ENV Contribution to Association of Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) Conference

17 July 2013

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Rob Julian: Teaching science on the Thai border

The School’s professional staff played an active role in organising the 2013 Association of Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) Conference which was held in Wellington, on 4th and 5th July at Victoria University. School of Environment Manager Barbara May, who is chair of the ATEM Aoteoroa Region, one of six regions across Australia and New Zealand, chaired the conference.

ATEM is the largest tertiary professional development association across Australasia that is now attracting interest and membership from other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, England, and Papua New Guinea. The University of Auckland holds a Corporate membership plus a number of Individual memberships.

Barbara was responsible for the design and organisation of this biennial conference titled, ‘Triumph or Tragedy: building resilience in the tertiary sector’. Over 90 participants attended from tertiary institutions across New Zealand and Australia. Guest speakers include Mr Tim Fowler CEO of TEC, Sarah Trotman from AUT and Trustee of The Sir Peter Blake Trust, and Professor Jacqueline Rowarth from the University of Waikato.

Lynne Huxford ran an interactive workshop on customer service and delivered a creative presentation on customers’ experiences during positive and negative interactions with staff. Anna Marie Simcock and Dorothy Chung provided additional support before and during the two day conference alongside Victoria University administrative staff, while Louise Cotterall and Igor Drecki designed the images and created the conference documents and banner.