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Celebrating Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr

Following his election to the Royal Society (UK) earlier this year, UC’s Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr, a College of Science alumnus, was formally admitted as a Royal Society Fellow on 12 July.

Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr signing the admissions book
Canterbury Distinguished Professor Kerr shaking hands with Royal Society President , Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Photos courtesy of The Royal Society (UK)

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UC alumna Brianne West and Ethique win Exporter of the Year award

Kiwi brand Ethique has won  Exporter of the Year to the USA (medium business) at the recent 2019 AmCham-DHL Success & Innovation Awards.

Ethique, founded by UC Science alumna Brianne West, is an award-winning international beauty brand. They create environment-friendly shampoo and conditioner bars and have been saving millions of plastic bottles from heading to landfill.

The awards are run by the American Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand and celebrate success and innovation for companies doing business with the USA.

Ethique is also a finalist at the upcoming 2019 Westpac Champion Business Awards. 

Brianne West, founder of Ethique

UC Graduates announced in Super Rugby Squads for 2019

A big congratulations to all current and students and graduates who have made Super Rugby teams  

Braydon Ennor and Will Jordan have been named as two new outside backs into the 2019 Crusaders squad.

Current student Reed Prinsep, who is currently studying Commerce and Law, will be playing for the Hurricanes next season.

The University of Canterbury has a proud history of producing high quality graduates and Crusaders star Ben Funnell and Luke Whitelock are no exception.

Crusaders hooker Funnell is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate, and will be playing for the Crusaders next season, while Whitelock completed a Bachelor of Commerce in management and will be back playing for the Highlanders in 2019.

Whitelock will be joined by James Lentjes who is a BSc graduate. Matt Mould’s another BSc graduate will be playing for the Blues next season.

Funnell, who majored in accounting and taxation, says he chose to study at UC because of the ability to have a good balance of study and sport.

“I saw Christchurch as having a good environment for sport and also the academic side at Canterbury – there was a good life balance between sport, studies and student life.”

“It has opened up a different way of thinking when you come to look at different problems. You have background knowledge and you have an advantage over people when you have that background.”

Funnell’s advice to students is to make sure you know what you want to do when planning a degree.

“Make sure that you have a good study/life balance and base your degree around what your dream job would be,” says Funnell.