At UCOL we embrace diversity through our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and our Te Atakura programme, an organisation-wide approach to promoting ōritetanga through relationships-based learning. We also embrace talent and performance, and provide staff with an extensive range of opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally, and personally. Providing an environment where individuals can develop their lives and careers is at the heart of what we do, and this is as true for our staff as our students. At UCOL we believe that our Te Atakura model can support and improve Māori educational achievement.
UCOL is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining capable staff who are passionate, creative, future-focused, and dedicated to meeting the needs of our learners and community partners. Our employees come from a wide range of backgrounds - some from within industry who have now moved into the teaching environment, and others with an already existing academic background. They are specialists and researchers in their fields, as well as passionate ambassadors for UCOL. We ensure that they are well supported to do this.
UCOL staff have the relevant skills and expertise to excel at their job and teaching staff are supported by a Te Atakura coach. We provide learning and development opportunities for staff and, where appropriate, qualification opportunities to support their growing careers. UCOL staff embrace the value of Manaakitanga – caring for staff and students as human beings, connected to their own vibrant cultures, within a supportive environment.
We have around 500 staff working across our campuses, employed in academic and general positions, who really care about the success of UCOL.