Category Archives: Announcements

Funding announced for biomass boiler at UC

Minister for Climate Change the Hon. James Shaw visited UC today to announce Government funding towards new energy infrastructure at UC’s Ilam campus.

This funding provides a $6.24 million boost towards UC’s goal of becoming carbon net neutral by 2030. It is part of the Government’s $200m State Sector Decarbonisation Funding (SSDF) project. 

Read the media release and facts about the biomass boiler here>

UC Travel Survey is out TODAY: Be heard!

Be heard on travel issues – right now! The UC Travel Survey is now live, and we strongly urge you to take a few minutes to complete the survey by following the link in your email inbox.

This is an opportunity to be heard on travel issues, which only comes around once every four years. The survey is vital for gauging changes in staff and student travel patterns and for aiding development of the University’s transport and campus plans.

Results from the survey and monitoring also provide important evidence for University approaches to the Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury on transport matters; for example, improving bus services to/from UC, improving cycle routes, and addressing car parking on campus and on surrounding streets.

The survey will run until Wednesday 22nd July – so be heard and have your say on travel, car parking and transport matters by following the link in your email inbox now.

 

The business of science

A wonder gel for wound healing, birth control for possums, and beating antibiotic resistance in cattle worms – it’s all part of the job for UC chemist and entrepreneur Prof Rudi Marquez, our guest on the latest episode of UC Science Radio.

Prof Marquez’s goal as a scientist and businessman is to come up with solutions that leave the lab and make a difference in people’s lives. Listen to the episode here, or on SpotifyStitcher | Youtube | Apple Podcasts

Join the ACU at the UN High-Level Political Forum 2020

Dear Colleague,

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is delighted to invite you to participate in this year’s UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) – the yearly conference of the United Nations reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The HLPF is where governments, UN Agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year the HLPF, taking place from 7-16 July, is dedicated to “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

As a global university association advocating for the key role that higher education plays in achieving sustainable development, the ACU will take an active part in the debates again this year and is co-organising a series of virtual events, together with our partners and Members.

Click on the links below to learn about each event and register to attend. The following events are free and open to all ACU Members.

ACU at the HLPF 2020 in brief:

On all HLPF days the ACU will share a virtual exhibition space with IAU and AUF titled ‘Higher Education mobilises for the SDGs’.  

Learn more about the UN HLPF 2020 here and access the full HLPF 2020 programme here.

We hope you can join us in championing sustainable development in higher education.

Kind regards, The ACU.