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Education New Zealand calls for applications to NZ-Brazil research fund

A new research fund has been set up to enable established New Zealand university academics to collaborate with Brazilian researchers.

Researchers from any field of knowledge are eligible to apply. The first year of the agreement will act as a pilot.

Successful applicants will develop and conduct their projects in partnership with Brazilian researchers. Researchers will also be funded to travel between countries to undertake their project.

This announcement builds on an agreement with Universities New Zealand (UNZ) in November 2016. UNZ Chief Executive Chris Whelan welcomes the initiative:

This is a great opportunity for New Zealand PhD students and academics – and for their Brazilian counterparts – to identify areas of mutual interest to progress research collaborations for the benefit of both countries,” he says. “This agreement builds on years of relationship-building to enhance cooperation, enable academic mobility and encourage the exchange of knowledge between participating higher education institutions.

ENZ Chief Executive Grant McPherson says the funding collaboration will create opportunities for New Zealand researchers that did not exist before.

South America is a key market for New Zealand – particularly in relation to outbound academic mobility. This new funding collaboration showcases ENZ’s commitment to creating new pathways for New Zealand institutions with South America.”

The panel of judges responsible for allocating the funding will be made up of representatives from across New Zealand government including the MFAT and MBIE.

For more information, guidelines and the application form, read more>

Applications for funding are open now and close on 27 January 2020.

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.

Professor Megan McAuliffe as Dean of Postgraduate Research | Te Amo Rangahau

Tenā katou,

I am very pleased to advise the new appointment of Professor Megan McAuliffe as Dean of Postgraduate Research | Te Amo Rangahau, replacing Professor Bryce Williamson who is retiring from this role at year-end.

Professor McAuliffe will be seconded to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and lead the Postgraduate Research Office from her position in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing for a period of two years, with effect from mid-January 2020.

Professor McAuliffe will be responsible for leading the strategic development of postgraduate research at UC, and ongoing oversight of progressing our Doctoral students through their studies. As outlined in UC’s new institutional strategy, we have particular aspirations in ensuring our Doctoral students contribute to the agenda of UC being an internationally recognised research intensive university, and progressively growing our Doctoral student numbers to over 1300 over the next 4-5 years. Megan’s leadership will be integral to crystallizing these objectives. I know Megan looks forward to working across the Colleges, interacting with staff, and will bring new perspectives to our postgraduate research programmes.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bryce for his sustained contributions to the Postgraduate Research Office over a number of years, including his prior role as Associate Dean Postgraduate Research (Scholarships), and more recently as the Dean. He has advanced a number of complex and largely unseen initiatives, and his deep and sincere support of UC’s Doctoral students is to be commended.

Ngā mihi

Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua