Category Archives: In the news

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.

The Jumpstart 2018 winners have been announced

An innovative biological treatment to overcome antibiotic resistance, a pioneering technique to create environmentally friendly, near-zero waste processes in the galvanising industry, and a diagnostic test to save mother and baby from life-threatening pre-eclampsia are among the winners in this year’s University of Canterbury (UC) Innovation Jumpstart competition.

Five prizes of $20,000 were awarded funding from KiwiNet. Additionally, technology incubators WNT Ventures and Astrolab chose two projects to receive $35,000 worth of practical services.

Innovation Jumpstart gives UC researchers from all disciplines, including arts, science, education, engineering, business and law, the opportunity to transform their ideas and research into commercial reality.

The Jumpstart competition is in its ninth year with researchers from across the university encouraged to consider how their ideas and research may hold the potential to transform into a commercial reality.

The competition was judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and industry leaders, including representatives from Callaghan Innovation, technology incubators WNT Ventures and Astrolab, UC alumni and staff.

The judges included award-winning entrepreneur and UC alumnus Dennis Chapman, entrepreneur Paul Davis, Ara Deputy Chair Elizabeth Hopkins, tech investor Greg Sitters who is a Managing Partner of Matū, a venture fund specialising in early stage science and technology startups. 

Innovation Jumpstart winners:

WNT Ventures prize:

Recovery of feedstock chemicals from dilute solution

Dr Matthew Cowan (Chemical and Process Engineering)

A novel technology for recovering unused materials from machine or industrial processes. Dr Matthew Cowan proposes creating a technology which will make producing speciality plastics and chemicals more efficient and create less waste. The recycling of waste products from these chemical reactions will create economic benefits for an international market with potential for engineering and operational jobs.

Astrolab prize:

Enzymes for controlling Gram-negative pathogenic microbes in food, medicine, and veterinary industries

Associate Professor Renwick Dobson (Biomolecular Interactions Centre, School of Biological Sciences), doctoral candidate Michael Love and Dr Craig Billington (ESR)

Innovative resistance-proof bacteria-killing enzymes that are safe to treat both humans and animals. This treatment will save lives, reduce healthcare costs and be an alternative to antibiotics as a safer and cheaper option. The application of this research will have many implications across multiple industries, creating new treatment options for infections in the medical industry, becoming a low-cost solution to untreatable on-farm bacterial disease, and being a biosecurity treatment for cross-contamination for food that is vulnerable to microbial pathogens.

New diagnostic test for life-threatening condition in pregnancy for mother and child

Dr Jennifer Crowther (Biomolecular Interactions Centre, School of Biological Sciences), Professor Mark Hampton (University of Otago), Dr Neil Pattinson (ChristchurchNZ), Associate Professor Renwick Dobson

Pre-eclampsia is a life-threatening condition for both mother and child that occurs in around 5% of all pregnancies. This diagnostic test uses a biomarker of patients presenting with altered levels of a particular protein to diagnose early in order to closely monitor symptoms and prolong the duration of the pregnancy. This illness currently has no consistent predictive testing method to identify the presence of the illness at an early-stage.

Innovative spin coating to create environmentally friendly materials

Associate Professor Mathieu Sellier (Mechanical Engineering), Dr Volker Nock and Associate Professor Shayne Gooch

A pioneering technology using a new multi-axis spin to coat items in the micro-electronics and optic industry. Associate Professor Sellier proposes a reliable and easy to use process to thin coating of curved surfaces with thin filament creating consistent results every time. This unique technology could disrupt multiple industries.

An eco-friendly solution to reuse acid waste from galvanising plants

Dr Aaron Marshall (Chemical and Process Engineering)

This innovative method recycles iron and zinc from the process of galvanising steel to protect it from corrosion, in order to save resources and recycle waste. Developed from an industry problem, this tech promises to save the industry by up to 70% of its pre-galvanising cleaning costs which could save companies hundreds of thousands each year.