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UC Meta Research Cluster Hui 4 August

Invitation to UCMeta’s Next Hui

UC Meta is a research cluster supported by the UC Business School Research Committee to facilitate multi-disciplinary research that focuses on meta-research. Information about UCMeta can be found here. 

We will have our next hui on Tuesday 4 August at 12-1 PM in the Meremere Staff Lounge (Meremere 236). It will feature two research presentations:

– Joana Kuntz, Associate Professor in the School of Psychology, will talk about her research on “Meta-analysis of workplace interventions to reduce psycho-social risk factors that affect employee health”.

– Dr. Devmali Perera, a postdoc in the Department of Economics and Finance, and Professor Jedrzej Bialkowski, also from the Department of Economics and Finance, will discuss their research, “Commodity futures hedge ratios: A meta-analysis”.

The format of the huis is short presentations with ample opportunity for interaction. Each presentation will be 15 minutes long and designed to “advertise” the researcher’s work. The goal is to spark the sharing of research ideas.

Please forward this invitation to others who you think may find this of interest. All are welcome.

Feel free to bring a lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Ngā mihi,

Prof Bob Reed

This August session will be available on Zoom if required

Appointment of the Chief Digital Officer

Kia ora,

I have great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Michael Oulsnam to the role of Chief Digital Officer which will lead IT Services at UC.  Michael is an experienced digital leader who joins us from Air New Zealand where he has an impressive track record of driving innovation, transformation, agile ways of working and building and leading high performing teams. Michael is also very passionate about connecting people and driving a constructive culture and is looking forward to coming to Christchurch and the University to continue the change process underway.

Michael is currently based in Silicon Valley in the USA where he is the Head of Digital Ventures for Air New Zealand and will be joining us on campus in early October after quarantining. I am very excited for Michael to join us here at UC, with over 15 years’ experience in digital technology and leadership this will help us to further accelerate our digital transformation to ensure our UC Strategy can be delivered.

Albert will continue as Acting CIO until the end of October.

Ngā mihi,
Keith Longden
Executive Director of Planning, Finance and IT | Kaihautū Matua Kōahu

UC Travel Survey: Last chance!

Want to be heard on travel and transport issues? It’s your last chance until 2024!

The UC Travel Survey is open until midnight on Wednesday 22nd July. If you haven’t already completed the survey, we strongly urge you take a few minutes to do so by following the link in your email inbox. You will receive a reminder email with a link to the survey today.

Why should I do the survey?

The transport survey is vital for gauging staff and student travel patterns to and from the university and for aiding development of the University’s transport and campus plans. It’s our best tool for understanding our community’s travel and transport needs.

Results from the survey and monitoring also provide important evidence for University approaches to the Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury on transport matters; for example, improving bus services to/from UC, improving cycle routes, and addressing car parking on campus and on surrounding streets.

How long will it take?

The UC Travel Survey takes usually less than 5 minutes to complete.

Mexico-New Zealand, New Partners.

UC and Mexico have a long and fruitful history of academic collaborations and interactions.  To celebrate this growing relationship, UC is proud to be hosting The Ambassador of Mexico, Alfredo Pérez Bravo from 17-20th July.

While on campus, Mr Alfredo Rogerio Perez Bravo is giving the lecture: “Mexico-New Zealand, New Partners.

  • When: Monday 20 July at 2-3pm
  • Where: E8

All Staff and Students are welcome.

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences are holding a research symposium this Saturday (18/07) to showcase the large number of scientific interactions and exchanges between the two countries. All Staff and Students are welcome. Click here for more>

Ambassador Alfredo Pérez Bravo is a Mexican career diplomat with 44 years of experience at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs . He was promoted to the rank of Ambassador at 33 years of age .
For the last 30 years, he has served as Ambassador of Mexico and  the President of the United Mexican States appointed him Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico to New Zealand in May 2019.

Welcome to UC, Ambassador Pérez Bravo!



Funding announced for biomass boiler at UC

Minister for Climate Change the Hon. James Shaw visited UC today to announce Government funding towards new energy infrastructure at UC’s Ilam campus.

This funding provides a $6.24 million boost towards UC’s goal of becoming carbon net neutral by 2030. It is part of the Government’s $200m State Sector Decarbonisation Funding (SSDF) project. 

Read the media release and facts about the biomass boiler here>