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Teaching honour awarded to two staff – a first

Two UC staff members have been awarded the University’s highest teaching accolade, the University of Canterbury Teaching Medal, for 2015.

This medal and the Innovation and Research Medals, are the highest honours the University can award its professional staff. The Teaching Medal is awarded in recognition of an outstanding and sustained contribution to teaching in the University.

Professor Cheer was awarded the Teaching Medal in recognition of her commitment to making law accessible and enjoyable for her students through exceptional and innovative teaching strategies.

The second recipient of the Teaching Medal, Dr Herb de Vries is widely recognised as a talented, dedicated professional who is a team player who actively seeks feedback from colleagues and also acts as mentor and curriculum developer in the Faculty.

The 2015 Innovation, Research, and Teaching medals will be formally presented to the recipients at a University of Canterbury Council function in November.

‘The Shape of a City: the fall and rise of Christchurch’s architecture’ – new exhibition

A new exhibition uses items from the Macmillan Brown Library’s extensive collection to explore the changing face of Christchurch’s built landscape.

Called ‘The Shape of A City; the fall and rise of Christchurch’s architecture’ it uses architectural drawings, photographs and archival material to explore the history of significant rebuild or restoration sites around the city, including Strange & Co,  The Commons,  the old Chemistry building in the Arts Centre and Knox Church.

‘The Shape of A City’ will open on Friday 16 October at a special evening event where local architects, historians, heritage lovers, building owners and archaeologists will give quick-fire presentations on Christchurch’s lost, restored, and future buildings.

Curator of the exhibition is University Library Archivist Erin Kimber.  She says the UC Library holds one of the most significant architectural archives in the country.

“The drawings have been accessed heavily since the earthquakes as people research the plans and construction of damaged buildings. In some instances the drawings represent the only surviving visual representation of a building.  They provide a lasting memorial to our lost heritage, but also an opportunity to learn about our built, social and engineering history.”

Internship experience reaps rewards

Assisting Erin with the exhibition and the opening event are College of Arts interns Sarah Lawerence and  Courtney Inch.

Both students are enthusiastic about how the internship programme has added to their skillset.

“Not only have I learnt about Christchurch’s architectural heritage,” says Sarah.

“But  I’ve developed key workplace skills such as working collaboratively and organisation of people and resources”.

Courtney agrees. “It’s been great to work and learn in an environment outside of a lecture setting and as part of a team.”

She advises future interns to “be open minded, things may not always go to plan and situations might come up that will test your ability to think outside the box”.

Click here to book your (free) tickets to the exhibition launch on Friday 16th October.

‘The Shape of A City’ will run from 16 October – 20 November. You can find it at the bottom floor of the Matariki building.

Rangiora driver needed to assist wheelchair user

Can you work with this UC student? 

“I’m looking for someone with a full license who lives in or near Rangiora. I use a wheelchair and am looking for someone to drive my automatic car to go into the University of Canterbury  on Thursday and/or Friday.

“I’m starting postgraduate study at the University of Canterbury and I require someone (ideally who attends UC and is postgraduate or teaching staff or someone who works in Riccarton) to drive me into campus and back home, each week on a Thursday and/or Friday.

“I use a powered wheelchair and have a modern fully automatic modified car with automatic chair locking system. We would car pool in together and then carpool back to Rangiora after being at Uni. We would do our separate university study or work throughout the day.

“Petrol costs are covered and you would be paid 2 1\2 hours for the assistance I require to travel in my car and the travel time. It would be great to share company and a few laughs while attending university.

“I would work in with your study timetable including going in and leaving university.”

To get in touch with this UC student please email 

Retired UC Professor to Lead Heritage Week Guided Tours

The colourful past of Victoria Square will be brought to life this Sunday in a series of guided walking tours led by recently retired University of Canterbury Professor Dr Geoffrey Rice.

Dr Rice will be drawing on the stories he uncovered while writing his recently published book Victoria Square – Cradle of Christchurch.

Former students of Dr Rice will remember his personable and engaging teaching style, which will no doubt be a highlight of this Sunday’s guided historical tours.

Dr Rice will lead three tours on Sunday 18th October. The tours will depart from the Queen Victoria statue at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. There’s a limit of 12 people per tour so be there nice and early!

Click here to read more about Dr Rice’s tours and other Heritage Week activities. 

And click here for more information on Dr Rice’s 2014 book Victoria Square – Cradle of Christchurch.