The skies above UC’s Mt John Observatory in the heart of the South Island are blessed with thousands of glittering constellations, as far as the eye can see.
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Congratulations to Emeritus Professor John Burrows, ONZM, QC who has been made a Companion of the Order (CNZM) in the 2017 New Year Honours. His honour comes three years after he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
Emeritus Professor Burrows was appointed the Chair of the New Zealand Flag Consideration Panel in February 2015 and led the Panel throughout the flag consideration project. Professor Burrows’ chairmanship was notable for its professionalism, and for his careful and considered approach and commitment to delivering an inclusive process resulting in significant public engagement.
He is a UC law lecturer, author, former member of the Law Commission, and was co-chairman of the Panel which reviewed the New Zealand constitution in 2012 and 2013.
Read his full citation here and see who else received a CNZM
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Congratulations to Dr David Mitchell, Adjunct Professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development who was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year’s Honours List:
Dr Mitchell’s citation for services to education reads:
Dr David Mitchell is a world leader in the field of inclusive education and has held a wide range of international appointments, including various visiting professor and research fellow appointments, speaker at a range of international conferences, and various UNESCO consultancies.
Dr Mitchell’s UNESCO consultancies have primarily focused on inclusive education and the development of education for children with special needs in countries such as India, China, Thailand, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan among others. His book ‘What Really Works in Special Education: Using Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies’ (2008 and 2014) has been published in six languages and is in high demand. He has published more than 200 works across books, book chapters, journal articles and reports and has delivered more than 130 papers at conferences in New Zealand and internationally.
He has been a long-standing member of the editorial boards of six international special education/disability journals. Within New Zealand he was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Special Education, which steered the development and implementation of the foundation special education policy ‘Special Education 2000’. Dr Mitchell is currently Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury’s College of Education, Health and Human Development, and previously held various roles with the University of Waikato’s Educational Studies Department between 1969 and 2001.
See who else was honoured with an ONZM here
UC political sociologist, Professor Steve Ratuva, has won a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to carry out research as a visiting professor in three leading United States universities, namely Duke University in North Carolina, Georgetown University in Washington DC and University of California in Los Angeles.
He will carry out research on “Horizontal inequality and affirmative action—a comparative study of Pacific Island minorities in New Zealand and United States” and will work in partnership with some of the world’s leading experts in the field.