

August 30th 2013 at 8:59am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. University Councils The TEU wants vice-chancellors to intercede in the Govt’s alleged restructuring of university councils.
  2. Primary ITO… is bringing its five existing brands together under the Primary ITO brand.
  3. InfraTrain CEO… Philip Aldridge will not be staying on with Infrastructure ITO after the merger with ESITO.
  4. International Education… provides a “massive opportunity for Wellington, says Steven Joyce.
  5. PBRF Reform TEU’s Jo Scott on the Govt’s review of the PBRF.
  6. Staff Ratio TEU’s Jack Heinemann on Canterbury’s proposal to create a staff: student ratio of 1:24.
  7. World Class Canterbury Canterbury is making progress toward fiscal stability while retaining its position in the top 3% of the world’s universities (Newstalk ZB).
  8. Maori Students A quarter of all bachelor-level Maori students are studying at Awanuiarangi.
  9. Extras: Whitireia has provided permanent jobs to 30 fixed-term staff; caretakers at Victoria have negotiated a new collective agreement; international education providing an income boost to WITT.

Research & Innovation

  1. Science Investment Science Media Centre has a round-up of the 2013 Science Investment Round, in which Landcare Research secured funding of $14m and Waikato $5m. Two Otago Uni bio-manufacturing projects were funded
  2. Humanlike Robots Auckland’s Elizabeth Broadbent says people prefer robots with humanlike features (NZ Herald, Newstalk ZB).
  3. NZIER Award Waikato’s Prof Jacques Poot has received the NZIER Economics Award (NZ Herald).
  4. Predator Larva Lincoln and AgResearch scientists have found a previously unknown maggot-like larvae near Southbridge.
  5. Super City Performance AUT’s Prof Judy McGregor says Auckland Council is sitting on a ‘B’ grade for its first term performance.
  6. 3D Media Canterbury’s Prof Conan Fee and Simone Dimartino to research 3D printed adsorptive media (Newstalk ZB).
  7. Seismic Research Victoria’s Prof Martha Savage says recent Cook Strait earthquakes were useful for researching seismic activity.
  8. Auckland’s Future Massey and Waikato researchers to study Auckland’s future and the implications for NZ.
  9. Book Award Canterbury’s Jarrod Gilbert won the People’s Choice award at the NZ Post Book Awards for his book on the history of gangs in NZ.

Public Issues

  1. Gender Discrimination Otago Uni’s Prof Andrew Geddis on a recent court judgement on gender discrimination.
  2. Flexi-super Auckland’s Susan St John on Peter Dunne’s superannuation policy.
  3. Interest Rates Massey’s Claire Matthews says forecast interest rate hikes could be scaring off Kiwi borrowers.
  4. Extras: Otago Uni’s Robert Patman on the Syrian conflict; Auckland’s Siouxsie Wiles on Fonterra.


  1. Essay Comp A Victoria student won the Royal Commonwealth Society’s 2013 essay competition.
  2. Extras: Otago Uni student marathon runner; TWOA student mini-van shot at.


  1. Folklife Festival AUT’s Te Ipukarea and Te Whare o Rongomaurikura hosted a symposium on Maori Language Revitalisation at the Folklife Festival in Washington DC.
  2. Community Engagement Summit Tulane University’s Vincent Ilustre is the keynote speaker at Canterbury’s NZ Tertiary Community Engagement Summit.
  3. Venice Biennale Auckland’s Mark Harvey to present performance art at Venice Biennale.
  4. Mayoral Debate Auckland to host Auckland mayoral debate between four contenders.
  5. Public Art Arts patron James Wallace spoke at Waikato on the need for Govt support of the arts.
  6. Extras: National Maori Students’ Conference taking place; Nobel Peace Prize nominee Jeff Halper to speak at Waikato; Aoraki to host South Canterbury International Festival.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Agricultural Training Taratahi and Massey are partnering to offer a restructured Diploma in Agriculture.
  2. Clinical Teaching Auckland’s Prof Charles McGhee won the International Council of Ophthalmology’s (ICO) ‘Mark Tso Golden Apple Award’.
  3. World Peace Orchestra An Auckland student is in New York playing flute for the World Peace Orchestra.
  4. 3-minute Thesis A fundamental sciences PhD student won Massey’s Three Minute Thesis comp.
  5. Extras: Whitireia students won the Randall Shaw Memorial Award; an EIT student won the supreme ECC Student Craft/Design Award; ten Unitec students received IBM scholarships; Central South Island’s top building apprentice named.

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