May 21st 2014 at 8:55am, By ED Staff
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ED Blog is going to change from this week, as we develop a daily email for the ED Insider subscription site. Over this week we will be reducing the coverage of the news email to reflect the focus of the new ED Insider daily email. That means we’ll be ceasing coverage of new research, and academics commenting on public issues, among other things. From next week, we will stop publishing a weekday news post on ED Blog.
ED Blog’s weekday news posts have run as a free service since Feb 2010 and we appreciate all those who have accessed the site. ED Insider, however, pays the bills and we have to look at ways to boost subscribers’ benefits. We’ve noticed that the links in the ED Blog news post that are most clicked are those that we currently include in a weekly ED Insider newsletter. We’d like to get those links, with extra analysis, to our paying subscribers sooner. ED Insider has over 50 subscribing organisations and over 1,100 users (many more than ED Blog) and we felt that the time was right to shift the news across.
ED Blog will continue, as we will go back to commenting on tertiary education issues (probably once a week), rather than just sending out links. We’ll have more on that next week.
Policy, Management & People
- Building Upgrade Otago Uni’s St David 2 building to get $9.65m upgrade and house the applied sciences department.
- Nitrogen Losses The Lincoln University Dairy Farm’s self-imposed nitrogen loss target cost it almost $100,000 in potential lost profits this season.
- Science Funding Auckland’s Siouxsie Wiles compares science funding in Australia and NZ.
- Extras: Critic interviews Dunedin-based National MP Michael Woodhouse; VUWSA president Sonya Clark, the TEU (Radio NZ) and Workbase on the 2014 Budget; Otago Uni’s “campus cop” Max Holt to become deputy head at Toroa College hall of residence; Auckland is increasing its literacy requirements for undergrads.
Research & Innovation
- New CoRE Funding The Govt announced that three additional research centres will receive CoRE funding from 2016 (Radio NZ). Waikato’s Linda Tuhiwai Smith and NPM welcomed the news that one will be focused on Maori research.
- Feral Party A “feral” student party was shut down by police in Dunedin yesterday.
- Climbing House Prices… are costing students as financial support lags, says NZUSA president Daniel Haines.
- EQC Action Canterbury law students are volunteering to help court action against the Earthquake Commission for their clinical legal studies programme.
- Adventure Tourism Audit…programme OutdoorsMark has been sold to Skills Active.
- Extras: Waikato held a community open day on Saturday; Otago Uni’s Volunteer Centre has established a regular stall at OUSA Market Days; Otago Poly hosting FoodShare Cooking For a Cause; Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army held an Ilam-Riccarton community day; AUT hosting The Original Art Sale; BOP Poly’s Aidan Galloway launching Real Foodie business.
Teaching & Learning
- Animal Dissection Two Auckland students are calling for the removal of animal dissection from first year courses (Yahoo).
- Trades Academy Taratahi is helping Te Aute College students succeed through the Primary Industry Trades Academy programme.
- Top Urologist Auckland’s Peter Gilling was ranked among the world’s top ten experts in three research and treatment of prostatic enlargement (BOP Times).
- Boot Camp Nine Maori and Pacific EIT students with leadership potential attended a five-day bootcamp.
- Extras: Awanuiarangi is developing a new undergrad business degree.
May 16th 2014 at 9:35am, By ED Staff
Policy, Management & People
- 2014 Budget The Budget announced yesterday allocated $198.6m in operating funding for new investment in tertiary education (NZ Herald, MSN, ODT, Salient), including subsidies for science, agriculture and health science fees and funding for three more CoREs from 2016, one of which will be a Maori CoRE. Otago Uni V-C and Universities NZ Deputy Chair Prof Harlene Hayne (Radio NZ, ODT) and SIT C-E Penny Simmonds commented on its narrow STEM focus, Auckland V-C Prof Jane Harding and Lincoln V-C Stefanie Rixecker responded positively, the NZUSA says the Govt “continues to deprive students”, and the TEU says regional polytechs will continue to struggle (Newstalk ZB). Student loan repayment thresholds will remain static until at least 2017. An Auckland student and three Otago Uni students commented on the Budget. ED Insider’s take on the key messages from the Budget is here.
- Filipino Partnership Whitireia announced a new educational partnership with AMA University in the Philippines.
- Uni Rankings NZ’s system of universities ranked 16th in the world by Universitas 21.
- Extras: TEU critical of budget cuts at Aoraki; Auckland’s Tara Remington rowing across the Pacific Ocean; Awanuiarangi staff voting on a new collective agreement; the TEU submitted in opposition to the Education Amendment Bill.
Research & Innovation
- Sugar… contributes to cardiovascular risk, says Otago Uni’s Lisa Te Morenga (ODT).
- Rising Waters Unitec’s Greg De Costa on how rising sea levels might affect our drinking water.
- Extras: Canterbury’s Dong-Seong Kim developing new cyber security software; Otago Uni’s Prof Jon Waters on prehistoric sea lions; Massey student on violent video games.
- State Housing Auckland’s Bill McKay on changes to state housing policies.
- Budget Announcements Auckland’s Shaun Hendy on private sector R&D subsidies, Otago Uni’s Darrell Latham on education investment, Auckland’s Prof Diana Lennon on child health subsidies, Auckland’s Michael Littlewood on the lack of savings and retirement policy,
- Decriminalising Cannabis AUT’s Prof Max Abbott supports an Auckland Councillor’s call to decriminalise cannabis (NZ Herald).
- Extras: Auckland’s Tony O’Brien on suicide in the media; Waikato’s Rachel Simon-Kumar on violence against women; Canterbury’s Nick Ledgard on overseas consumer perceptions of Kiwi farmers; Otago Uni’s Stewart Mann on a new cardiovascular treatment; Otago Uni’s Profs Grant Gillett and Gareth Jones on medical ethics; Otago Uni’s Julie Bennett on the housing WOF trial (Radio NZ, Fairfax); Massey’s Prof Peter Lineham on the Anglican church.
- Cheaper Buses OPSA’s Mark Baxter on bus fares in Dunedin.
- Viral Hit A Massey student’s cover of Bohemian Rhapsody has become a viral hit on the internet.
- IPCA Investigation Auckland students to protest against IPCA investigation into a response to protests in 2012.
- Extras: OUSA president Ruby Sycamore-Smith on new noise control policies.
- Community Action Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army and law firm Duncan Cotterill to partner on Ilam-Riccarton community day.
- Teacher Experience Day More than 20 secondary school representatives visited Massey’s College of Health for a teacher experience day.
- Te Matatini Waikato has formed a strategic partnership with Maori cultural performing arts festival, Te Matatini.
- Extras: American songwriter Pat Pattison to speak at BOP Poly; Justice Christine French (Fairfax) and film-maker Geoff Murphy awarded honorary degrees by Otago Uni and Massey respectively; Duncan Garner to speak at Wintec Press Club free lunch; Waikato to host seminar on endangered species and the law; Lincoln hosted the Geographically Appropriate Integrated Agriculture Workshop.
Teaching & Learning
- Research Scholarships Waikato is offering 12 Research Institute Scholarships for masters and doctoral students.
- Extras: Massey grad following in mother Prof Sally Hansen’s footsteps; Massey’s top environmental planning students received Council prizes; All Black Kieran Read studying sports coaching at Canterbury; Otago Uni archaeology grad; a couple graduated from Victoria together; Auckland’s Steven Galbraith to give public lecture on online security; deaf Victoria student graduating; Waikato’s debating team made the semi-finals of the North Island Novice Debating Tournament; three CPIT grads won awards at the NZ Radio Awards.
May 15th 2014 at 8:16am, By ED Staff
May 14th 2014 at 8:34am, By ED Staff