The Shaping Our Culture, Together project was officially launched on 4 June 2019 and is an opportunity for all University staff to be involved in choosing the values and culture we want to demonstrate and experience in our workplace.
The project was set up by the Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Group who want to ensure that the University of Otago is a place that is welcoming and supportive for all members of our community. How we treat each other at work reflects on us and contributes to the quality of what we achieve in our teaching, research, and support services.
The project includes:
- A survey of all staff and students starting in June 2019
- Staff workshops where professional and academic staff will come together to share experiences, listen to each other and create ideas of the values they share — all staff members were encouraged to attend
- Small workshops in September 2019 for students to share their experiences and the culture they would like to see within the University of Otago community
- The creation of learning and development activities, and improvement programmes that translate those agreed values into actions and policy
Early in 2020, the agreed values and a behaviour framework were approved by the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Group. These now form the Otago Staff Values: