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Rhodes Scholarship information evening – 24 May

Rhodes Scholarship Information Evening
Thursday 24 May, 6pm-7.30pm
Ernest Rutherford 141

The Rhodes Scholarship Information Evening is for UC and Lincoln University students intending to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University, who are interested in finding out more about the Rhodes Scholarship and the application process.

This is an opportunity for prospective applicants to access information, ask questions and gain some first-hand knowledge from current Rhodes Scholars.

The session will also be informative for students contemplating applying for a Rhodes Scholarship in the future.
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Scholarships – important update

Are you thinking about applying for a scholarship, or have you started an application online?

You can find plenty of information about different scholarships and how to apply here>

Please note though, the online application page is undergoing maintenance.If you have already started a scholarship application please contact scholarships@canterbury.ac.nz or phone 0800 VARSITY (827 748) or +64 3 369 3999. 

Scholarship application forms will be online soon.

 

Restoring Māori literacy narratives

Recipient of the prestigious Brownlie Scholarship Melissa Derby (Ngāti Ranginui) hopes that her research makes a difference in the lives of the children participating in her study. She also hopes they will find enjoyment in reading just like she did as a child.

Melissa Derby

A student at the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te RāngaAko me te Hauora, Melissa’s whānau inspired in her a lifelong passion for reading which, in turn, means this project holds a special place in her heart.

Working with bilingual children – specifically te reo Māori and English – Melissa has co-constructed a literacy programme designed to support phonological awareness (the ability to hear and decode sounds in words) and vocabulary knowledge. Both skills are widely recognised as being key predictors of children’s later success in reading and writing.

With one in three children unable to meet National Standards for Year One reading and one in four unable to meet National Standards for Year One writing, Melissa hopes to give early recognition for those who may fall behind in order to give them the best possible start.

“Once children fall behind, it can be difficult to recover their skills, and this may have implications for their experiences and outcomes during their formal schooling and beyond,” she says.

“We know what skills children need to be strong in before they learn to read so I am very happy to be employing a strengths-based approach in my study, where I am working with pre-school children to develop their skills so that they start primary school with the best possible chance of success in reading and writing.”

“It is my hope that my research makes a difference in the lives of the children who are participating in my study, and that they will find enjoyment in reading just like I did as a child.”

“My thesis is also unfolding as a platform to promote global human rights and self-determination particularly of Indigenous groups. I argue that literacy is a human right that is key to accessing other human rights associated with health and wellbeing, community engagement, cultural imperatives, and lifelong learning.”

Melissa has given her thesis, which is part of the A Better Start National Science Challenge, the working title of Ko te kai a te rangatira he kōrero: Restoring Māori literacy narratives to create contemporary stories of success.

Her supervisors are Gail Gillon and Angus Macfarlane, who she calls “the biggest draw card to UC” having long-admired his work in Māori communities and schools.

Prior to her work at UC, Melissa obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Māori Resource Management from Victoria University of Wellington, a Master of Arts in Māori Development (First Class Honours, Dean’s List for Exceptional Theses) from AUT University and she holds a Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Studies from Columbia University, New York.