Category Archives: Research & Innovation

UC is an R&D approved research provider

We are pleased to share with you that UC is one of the first institutions to be recognised by Inland Revenue | Te Tari Taake as an approved research provider.

The recent Research and Development Tax Incentive law makes it easier for qualifying businesses (most businesses) to obtain a 15% tax refund on their research and development (R&D) expenditure per annum.

Working with UC is especially favourable for businesses that spend less than $50,000 per annum on R&D because, to benefit from the incentive, you must work with an approved research provider. UC is committed to making your tax claim as straightforward as possible by clearly identifying your R&D expenditure when invoicing.

If you know of a business looking for R&D please let them know of our approved research provider status. If you require more information please email: commercial@canterbury.ac.nz

Jump for health

We’ve all heard the recommended amount of daily exercise is 30 minutes, done at least five times a week. But what is the best way to get fit? High-intensity? High frequency?

Here’s your chance to find out.

PhD student Tane Clement from the School of Health Sciences | Kura Mātai Hauora is investigating how low-dose, high-frequency exercise on a trampoline affects aerobic capacity and common health markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and weight.

Join in this research study for a chance to learn more about your health. The study involves completing 100 bounces of a trampoline three to five times a week, over a period of eight weeks. So about two minutes of exercise per day. An application will be used to record your jump height each day, with the goal being to improve the total jump height over the eight weeks.

The trampoline is located in the Robert J. Scott Atrium (Mechanical Engineering building), so is nice and convenient for anyone who comes into uni each day anyway.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the study or to sign up, contact Tane for more information>

The project is being carried out by Tane Clement, under the supervision of Nick Draper and Keith Alexander. Nick can be contacted at nick.draper@canterbury.ac.nz. He will be pleased to discuss any concerns you may have about participation in the project.

Aotearoa New Zealand Three Rs award research grant extended until 14 April 2019

In July 2018, the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) launched 2 biennial awards to celebrate achievement in the development and implementation of the Three Rs. 

The Three Rs are considered the guiding principles for animal research, testing, and teaching. They are:

REPLACEMENT – Replacing animals with non-animal alternatives.

REDUCTION – Using as few animals as necessary.

REFINEMENT – The way experiments are carried out should be refined to reduce pain or suffering as much as possible, for example, by using painkillers, or the most advanced scientific methods.

Applications for the Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield Three Rs implementation award closed on 5 October 2018.  However, the deadline for grant has been extended.

On offer (to an individual, group or institution within New Zealand) is a $50,000 research grant, which will provide funding for research specifically targeted at developing ways to replace, reduce, or refine the use of animals in research, testing, and teaching.

Applications for the Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield Three Rs implementation close on 14 April 2019. 

To apply, visit the MPI website

HIT Lab Open Day – Let’s Get Connected!

 

The HIT Lab NZ is holding an Open Day

You’ll have a chance to:
  • communicate with robots
  • run, jump and walk through virtual worlds
  • visit Antarctica without leaving your seat – it’s like you are there
Human Interface Technology Lab is a research lab within the College of Engineering. Human Interface Technology aims to improve interactive technology to meet users’ needs. This tech can enhance countless parts of our lives. Current project topics include: medicine, education and training, entertainment, psychology, arts, and business.
 
We want to explore collaboration options, and show you our innovative projects.
 
  • Can we improve your research?
  • Do you want to get involved?
  • Are you curious?

All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday 21 November, 2018
Visit any time between 2.00pm and 7.00pm
Level 2, John Britten Building
69 Creyke Road, Ilam, Christchurch
https://www.hitlabnz.org/