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Appointment of General Counsel and Registrar

I am very pleased to advise that we have successfully appointed Adela Kardos to the position of General Counsel and Registrar. Adela comes to us with a wealth of experience and is currently the General Counsel/Head of Legal Services at Christchurch City Council (CCC).  With her Bachelor of Laws with Honours from UC, Adela has been a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand since 2007. She currently manages a team of 16, including 12 lawyers and plays a critical role as a Member of the Council’s Executive Team providing strategic and legal advice on both governance and operational matters.

Adela has been with the CCC for the past 9 years and is looking forward to taking on a new challenge, she has a passion for the Education sector and will be joining us from Monday, 3 August 2020.

Geospatial Research Institute Seminar: Saving your life, without you even knowing it

Join us on 27 March to hear from Steve Abley and Chris Morris from Abley Limited talk about the “MegaMaps” tool – Saving your life, without you even knowing it.

New Zealand now has a tool especially developed to identify high risk locations for safety interventions: The Safer Journeys Risk Assessment Tool or “MegaMaps”. This tool, will help to reduce the horrific financial and emotional cost of road fatalities.

“MegaMaps”, has been developed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency with the assistance of Abley Limited. Steve and Chris, will explain The Safer Journeys Risk Assessment Tool or “MegaMaps”, how it came to exist and why it is unique nationally and globally.

This seminar will be of interest to students, academics, practitioners involved in data analytics as well as road safety practitioners.

Come for a networking free lunch at 12:30 pm, followed by our guest talk at 1:00 pm.
Haere mai!  All are welcome!

Location: University of Canterbury, Ernest Rutherford building, room 263

Please sign up (free) via the Eventbrite link so that we can accommodate for catering:
https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/gri-seminar-27-march-2020-saving-your-life-without-you-even-knowing-it-tickets-98354790827

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