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Teaching Workshops

The Teaching Development Unit (TDU) offers a range of workshops to assist teachers to develop teaching capability and better understand University of Waikato processes. More...

Teaching Network

The network is a group of University staff who meet approximately six weekly to contribute to discussions around aspects of teaching practice. More...

Visiting Academics

From time to time the TDU sponsors visiting academics who make presentations on various aspects of teaching practice. More...

Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching

The Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCert(TertTchg)) programme is designed for tertiary teachers who wish to develop their own teaching and gain a formal teaching qualification. More...

Teaching Portfolio Guidelines

Documenting one’s teaching is an important aspect of developing a culture which accords teaching equal status with research. While academia has well recognised processes for recognising quality research, it is far more difficult to find broadly acceptable ways of documenting and celebrating good teaching. More...

eLearning & Moodle

The Waikato Centre for eLearning (WCeL - pronounced whistle) provides support for teachers working in Moodle and other electronic learning spaces. They also support a growing range of other technologies which can assist student learning. More...

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Research Development

We are currently working on a University of Waikato Research Development Programme. Details will become available soon.

Research Mentoring

As part of our mentoring programme we encourge senior, experienced researchers to assist new and emerging researchers through sharing their knowledge and experience. Mentors need not come from the same discipline as mentoring is about encouraging self-reflection and action for personal professional development. More...

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Postgraduate Supervision Conversations

In partnership with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Postgraduate), the Teaching Development conducts a series of informal conversations on Postgraduate Supervision. More...

Resources for Postgraudate Supervisors

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ICT, Computing and Digital Literacy

WCEL offer a range of general Information Communication Technology (ICT) workshops when there is enough interest. We also have access to a large number of self-paced learning modules on which cover a wide range of computing applications and aspects of ICT. Our digital literacy workshops are tailored to explore ways of working effectively in today's technology rich environment. More...

eLearning & Moodle

The Waikato Centre for eLearning (WCEL) provides support for staff to achieve excellence in teaching, learning, research and administration using technologies. WCEL support a number of technologies including Moodle, Panopto and GoogleApps. More...

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The University views the core values of manaakitanga (hospitality) and whanaungatanga (community) as essential to the way we lead and manage staff and these are reflected in a strong sense of belonging and common purpose coupled with people friendly processes and practices. All new staff (on greater than two year appointments) are expected to have a personal induction programme, developed in collaboration with their line manager. While some centrally provided induction takes place, which all new staff are expected to attend (Introductory Sessions and Kanohi ki te Kanohi, for instance), it must be recognised that most of the process occurs at a local level, usually on the job. The following links can assist new staff and their managers to develop an appropriate induction programme to meet individual needs.

Information about Induction for New Staff

Every new staff member has different, and sometimes unique, induction needs. This may be due to personal factors (such as being new to New Zealand, particular family commitments, a special workplace need, etc.) or previous experience factors (have worked in the University or a similar role already, already know most of your colleagues, etc.). It is therefore important that each new staff member's induction programme be tailored to meet their individual needs. It also means that it is impossible to anticipate or accommodate every need, so individuals must recognise that they have responsibility for their own induction programmes. More...

Information about Induction for Line Managers

Some suggestions to help you provide a welcoming environment for new staff, adequate on-the-job training and support, and establish good communication and positive, professional work relationships. More...

Introductory Session for New Staff

This half day session which covers a range of information about the University - particularly health and safety policies and practices and occupational overuse awareness. More...

Kanohi ki te Kanohi

Kanohi ki te Kanohi literally means face to face, but a more accurate English title for this session would be Knowledge Connections. This is an opportunity to encounter Māori protocols and culture directly and to develop a better understanding of important issues for a bicultural organisation commited to the Treaty of Waitangi. More...

Waikato Staff Experience Morning Tea

This 90 minute expo-style event has been designed to provide new staff with a wide range of information about various university services and units. Offered only once each year (usually in August) it is a great opportunity to newtwork and develop a deeper understanding of how the University works.

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Leadership and Management

We have developed a Leadership and Management Model which underpins our Leadership and Management Development Programme. This programme currently consists of the following elements:

Currently under development is a Kaitiaki Programme for New and Emergent Leaders. More information will be provided once it is available.

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Unimarket Purchasing Training for New Users (aka BaseCamp Training)

B Block, Ground Floor Conference Room 24 (BG24)

This 1 hour session is for staff who are responsible for purchasing (buyers and approvers) and may be:

  1. new to the University,
  2. a new user of UniMarket,
  3. simply be after a refresher

The session covers:

  • Overview of UniMarket, what it is and what it can do for you
  • Help Links and Support Features
  • How to raise a request for purchase
  • How to search for products (by supplier and category)
  • How to receipt goods
  • Travel Requisitions in UniMarket (purchasing, expiry, and cancelling orders / manual close)
  • How to add attachments to your purchase requisition
  • Shipping/freight costs
  • Using the Request For Quote option (RFQ)
  • Procurement Policy
  • Question and Answer time

Register for this workshop via so we know you plan to attend.
Note: a minimum number of 5 people are required at training sessions, otherwise training mat be postponed.

Unimarket Purchasing Training – Special Group Bookings (aka Customised UM)

B Block, Ground Floor Conference Room 24 (BG24), or at your workspace.

This 1 to 1.5 hour session is for staff who are responsible for purchasing (buyers and approvers) and you would like your team to attend training for the UniMarket environment as a group. This training is ideal if you and your colleagues would like to attend the session together, and content can be customised to your needs. Sign up today!

Contact directly to request a booking and we will be in touch to build your customised session to meet your team’s requirements.
Note: a minimum number of 5 people are required to secure a Customised UM session. The content can include BaseCamp material (as above) in addition to particular topics advised at time of booking.

Spendvision (PCard) Training for Cardholders (sessions to be re-ignited in September 2013)

This 1 hour session will cover the following:

  • Introduction to the PCard Guidelines
  • Responsibilities and privileges of having a PCard
  • Overview of the PCard, Travel, and Rental Vehicle policies
  • PCard Terms & Conditions
  • How to code transactions using Spendvision
  • Practical section on the Cash Advance Reconciliation Process
  • The importance of using quality transactions descriptions
  • Who to contact for help:

Spendvision (PCard) Training for Approvers (sessions to be re-ignited in September 2013)

This 1 hour session will cover the following:

  • Introduction to the PCard Guidelines Manual
  • Responsibilities of approving PCard transactions
  • PCard Terms & Conditions
  • The importance of using quality transactions descriptions
  • How to approve transactions and Request More Information in Spendvision
  • Overview of the PCard, Travel, and Rental Vehicle policies
  • Who to contact for help:

Paperless Accounts Payable (PAP) Training for Staff

This 90 minute to 2 hour session is for staff who are responsible for processing or approving invoices, they may be either new to the University or new to our Paperless AP system. The session covers:

  • Overview of the Business Process
  • Overview of Paperless AP
  • The Buyers Role
  • The Approvers Role

Paperless Accounts Payable (PAP) User Forum - Practical

This 60 minute session is for staff who are responsible for processing invoices through Paperless AP, they may be either new to the University, or new / current users of Paperless AP. This forum style is designed to be a practical and hands-on session, working through live examples from users. The session covers:

  • Working through actual and existing examples that users have
  • Provides an opportunity to discuss issues that users are facing in Paperless AP

Managing a Budget

This three hour session helps you understand how the University of Waikato manages its finances. The session includes how to access, understand, and use financial information and tools, and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions to help you better understand the system. These sessions are run on request, so contact Mike Bell directly to arrange a convenient time for all parties.

Unless otherwise indicated all sessions will be listed in the PD Calendar of Events when available [close this window to view].

Human Resources

Āku Mahi

We have developed a Guide to Āku Mahi booklet which covers eveything you need to know about the system

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Kaupapa Māori

Resource links and information may be found on the Te Kōwhao web pages.

Professional Development Registration Form

Please note that you must register for planned sessions as there are often minimum/maximum number, catering and/or other assoicated administrative requirements.

Your Name:
Your Email:
Session Name:
Session Date:

For Teaching Development Unit (TDU) Events please use the TDU Registration Form.

Calendar Event Colour Code:   POD  TDU  WCEL  ITS  FSD

Professional Development Request Form

Please use this form to request professional development in areas where there are currently no planned activities. Note that minimum numbers are normally required before an event will be arranged.

Your Name:
Your Email:

What do you want to know more about?

    Increasing my digital literacy capability
    How to get the most out of Google
    Working smarter with technology
    Developing my leadership
    How to get the most from my PGS
    Teaching online
    How to engage with my students online
    How to engage students with blended learning
    Flipped classroom teaching
    Collaborating online
    How to set up an online forum
    How to set up a mentoring group
    Developing as a mentor
    Managing change
    Conflict and negotiation at work
    Effective communication at work
    How to make more effective use of appraisals
    How to organise a sound work/life balance
    Building networks
    Managing work priorities as a new academic

I want to know about something not listed:

                                                        Note that minimum numbers are required

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