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R&R students win Prime Minister’s Scholarships

Congratulations to Hannah Gumbley and Cait Dowden who  received Prime Minister’s Scholarships on Monday night.


Hannah is a New Zealand Road Cyclist and Cait is an elite netballer and member of the Tactix National Development Squad.

Both are current students at UC, living at Rochester and Rutherford Hall.

Prime Minister’s Scholarships support athletes, coaches, support team members and officials to gain educational or professional qualifications while continuing in sport.

UC Science graduate wins scholarship to France

– Media Release from the New Zealand France Friendship Fund

The 2016 New Zealand France Friendship Fund Excellence Scholarship has been awarded to Benjamin Wilson from the University of Canterbury.

The 21-year-old student has been awarded $25,000 to do a PhD in synthetic chemistry at the University of Bordeaux and the University of Canterbury.

Benjamin has a First Class Honours degree from Canterbury University (BSc. (Hons) First Class). He achieved a maximum GPA of 9.00/9.00, ranking top of his class. He was last year awarded the Roper Scholarship for the top science student at Canterbury University.

A former Head Prefect of Shirley Boys’ High School, Benjamin was given direct entry into second year Chemistry in recognition of his outstanding academic performance in his final year at school.

Professor Paul Kruger of Canterbury University’s College of Science said Benjamin is the most gifted student he has taught in a 20-year academic career.

He has selected the CNRS Institutes of Bordeaux for its expertise and knowledge in the area of magneto-chemistry. Benjamin will be jointly supervised by Professor Paul Kruger (Canterbury) and Dr Rodolphe Clérac and Professor Corine Mathonière from the University of Bordeaux. It is hoped that the co-supervision arrangement will lead to ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.

In addition to his scientific studies, Benjamin studied French throughout high school and went on a school exchange to France, where he was stayed with a French family in the town of Bourges.

The New Zealand France Friendship Fund’s Excellence Scholarship was established in 2009 to support one New Zealand postgraduate student’s study at a PhD or Masters level in France. It is a reciprocal scholarship, and each year a postgraduate French student is given the opportunity to study in New Zealand.

UC student start-up Mallu

Meet new Christchurch start-up Mallu. This is not your average streetwear label, these guys are UC students and this is a social enterprise using only fairtrade fabrics! They showcased their tees at the UC Fairtrade Market.

We had a wee chat with them …

Who runs Mallu and what do you do at UC? We are Clive Antony (BA/LLB) – Sales and Marketing; Megan Gerrard (BCom) – Logistics and Operations; and Jess Langtry (BFA) – Creative.

You just launched your own fairtrade label, can you tell us a bit about that? Mallu is a fairtrade streetwear clothing label. We started with long-sleeve tees made from organic and fairtrade cotton. We import the tees and print our own designs on them, which follow the street fashion vibe of New Zealand. However, our business runs deeper than just producing clothes that make you look awesome! We’ve hooked up with a factory in India that only employs woman who have been taken out of the local sex trade.


What are your aims/ambitions with the business? We’d love to be able to provide a whole range of streetwear clothing and be a leader in filling the ethical streetwear gap in the market.

What or who inspired you guys to do this? Freeset Global is an organisation we partner with. Freeset is a fairtrade factory based in Kolkata, India, and their point of difference is that they only employ women who have been taken out of the local sex trade. They give them the choice to leave a trade they never chose in the first place. Freeset have a campaign to build a second factory, which will provide important community services to their employees. When our customers buy a Mallu t-shirt, $2 of every tee goes to the Freeset campaign fund.

That’s awesome! Why is Fairtrade important for you? Fairtrade is important to us because we all have a strong passion for sustainable business and social enterprise. Fairtrade allows us to start a business that does more than make our customers feel good about how they look, but also allows us to make a tangible difference to communities in developing countries

Any challenges in choosing to go the fairtrade route? PLENTY of challenges: suppliers  worldwide are extremely limited and due to the scarcity it makes it a lot more expensive.

In five/ten years’ time, what would you like to be doing? We would love Mallu to become a well established brand in New Zealand with a lot more products, which would allow us to be the the leading ethical alternative in the streetwear fashion scene.

Sketch Logo copyWant to know more about Mallu? Connect with Mallu through Facebook or Twitter.

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