Current work


March 2017

Review of approaches to lifting sector literacy and numeracy teaching capability

The Tertiary Education Commission has contracted Heathrose Research to review their approaches to supporting the sector to build its literacy and numeracy teaching capability. The TEC note it is timely to re-assess the approach because:

  • the literacy and numeracy educational and policy context has evolved significantly since 2009, as have the needs of educators and TEOs
  • the approach needs to be strategic, sustainable and align to the TEC Investment Approach work.

The review will include sector feedback and key findings are expected to be reported to the sector later in the year.

University student wellbeing and experience

Recreational sport and fitness services are a feature of New Zealand university student services and are important in supporting student wellbeing. We are assisting a university to consult with their students on what’s important in the design of future services. We are also involved with the development of a five-year strategy to enhance student experience across the university.

Parental leave – Sept conference, Prague

Parental leave policy has long been an area of interest for Heathrose. We are collaborating in the preparation of a conference paper for the International Parental Leave Seminar to be held in Prague in September 2017. The paper aims to consider three areas that pose challenges for policy makers: the rates of payment, responsiveness to more flexible employment patterns and the diversity of family arrangements.

Masters in Social Policy

Heather has recently completed her Masters in Social Policy. She looked at early policy development in sexual violence in New Zealand. As a result, she is now assisting with analysis of a national survey of tertiary students on this issue, and has been appointed to the Board of SAPN – the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network.