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Applications for 2018 Visiting Academic Fellowships and Grants now open

The Erskine Programme Office is pleased to announce that applications for the following academic exchange programmes are now open:

Visiting Canterbury Fellowships and Grants.
Nominations can be submitted from the following schools/departments:

  • All schools/departments in the College of Arts (excluding the Departments of Philosophy and Linguistics);
  • All schools/department in the College of Education, Health and Human Development (except the School of Health Sciences); and
  • the School of Law.

Visiting Oxford Fellowships and Grants
Nominations can be submitted from all schools and departments at UC.

The applications are for Fellowships (incoming academics to UC) and Grants (UC academics going overseas) for visits to take place in 2018.

The closing date for all application is Friday 5 May 2017.  Completed applications should be sent to the Erskine Programme Office.

Further information about the academic exchange programmes and the nomination forms are on the intranet.

If you have any questions please contact the Erskine Programme Manager on x93984 or at

Please note: Applications for Visiting Cambridge Fellowships and Grants will open soon.

Indigenous women and leadership

In the lead up to  International Women’s Day, Aotahi School of Maori & Indigenous Studies hosted a panel discussion on ‘Indigenous Women in Leadership’.

The panelists were:

  • Sacha McMeeking, Aotahi School of Māori & Indigenous Studies, UC
  • Hana Skerrett-White, Tumuaki, Te Aka Toki, University of Canterbury Māori Students Association
  • Arihia Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

The forum was part of a series of events hosted by the Human Rights Commission, leading up to the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

We share here some of the points from Hana’s talk.

Hana began her discussion with a quote from late Tuaiwa Rickard who was a very strong Māori women leader and activist in her time: “Somewhere in my past is my destiny”.

Hana then unmasked some of the leadership qualities that her tīpuna embodied and  how these qualities have been intergenerationally transmitted.

She also explained Rangatiratanga (which translates as leadership), ranga= to weave, tira=a group and tangata means people.
ie: To weave together a group of people. This gives us insight to a Māori view on leadership.

Other points covered included:

  • Leadership is about serving our people, being engaged in community, at the whānau level.
  • Iti te kupu nui te kōrero. Humility (whakaiti) is an intergral aspect of indigenous leadership.
  • Te Rangatiratanga o te reo: Māori language is central to the freedom thinking needed to dismantle colonial architecture, disrupt colonial rule and disturb colonial expansion.
  • Te reo karanga o te wahine. As the first voice to be heard on the marae, the voice of Māori women is one which can transcend the spiritual and physical realms.

UC is also hosting a Women in Leadership breakfast in Auckland on 8 March. To find out out about other events to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, check these listings.

SIGNAL ICT Grad School Open

SIGNAL – the ICT Grad School for the South Island  – opened its doors to sites in Christchurch and Dunedin on 27 February.

signalAfter two years of collaboration, hard work and complex challenges SIGNAL director, Stuart Charters, says it’s no mean feat to bring five institutions together in pursuit of an IT education disruptor.

SIGNAL is a partnership between Ara Institute of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Otago Polytechnic, the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago.

“This is a New Zealand first. We were charged with building an ICT grad school where we all worked together. And we’ve done it; all institutions are collaborating across a selection of industry-driven programmes committed to building the IT workforce of the South Island.

And with more than 40 students already signed up for SIGNAL’s programmes, the effort has been worth it.

“SIGNAL as an entity is both agile and disruptive – it has to be to meet the very real and urgent needs of industry. But it also has the experience and teaching excellence of the five institutes behind it.

“And the timing of the ICT grad school couldn’t be better – businesses all over the south are challenged with how they keep up with tech which continues to gather speed.”

SIGNAL’s four keystone programmes cover the range of IT needs:

  • Educate for school teachers
  • Shift for those from other backgrounds wanting to move into the IT sector
  • Accelerate to supercharge recent grads’ skill set
  • Xtend, working with tech leaders to ensure businesses are future-proofed.

Dunedin’s SIGNAL site at 123 Vogel St is hosting its first cohort of Shift students from 27 February, Christchurch and Dunedin sites will host introduction Xtend and Accelerate workshops in March and Educate has its first boot camp at 181 High Street, Christchurch in April.  SIGNAL will also offer short-form courses.

Enrolments are open for our second Shift cohort to start in Christchurch in June.

To find out more about SIGNAL, visit or read the article on CIO

Book Giveaway at Library

Withdrawn library books are being given away on Friday 3 March from 12.15pm – 2.30pm.
Location: – Level 3, Central Library, Puaka James Hight.

Please bring bags with you.

The range of subject areas include:

  • 19th century English Literature
  • French Literature
  • History
  • Biological Sciences
  • Fine Arts.

Books available include donated items not required for the collection and duplicate copies no longer required.

Dr Bike is back for 2017!

Dr Bike  is back for 2017 and starts on Tuesday 28 February.  Dr Bike is a free fix-it clinic for basic bike issues available to both staff and students, funded by the Sustainability Office. This service provides basic maintenance and repairs such as punctures repair, tuning brakes and oiling chains.

Olly Ng and Zac Porter are running Dr Bike on Tuesdays, 12-1 pm on C Block lawn during term time. For more information, check here.

We are excited that Dr Bike will be using eco-friendly bicycle lubricants, thanks to a two-year sponsorship from Christchurch-based company Biomaxa.

If you’re interested in seeing how Dr Bike fits into the bigger picture about planning for cyclists at UC, you might like to look at the draft UC Cycle Plan 2014-2022.

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Last year's Dr Bike team, Zac (R) will continue this year!
Last year’s Dr Bike team, Zac (R) will continue this year!