At UCOL we like sharing our campuses with our communities and appreciate the opportunity to play our part in community initiatives. For example, in Palmerston North, we have a three year partnership with Te Manawa Museum of Art Science and History; on our Wairarapa campus the Whakaoriori Marae is available for regular iwi use, and in Whanganui we are privileged to be able to share space on campus with Community Education Whanganui and Whanganui District Council.
We work closely with all local Councils in our region and enjoy contributing collaboratively to our shared visions, often jointly exploring innovative ideas and opportunities that benefit the whole Region.
Fostering positive connections with iwi and Māori communities across our regions and helping them achieve their economic, educational and cultural development goals helps achieve the best outcomes for our Māori students. Our students and staff appreciate the warm welcome extended to them by many Marae across the Region, enhancing their learning experience in a broader context. Our relationships with the iwi groups representing tāngata whenua across the UCOL rohe are developing and deepening. In 2014 we refreshed our Accord with Te Puna Mātauranga o Whanganui, and together with the Whanganui District Council we have formed a tripartite consortia to improve student achievement. Also in 2014 our formal relationship with Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated (Rangitāne) was re-signed.
To help with the successful transition from secondary school to tertiary study, UCOL actively works with local schools, particularly through Youth Transition, U-Skills Trades Academy, STAR and Taster programmes. We are always keen to connect with school principals, guidance officers and teachers and pupils to ease the secondary to tertiary experience.
Many businesses and community organisations support our students by offering scholarships year on year, and we are grateful for this ongoing support. These scholarships make a real difference and we encourage our communities to talk with us about the mutual benefits offering scholarships can bring.
UCOL is also a founding member of the New Zealand ORCID Consortium, a national approach to the Open Researcher and Contributor ID or ORCID platform. Through this membership we are able to more effectively share our research outcomes with our communities.