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UC researchers lead the focus on Decolonizing Animals

The first conference of the Australasian Animal Studies Association to be held in Aotearoa New Zealand takes place in Ōtautahi Christchurch this week, following a successful bid from UC’s New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZCHAS) and TourismNZ.

Located at The Piano from 1-4 July, Decolonizing Animals focuses on human-animal interactions and in particular, indigenous approaches to such relationships.

Some 150 national and international academics will be in attendance, including renowned scholars on topics such as decolonialism and the environment, veganism and sustainability, feral and introduced versus native species and the place of animals in literature, art and film. 

As Director of NZCHAS, UC Professor Annie Potts is thrilled to have Kirsty Dunn, Ngata Centenary Doctoral Scholar and postgraduate member of NZCHAS, as a keynote speaker at the event.

Kirsty will share her PhD research ’Into the Dark, We Are Moths’ – Representing and Reimagining Animals in Māori Writing in English, on the opening night of the conference, which will also feature a keynote address from acclaimed author Witi Ihimaera. 

She will also run a panel on Māori perspectives on plant-based food ethics.

Kirsty Dunn, Ngata Centenary Doctoral Scholar and postgraduate member of NZCHAS.

Kirsty was previously recognised by the Australasian Animal Studies Association for her research on Māori plant-based food ethics, receiving the award for best postgraduate paper at their 2017 conference in Adelaide.

NZCHAS brings together scholars whose research is concerned with the conceptual and material treatment of animals in culture, society and history. Professor Potts looks forward to showcasing UC’s unique NZCHAS teaching and research programme as well as the Centre’s new doctoral degree in Human-Animal Studies (HAS) at the conference. UC is the only university in the southern hemisphere offering a PhD in HAS.

The PhD programme, convened by UC Professor Philip Armstrong, is attracting high-calibre candidates from within Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

“We are over the moon at the enthusiasm of the postgraduate students coming through,” Professor Potts says.

Decolonizing Animals: Australasian Animals Studies Conference
1-4 July 2019
The Piano, 156 Armagh Street, Ōtautahi Christchurch

The work of both Kirsty and Professor Annie Potts will be featured in the upcoming 2018 Research Report, which demonstrates the breadth of UC’s research into the future of food through food equity, food intelligence and food innovation, from across the extensive range of disciplines available at the University.

Essay buying and cheating in the news

You may have heard recent news allegations about international students at Auckland University buying their essays from ghost writers. (Source: 1 NEWS)

Cheating and academic dishonesty are not tolerated at UC. Academic integrity is one of the cornerstones of being a successful student, and breaching academic integrity can lead to serious consequences, including exclusion from the University.

Students have been reminded of the following:

Behaviours that put you or others at serious risk can impact on your enrolment at UC, your career and subsequent employment opportunities.

A UC student’s responsibility is:

  • to be self-motivated and actively contribute to personal learning
  • to complete course work to the best of your ability
  • to honestly engage in your course work
  • to understand that academic dishonesty including plagiarism and cheating has serious consequences

Please refer to the Know the Code – Student Code of Conduct pamphlet (available at Student Success, Security and UCSA offices) or Know the Code webpage for more information.

If students need support with their academic writing, the Academic Skills Centre | Pokapū Pūkenga Ako can help. They offer services and resources that focus on academic writing and strategies to support student success.

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

Manawa, innovative and collaborative health science facility, officially opened

UC is a partner in the Manawa health research and education facility located in Te Papa Hauora | The Christchurch Health Precinct, with Ara Institute of Canterbury and Canterbury CDHB.

Manawa was officially opened this week (31 January) by Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Health Minister Dr David Clark.

Professor Gail Gillon, Director of the Child Well-being Research Institute at UC spoke at the event, with former Chancellor  Dr John Wood, Professor Lianne Woodward, Professor Angus Macfarlane, Professor Letitia Fickel and Professor Ian Wright in attendance.

UC Health Science postgraduate research students have been based at Manawa since August 2018, where they have access to health sector professionals and state-of-the-art simulation training facilities.

Manawa is an innovative and collaborative model that brings together the education and health sectors. Sharing resources and knowledge that will contribute to building the capacity of Canterbury’s future health workforce.

Learn more about current health research at UC, Ara and CDHB at the We’re Talking Health event here at UC on 6 March.

Professor Lianne Woodward will discuss the developmental challenges associated with premature birth, and Professor Simon Kingham will explain GeoHealth – a project that explores how the physical environment, such as proximity to water or ‘blue space’, affects mental health.

UC Travel Expo 2019

Pop into Undercroft 101 between 11.30am – 1.30pm this Friday 1 February to meet UC’s preferred travel suppliers.

All UC travellers and travel arrangers are welcome.

This is a great chance to chat with suppliers covering airlines, rental cars, hoteliers, insurance and duty of care.

Prize draw at the end of the expo. Finger food and drinks provided.