Communications Disorders car park closes 11 February

The former Communications Disorders car park will be unavailable from 11 February and pedestrian access through the site will be closed from 18 February.

In preparation for the land being sold, buildings on the site have been sold and will be removed between 18 February and late March. Buildings being moved will be loaded onto trucks during the day and removed from the site outside normal working hours.

Parking is available at UC’s other car parks as usual, and Clyde car park is now open to staff with a permit.

If you park on Montana Avenue, please take care to follow signage and not block driveways or access routes as these will be used to clear the site.

UC welcomes new Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Professor Cheryl de la Rey will begin her term as the new UC Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae on Monday, 4 February.

Professor de la Rey said she is delighted and honoured to begin her term, and she looks forward to furthering the progress made by her predecessor.

“I’m honoured to be selected for this position and thank the University of Canterbury Council for its vote of confidence. I look forward to using my skills and experience and to build on the good work of my predecessor,” Professor de la Rey said following her appointment in June of 2018.

Staff members will be introduced to the new Vice-Chancellor at the upcoming Staff Forum on Wednesday, 13 February at 11am. The Staff Forum will be immediately followed by a BBQ lunch, at which time all staff members will have the opportunity to talk to both Professor de la Rey and new Chancellor, Sue McCormack.

In addition to hearing from our new Vice-Chancellor, Chancellor and UCSA President, the first staff forum for 2019 will discuss enrolment numbers, start-of-year activities, updates on recent campus improvements, an upcoming cyber security campaign and more.

Professor de la Rey visited UC in early July 2018 for the UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene, when she took the opportunity to familiarise herself with the city of Christchurch and the campus. She also had the opportunity to meet with the UC Council, SMT and Academic Board during her visit.

About Vice-Chancellor designate Cheryl de la Rey 
Professor de la Rey has served as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, South Africa’s largest university, since November 2009. After working her way up the academic ranks within South Africa’s university sector, she took up her first executive position at a relatively young age when she became Executive Director at the National Research Foundation. Thereafter she was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. She also served as the CEO of the Council on Higher Education. In total she has eighteen years’ experience as an executive in higher education in South Africa. She has a reputation for visionary, strategic thinking accompanied by strong management ability.

Manawa, innovative and collaborative health science facility, officially opened

UC is a partner in the Manawa health research and education facility located in Te Papa Hauora | The Christchurch Health Precinct, with Ara Institute of Canterbury and Canterbury CDHB.

Manawa was officially opened this week (31 January) by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Health Minister Dr David Clark.

Professor Gail Gillon, Director of the Child Well-being Research Institute at UC spoke at the event, with former Chancellor  Dr John Wood, Professor Lianne Woodward, Professor Angus Macfarlane, Professor Letitia Fickel and Professor Ian Wright in attendance.

UC Health Science postgraduate research students have been based at Manawa since August 2018, where they have access to health sector professionals and state-of-the-art simulation training facilities.

Manawa is an innovative and collaborative model that brings together the education and health sectors. Sharing resources and knowledge that will contribute to building the capacity of Canterbury’s future health workforce.

Learn more about current health research at UC, Ara and CDHB at the We’re Talking Health event here at UC on 6 March.

Professor Lianne Woodward will discuss the developmental challenges associated with premature birth, and Professor Simon Kingham will explain GeoHealth – a project that explores how the physical environment, such as proximity to water or ‘blue space’, affects mental health.