UC Teaching Awards 2018 – Associate Professor Annie Potts

In celebrating the launch of UC Teaching Month for 2018, we are taking the opportunity to recognise our UC Teaching Award winners for 2018.

Introduced in 2001, The UC Teaching Awards recognise excellence in both undergraduate and graduate teaching, and include $1,500 for each winner towards teaching-related activities.

Three recipients have been named for 2018, and we will be sharing more about each winner through Intercom over the course of UC Teaching Month.

Please join us in congratulating Associate Professor Annie Potts, and learn more about her teaching philosophies, here>

UC Marine Scientist awarded prestigious fellowship

UC Distinguished Professor David Schiel was elected a Fellow at the annual meeting of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) of the United Kingdom earlier this year.

Prof. Schiel is the only New Zealand scientist to have been awarded the title of FMBA, which came at the behest and support of Professor Stephen Hawkins, a former Director of the Marine Biological Association, and a visiting Erskine Fellow at Canterbury University in 2017.

Professor Hawkins noted Prof. Schiel’s scientific contributions as one of the most prolific and internationally regarded rocky shore ecologists (for example, his work in Kaikōura following the 2016 earthquake), and was delighted that his achievements were recognised by the MBA.

Prof. Schiel visited the MBA in 2018 as part of an Erskine Fellowship, and was hosted there by Prof Hawkins.

Established in 1884, the MBA is one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific associations in marine science worldwide, it has a rich history, and has seen many highly significant scientific discoveries at its Citadel Hill laboratory in Plymouth England.

Today, MBA scientists deliver an internationally-renowned programme of scientific research.  

Find more information on the Marine Biological Association here>

UC Certified Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace

The Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service recently awarded the University of Canterbury (UC) Breastfeeding-Friendly status.

This award recognises that as an employer, UC supports workers to continue breastfeeding  once they have returned to work.

We do this by having policies in place that ensure spaces and time will be made available to staff in the working environment to breastfeed and/or express breastmilk for their infants. 


Photo caption: Tim Turnbull (Manager Human Resources UC) and Gemma Keren (Human Resources Advisor UC) receive their Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Certificate from Kelly Dorgan (Breastfeeding Health Promoter, Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service).