March 3rd 2014 at 7:54am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- Tertiary Partnership Waiariki has joined TWOA, BOP Poly, and Waikato in the Bay of Plenty Tertiary Education Partnership.
- Wellington Hostel Sale Wellington student accommodation properties Cumberland House, Education House, and the McKenzies Apartments are being sold by tender.
- Student Discipline The number of Otago Uni students caught cheating increased from 46 to 72 in 2013, but the number dealt with for serious non-school related incidents dropped from 25 to 13.
- Extras: the TEU’s Lesley Francey on tertiary governance; building work continues on Otago Uni’s Toroa College; Lincoln’s Roy Montgomery on volunteering as a firefighter; last-minute negotiations could avert Tuesday’s planned UCOL strike; education is Waikato’s first ever top 50 subject in the latest QS rankings; the number of students receiving the allowance in Dunedin dropped by 23.8 per cent between 2012 and 2013.
Research & Innovation
- Invermay… is “the Mecca” for deer biological research, says Otago Uni’s Prof Frank Griffin.
- Sun Protection Otago Uni’s Louise Signal on sun protection policies at ECE centres (TVNZ).
- Disgust Auckland’s Nathan Consedine is studying the significance of disgust in people avoiding healthcare.
- Extras: Otago Uni student studying the travel behaviour of young people; Otago Uni nicotine replacement therapy trial to be extended; Otago Uni’s Fiona Gordon on monitoring Orokonui’s robin population; Canterbury’s Prof Peter Newman has produced a documentary film about Christchurch’s rebuild; Auckland’s Kerry Gibson on the side effects of antidepressants.
- Mojo Mathers Otago Uni’s Prof Andrew Geddis has defended Green MP Mojo Mathers’ taxpayer-funded travel.
- Diet Drinks Otago Uni’s Murray Thomson and Auckland’s Prof Boyd Swinburn on diet soda drinks.
- Chinese Exports Lincoln’s Prof Keith Woodford and Victoria’s Jason Young on the 45% increase in NZ’s exports to China in 2013.
- Extras: Otago Uni’s Bob Lloyd argues against oil drilling in Otago; Otago Uni’s Prof Robert Patman on Russia’s influence in Ukraine; Waikato’s Ruth Walker and Liezl Van Zyl on compensating surrogate mothers; Otago Uni’s Martin Pollock on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; Otago Uni’s Mary McIntyre on dengue fever in NZ; Otago Uni’s Penny Field on healthy food policies; Otago Uni’s Prof Elaine Reese on children using computer-based gadgets; Massey’s Prof Christoph Schumacher on the minimum wage; an Auckland student on the Google tax case; Waikato’s Leonie Pihama on child poverty.
- Chinese Singer An Auckland student wants to become a successful singer in China.
- Couch Burning Students who set furniture on fire could face bills seeking recovery of costs from police.
- Flat Names A Dunedin librarian is researching the stories behind flat names in Dunedin.
- Extras: Canterbury’s orientation week finished on Saturday; two Waikato students started a popular Facebook page ‘Two Kids at University’; MAWSA wants money redistributed to save student magazine Massive; WelTec welcomed a large cohort of international students last week.
- Roleplaying Society The ODT profiles the Otago Uni Roleplaying Society.
- Wanganui Opportunities Wanganui High School principal Garry Olver says there aren’t enough job or education opportunities in Wanganui.
- Cycling Panel Otago Uni’s Alexandra Macmillan, Auckland’s Prof Alistair Woodward, and Canterbury’s Glen Koorey named on NZTA’s safer cycling panel.
- Extras: AUT running a public survey on the Hauraki Gulf (Newstalk ZB); Archbishop of York John Sentamu to be based at Otago Uni for visit to NZ; Bill English spoke at the opening of SIT’s new Queenstown accommodation complex; Massey’s Summer Shakespeare series to feature As You Like It; Victoria to confer honorary doctorate on Prof Roger Clark;
Teaching & Learning
- Economics Award Massey’s Vicky Yang was invited to Finance 2014 as Massey’s top first-year economics student.
- Formula Car Canterbury students planning for design, build and race car competition in Melbourne.
- Extras: NZ Herald on the various secondary school qualifications frameworks; Massey’s Dennis Slade delivered master classes in European institutions.
February 28th 2014 at 8:37am, By ED Staff
February 27th 2014 at 8:51am, By ED Staff
Sorry for email delays the last 2 days. Our email supplier had 2 distributed denial of service attacks over the last 2 days. They have over 120,000 customers globally (and many millions on their email lists) so it had a big effect. They’re up and running now, but you can always check www.ed.co.nz if you don’t get an email. By the way, we’ve also shortened emails a bit from today, making them easier to scan. Cheers, Dave Guerin.
Policy, Management & People
- QS Rankings The latest Quacquarelli Symonds international university subject rankings were released, with Massey ranked 19th for agriculture, Waikato ranked 46th for education, and Canterbury ranked 19th for civil and natural resources engineering (Newstalk ZB). Auckland was NZ’s highest ranked institution overall and Canterbury wants to be one of the top two in NZ in the long term.
- Chinese Visit A Dunedin delegation featuring two Otago Uni representatives will visit China.
- Dentistry Student Cap The Govt has increased the number of funded domestic dentistry undergrads at Otago Uni from 54 to 60.
- Extras: the Govt released a free Occupation Outlook app; Bill English to open SIT’s new $3.4m student accommodation; Aoraki confident of meeting student enrolment targets; Canterbury’s preliminary announcement to its annual report; interview with Massey’s Prof Paul Moughan.
Research & Innovation
- Electronic Textbooks Otago Uni’s Erika Pearson has led an innovative electronic textbook project.
- Alcohol Use Massey’s Antonia Lyons has been studying the link between social networking and young people’s use of alcohol.
- Extras: an Auckland student studied children’s eating habits in front of screens (Fairfax); Auckland’s Ian Lambie on young arsonists.
- Endangered Sea Lions Massey’s Wendi Roe and Otago Uni’s Bruce Robertson on the death of endangered NZ sea lions.
- 3D Printers Victoria’s Tim Miller on the potential uses of 3D printing technology.
- Political Photo-ops Massey’s Claire Robinson on the importance of good photo opportunities in politics.
- Extras: Massey’s Claire Robinson on new ACT leader Jamie Whyte; Massey’s David Tripe on mortgage rates; Canterbury’s Jarrod Gilbert on police controversy; Otago Uni’s Hank Wolfe on the Southern DHB’s recent computer system failure.
- Flat Sponsorship The Dunedin City Council wants student flats with corporate sponsorship to apply for resource consent.
- O-Week Waikato kicked off academic orientation week with a powhiri and students are looking for accommodation.
- Genesis Share Offer Bill English announced details of its Genesis Energy share offer at the Massey-hosted Finance 2014 event.
- Freshwater Forum Six Waikato researchers to attend ‘Fresh Water – Fresh Thinking’ forum in Wellington.
- Quadcopter A Canterbury quadcopter is providing footage of quake-damaged homes along clifftop edges.
- Extras: Baldwins’ C-E Michael Vukcevic admitted he doesn’t have a law degree as stated on his CV (Lawfuel); Auckland’s Prof Shaun Hendy to speak at Hillcrest Library; Massey’s Prof Sally Morgan has an exhibition at the NZ Festival.
Teaching & Learning
- Grad Exhibition A top EIT visual arts grad has a two week exhibition in Hawke’s Bay.
- Harvard Visit Waikato’s Leonie Pihama, Auckland’s Jenny Lee, and Waikato-Tainui College’s Sarah-Jane Tiakiwai will attend a 3-day programme at Harvard.
- Artist in Residence Gabriel Lester is Auckland’s new Elam International Artist in Residence.
- Extras: Otago Poly’s sustainable practice grads on graduate opportunities; Govt funding changes are affecting the YMCA’s Steps Programme and the South Canterbury Community College’s computing and cafe skills course.
February 26th 2014 at 8:53am, By ED Staff
Yesterday’s post was delayed by email because our email supplier (AWeber) was facing a distributed denial of service attack. They had another attack today so emails haven’t gone out at all today. But as you can see, it was put up on our website on time
Policy, Management& People
- Jobs App The Govt has released a free Occupation Outlook 2014 mobile app, and it says chartered accountants have better job prospects than their non-chartered counterparts.
- Human Rights Criticism Massey has responded to Winston Peters’ claim that new director of New Migrants Shaista Shameem has a poor human rights record. She allegedly helped provide legal justification for Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s coup.
- C-E’s Daughter The daughter of SIT C-E Penny Simmonds has been appointed to a junior marketing position at the institute.
- Brazilian Bloggers Education NZ has arranged for Otago Poly to host two popular Brazilian bloggers for several weeks.
- Coroner’s Report Coroner Ian Smith has reported on the death of former Victoria lecturer Fujio Kano.
- Unjustified Dismissal Robyn Voss was found to have been unjustifiably dismissed by Regent International Education Group after being wrongly accused by students of helping them cheat.
- Dunedin Economy Otago Uni’s COO John Patrick says the Uni’s plan to spend more than $600m on infrastructure will be a “major shot in the arm” for the Dunedin economy.
- Otago Uni Finances Otago Uni achieved an operating surplus of $36.5m in 2013, primarily due to three large one-off items.
- Extras: economist Warren Hughes says Waikato generated $938m in revenue for the NZ economy in 2013 and $8m for the BOP region.
Research & Innovation
- Young Arsonists… often go on to commit more serious crimes later in life, says Auckland’s Ian Lambie.
- Summer Research Three Waikato students have spent the summer studying breast cancer, the toxicity of radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and memory function during anaesthesia.
- Weather Forecasting A Victoria student says traditional weather and climate knowledge can be used with modern weather forecasting tools in the Pacific.
- Natural Tuning System A Canterbury student says more conductors and choir singers need to understand a natural tuning system called just intonation.
- Pest-free Islands… that host many rare species could become submerged if sea levels rise, says Auckland’s James Russell.
- Urine Test Massey’s Ivana Sequeira has gained international recognition for improving the accuracy of a medical urine test.
- Extras: an Otago Uni nicotine replacement therapy trial in shopping malls attracted 250 participants (3 News), and Tariana Turia has praised them; Lincoln’s Hannah Buckley and Simon Lambert to research native sand-binding plant Pingao.
- Floating Mortgages… are declining in popularity, says Massey’s David Tripe.
- Powerboat Race Massey’s Karen Stockin wants a powerboat race in the Bay of Islands cancelled because of the risk to endangered bottlenose dolphins (3 News, Newstalk ZB).
- CTV Building Canterbury’s Prof Maan Alkaisi says there is already enough evidence to prosecute over the CTV building collapse.
- Emissions Trading Scheme Canterbury’s Prof Euan Mason says NZ’s Emissions Trading Scheme is “on its last legs”.
- Extras: Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey on the TPPA meeting in Singapore; Massey’s Heather Galbraith on artist Simon Starling.
- Hardship Grants WSU president Aaron Letcher says the number of hardship grants being handed out has doubled in a year.
- Extras: a Waikato student is on the Chiefs cheerleading squad; Waikato formally welcomed new students to its Windermere Campus yesterday.
- Bus Service WITT student demand is high for a new bus service linking Hawera and New Plymouth.
- Fake Degree Baldwins law firm C-E Michael Vukcevic has resigned following revelations that he doesn’t have a law degree from Victoria as stated on his CV (Newstalk ZB, Fairfax).
- Controversial Science Waikato hosted a 2-day international symposium on transforming public engagement on controversial science and tech.
- Extras: Massey’s Margaret Forster spoke at a Horizons Regional Council forum on water quality issues.
Teaching & Learning
- Transgender Scholarship Unitec will offer scholarships to two trans students per year from the second semester.
February 25th 2014 at 8:25am, By ED Staff
February 24th 2014 at 8:30am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management& People
- Living Costs VUWSA president Sonya Clark challenged Steven Joyce to live on the $173 living costs student loan after he claimed it has risen in line with inflation.
- Massey Worldwide Massey has announced it will expand its international education activity under the banner of Massey Worldwide.
- Govt Ageism The Govt is being accused of age discrimination by restricting the access of those over 40 years old to student allowances.
- Smoking Ban Otago Uni has banned smoking on campus , a move described by an op-ed in the ODT as draconian and discriminatory.
- Steady Growth Otago Poly C-E Phil Ker on Otago Poly’s plan to continue growing student numbers and surpluses.
- Campus Relaunch AUT launched its expanded Manukau campus on Saturday.
- Wage Disparity The TEU says pay increases at UCOL are lagging behind other polytechs.
- Massey Appointments Massey has appointed Margaret Kawharu and Prof Shaista Shameem as senior adviser Maori – Albany and Director – New Migrants, respectively.
- Automated Invoicing Auckland UniServices and WinTec have automated their invoicing systems.
- Extras: Otago Uni student magazine Critic on the Govt’s changes to uni and wananga governance; NMIT’s new applied tech building was opened on Thursday.
Research & Innovation
- Terrorism Novel Massey’s Prof Richard Jackson has written a fictional novel about a terrorist interrogation.
- Golden Oldies A reader survey designed by Victoria’s Paul Jose says older people are happier than the young and fit.
- Valuing Culture Canterbury’s Angus Macfarlane says 2 years of research highlights the need for teachers to familiarise themselves with Maori values.
- Cattle management Massey’s Prof Steve Morris and Lucy Burkitt are researching the winter management of cattle in high country farmland.
- Extras: AUT is conducting a study on concussion in rugby; Lincoln’s Prof Caroline Saunders on consumer standards in emerging markets; Otago Uni’s Noel Waite contributed a section to a new book on advertising in NZ; Unitec’s Keith Rankin presented two papers at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic History conference.
- Telecom Rebrand Massey’s Prof Malcolm Wright, Auckland’s Mike Lee, and Otago Uni’s Lisa McNeill on Telecom’s decision to rebrand as Spark.
- Heritage Buildings… in Christchurch could have been saved, says Canterbury’s Ian Lochhead (Newstalk ZB).
- Male Sexual Abuse Massey’s Shane Harvey on adult male sexual abuse survivors.
- Israeli Dance Troupe Auckland’s Nicholas Rowe is critical of touring Israeli dance troupe the Batsheva Dance Company.
- Internal Assessment Victoria’s Prof Dale Carnegie says there are well-founded concerns about the consistency or reliability of NCEA internal assessment.
- Dairy Spot Checks Massey’s Prof Hamish Gow says Chinese spot checks of NZ dairy factories are not a cause for concern.
- Winston Peters…risks serious harm to new migrant communities with his speech on immigration, says Massey’s Prof Shaista Shameem.
- Information Tracking Auckland’s Giovanni Russello on software that collects information on the user.
- Home Solar Panels Canterbury’s Alan Wood on the economics of installing solar panels at home.
- Maui’s Dolphins Otago Uni’s Prof Liz Slooten on the inadequate protection of Maui’s dolphins.
- Extras: Otago Poly’s Prof Samuel Mann wants truck drivers to take more care of cyclists; Otago Uni’s Steven Sexton on declining trends in school results; Otago Uni’s Prof Jennie Connor on heavy drinking and crime; Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey wants the Govt to release the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement; Lincoln’s Ian Spellerberg on NZ’s biggest issues; Auckland’s Bodo Lang on Twitter trolls; Waikato’s Neville Robertson on the psychology of killers; Massey’s Rhys Ball wants more transparency on the GCSB’s under-reported spying authorisations; Auckland’s John McCaffery says the Govt needs to do more to promote adoption of te reo Maori.
- President Resigns The president of AS@U resigned after admitting lying about his background (Kiwiblog, Whale Oil) and the student union is in damage control.
- Student Influx An ODT op-ed on the impact of 20,000 students arriving in Dunedin.
- Speed Flatting Otago Uni has set up a series of “Speed Flatting” sessions to match prospective flatmates with a vacant room.
- O-Week O-week organisers in Dunedin have praised the behaviour of students (Critic), a Six60 concert drew the biggest crowd in O-Week history, and the Dunedin International Food Festival was held on Saturday. SIT held a hangi on the final day of it’s O-Week and Canterbury’s starts this week.
- Apple Bobbing Massey staff and students broke the world record for most people simultaneously bobbing for apples (Fairfax).
- Extras: an Otago Uni music student has completed her first EP; Fairfax op-ed on the demise of Massey’s student magazine Massive; the ODT’s Campus Camera has shots of various Dunedin students.
- Chinese Banker Deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China Hu Xioalian will give a public lecture on monetary policy in China at Canterbury.
- Open Day Minister of Pacific Island Affairs Peseta Sam Lotu-liga spoke at AUT’s South campus open day.
- The Warehouse Ltd… is funding the new Sir Stephen Tindall Chair in Retail Management at Massey.
- Year of Light Auckland’s Prof John Harvey on the upcoming International Year of Light in 2015.
- iD Fashion Show Otago Poly’s Margo Barton says the iD Fashion Show exposes her students to professional fashion production at an international level.
- Trades Academies About 300 high school students are attending NMIT’s trades academy programme, and 260 are attending EIT’s.
- Tinnitus Lecture Prof Larry Roberts to speak on the neuroscience of tinnitus at Auckland.
- Extras: Tariana Turia spoke at the launch of Pathways West.
Teaching & Learning
- Replacement Course An Aoraki student given just a week’s notice that her course had been cancelled has accepted Aoraki’s offer of a place in its digital photography programme.
- Screen Production Peter Janes, Tessa Tylee and David Guerin (not the one from ED) will teach EIT’s screen production course this year.
- Cinematic Space Victoria’s Adam Art Gallery is holding viewings of two silent films accompanied by live piano accordian music at the NZ Film Archive.
- Furniture Design Furniture designed by Victoria students is on display at Victoria’s architecture and design school.
- Digital Media Showcase Yoobee digital media students exhibited their work at the Inside Out Exhibition.
- The Incubator Yoobee held a Dragon’s Den-style competition for innovative ideas.
- Extras: two French students spent six months interning at Waikato.