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Associate Professor Ekant Veer receives a Sustained Excellence award

He has done it again! UC academic, teaching and wellbeing champion Associate Professor Ekant Veer won New Zealand tertiary teaching excellence honours in a ceremony at Parliament this week.

Associate Professor Ekant Veer of the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship  received a Sustained Excellence award from Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Presented by Hon Chris Hipkins, the Minister of Tertiary Education, 10 Sustained Excellence awards were presented, including two under the Kaupapa Māori category.  All Sustained Excellence winners receive $20,000 and a certificate.



This follows his being awarded the UC Teaching medal last year>
earlier this year he was named among the world’s top 40 business professors under 40>

More about the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards>

Staff of the Year Award winners

On Friday, 23 September, the Staff of the Year Awards ceremony was held at the UCSA Event Centre.

These awards celebrate all staff at UC who make a difference in students’ lives.

Congratulations to the winners and to UCSA for their efforts with this event.

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  • Lecturer of the Year (Grand Award): Alessandro Palermo (pictured above)
  • Administrator of the Year: Annie Homewood
  • Technical Staff of the Year: Garry Cotton
  • Supervisor of the Year: Una Cunningham
  • Lecturer of the Year – College of Business and Law: Steve Agnew
  • Lecturer of the Year – College of Engineering: Alessandro Palermo
  • Lecturer of the Year – College of Arts: Mike Grimshaw
  • Lecturer of the Year – College of Science: Ian Shaw
  • Lecturer of the Year – College of Science: Travis Horton
  • Lecturer of the Year – College of Education: David Winter
  • Great Character of the Year: Alessandro Palermo
  • Guiding Hand of the Year: Nicki Dabner
  • Pink Cardigan Award: Christina Stachurski
  • Phylogenetic Tree Queen Award: Tammy Steeves
  • Sharpest Hog of the Hedge Award: Heidi Quinn
  • Greatest Fruitburst Thrower Award: Richard Lobb


Join the Sustainability Awards Ceremony this Friday (23 Sept)

awards logoIt’s really important that we recognise and reward the efforts of students and staff in our UC community who are going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to sustainability. Hence the Fourth Annual UC Sustainability Awards ceremony, which is happening this week as part of UC Eco Week!

At the Sustainability Office, we’ve been amazed by the fantastic nominations we received for students, staff and the wider community.

Ranging from programmes to make use of office resources better, bringing students together around green actions, to sustainable building construction, and stepping out on the international stage with sustainability policy and research. The nominations tell a powerful collective story about how much we, as a university community, care about people and planet.

The awards ceremony takes place on:

When: Friday 23 September, 5.30-6.30pm
Where: Undercroft 101

It’s a great moment to celebrate the successes and efforts of some fantastic people, and all are welcome. We’d love to see you there.

For more information about the event, see here. For more background to the Sustainability Awards visit this link.Eco Week snippit 2The Sustainability Awards Ceremony is part of UC Eco Week 2016, which runs from 19-24 September 2016. Eco Week is a festival of events that celebrates and promotes what you can do for the environment, your community and your life.  Events still to come:

Thursday: Tiny House Tour. Booked out at the moment, but ring 03 364 2025 if you would like to be placed on the waiting list! 1.30pm–4 pm. Also: Cowspiracy screening (by VCUC), Kirkwood Village 6pm-8pm
Friday: Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Undercroft 101, 5.30pm-6.30pm
Saturday: Sustaina-ball. Bentley’s, 7.30pm – late.                                 Sunday: Drayton Reserve Volunteer afternoon (by Geosoc), 2-4pm.

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