Uni-cycleway update – Science Rd closure 5 July

With Uni-Cycleway work on the eastern side of Ilam Road now well under way, there will be occasional disruption to normal traffic flows in the area.

On Wednesday 5 July (tomorrow) from 7am until 12pm, Science Road will be closed while contractors repour the kerb and channel along Ilam Road. Please enter and exit the Science Road car park via Creyke and Engineering roads during this period.

As always, please take extra care around the works whether driving, biking, walking or using other modes of transport. Your ongoing patience is greatly appreciated.

The work along Ilam Road is expected to be completed in mid-July.

Have your say on equity and diversity

The draft version of UC’s Equity and Diversity Policy is currently out for consultation, and staff are encouraged to provide feedback on it.

The document articulates the University’s commitment to equity and diversity and is intended as a framework for embedding principles relating to equity and diversity at UC. It has been developed by the Central Equity & Diversity Advisory Committee.

Read the draft policy here

Feedback can be emailed to Timothy Rowe up until 31 July 2017.

See more about equity and diversity at UC


The 2017 round of the University of Canterbury Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award is now closed.

Applications are also now closed for the 2017 round of the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards. Visit the Vice-Chancellor General Staff Development Awards webpage for full details and the application form.

Applications for both awards closed on Friday 28 July 2017.

For further information, please contact: learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz

Apply now for Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes opened this week and the Prime Minister’s Science Prizes secretariat (the Royal Society | Te Apārangi) is encouraging scientists and science communicators to apply from Universities, CRIs and independent research organisations.

There are five prizes totaling $1,000,000.

Applications close on 20 September 2017.

Visit: www.pmscienceprizes.org.nz  for more information.

UC’s Professor Brendon Bradley was awarded the 2016 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

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Free Intellectual Property Workshop – 18 July

Michael Brown from AJ Park: Intellectual Property will provide an overview of the various types of intellectual property, and how understanding and protecting intellectual property is applicable to the successful commercialisation of inventions.

Date:               Tuesday 18 July 2017
Time:               12-1pm, lunch will be provided
Location:       John Britten 117 – HP Seminar Room

The workshop will be worthwhile for anyone considering commercialisation and particularly useful if you are intending to apply for the Tech Jumpstart Competition 2017.

Tech Jumpstart 2017
Tech Jumpstart gives UC academic staff a chance to transform their ideas into reality. This year up to five prizes will each receive $20,000 funding to help with technology development. Also this year both WNT Ventures and Astrolab are each offering an additional special prize of incubation services alongside the five main cash prizes.  The special prizes will be for the projects that show the most commercial promise.

Michael Brown
Michael co-heads AJ Park’s engineering and ICT patents team in Wellington. He specialises in patents, designs, copyright and related intellectual property for Australasian and international innovators. Michael’s role involves advising clients on patentability, design registration and product commercialisation. He prepares and prosecutes patent applications, both in New Zealand and abroad and also regularly conducts infringement and freedom-to-operate assessments, patent portfolio due diligence, and IP audits.