News Tue 29/3 – SIT Housing. Not Your Average. Tauranga Sports.

Policy, Management & People

  1. SIT Housing Invercargill City Council is meeting this week to consider investing in housing for SIT students. Housing availability is tight down there, and may constrain student growth.
  2. Productivity The Productivity Commission’s Murray Sherwin is speaking about the tertiary education inquiry in a public lecture at Canterbury Uni next week.
  3. WITT AR The Taranaki Daily News covered WITT’s 2014 annual report, confirming that delays in its release were due to discussions over the accounting treatment of a repayment to TEC.
  4. RIP Kevin Smith Fairfax had an obituary for Kevin Smith, managing director of the NZ Institute of Fashion Technology.
  5. Wintec Death A person died at Wintec’s Rotokauri campus on Sunday – the death was referred to the coroner.
  6. Key Info Set TEC wants TEOs to check the Key Information Set for their qualifications. There’s no deadline on that page, and the process just seems to be getting started.
  7. Not Your Average…is the name of a new marketing initiative by BCITO starting today. They’ll be building an entertainment pod, using apprentices, at Auckland’s Sylvia Park Mall over 3 weeks.
  8. Otago Uni EFTS…were down 2.2% last year. The Uni also had more students disciplined, but cheating was down.
  9. 50 Years Sharon Cox has spent 50 years working at Massey.
  10. Future of Work Simon Collins at the NZ Herald explored skills issues arising from Labour’s Future of Work event.
  11. Bike Smash Canterbury’s Jarrod Gilbert was in a motorcycle crash – he had serious injuries but should be OK (RNZ).
  12. Waikato Building Waikato Uni is opening a flash new law school building (opinion piece).
  13. Old News Two old news releases (about enrolments and a Chinese delegation) about Whtireia made it into Thursaday’s news post.

Research & Innovation

  1. Quakes Canterbury Uni’s Prof Brendon Bradley will receive an international earthquake engineering prize next month.
  2. CoRE Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga had the first meeting of its new board last week.


  1. Triggers The cover of student magazine Massive sparked a debate on trigger warnings.


  1. Tauranga Sports Waikato Uni is apparently paying $1.3m for naming rights and other aspects of a new Tauranga performance sports training centre. Meanwhile, BOPP is now a member of the Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network.
  2. Skill Shortages WelTec’s Caryn Ellis commented in a story on chef skill shortages. The Primary ITO has apparently supported keeping beef and cattle farming on the skill shortages list.
  3. Artbox CPIT Aoraki has taken on responsibility for a temporary exhibition space, Artbox.

Teaching & Learning

  1. Fashion Whitecliffe College of Art and Design has a new Masters major in fashion and sustainability.
  2. Imagine Cup Auckland Uni students have won the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition with a platform to link home chefs with consumers (Newshub, media release, NZ Herald).
  3. Workplace Literacy Spasifik profiled a visit by a Singaporean delegation to a workplace literacy programme.
  4. NCEA Driving Fairfax had a long piece on the inclusion of driving test results in NCEA.
  5. Males in ECE Fairfax profiled 3 male students at Vision College.
  6. Prison Dogs MIT subsidiary Mahurangi technical Institute is teaching prisoners to train dogs.

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