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Information for new academics

If you are new to the University or new to teaching, these topics might make life a little easier.

Welcoming new staff

Vice Chancellor's Pōwhiri

The Vice-Chancellor’s Pōwhiri is a unique opportunity to be formally welcomed to the University. The ceremony takes place at the Waipapa Marae where staff will experience the culture and history of the Waipapa Taumata Rau.

Silk Road: onboarding process

SilkRoad is the University’s onboarding process for new staff appointments. The process is designed to provide a tailored welcome experience to staff and reduce the time taken to get up to speed.


Canvas LMS

Canvas is the University’s Learning Management System.

Learning technologies to support teaching

Please view our catalogue of University supported tools for teaching and learning.

Licensed software

Staff have access to software for both their personal computer (work-at-home software) or a University-owned PC. These are available either via a self-service portal or by request.

Day to day

Lecture theatres and teaching rooms

Information about lecture theatre recordings, streaming live lectures, timetabling and room bookings, AV support, and incident reporting.

Student support services

Find out what services are available to students to point them in the right direction when they ask for help.

Te reo Māori

Staff might like to become familiar with some of the commonly used words in the Māori language.

Kuputaka is a glossary of Te Reo Māori terms. Te Aka, the Māori dictionary, can help you with with pronunciation.

The Te Kūaha mobile app provides you with an introduction to basic te reo and Māori protocol, including a template to write your pepeha – a form of introducing yourself in te reo.

Developing your teaching

Capability Development Programme

Organisational Development (OD) offer professional development opportunities for both Academic and Professional staff. Find out how to browse the catalogue through Career Tools.

Checklist for teachers

Reflecting and planning are essential aspects in preparation for teaching any course. This checklist can be used as a guide to help teachers prepare for teaching.

Academic integrity

Tips and guidelines to help you incorporate principles of academic integrity into your courses.


Share ideas with colleagues. Connect through communities of interest/practice, and learn about the contributions of others through learning and teaching symposia.

Academic Development and Performance Review (ADPR)

The ADPR process supports academic staff in their career development through regular discussions.

Peer review of teaching

To support an application for continuation and promotion, there is an expectation that all academic staff will have their teaching formally observed at least once in the first two years at the University, and that all teachers engage in regular informal observation of colleagues and have their own teaching observed throughout their career.

Our guide for peer review of teaching describes the process and provides suggestions for having your teaching reviewed.

Supervising research candidates

Ex doctoral candidates will know what it means to be supervised, and at some stage in your teaching career you may want to become a supervisor yourself. Please check out these links to see what’s involved and where to find support.

Faculty intranets (learning and teaching)

Faculty intranets

Financial matters


Concur Expense Management is the University’s system for managing work-related reimbursement.


Salary levels for academic staff can be viewed on the Staff Intranet.

Learning and teaching policies

Policy Hub

The Policy Hub provides key relevant policies relating to (among other things) learning and teaching, academic conduct and quality, assessment, and postgraduate research.

Page updated 23/06/2023 (updated peer review of teaching)

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