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Celebrating another awesome O Day

It’s been another fantastic Herea tō Waka | Orientation Day for UC!

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According to preliminary numbers we’re on par with 2019, with around 2,000 new students and whānau braving the weather to attend O Day.

Check out more of the action from the O Day social wall>

A big thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to give a warm welcome to the students joining our UC community this year.

With all new and returning students on campus from Monday, we are set for a fantastic 2020.

 

Remembering Professor Kathleen Quinlivan

Kia hora te marino
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana
Kia tere te kārohirohi I mua I tōu huarahi

May the calm be widespread
May the ocean glisten as greenstone
May the shimmer of lights ever dance across your pathway

Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development staff and students are deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Kathleen Quinlivan.

Kathleen was an alumna of the Christchurch Teachers College, and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), where she completed both her Masters and PhD.

She was an engaged and engaging English teacher for many years, who sought to instill in her students a critical mind and self-assurance of their capability to make a difference in the world.

She joined UC after completing her doctorate and had a distinguished twenty-year career as an internationally-recognised researcher in sexuality education, and an enthusiastic member of the School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

The culmination of her career was her 2018 sole-authored book, Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Education with Young People: Theories in Practice, published by Palgrave McMillan. This built on the foundation of her previous two coedited collections in the field, as well multiple book chapters and journal articles.

Moreover, she was a highly respected and sought after post-graduate supervisor, and a dynamic and inspiring lecture across multiple programmes. Throughout her career at UC, Kathleen made substantive contributions to programme quality enhancement and university committees through her varied academic leadership roles.

We feel very proud to have hosted a Festschrift celebration for Kathleen earlier in January, celebrating her academic contributions to the international community of sexuality scholars.
To read about this event, click here.

Professor Quinlivan was a taonga, a gift to us as scholar, teacher, friend and colleague. We will miss her deeply.

Professor Letitia Hochstrasser Fickel, Ed.D
Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor||Amorangi Taupua
College of Education, Health & Human Development||Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

Dr Matt Hobbs named 2019 HRSC Emerging Researcher

UC researcher Dr Matt Hobbs received the Health Research Society of Canterbury (HRSC)’s Emerging Researcher Award in a ceremony last week.

Dr Hobbs was recognised for a presentation outlining his research from within UC’s GeoHealth Laboratory, which focuses on the complexity of associations between adverse environments and childhood health.

“I have to thank family, colleagues, and friends who have helped support me to achieve this award over the past few years. A special thanks to the team at the GeoHealth Laboratory and to Professor Jim McKenna and Dr. Claire Griffiths of Leeds Beckett University,” Dr Hobbs says.

In his presentation, Dr Hobbs discussed his investigation into preventable hospitalisations, which account for approximately 30 percent of all acute and arranged medical and surgical discharges in Aotearoa New Zealand.

He is investigating how deprivation and water fluoridation are linked to preventable dental-related hospitalisations.

He explained that the persistent nature of oral health inequities have presented a significant challenge to policy makers.

Dr Hobbs’ article on this subject is currently under review.

UC Director of Wellness Services recognised at 2019 Recreation Conference

Recreation Aotearoa recognised a number of the country’s top recreational providers and advocates at an awards dinner held during their 2019 conference in Hamilton recently.

Steve Gibling, UC’s Director of Wellness Services,  was among those recognised for their efforts, receiving the Mark Mitchell Memorial Trophy for commitment to the wider recreation industry.

In awarding Steve the trophy, Recreation Aotearoa highlighted his dedication to and immense knowledge of the recreation industry.

Please join us in congratulating Steve on this accomplishment.

For more on the 2019 Recreation Aotearoa Awards, click here>