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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 Base Camp – Generate Purchase Orders (90 minutes)

Unimarket is our fully integrated virtual purchasing system. Staff who have purchasing responsibilities (i.e. buyers and approvers) use Unimarket to raise, and approve purchase orders. This practical session covers:

  • Introduction to the Purchase and Finance Manual, for help and support
  • A practical tour of how to use Unimarket, and an overview of purchasing process from A to Z
  • How to raise a request to purchase (i.e. a requisition)
  • How to search for suppliers and products using category tags
  • How to ‘receive’ goods in Unimarket and what this means
  • Raising travel requisitions
  • Using the justification field, adding attachments, and shipping costs

PCard Base Camp - for Cardholders & Approvers (60 minutes)

PCard is the University corporate credit card. Staff use the supporting financial system to code and details their transactions, and submit these for approval. This session covers:

  • Introduction to the PCard Manual, policies, and terms and conditions of use
  • Who to contact for help:
  • How to code transactions in the system, and the importance of using quality transactions descriptions
  • How and why approvers approve transactions, and using the ‘Request More Information’ feature in the system

PCard Practical – The Cash Advance Reconciliation Process (30 minutes)

This practical session guides users through the system requirements to complete a cash reconciliation, including coding expenses, coding unused money, and calculating foreign exchange losses. For the ‘how to’ full guide, refer to the Cash Advance Reconciliation section in the appendix of the PCard Manual.

Paperless Accounts Payable Forum (60 to 90 minutes)

Purchase orders and supplier invoices are automatically matched by our auto matching process, but sometimes things don’t always match. The Paperless AP system helps the University match invoices and purchase orders when they need human assistance in order to get them approved and paid. This is a practical session, and uses live examples. Aspects covered include:

  • Overview of Paperless AP, how the system works
  • The Buyer role, and Approver role
  • Working through live user examples, issues, and problems
  • Opportunity to discuss issues users face in Paperless AP

Managing a Budget (3 hours)

This session is designed to help staff understand how the University of Waikato manages its finances. The session includes how to access, and use financial information and tools, and provides you with an opportunity to ask questions to help our community better understand our financial systems. These sessions are run when there are sufficient participants (normally once each year), so contact Mike Bell directly to arrange a convenient time.

Bespoke Workshop for staff who travel and book travel (45 minutes, held on campus)

The purpose of this workshop facilitated by Orbit is to provide a holistic understanding as to why the University uses a Travel Management Company (TMC). The workshop will cover the breadth of services the TMC provides, from its core service of managing bookings for individual travellers, groups, conferences and event travel, through to the University’s preferred contracts; ranging from airlines, rental vehicles, shuttles, accommodation, global assistance services etc. Orbit will also cover what is Duty of Care, including what happens during an emergency incident and the technology utilised. Time is set aside for questions and to get to know Orbit. Focusing on travellers and travel bookers or a combination. Contact to arrange a convenient time.

We also offer 1 to 2 hour sessions to faculty/divisions who are seeking more of a team approach to their training. Session content can include general ‘Base Camp’ material, in addition to other specific topics requested at time of booking. Contact to discuss a customised session.

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.

Please click here to access the Registration Form

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

Calendar Event Colour Code:   POD  TDU  WCEL  ITS  FSD  RPG  LIB

[Note: POD=Professional and Orgnaisational Development Unit; TDU=Teaching Development Unit; WCEL=Waikato Centre for eLearning; ITS=Information and Technology Services; FSD=Financial Services Division; RPG=Research Postgraduate Supervision; LIB=Library]

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:
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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:

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