Category Archives: Staff Success

UC Teaching Awards

Come and celebrate the work of this year’s UC Teaching Award winners – Associate Professor Ashley Garrill (Biological Sciences), Professor Alessandro Palermo (Civil and Natural Resources Engineering) and Dr Marlene Villeneuve (Geological Sciences) – at the opening event of UC’s Teaching Month on 1 July, from 10.30am in the Undercroft 101.

This celebration will launch UC Teaching Month for 2019, and will include the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, giving a key note speech from 11.30am on the future of teaching at UC, and the role of teaching in the emerging Academic Strategy.

Introduced in 2001, The UC Teaching Awards recognise excellence in both undergraduate and graduate teaching, and teaching-related activities. Learn more about this year’s winners’ teaching here>

The full timetable of events planned for July’s Teaching Month can be accessed Teaching month website>

Please join us in congratulating Associate Professor Ashley Garrill, Professor Alessandro Palermo and Dr Marlene Villeneuve on 1 July.

Talented UC lecturer a finalist in 2019 PANZ awards

UC’s Aaron Beehre is a finalist several times over for the Publishers Association of New Zealand PANZ Design Awards again, as he was last year, when his design of New China Eyewitness (CUP, 2017) made an almost clean sweep of the board.

Aaron is a finalist for Bonsai (CUP, 2018) in the best non-illustrated book category. He is also a finalist in both the Penguin Random House Best Illustrated Book, and Mary Egan Publishing Award for Best Typography for Us vs Them (Christchurch Art Gallery | Te Puna o Waiwhetu).  His design work is also included among the finalists in both the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book, and the Edify Award for Best Educational Book for ART-TASTIC (also published by Canterbury Art Gallery).

The winners of all eight categories will be announced at a special ceremony in Auckland on Thursday 25 July.

  • Us v Them: Tony de Lautour (collector’s edition)
    By Peter Vangioni with Giovanni Intra, Peter Robinson, Zarah Stanhope, Lara Strongman and Alice Tappenden (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū), designed by Aaron Beehre
  • Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand
    Edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe (Canterbury University Press), designed by Aaron Beehre
    By Sarah Pepperle (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū), cover designed by Aaron Beehre, interior designed by Aaron Beehre with Raquel Joseph, Emma Kevern and Ryan Patrick

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 Admin Plus – Wellbeing Day!

On Thursday 11 April 2019 more than 180 staff from across UC attended the UC Admin Plus Professional Development Day in the Central Lecture Theatres.

The theme for the day was Wellbeing. UC’s Senior Management Team (SMT) sponsored this event financially and by encouraging staff to take a day away from their desks. Thank you to SMT, our MCs, our wonderful presenters, and our 30+ organisers and volunteers.

We surveyed registrants and here is a snapshot of some of the fabulous feedback:

Fantastic day! So well organised! Very relaxed, happy mood, friendly, fun & informative. Excellent speakers.

Empowering sessions, walked away feeling proud of my role. Gave me a lot to think about in terms of improvements that could be made in our College and the Uni at large.

This would have to be the best day event I can recall attending in over 20 yrs at UC. Such interesting speakers covering a great range of topics. I really appreciate all the time, energy and careful thought which obviously went into its planning and execution.

We also received some great suggestions about UC Admin Plus and about future events with a strong recommendation that we hold another PD Day event in 2021.

If you want to receive emails about future UC Admin Plus events please email

Those on this email list can also access our Sharepoint page where photos and recordings from this event can be found. Our next morning event is in June.

More design awards for lecturer Aaron Beehre and his students

Christchurch Art Gallery publications designed by UC senior lecturer in Graphic Design Aaron Beehre and his students, have picked up prestigious Australasian design awards.

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 Christchurch Art Gallery staff David Simpson and Sarah Pepperle and Director Blair Jackson (centre) are celebrating their win in the Museums Australasia Multimedia and Publication Design Awards.