UC Annual Result for 2017

Tēnā koe,

The University of Canterbury’s annual result proves that 2017 was a year where the University’s transformation and growth has gained significant momentum.

The University is on target to be operating within its means by 2019 without the additional Government support provided after the Canterbury earthquakes. I am also confident UC can cater for any increase in student numbers over and above normal growth that may result from the Government’s fees-free policy.

The University’s audited result for the year ended 31 December 2017 was a $5.3 million deficit. This is after recording significant costs in occupying its new Science and Engineering facilities and continuing building demolition and write-off costs as the University continues its post-earthquake transformation. These costs have been offset by additional tuition fee, research and sundry revenue.  The result compares to the 2016 deficit of $1.8 million, and a budgeted operating deficit for 2017 of $9.1 million. 

UC is an exciting place to be with so many new buildings, state-of-the-art labs and facilities open for teaching and learning.

We can celebrate the University’s performance in many areas where activity has surpassed pre-2010 levels. In 2017 UC welcomed more than 1000 full-time equivalent students in masters’ programmes and record numbers of doctoral students. International University rankings are highly competitive, and UC is proud to have held its 214th position in the QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top one percent of universities worldwide.

Enrolment numbers have seen steady growth with the number of full-fee paying international students exceeding 2010 levels, a record number of students enrolled in the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha, a record number of students who identify as Māori and record numbers of students in halls of residence.

The University still has work to do to return to sustainable operating surpluses but significant progress has been made in maximising revenues and reducing and containing operating costs.

The University has put considerable effort into increasing student numbers, with an indication of continued improvements in 2018 enrolments to date.

The University has adopted a budget for 2018 that shows an operating deficit of $7.9 million, which includes the one-off costs of moving staff and activities around the campus while refurbishment and new building is completed, with consequent short-term rental costs. The University continues to be confident that it can absorb this loss as it rebuilds student numbers and associated tuition revenue in 2018 and 2019.

Ngā mihi

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Erskine Programme: Academic Exchange Programmes for 2019 visits now open

The Erskine Programme Office is pleased to announce that the following academic exchange schemes for visits in 2019 are now open:

– Canterbury Fellowships: open to applicants from the College of Arts (except Linguistics and Philosophy), the College of Education, Health and Human Development (expect Health Sciences) and the School of Law for academics wanting to come to UC;

– Canterbury Grants: open to applicants from the College of Arts (except Linguistics and Philosophy), the College of Education, Health and Human Development (expect Health Sciences) and the School of Law for academics wanting to go overseas;

– Oxford Fellowships: open to applicants for visits to all Colleges for academics from the University of Oxford, UK who want to come to UC; and

– Oxford Grants: open to applicants from all Colleges for UC academics who want to go to the University of Oxford, UK.

Further information and application forms can be found at https://intranet.canterbury.ac.nz/erskine/forms.shtml

The closing date for applications is 11 May 2018.

Nominations for the Cambridge/Canterbury academic exchange are not yet open. A further update will be provided once this exchange programme opens. Applications for Erskine Fellowship and Grants can be received at any time.

If you have any questions please contact the Erskine Programme Manager (Joanne Noble-Nesbitt) at joanne.noble-nesbitt@canterbury.ac.nz or call 93984.

Professorial Lecture Series – 8 March

Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Staff and postgraduate students are invited to join me in celebrating the substantive contribution to academia made by Professor Rien Visser and Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney in the first Professorial Lecture Series for 2018.

Date:               Thursday, 8 March 2018, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.
Location:        F3 Forestry Lecture Theatre

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend these lectures, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.


“The rise of the autonomous machinery; are robots taking over timber harvesting?” – Presented by Professor Rien Visser, School of Forestry

Ever wondered what goes on when our plantation forests are being cut down? It is no longer brute force and grunty chainsaws. A small high-tech revolution is taking place. Without a doubt, forestry plays an important role both in our landscape as well as society. It provides employment for approximately 15,000 mainly rural New Zealanders, protects the environment, and is our third largest export earner. The last decade has seen some great New Zealand-based innovations in harvesting machines and systems. This means we are not just selling logs, but also high-tech equipment and expertise. However, while operating a million dollar high-tech machine in beautiful scenic settings miles away from the big city can be considered a great job, the geographical remoteness of many forests means contractors are struggling to attract or retain suitable employees.

Meanwhile, international competition for forest products requires ever improving efficiency and robotic machinery is a realistic near-future option. They are being developed right now. This presentation provides a visual overview of developments, showcases our UC contribution, but also encourages a robust discussion on the social ramifications of robots ‘taking over the hills’. Do we embrace it, or do we resist?

Unnatural childhoods – growing up in impermanent, statutory care” – Presented by Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney, School of Health Sciences

Children typically enter statutory care with compromised psychological development, as a result of chronic and severe maltreatment through their early years. In particular, many children enter care with impaired attachment systems, manifesting to others as relational difficulties – that is further compromised by developmental trauma.

This child population is thus uniquely primed for ‘felt insecurity’. Their developmental recovery hinges on them acquiring and maintaining felt security through the experience of unconditional love and care.  And yet, statutory care systems evolved over the past century with another purpose in mind – to provide time-limited care and protection to children, with restoration to their parents being the final goal.

Despite this, increasing numbers of children throughout the developed world effectively grow up in legally impermanent alternative care. Therein lies a dilemma. In this lecture, I describe extraordinary developmental risks faced by children growing up in statutory care, involving complex interaction of child welfare practices, caregiver motivation, the child’s experience of impermanence, and children’s and caregivers’ felt security.

I conclude that the state can only meet its duty of care to these children if it addresses their need for relational permanence.


Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

2018 L&D courses are now live

The courses/workshops and programmes that make up the Learning and Development offerings are now available for registration.

The first courses for the year (with spaces still available) are:
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora
Tues 6 & Thurs 8 March, 9am-4.30pm
Te Reo Māori for the Workplace (2 modules)
Weds 14 March & Weds 11 April, 1-4.30pm
Growing Personal Resilience
Tues 10 April, 9am-4.30pm
Supporting Students in Crisis: Tools, Triage and Referral
Module One on Weds 18 April, 9am-3pm
Modules 2 & 3 on Thurs 19 April, 9am-12.30pm & 1pm-4.30pm
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: From Theory to Practice
Mon 23 April, 1-4.30pm
Pasifika Talanoa Professional Development Day
Fri 27 April, 9.30-4.30pm

Start planning your year, book time for your Professional
Development, and register now while there are still spaces available.

To find out more of what is on offer, visit our Learning and Development intranet site here.
For a full list of our programmes, go to our A-Z here.

Te Reo Māori for the Workplace

Dates & registrations for 2018 Te Reo Māori courses are available.

We have limited spaces available for
Wednesday 14 March (Module 1) &
Wednesday 11 April (Module 2)
Both modules are half day courses and run from 1.00-4.30pm

For more information and to register, visit our Learning and
Development, Te Reo for the Workplace site here.

All Learning and Development courses for 2018 are now live and available for registration (with one or two exceptions).
Visit our intranet site, or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz for more information.