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Universities closed by earthquake

Posted in Life with tags on 23 February 2011 by Steve

“Two of New Zealand’s universities have been closed by the earthquake that caused deaths and serious damage in the city of Christchurch this week. Both institutions, the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, got off relatively lightly in the 6.3 magnitude quake that struck the city just before 13h00 on Tuesday local time …” (more)

[John Gerritsen, University World News, 23 February]


2 Universities in New Zealand Cope With Earthquake Damage

Posted in Life with tags on 7 September 2010 by Steve

“As powerful aftershocks continued to rattle southeastern New Zealand on Tuesday, University of Canterbury officials tallied up the damage Saturday’s earthquake did to one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most important collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. The 7.1-strength earthquake, which struck 25 miles west of the city of Christchurch, on New Zealand’s southern island, toppled buildings through the country’s second-largest city …” (more)

[Marion Lloyd, Chronicle of Higher Education, 7 September]

The first-year experience – from the academic’s point of view

Posted in teaching with tags on 7 July 2010 by Steve

“… Then the discussion got really interesting. How much attention should we pay to the NCEA ie to systems of assessment used in schools – & also to their curriculum? How helpful is it for our students if we use those systems (or something similar)? Can we change the way we teach & assess our students, given that there’s likely to be more experiential learning – & assessment of that learning – going on in your average secondary school classroom than you’d see in many first-year lecture rooms & laboratories? And should we? …” (more)

[Talking Teaching, 7 July]

Universities raise entry requirements

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 6 June 2010 by Steve

“Some of New Zealand’s eight universities are raising their entry requirements to try to control student numbers. The universities have found themselves in a difficult position since the recession struck because it prompted more people to seek a university education. But the government has made no change to its strict limits on enrolments …” (more)

[John Gerritsen, University World News, 6 June]

Being an academic – some days it’s like herding cats

Posted in teaching with tags on 24 April 2010 by Steve

“I’ve had one of those weeks. Actually, I’ve had one of those semesters … You know, where you are running just to stay in one place. Sometimes I think an academic’s life is a bit like herding cats. This post isn’t intended as a whinge, but more a consideration of all the demands on our time – maybe you can weigh in on how best to balance them? …” (more)

[Talking Teaching, 24 April]

Student sells virginity to pay fees

Posted in Life with tags on 4 February 2010 by Steve

“A New Zealand teenager who auctioned her virginity online for £20,000 to raise tuition money did not break any laws but it might be risky for her to follow through on the deal, police warned. The anonymous 19-year-old student offered her virginity to the highest bidder on under the name ‘Unigirl’, saying she would use the money to pay for her tuition …” (more)

[Independent, 3 February]

Research expectations being set

Posted in research with tags , , on 31 May 2009 by Steve

New Zealand“Slack academics will be in the spotlight under research standards being developed at Canterbury University. Vice-chancellor Rod Carr said the university aimed to set minimum research output levels for academics. Those not performing could not reasonably expect to continue their work at the university, he said. ‘Academic staff who consistently fail to produce a minimum of, say, four pieces of quality assured research outputs in a three-year period cannot be assured of continuing support of the university,’ Carr said in a report to the university council yesterday …” (more)

[Rebecca Todd, The Press, 28 May]