News 19/5 – ED Blog is Changing.

May 19th 2014 at 9:55am, By ED Staff

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

  1. Building Upgrade Otago Uni’s St David 2 building to get $9.65m upgrade and house the applied sciences department.
  2. Nitrogen Losses The Lincoln University Dairy Farm’s self-imposed nitrogen loss target cost it almost $100,000 in potential lost profits this season.
  3. Science Funding Auckland’s Siouxsie Wiles compares science funding in Australia and NZ.
  4. 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

  1. 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.

Students

  1. Feral Party A “feral” student party was shut down by police in Dunedin yesterday.
  2. Climbing House Prices… are costing students as financial support lags, says NZUSA president Daniel Haines.

Stakeholders

  1. EQC Action Canterbury law students are volunteering to help court action against the Earthquake Commission for their clinical legal studies programme.
  2. Adventure Tourism Audit…programme OutdoorsMark has been sold to Skills Active.
  3. 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

  1. Animal Dissection Two Auckland students are calling for the removal of animal dissection from first year courses (Yahoo).
  2. Trades Academy Taratahi is helping Te Aute College students succeed through the Primary Industry Trades Academy programme.
  3. 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).
  4. Boot Camp Nine Maori and Pacific EIT students with leadership potential attended a five-day bootcamp.
  5. Extras: Awanuiarangi is developing a new undergrad business degree.

News 16/5 – 2014 Budget. Uni Rankings. Community Action.

May 16th 2014 at 9:35am, By ED Staff

Policy, Management & People

  1. 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.
  2. Filipino Partnership Whitireia announced a new educational partnership with AMA University in the Philippines.
  3. Uni Rankings NZ’s system of universities ranked 16th in the world by Universitas 21.
  4. 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

  1. Sugar… contributes to cardiovascular risk, says Otago Uni’s Lisa Te Morenga (ODT).
  2. Rising Waters Unitec’s Greg De Costa on how rising sea levels might affect our drinking water.
  3. 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.

Public Issues

  1. State Housing Auckland’s Bill McKay on changes to state housing policies.
  2. 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,
  3. Decriminalising Cannabis AUT’s Prof Max Abbott supports an Auckland Councillor’s call to decriminalise cannabis (NZ Herald).
  4. 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.

Students

  1. Cheaper Buses OPSA’s Mark Baxter on bus fares in Dunedin.
  2. Viral Hit A Massey student’s cover of Bohemian Rhapsody has become a viral hit on the internet.
  3. IPCA Investigation Auckland students to protest against IPCA investigation into a response to protests in 2012.
  4. Extras: OUSA president Ruby Sycamore-Smith on new noise control policies.

Stakeholders

  1. Community Action Canterbury’s Student Volunteer Army and law firm Duncan Cotterill to partner on Ilam-Riccarton community day.
  2. Teacher Experience Day More than 20 secondary school representatives visited Massey’s College of Health for a teacher experience day.
  3. Te Matatini Waikato has formed a strategic partnership with Maori cultural performing arts festival, Te Matatini.
  4. 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

  1. Research Scholarships Waikato is offering 12 Research Institute Scholarships for masters and doctoral students.
  2. 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.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Regional Polytechs The TEU criticises Steven Joyce for funding cuts to regional polytechs since 2010.
  2. Wellington Delegation A delegation of Wellington education providers will visit Japan and China next week.
  3. Vocational Pathways Taranaki Futures’ Warwick Foy says schools need to better support vocational pathways.
  4. Extras: ODT op-ed says Otago Uni and Otago Poly need to more actively recruit overseas students; Gisborne Herald op-ed on the need for new approaches in industry training; HRC congratulates newly-announced CoREs; Auckland admin staff planning “Mad Men” themed protest against restructuring.

Research & Innovation

  1. Prehistoric Sea Lion Otago Uni’s Prof Jon Waters on a newly discovered pre-historic species of sea lion (NZ Herald, Yahoo, ODT, 3 News).
  2. Electric Cars… would bring environmental benefits to NZ if widely available, says Victoria’s Doug Clover.
  3. Cyber Protection Canterbury research group working on novel model of protecting computer systems.
  4. Extras: Victoria student on using technology to learn Te Reo; Canterbury’s Tanja Mitrovic seeking stroke victims for study; AUT’s Annie Zhang researching financial literacy.

Public Issues

  1. Anglican Church Massey’s Prof Peter Lineham on the Anglican Church’s apology to the LGBT community and its “weak” concession toward same-sex relationships.
  2. Ukraine Conflict Otago Uni’s Prof Robert Patman interviewed on the Ukraine conflict.
  3. Shane Taurima Victoria’s Maria Bargh on Shane Taurima and Labour
  4. Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Gareth Jones and Auckland’s Tim Dare (NZ Herald) and Auckland’s Jo Manning on medical ethics; Massey’s David Tripe on a Green investment bank; Victoria’s Prof Tim Naish on melting glaciers; Massey’s Heather Hendrickson on antibiotic resistance; Auckland’s Rob Batty on the Pink Batts trademark; Massey’s Prof Paul Spoonley on ethnic stereotypes; Massey’s Claire Matthews on Labour’s economic policies.

Stakeholders

  1. Architecture Showcase Architecture van Brandenburg to showcase Otago Poly collaboration in Venice.
  2. Career Prospects Debate Otago Uni students debated grad career prospects with local govt and business representatives.
  3. Extras: Auschwitz photography to be exhibited at Auckland; NZ First’s Winston Peters spoke to a politics class at Victoria; Waikato management students organising Community Open Day; three Canterbury connections in NZ Hi-Tech Awards.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Culinary Fare UCOL students won three silver medals at the Wellington Culinary Fare competitions.
  2. Film Festival A film by two students from Auckland and AUT was selected for the New York International Film Festival.
  3. Extras: an Auckland student won the NZ Scholarship Top Subject Award for Te Reo; Massey student is the 5th education grad in her family; Council scholarships for top Resource and Environmental Planning students at Massey; a Victoria grad held 24 part-time jobs while completing her double-degree; Massey’s Prof Roger Morris received the Massey Medal; Auckland’s Prof Bruce Sheridan to give lecture on polarisation of art and science in education.

Policy, Management & People

  1. Value of Polytechs Op-ed by Wintec CE Mark Flowers on the economic value of polytechs.
  2. Unjustified Suspension The ERA has ruled Otago Uni unjustifiably suspended a staff member based on court-suppressed information (3 News).
  3. Extras: scientist Horace Moore on Callaghan Innovation; Otago Uni opened its new $6m childcare centre yesterday (ODT); Otago Uni’s operating surplus for Q1 2014 was $1.98m below expectations; Canterbury’s new student hub is a finalist in the NZ Interior Awards.

Research & Innovation

  1. Stronger Sheepskin A Massey student on creating stronger sheepskin products.
  2. Antibacterial Mushrooms Auckland researchers on the antibacterial and antioxidant properties of certain mushrooms.
  3. Extras: Auckland scientists studying network of frozen methane; Massey’s Savern Reweti designing low-cost flight simulators; Canterbury’s Prof Tanja Mitrovic seeking stroke survivors for memory study.

Public Issues

  1. Business Jargon Massey’s Margaret Brunton and Victoria’s Prof Laurie Bauer on workplace jargon.
  2. Paid Parental Leave Victoria’s Prof Jonathan Boston and Auckland’s Susan St John on paid parental leave policy.
  3. Drug Testing Auckland’s Joana Manning on the ethics of drug testing on comatose and critically ill patients.
  4. Extras: Waikato’s Prof Iain White on water management; Victoria’s James Renwick on the changing Southern Ocean winds; Otago Uni’s Prof Mark Henaghan on family law reforms; Auckland’s Prof Darl Kolb on smartphone users.

Students

  1. Keg Party Otago Uni V-C Prof Harlene Hayne says students at the Hyde St Keg Party should stop drinking so much.

Stakeholders

  1. Honorary Doctorate Author Eleanor Catton awarded an honorary doctorate by Victoria (TVNZ).
  2. Flax Planting EIT students and primary school students planted native flax species near Anaura Bay.
  3. Advertising Account King St advertising agency has won Waikato’s account off incumbent Republik.
  4. Extras: Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner’s Katie Elkin spoke at Otago Uni; Auckland’s David Richmond to speak at voluntary euthanasia meeting; Waikato’s Graeme Doole on Technical Leaders Group for Healthy Rivers project.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Anti-homophobia Campaign MIT students created a visual campaign to mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
  2. Extras: Victoria held graduation days yesterday and today (Fairfax), and disability didn’t stop two siblings from graduating; Manawatu Turbos captain Nick Crosswell graduated from Massey (Fairfax); Massey’s Roger Morris addressed Massey’s grad ceremony; CPIT student awarded the Japan Consul prize.

Policy, Management & People

  1. English Requirements Auckland is increasing its literacy requirements for undergrads from 10 to 17 NCEA credits.
  2. Waikato’s History Fairfax has a feature on the first 50 years of Waikato’s history.
  3. BYOD Approach NZ Herald on Unitec’s eLearning strategy.
  4. Extras: NPM released its 2013 Annual Report; Auckland’s Tara Remington to row across the Pacific; Victoria’s Hub and library upgrade won an education category award in the NZ Architecture Awards.

Research & Innovation

  1. HRC Grants Otago Uni’s Prof Greg Cook and John Reynolds and Auckland’s Siouxsie Wiles received HRC Explorer Grants to research antibiotics resistance, Parkinson’s disease treatment, and injecting mice with human infections (Newstalk ZB), respectively. Otago Uni researchers received around $550,000 in HRC grants altogether (Dunedin TV). Auckland’s Helen Petousis-Harris received a Feasibility Study grant to study the prevalence of HPV in men (GayNZ).
  2. Breast Cancer Canterbury’s Prof Ann Richardson and James Hayes on reducing breast cancer risk (NZ Herald, MSN).
  3. Extras: Victoria student using technology to improve Maori language skills; Victoria’s Anne Galloway has been studying the collection and sharing of farm data online; Massey’s Savern Reweti is designing low-cost flight simulators; Massey’s Don Baken on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; Auckland scientists working on 3D survey of seabed gas hydrate and methane system.

Public Issues

  1. Solar Panels Otago Uni’s Barry Allan on the legal status of solar panels fixed to homes.
  2. Robots Massey’s Johan Potgieter on the potential threat of robotics.
  3. TPPA Negotiations Auckland’s Prof Jane Kelsey on the secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, and Auckland’s Prof Alistair Woodward and Papaarangi Reid oppose the leaked investment chapter.
  4. Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Andrew Geddis on the Govt revoking passports; Auckland’s Susan St John on means testing superannuation; Canterbury’s Prof Ian Shaw (Science Media Centre)and Victoria’s Ryan Steel on synthetic highs; AUT’s Pam Nuttall on changes to employment law; Otago Uni’s Prof Rex Ahdar on euthanasia; Canterbury’s Heather Purdie on glacier tourism.

Students

  1. Non-student Partying… in Dunedin’s campus area is causing problems.
  2. Rent Increases are hurting students, says NZUSA.
  3. Auckland Protests Auckland students are planning to protest changes to the tertiary system.

Stakeholders

  1. Pedestrian Zone The Dunedin City Council may trial two Otago Uni students’ idea to create a pedestrian zone in central Dunedin.
  2. KiwiNet… has announced sponsorship support from BNZ, AJ Park and Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.
  3. Community Counselling NMIT is launching a low-cost community counselling service.
  4. Extras: Murray Horton spoke at AUT on foreign investment; Media Design School ran a super hero creation competition for secondary students.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Guild Awards Two WelTec students have been recognised by The City and Guilds of London Institute for Excellence.
  2. Pisa Assessment Waikato’s Prof Bronwen Cowie to give Inaugural Lecture on global student assessment regimes.
  3. Fine Arts Scholarships Six Canterbury grads have been awarded Ethel Susan Jones Fine Arts Travelling Scholarships.
  4. Extras: siblings with genetic disorder celebrating Victoria graduation; an Auckland violinist won the Graduation Gala Concerto Comp; Auckland social work grad wants to return to her hometown of Waitara; a Gisborne Girls’ High School student won the Gisborne Herald Career Expo scholarship.

Policy, Management & People

  1. CoRE Funding The TEC’s CORE funding announcement was covered many times. Otago Uni hosts or co-hosts two (ODT, Dunedin TV), the Massey-based Riddet Institute and Allan Wilson Centre missed out, and so did the Bio-Protection Research Centre and NPM.
  2. Architecture Awards Victoria’s Campus Hub and Library Upgrade, AUT’s Sir Paul Reeves Building, and Massey’s Te Ara Hihiko all won at the NZ Architecture Awards (Architecture Now, Fairfax).
  3. Student Reps Victoria has reinstated full membership of student representatives on the Academic Board.
  4. Extras: a history of the Otago Uni branch of NORML; Otago Poly enrolment numbers higher than expected; the TEU launches today a proposal on tertiary education; Whitireia’s Faculty of Health and Massey’s College of Creative Arts are finalists in the Wellington Gold Awards; Aoraki signed a Collaborative Relationship Agreement with Lincoln.

Research & Innovation

  1. Geomagnetic Storms …Auckland’s Cathy Stinear is sceptical of the findings.
  2. Socioeconomic Deprivation Otago Uni’s Prof Peter Crampton on the latest socioeconomic deprivation index.
  3. Maui’s Dolphin Otago Uni’s Prof Liz Slooten says Govt measures to protect Maui’s dolphins are “embarrassing”.
  4. Extras: Otago Uni’s Marc Shallenberg on didymo (NZ Herald); Otago Uni student on why girls self-harm (ODT); Massey’s Don Baken on chronic fatigue syndrome (Radio NZ); Canterbury’s Prof Geoff Chase and Peter Hunter on medical devices; Auckland’s Prof Tim Hazledine describes European research on NZ’s honours system as “a joke”; AUT and Auckland study on air pollution; Canterbury, Otago Uni, and Auckland scientists are developing the Medipix All Resolution scanner; Massey’s Richard Shaw to discuss Carla saliva tests for goats at NZGoats conference; AUT has developed a Te Reo language app; Victoria student using technology to improve Maori language skills; Otago Uni’s Prof Jim Mann on optimal exercise for fighting diabetes;

Public Issues

  1. Social Housing Victoria’s Prof Jonathan Boston on an “investment” approach to social housing.
  2. Celebrity Sex Tape Massey’s Gary Hermansson and AUT’s Greg Treadwell and Auckland’s Uesifili Unasa on celebrity sex scandals.
  3. Glacier Tourism Canterbury’s Heather Purdie on the retreating glaciers (NZ Herald, Newstalk ZB);
  4. Extras: Otago Uni’s Prof Andrew Geddis and Bryce Edwards on political corruption; Auckland’s Susan St John on superannuation (Fairfax); Waikato’s Prof Iain White on water management; AUT’s Prof David Robie on a Filipino media cyber law; Otago Uni’s Prof Robin Gauld on DHB performance; Otago Uni’s Kevin Clements on gun laws; Massey’s Christina Severinsen on caravan parks; Victoria’s Prof Jonathon Boston on parental leave arrangements; Auckland’s Christine Rubie-Davies on cut-off dates for school years; Massey’s Prof David Tripe on home loans; AUT’s Philippa Smith on verbal communication; Otago Uni’s Bryce Edwards interviewed Minister for Immigration Michael Woodhouse; Massey’s Prof Paul McDonald on healthcare affordability (3 News); Canterbury’s Jarrod Gilbert on Nelson’s Red Devils gang;

Students

  1. Queen Cover Queen member Brian May ‘shared’ a video of a Massey student covering Bohemian Rhapsody on social media.
  2. Accommodation Costs A Waikato student on low rent costs in Hamilton.
  3. Bottle Throwers Three students were arrested after police attending a large party in Dunedin were met with thrown bottles.
  4. Extras: a Canterbury student won the New Balance road race; a Canterbury student on giving up her baby for adoption; Massey vet students stripped for a fundraising calendar; Campus cop Max Holt on high school students crashing university parties in Dunedin.

Stakeholders

  1. Opus Secondment Canterbury’s Alessandro Palermo will be seconded to Opus to work on damage-resistant construction.
  2. Extras: scientist Daryoush Allaei to speak at Auckland on new wind power generation system; Aoraki hosting National Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge; Canadian historian Prof John Weaver to speak at Waikato; Dunedin’s Sexy Summer Jobs Internship programme has created almost 100 jobs; EIT celebrating UNESCO International Arts Education Week with a series of workshops; EIT hosted a rugby skills training session for high school students; UCOL recognised International Nurses Day; Dunedin businessman Michael Macknight spoke at Otago Uni’s grad ceremony; Telecomix “hacktivist” Stephan Urbach to give a Skype lecture at Massey.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Globe Theatre An Otago Uni student has been selected to perform at the Globe Theatre in London.
  2. Massey Medal Massey’s Prof Roger Morris received the Massey Medal.
  3. MIT Scholarship An Auckland grad has won a PhD scholarship to study at MIT in the United States.
  4. Extras: Massey grad ceremonies held this week; Otago Uni grad celebrating PhD 50 years after initial studies; Otago Uni grad list; BOP Poly won two out of nine awards at the Competenz Awards; Auckland dance grad profile; industry training grads honoured in New Plymouth.
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