UC shines in PBRF results

This week’s 2018 Performance-based Research Fund (PBRF) results reinforced UC’s position as a strong, research-led institution which, in the years following the Waitaha Canterbury earthquakes, has remained focused on core disciplines while nurturing research capabilities.

The University ranked in the top three in over half of the subject areas assessed, receiving an overall AQS(S) ranking of third in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

UC ranked first in four subject areas*.

  • Ecology, evolution and behaviour
  • Marketing and tourism
  • Political science, international relations and public policy
  • Public health

*UC ranked first in three subject areas in 2012

UC ranked second in five subject areas:

  • Agriculture and other applied biological sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering and technology
  • Foreign languages and linguistics
  • Music, literary arts and other arts

UC ranked third in six subject areas:

  • Law
  • Economics
  • Management, human resources, industrial relations and other businesses
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Visual arts and crafts

Congratulations to all Colleges, Schools and Departments recognised in this year’s results.

For more on the 2018 PBRF results, click here>


The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844-1846 brings to life a crucial period in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand, when European settlers were mixing with Māori, giving compelling insight into Māori customs, values and beliefs of the time, from a French perspective.

The book is the first full English translation of the surviving Mangakāhia journals and letters of French Marist priest Father Antoine Garin, who was sent to run the remote Mangakāhia station on the banks of the Wairoa River.

The three years of Garin’s diary have been translated into English and annotated by Peter Tremewan and Giselle Larcombe, making this valuable primary source accessible to historians and general readers.

“I discovered some of his writings in Rome and Giselle wrote a biography on him in 2009. All his writing was in French, of course. Over the course of four to five years, we translated his diaries covering 1844-1846 so that English speakers can benefit from these resources,” Tremewan says.

To be in to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own collection, simply answer the following question:

  • Which Northland river was the Mangakāhia mission station on the banks of?

Please email your answer to universitypress@canterbury.ac.nz by 12 noon Wednesday 8 May.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced in the Insider’s Guide to UC | Tūpono news letter on Friday 10 May.