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Innovation Jumpstart momentum builds as all colleges jump in

At a time when the Innovation Jumpstart Competition is branching out into exciting new territory, UC Research & Innovation were thrilled to received 20 entries the second highest number of entries in six years of running the competition. 

This comes at a time when the competition branches out into brave new territory.  Formerly Tech Jumpstart, the new name refocuses the concept of innovation across all of UC’s disciplines and colleges.

Applications came from every college 

ENGINEERING                          11  = 55%

SCIENCE                                         6 = 30%

ARTS                                                  1 = 5%

BUSINESS and LAW                  1 = 5%

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT    1 = 5%                                                                                                          

Digging deeper:

  • 10 submissions (50%) were from individual researchers
  • 10 submissions (50%) were contributed by two or more researchers as a team
  • 36 academic staff in total
  • 7 staff (19%) had submitted in the previous 2017 Tech Jumpstart Competition
  • 29 staff (81%) were submitting for the first time.

What’s next?

Shortlisting is happening Tuesday  21 August by a group of external and internal judges followed by the top entries presenting their proposals on Thursday 13 September.

The top five projects will receive $20,000 funding each to help with innovation and technology development, as well as commercialisation support from Research & Innovation (R&I) and possible access to additional funding sources for continued development.

Awards ceremony – reminder that the Innovation Jumpstart Competition 2018 Awards Ceremony will be held on 3 October, 6:00pm – 7:30pm in the UC Council Chambers, Matariki Building.
Applicants and others interested are invited to attend. RSVP information will be provided closer to the time.

Dr Ronán Feehily wins UC Business School Early Career Researcher Award

The 2018 recipient of the UC Business School Early Career Researcher Award is Dr Ronán Feehily, senior lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.

Ronán has worked as an academic on three continents, and his research profile reflects the global reach of his publications.

His research interests lie primarily in the field of international commercial dispute resolution. Additional research interests include corporate governance, international trade and legal education.

He is the author of 17 peer reviewed journal articles in leading journals in the USA, UK and South Africa (including 7 A, 2 B, and 6 C ranked publications).

He has also edited a book and co-authored a new edition of An Introduction to the Law of Contract in New Zealand. He has delivered nine conference papers at leading conferences in the UK and Africa covering various aspects of his research interests.

While his publications have been cited on numerous occasions by various authors, there are two references that are particularly noteworthy. The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Regional Head for Asia and the Pacific, cited the article ‘Confidentiality and Transparency in International Commercial Arbitration: Finding the Right Balance’, published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review (Volume 22, Spring 2017, 275-323), as a major contribution to the advancement of rule-based commerce and to the promotion of multilateral trade and investment laws.

The proposals for regulatory and law reform contained in the article dealing with costs sanctions published in the South African Law Journal in 2009, were cited by Prof Alan Rycroft, who mentioned in particular that Dr Feehily’s prediction was accurate that commercial mediation would not become a prominent form of dispute resolution in South Africa until heavy costs penalties are deployed by the courts (see Alan Rycroft ‘What should the consequences be of an unreasonable refusal to participate in ADR?’ (2014) 131 South African Law Journal 778).

Ronán’s research has also contributed to proposals for law reform in Ireland, and his proposals were incorporated by the Irish Law Reform Commission in their report ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Conciliation’.

The report ultimately led to the enactment of the Mediation Act 2017, introducing a legal framework for the use of mediation in civil and commercial disputes in Ireland.

He is currently involved in an interdisciplinary project with Julia Wu, an ACIS lecturer in accounting, involving an investigation into institutional investors/shareholders and their experience with audit committees, and the impact it has on corporate governance in New Zealand.

The project has received Business School funding and will result in an article in a highly ranked peer-reviewed corporate governance journal and at least one conference paper.

Please join us in congratulating Ronán on this well-deserved recognition of his research success.

Prime Minister’s Science Prizes – applications close on 5 September

Aotearoa New Zealand’s most talented established and emerging scientists, science teachers and science communicators able to apply for awards worth a combined value of $1 million across five categories.

The major prize, worth $500,000, is presented to an individual or team whose research has had significant impact in New Zealand or internationally. Previous winners have been recognised for research in areas ranging from health to climate change to new energy technologies.

The Prime Minister’s Science Prize categories are:

The Prime Minister’s Science Prize, $500,000

This will be awarded to an individual or team for a transformative scientific discovery or achievement, which has had a significant economic, health, social and/or environmental impact in the last five years on New Zealand or internationally

The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, $200,000

This will be awarded to an outstanding emerging scientist who has had their PhD conferred, within the past eight years (i.e. from 1 January 2010 onwards)

The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize, $150,000

This will be awarded to a registered teacher who has been teaching science, mathematics, technology, pūtaiao, hangarau or pāngarau learning areas of the New Zealand curriculum to school-age children in a primary, intermediate or secondary New Zealand registered school.

The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize, $100,000

This will be awarded to a practising scientist who can demonstrate an interest, passion and aptitude for science communication and public engagement, or to a person who has developed expertise in public engagement with, or communication of, complex scientific or technological information to the public or science community.

The Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize, $50,000 tertiary scholarship

This will be awarded to a Year 12 or Year 13 student for outstanding achievement in carrying out a practical and innovative science, mathematics, technology or engineering project.

To find out more and to lodge entries visit:


Calling all early career Academics

Planning Your Career Advancement is a 2-day workshop for Early Career Academics that’s interactive and reflective and is designed to give you time and space to identify your career goals, give context to your position in UC and provide information on support services available to you.

The workshop runs over two days, from 9am – 4.30pm Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 September, 2018, with a networking event from 5-6pm on Wednesday evening.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend.
Only one course is run per year!

To find out more about the course and instructions on how
to register, visit the  intranet site here.

Visit our intranet site here if you are interested in what other
Professional Development Opportunities Learning and Development has available?

or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

Erskine Programme Visitor Profile: Professor Horacio Brown

Where have you come from and what do you teach?
I worked at the Faculty of Forestry & Nature Conservation, Universidad de Chile since 1991. I did my B.Sc. Forestry at Universidad de Chile (1992), while my M.Sc. (1996) and Ph.D. (2007) at the University of Canterbury.  My teaching and research focuses on carbon, water and nutrient fluxes in forest ecosystems applied to sustainable forest management and ecological restoration.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/Why did you want to come to UC?
This is my second time as an Erskine fellow (2014, 2018), and I think the Erskine Programme provides a great opportunity to interact with colleagues, and explore and discuss new research and teaching ideas. Also to interact with other Erskine fellows and to open to new disciplines. Personally having a sabbatical in New Zealand, also provides me with the opportunity to benchmark my work identifying weaknesses and strengths, while also opportunities, which might be difficult to see while being at my home institution for a long time.

What have you been doing at UC?
At the moment, I’m teaching a three-week module about plant ecophysiology for the FORE219 course “Introduction to Silviculture”, and also interacting with postgraduate students at the School of Forestry. I’m co-supervising a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. student, and I’m interested to contribute towards refining their research ideas and the methods to test them while at the same time keeping them within the time frame of their studies.

Professor Bown (centre) with doctoral students Serajis Salekin (left) and Cristian Higuera (right)

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
I’m enjoying University life enormously; just to name a few, the interaction with colleagues and students, the coffee breaks, the interesting conversations and challenges, having more time to read the forestry literature and also reading in my leisure time, the time to share with friends, and last but not least, the time talking with my teenage daughter while cooking together.