Welcome to Whanganui UCOL
Whanganui UCOL (Matapihi ki te Ao) is the overarching name given by Whanganui iwi to this new tertiary education centre. It means Window of Opportunity to the World – a name chosen because it encompasses all people and reflects the opportunities education can bring.
Indeed, the opportunities to be offered here – now and in the future – are very special. This campus provides an unparalleled opportunity to study in state-of- the-art facilities, in a mix of architecturally designed or restored heritage buildings, constructed with environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.
The Michael Payne Centre is the main campus building on Rutland Street.
The Henry D Bennett Centre (formerly the Backhouse building) houses the School of Fine Arts and the Whanganui School of Design.
The Edith Collier Centre houses the Quay School of the Arts.
The Clarrie Pearson Centre, once the old County Council Building, is now our student block.
The John W. Scott Learning Hub, in the Michael Payne Centre, contains our Library and brilliant new learning centre where students can – literally arrange things, including the furniture – to suit themselves.
Whanganui UCOL has a team of skilled, creative and professional staff - both academic and support staff that are committed to the success of the community and of New Zealand.
The campus is the base for Whanganui’s groundbreaking and award winning tertiary education partnership, the Whanganui Tertiary Education Collaborative Venture .
The venture won the 2009 award for Successful Cooperation – working successfully with other education providers, the community or industry - in annual awards by the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand (ITP New Zealand).
The Whanganui venture is a New Zealand first in the tertiary education sector, in which a government-funded institution (UCOL), private providers and support agencies, such as Career Services, StudyLink and Work and Income New Zealand, work together to improve outcomes for students.
Introducing Julia Pedley
Julia has a strong background as an academic and manager and has worked in the tertiary education sector for a number of years. Before being appointed as Principal/Executive Dean of Whanganui UCOL, Julia held the position of Programme Director – International Programmes, a role in which she used her skills and experience to assist in developing new offshore business opportunities for UCOL.
As Principal/Executive Dean of Whanganui UCOL, Julia is also involved with the Whanganui Tertiary Education Collaborative (WTEC) with other tertiary providers and support agencies in the wider Whanganui region.
Before joining UCOL, Julia was Director of the Dispute Resolution Centre at Massey University, providing vision, strategic leadership and management for the academic and operational development of the Centre. She has also been a Senior Lecturer at Massey University and also served as a University Proctor and University Mediator.
Julia holds an LLB (Hons) from Sheffield University in the United Kingdom, an MBS (Hons) from Massey University and is a Fellow in both Arbitration and Mediation with the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institution of New Zealand Inc.
16 Rutland Street, Whanganui
Private Bag 3020, Whanganui
06 965 3800 or 0800 GO UCOL (0800 46 8264)