Policy, Management & People

  1. Pay Rise Offer UCOL has offered its staff two pay raises over two years of 1.25% each (Fairfax).
  2. Cheating Stats 2.6% of international students and 0.3% of domestic students at WelTec were caught cheating last year.
  3. Otago Uni Aquarium Otago Uni’s plan to build an aquarium in Dunedin Harbour has been put on hold.
  4. Extras: interview with AUT’s Andrew Bancroft; op-ed by Fran Wilde on public transport for Wellington students.

Research & Innovation

  1. New CoRE Otago Uni and Auckland will co-host a new Centre for Research Excellence focused on the ageing brain.
  2. Callaghan Funding Callaghan’s funding has undergone some technical adjustments.
  3. Dean’s Medal Otago Uni’s Prof Richie Poulton won the Dean’s Research Medal.

Students                                                      

  1. Sexual Violence VUWSA organised a march against sexual violence (Fairfax, 3 News) and VUWSA president Sonya Clark wants a coordinated response to recent sexual assaults.
  2. OUSA Birthday OUSA celebrated its 124th anniversary.

Stakeholders

  1. Conflict of Interest Otago Uni’s sponsorship of the Highlanders is criticised for a potential conflict of interest in the approval process.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Paediatrics Award Auckland’s Prof Jane Harding was awarded the Howard Williams Medal for 2014 (Radio NZ).
  2. Foreign Policy School Otago Uni’s latest Foreign Policy School to focus on international tensions over resource scarcity.

This is a shorter email today, as we shift to the new style of posts that will run next week on our subscription site, ED Insider.

Policy, Management & People

  1. National Poisons Centre The Otago Uni-run National Poisons Centre is 1 of 7 the MOH wants to merge into a mega phone service and Labour opposes the idea (3 News).
  2. Think Tank Role Canterbury’s Eric Crampton has been appointed head of research at the NZ Initiative (NBR).
  3. Extras: a new part of Hamilton’s $84m ring road opens today and will take traffic off roads around Waikato Uni; Auckland has appointed JWT NZ as its comms agency (Stop Press); Auckland District Law Society is concerned about govt proposals to reform university councils.

Stakeholders

  1. Careerforce… is hosting a conference on the health and support industry.
  2. Ed Tech Expert… Jennifer Carolan says NZ is an entrepreneurial hotspot for the education technology sector.
  3. Extras: Waikato held a Community Open Day; EIT holding free taster classes.

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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.
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