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Leith-side picnic today to celebrate General Staff Day

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 9:16pm

Members of the University's general staff are invited to a Leith-side picnic lunch to celebrate General Staff Day today.

University of Otago general staff will picnic on the banks of the Leith River today to celebrate the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) organised General Staff Day.

The now annual day has been held for the past 10 years as a way of highlighting the importance of general staff and the work they do as part of the University community. Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne has once again agreed to support the day by allowing a two-hour lunch break for general staff to enable them to participate.

"General staff are at the heart of the University; we are the glue that holds the place together."

One of the organisers of this year’s event, TEU Committee Member Paul O’Donnell, says it is a valuable opportunity for general staff to get together in a positive environment, especially given the uncertainty being felt due to the Support Services Review.

“General staff are at the heart of the University; we are the glue that holds the place together. The chance for us to have a couple of hours with our colleagues – technicians, grounds staff, librarians, administrators, trades, security and more – is valued in the busy environment in which we work. General Staff Day provides this, and reminds us all of the important role we play in the functioning and life of the University.”

While staff will bring their own lunch, cake is being provided by the TEC, which can be taken back to share with colleagues who are unable to attend the event, he says.

If the weather is terrible, the picnic will be transferred to the Clubs and Society’s building on Albany Street. A decision will be made at 10am and an email sent to all staff if this is the case.