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Graduate Engineer of the Year from UC

Congratulations to Alumnus Alex Jellie, now in Australia at Northrop Consulting, who was named CIBSE ANZ Graduate Engineer of the Year recently!

Alex has worked on the design of the biggest private hospital and health precinct in New South Wales, where he was one of the primary mechanical designers.

He has also worked on multi-disciplinary projects within the transport and commercial sectors.

Alex Jellie
Alumnus Alex Jellie, CIBSE ANZ Graduate Engineer of the Year.

Changes to waste and recycling

Changes to UC’s waste system are being rolled-out from this week to minimise the contamination of our campus recycling.

Some items that used to be recycled must now be put in the red landfill bins. This is because some types of plastic and packaging are no longer being accepted by UC’s end-point recyclers.

You can make a difference by sorting your waste correctly.

How to sort your wasteWaste Image

  1. Take notice of the waste stickers and posters in your area. New stickers and posters showing the changes (like the one above) will be implemented from December 2015 to January 2016.  Keep an eye out for when things change in your area.
  2. Sort your waste according to the new stickers and posters.
  3. If in doubt, put your item into the red landfill bin. This will prevent recycling becoming contaminated.
  4. Encourage people in your area to recycle right. If you see someone doing it well, recognise them! If you see someone struggling with what to put in the bins, help them!

Why is it important to recycle right?

Sorting your waste correctly and knowing what to recycle minimises the contamination of our recycling, ensuring it is accepted by end-point recyclers. Maximising the volume of recycling on campus is part of UC’s commitment to addressing waste-related sustainability issues. Recycling right helps to minimise the amount of waste UC sends to landfill. This reduces our waste-to-landfill charges and is better for the environment.

Where can I learn more?

Find out more about the changes here:

If you have questions, please contact the Sustainability Projects Facilitator Katie Nimmo at, or call her on extn 6025.


UC research could offer NZ potato growers an edge

New Zealand potato growers could gain a new marketing edge thanks to a line of potatoes developed by University of Canterbury researchers.

UC Biotechnologists Dr David Leung and Dr Seyedardalan (Ardi) Ashrafzadeh have developed potato plants that are potentially resistant to cadmium, a highly toxic metal found in soil which is harmful to crops and can contribute to health issues in humans.

Dr Seyedardalan Ashrafzadeh and Dr David Leung

Read the full story on the UC website.

Thank you for supporting the ‘What if Wednesday’ lectures

We held our final ‘What if Wednesday’ lecture for 2015 last week. This series has been hugely successful and we could not have achieved this without the contribution of the innovative and thought-provoking staff involved.

The wider community have strongly supported this series and turned out in high numbers to hear from the world-leading academics we are fortunate to have at the University of Canterbury.

Engaging with the community and businesses through public lectures is a valuable opportunity to highlight the quality of our staff and the relevance our University has to the wider community. The chance to highlight topics and issues amongst a wider audience makes our commitment to the University of Canterbury’s high calibre teaching, learning and research all the more meaningful.

By answering questions like ‘What if nutrition could treat mental illness?’ and “What if we could make Christchurch the smartest city in the world?” our staff, students, alumni and the wider community can all explore how to make a difference in the real world.

Our public lecture series will re-launch in 2016 with a fresh focus. We’ll be in touch in the New Year with more information.

You can re-visit the What if Wednesday series on our YouTube channel.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to working with you in 2016.

Ngā mihi nui,

Phil Barclay – Communications and Engagement Manager

UC at Big Science Day this weekend

Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend?  UC Engineering and Science will be participating in the Big Science Day this Saturday.

The event, run by Science Alive, is for anyone with an interest in science and technology, so bring the family out to see some of our cool toys!

We will be showcasing the amazing innovation that can be found at UC, including a rocket, electric go-kart, the Formula SAE car, robots and drones.  HITLabNZ will be there with their robots, and we will also be hosting an interactive chemistry show. The event is meant to inspire kids and highlight career paths in engineering and science.

Other displays include Martin Jetpack, Electric Vehicles and an opportunity to build your own water rocket. The event will be held in Cathedral Square from 10am – 4pm .

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lisa Kulczycki and Joan Gladwyn