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Open conversation with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr.

Staff are invited to attend a public discussion with Dr Benjamin Reese Jr.

When: 12.30pm-2.30pm, Tuesday 23 July
Where: John Britten Conference Foyer

Hosted by Professor Steven Ratuva and Professor Philippa Martin,  the conversation will pick up on themes related to equity and diversity, race relations and lessons to be learned in the aftermath of 15 March. It will take the format of a discussion between the three, and will include opportunities for questions from the audience.

The event is open to any staff who would like to attend. There’s no need to RSVP, but seating will be limited. Feel free to drop in for just part of the session if your available time is limited.

Dr Reese is a Clinical Psychologist and Vice President for Institutional Equity at Duke University and Head of Duke Hospital System. He is the former president of the US National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and represented both the International Council of Psychologists and the World Federation for Mental Health at the United Nations.

In 2016, the North Carolina Business Journal awarded Dr Reese their Lifetime Diversity Achievement Award in recognition of almost 50 years of leadership of issues of race relations and diversity. He specialises in implicit bias, race relations, diversity/inclusion training, and conflict resolution.

He is a highly sought after national and international speaker, workshop facilitator and consultant to higher education, not-for-profit organisations, and the corporate environment.

Dr Reese will also be delivering a public lecture on Thursday 25 July entitled “Dilemmas of our time: Unconscious (implicit) bias and race relations.” More information about that event can be found here>


We need you!

We need 100 of you to be exact, to volunteer at this year’s UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene on Thursday 11 July.

Open Day | Rā Tōmene is our key recruitment event for future students, parents and whānau, and its success depends on staff throughout UC. Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet future students and enjoy the atmospheric buzz this event creates on campus.

We need volunteers in the following roles, can you help?

Supplier of smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you along our Open Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC. Hand out tote bags, scan tickets, greet those coming from out of town on the free bus, and wave them goodbye at the end of the day. You take care of those all-important frontline tasks, wearing a big smile on your face.

Information guru – providing help and support is your gig.
We have stations on campus just for you this Open Day | Rā Tōmene. You’ll assist visitors with any questions they have, from where to get a good coffee to what time the next info session starts.

Foot traffic controller – you’re there to help people find their way.
You love the buzz of people gathering, ready to learn. Every hour a new information session begins and you’ll be at the front of the line, managing the flow of people in and out of lecture theatres and helping people find the right session.

Data gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think.
iPad in hand, we need you to approach attendees with a smile to get their feedback on Open Day | Rā Tōmene. Using the pre-populated survey online, you will ensure we get the data we require to keep running successful events.

Campus explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
We need you to take small groups of visitors on a loop of the campus, pointing out all the key buildings and facilities, especially the sparkly new ones, to help them get a feel for UC. You’ll answer questions as you go and point out where things are happening throughout the day.

The day runs from 9am to 5pm and is based in the centre of the Ilam campus. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a morning or afternoon session.

Register your interest by completing this online form, but please check in with your manager first.

Thanks for your support to make this event a success.

UC Events

Nominations open for 2019 Blues Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 University of Canterbury Blues Awards.

We would like to invite all staff to circulate the following information within their departments, and nominate anyone who they deem fit to receive a Blues Award in the Sport, Community Engagement and Arts categories.

Receiving an award at our Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present to students who have excelled in these areas.

Individual Blues Awards will be presented for each discipline. Winners will then be eligible for the following major awards:

  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to University Sport
  • Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding Contribution to University Arts
  • Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement
  • Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding Contribution to the Māori Community
  • Outstanding Contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability.

We have also introduced a limited number of University of Canterbury Sport Recognition and Art Recognition awards. These awards recognise students those who have performed exceptionally, however are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual. For example coaches, managers, directors, producers, administrators, and executives.

Nomination criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the forms on the USCA website, with all sections completed.
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of the nominations date.
  • Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues Committee.
  • Nominees must have reached the required level of achievement between 19 August 2018 and 12 August 2019.

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 10am, Monday 12 August.

The Blues Awards will be held at Haere-roa on Saturday 28 September.

Celebrating Fresh Thinking: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Pavel Castka and Professor Tom Cochrane in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date:               Thursday, 6 June, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Location:        E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

 “Universal Language of the Future? Addressing business challenges through international standards” – Presented by Professor Pavel Castka, Department of Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship

 How can businesses address social and environmental issues – such as climate change, social responsibility, poverty or child labour – in a vastly diverse world with different opinions on these issues?  Is there a common platform or universal language that can facilitate the interaction between businesses across the world – enabling addressing of these challenges as well as challenges of everyday cooperation of firms in global supply chains?

In this inaugural professorial lecture, I will build on research at UC as well as my involvement with international standard setting NGOs – including International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – and discuss the status quo as well as future challenges of standards setting, adoption and control mechanisms that ensure consistency of international standards across the globe. The lecture is designed for a diverse audience that is interested in social and environmental issues as well as in the generic matters of cooperation in international business – inclusive of non-academic audience such as business leaders or social activists. The lecture provides an insight into the exciting world of international standards, potentially the universal language of the future.


Food–energy–water nexus in the Mekong” – Presented by Professor Tom Cochrane, Department of Civil & Natural Resources Engineering

 The Mekong basin in Southeast Asia is undergoing rapid development.  Basin wide water infrastructure development (hydropower/irrigation), climate change and land-use change are causes for concern due to potential impacts on highly valued fisheries, agriculture, and natural ecosystems. Extensive water, sediment and nutrient modelling and analyses were thus conducted to understand the food-energy-water nexus in the basin and assess future threats and evaluate alternative pathways. Results show that recent development of flood protection dykes, as well as sea level rise and land subsidence pose a major threat to the long term sustainability of the Mekong Delta. Future adaptation and mitigation strategies should include optimal operation of water infrastructure (hydropower, dykes, and irrigation systems) to reduce hydrological and sediment changes, reduction in groundwater pumping, water storage management, sea level rise protection infrastructure, land reclamation, enhancement of coastal and in-stream habitats, and others.  A single solution is not sufficient for this complex basin; multiple mitigation initiatives are necessary through transboundary communication and coordination. The analysis and methods, as well as the lessons learnt in this research can be translated to other river systems around the world undergoing rapid development and climatic threats.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinner 2

UC Pasifika Old Skool Dinners are social evenings for our mature or adult Pasifika students, who might like to spend time with other adult students and staff.

The dinners are an opportunity for these students and staff to get together, unwind and escape the stress and pressure of exams, research and or writing.

Please note we have no strict definition of what makes a ‘mature’ or ‘adult’ student, so if this feels like it’s for you, come along!

  • What: Old Skool Dinner 2
  • Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019
  • Time: 4pm – 6pm
  • Venue: Pacific Lali Room, Te Ao Marama 208, Arts Road, University of Canterbury