Feedback welcome on UC’s Harassment Policy

UC’s Harassment Policy is under review. Staff and students are welcome to provide feedback on the draft Policy before it is updated. Feedback may be emailed to by 12.00pm on Thursday 3 May. Alternatively, Tim Turnbull and Summer Pringle from HR, along with Julie Pratt from Student Services, will be available to receive feedback in person at an informal drop-in session on Thursday 3 May between 11.00am and 12.00pm in the Engineering Core meeting room 1 (room 129 on the ground floor).

Crusaders v Hurricanes pre-match function 2018

UC Foundation and Alumni welcome UC alumni and staff to join our pre-match function before the Crusaders v Hurricanes game on Friday 25 May 2018. Come along and catch up with fellow alumni over a buffet dinner, then head over to the stadium to enjoy the game.

Guest speaker Virginia Le Bas (Crusaders Personal Development Manager) will give a talk about her experience with the Crusaders, and will run a short Q & A with some of the players. Your ticket for this event includes a silver ticket to the game.

When: Friday 25 May 2018
5.15pm – Doors open
5.45pm – Buffet*
6.45pm – Guest speaker
7.00pm onwards – Head across to the stadium at your convenience

Where: The Lady blossom Lounge, Level 3, Metropolitan stand – Addington Raceway
Cost: $60 (includes dinner and a silver ticket to the Crusaders v Hurricanes game)
Register online here  by Friday 11 May 2018> 

(Tickets will be given out at the event, please make payment when you register).

*Please note the buffet includes tea, coffee and water, alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar at your own cost.

Erskine Programme Arrivals – April

The Erskine Programme has recently welcomed five more visitors from across the globe to UC:

Professor Noel Hyndman from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland arrived on the 19th April and will be teaching in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems;

Professor Khashayar Khorasani from Concordia University, Canada arrived on the 20th April and will be teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering;

Professor Adrian Moore from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland arrived on the 21st April and will be teaching in the Department of Geography;

Associate Professor Gregory Breetzke from the University of Pretoria, South Africa arrived on the 24th April and will be teaching in the Departments of Criminal Justice and Sociology and Anthropology as a Canterbury Fellow;

And finally, Professor Bryan Karney from the University of Toronto, Canada arrived on the 27th April and will be teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Engineering.

We hope our visitors and their families enjoy their time at UC,

Professorial Lecture Series – 10 May

Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academia made by Professor Richard Hartshorn and Professor Peter Gostomski as part of the Professorial Lecture Series in 2018.

Date and time: Thursday, 10 May 2018, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.Location: F3 Forestry Lecture Theatre

“What’s in a Name? – Possibly Death and Taxes!”  Presented by Professor Richard Hartshorn, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences (see more detail below)

“Adventures in academia – research, teaching and the other things.”  Presented by Professor Peter Gostomski, Department of Chemical & Process Engineering (see more detail below)

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, 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.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua


“What’s in a Name? – Possibly Death and Taxes!”  Presented by Professor Richard Hartshorn, School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Modern coordination chemistry produces wonderfully complicated molecules, some are potentially useful and some are simply pretty. This talk will showcase some of our chemistry – building molecules that demonstrate a new approach to targeting anti-cancer drugs – and also some of the work that I do in developing nomenclature with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

There will be some history, some explanations, some crystal ball-gazing, and a few long names (merely because I have to play up to expectations – at least a little bit).

IUPAC ( ) is probably best known for the fact that it provides recommendations on nomenclature – that and the periodic table (next year will be the International Year of the Periodic Table). But this means more than just making rules that lead to long names. It is also about recognising the needs of the community and developing standards that can help us communicate our science, keep us safe (death!), and facilitate commerce (taxes).

I am currently the IUPAC Secretary General and I have led the IUPAC Division of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation – this means I am in a better position that most to talk about nomenclature developments and the challenges of the future.

“Adventures in academia – research, teaching and the other things.”  Presented by Professor Peter Gostomski, Department of Chemical & Process Engineering

Advancement to the Professorial rank has many paths.  A person can be a highly focused researcher and/or teacher.  Or, as in my case, they can be an all-rounder, demonstrating sufficient competence in research, teaching and service to achieve this rank.  As a self-ordained all-rounder, I will describe my contributions across these three areas.

As a bioprocess engineer, my research has mainly focused on convincing microorganisms to do something interesting: sometimes making things (bioproducts) or eating things (pollution control).  Underpinning this work is an interest in manipulating the biofilms that often control these processes.  My group has developed a number of novel reactors to explore the influence of environmental parameters on biofilms.  Recently, my group has started a project investigating the microorganisms that may solve the nitrate problem in Canterbury’s groundwater.  We will do this by applying the work of Watson and Crick, a bit of Rutherford & Chadwick and Leo Szilard (one of the fathers of the nuclear bomb) using a technique with the atrocious acronym of RNA-SIP with NGS.

I will also share some anecdotes from my teaching and as Head of Department.  My teaching has ranged from a Fourth-year highly technical paper (~25 students) to a large First-year paper (1000+ students) focussing on professional skills for engineers.  I have also made important contributions to the University as the HoD for CAPE; leading the department from almost being dissolved due to low numbers, to having student numbers triple; through a period of diaspora for CAPE researchers post-earthquake; to the trials and tribulations of designing and occupying a new building.  There were also a few interesting conversations along the way with the police and other interesting people.