Ernest Rutherford north entrance closed from 30 August

The north entrance of Ernest Rutherford will be closed from Thursday 30 August to allow for concrete repairs to take place in the forecourt. This will result in the bridge from the Civil/Mechanical and Engineering Core entrance being closed also. Pedestrians will be able to use the entrance from the Engineering Core / Link building and follow the path between Ernest Rutherford and the Beatrice Tinsley construction site and enter Ernest Rutherford from the side entrance. This work will be completed in time for the start of term four and access between the buildings will return to normal. All other entrances to Ernest Rutherford will remain open.

Follow the blue arrow for access between Ernest Rutherford and the Engineering Core.


NASA internships now open to New Zealand students

Under a new agreement between NASA and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), tertiary students can now apply for internships with the space administration.

Scholarships will be available for up to four successful Aotearoa New Zealand students for NASA’s June 2019 intake, courtesy of the New Zealand Space Agency. Costs associated with the internship including travel, living costs and NASA’s administrative fees will be covered under the scholarship.

The successful students will attend the Ames Centre base for a 10-16 week internship in Silicon Valley. Under the guidance of a NASA mentor, they will also have the opportunity to build a network of contacts both within the space administration, the US and the pool of other international students taking part in the programme. 

This opportunity is for high-achieving Aotearoa New Zealand students to work with experts in space-related fields and have access to some of the world’s most advanced research facilities.

The scholarship aims to support Aotearoa New Zealand’s students studying space-related activities and will give our future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists a head-start in their careers by enabling them to develop technical skills at a world-leading space agency. 

The internship will give students access to international professional networks and develop their understanding of the global space economy. 

The application process is two-phased with candidates first being selected by the New Zealand Space Agency.

Following selection by MBIE, local  finalists will be recommended to NASA who will then choose their overall finalists from the broader pool of 12 other countries.

Applications will be open from mid-September and close mid-October. 

For more, see

Final week – applying to graduate December 2018

Students who are eligible to graduate as a result of their 2018 exams can apply online to graduate through myUC.

Applications for the December 2018 ceremonies are open from 1–31 August 2018,  this Friday.

Students can apply for the December ceremonies in anticipation of passing their remaining courses required in Semester 2, 2018. Applications for the April 2019 ceremonies will open in February 2019. 

Please note that applications to graduate at a ceremony must be submitted by the required date or applicants will miss the ceremony. 

Students can also apply to graduate in absentia and receive their diploma by mail.

If you need more information about graduation, please visit the graduation webpage or contact


Erskine Programme Visitor Profile: Professor Daniel Schreier

Where have you come from and what do you teach?
I am based at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, where I teach courses on synchronic English linguistics. My area of specialisation is language variation and change, the diffusion of English varieties around the world and the sociolinguistics of English as a world language.

Dani in his office at UC

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/Why did you want to come to UC?
The New Zealand Institute for Language Brain & Behavior (NZILBB) is a globally renowned research institution. What interests me most here is the unparalleled database on New Zealand English, containing the speech of hundreds of New Zealanders born between the late 1850s (literally off the boat) and the early 21st century.  This gives linguists a fantastic opportunity to analyse new dialect formation and ongoing language change over a period of more than 150 years and has been instrumental in modelling complex contact-based change mechanisms.

There is also a personal dimension: I spent my post-doc here, working on the Origins of  New Zealand English project, so have been in contact with my colleagues here, particularly Professor Jen Hay, for more than 15 years.   I have always wanted to come back and experience first-hand how the project has developed.

What have you been doing at UC?
I completed two major editorial projects: the Cambridge Handbook of World Englishes and a volume on contact patterns involving English and Spanish, two of the major world languages (also with Cambridge University Press). Moreover, I finalised a journal article, which is published next year, and finished draft versions of two more.

Together with my colleague, Dr. Lynn Clark, I taught a course on the history of the English language, which was quite challenging as we decided to teach it backwards, starting in 2030. I also gave a few guest lectures and held a publishing workshop for the benefit of doctoral and post-doctoral students, sharing my insights as editor of the journal English World-Wide (Amsterdam: Benjamins).

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
I really enjoyed the amiable and friendly atmosphere at the Department, which has shown me clearly that first-class research and a spirit of collegiality go hand in hand. I have learnt a lot in terms of corpus compilation and handling and benefited from discussions with my colleagues and also my teaching experiences here. Plus, I had almost forgotten what a stunningly beautiful country Aotearoa New Zealand is – I will keep fond memories of my trips to the West Coast, Kaikōura and the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park!

Meet the 2019 UCSA Leadership Team

It was the UCSA’s biggest and most successful election yet, with over 5,800 students voting. That is just over 45% of the student body. The UCSA works closely with UC in helping students succeed and belong on campus.

New President | Tūmuaki Sam Brosnahan and Vice-President |Tūmuaki Tuarua Tori McNoe are excited for 2019 and all that it’s got in store:

2019 Executives:

  • President – Sam Brosnahan
  • Vice-President – Tori McNoe
  • Finance Officer – Millie Morgan
  • Equity & Wellbeing – Jack Whittam
  • Postgraduate Rep – Katie Mills
  • International Rep – Kevin Fernando
  • Equity and Wellbeing Rep – Jack Whittam

General Executive:

  • Olly Ng
  • Elise Wilson
  • Elric Clarke-Beatson
  • Raymond Ellwood
  • Charlotte Merrall
  • Christal Leung