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The Erskine Programme is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Canterbury, Cambridge, and Oxford Visiting Fellowships and Grants.

Fellowships to come to UC have been awarded to the following people:

Canterbury Fellowships

  • Professor Catriona Pennell from the University of Exeter, UK, who will be visiting the School of Humanities and Creative Arts, and the School of Languages, Social, and Political Sciences.
  • Professor Pamela Jane Schwikkard from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, who will be visiting the School of Law.

Cambridge Fellowships

  • Dr Edwin Dalmaijer will be visiting the School of Psychology.
  • Professor Ben Gripaios will be visiting the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Dr Sinead Moylett will be visiting the School of Health Sciences.

Oxford Fellowships

  • Professor Katharine Burn  will be visiting the School of Teacher Education.
  • Professor Martin Castell will be visiting the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Stephen Harrison will be visiting the School of Humanities and Creative Arts.

Māori and Indigenous Studies Fellowship

  • Dr Elizabeth Kerekere from the Tīwhanawhana Trust will be visiting Aotahi – School of Māori and Indigenous Studies.

UC academics who have been awarded grants and will be travelling overseas are:

Oxford Grant

  • Professor Gail Gillon  from the Child and Wellbeing Institute.
  • Dr Shea Elizabeth from the School of Law.
  • Associate Professor Patrick O’Sullivan from the Department of Classics.

Cambridge Grant

  • Dr Toni Collins from the School of Law.

We would like to congratulate all the recipients.

Please contact the Erskine Programme office at erskine@canterbury.ac.nz for further information.

Summer School at UC

Enrolments are open now for UC’s Summer School courses starting in November. Tell your students or check out the options for yourself.

From 1 October, students will also be able to enrol for summer courses starting in January.

There are over 100 courses available, ranging from Biology to Te Reo, and from Economics to Statistics. To see the full list, read more>

Summer study is a great way for students to shorten the duration of their degree, spread the workload or pick up a prerequisite course – while still leaving enough time to make the most of the long summer days.

Come and support our colleague: Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution made by Professor Clemency Montelle and Professor Geoffrey Rodgers in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date                Thursday 3 October, from 4.30 – 6.00pm

Venue             E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend these lectures, to actively support our new professors, and to take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Extraordinary scientific exchanges between Europe and India in the 18th century

Presented by Professor Clemency Montelle

International collaboration makes for fruitful innovation, and historical studies show this isn’t just a modern phenomenon.  In November 1730, a young Portuguese astronomer named Pedro Da Silva travelled to India, bringing with him a copy of the 1727 reprint of Philippe de La Hire’s Tabulae astronomicae. Working in the court of Jayasiṃha, Emperor of Jaipur, in the subsequent years, da Silva and other Jesuit priests collaborated alongside Indian astronomers to produce versions of this work in Sanskrit.   I explore this fascinating case of transmission by comparing passages from the 1727 reprint in Latin and the subsequent Sanskrit translations and some of the surprising consequences of introducing new science to a contrasting culture of inquiry.

Research into earthquake engineering and hip replacement implants

Presented by Professor Geoffrey Rodgers

This talk will cover the closely related, yet seemingly disparate fields of earthquake engineering and biomedical engineering. Perhaps surprisingly, the finer details of research in both these fields can require a closely similar skill-set, despite the vastly different fields of application.

This talk will first cover recent research into novel energy dissipation and seismic damping devices, and their application to low-damage structures to improve the resilience of built environment. Implementation of these new structural design methods and devices, both locally within the Christchurch Rebuild, and internationally, will be covered.

This talk will also cover the use of ultrasonic sensors, video motion capture, and human gait analysis, to better understand the mechanics of hip replacement implants within the human body. This increased understanding of the in-service implant mechanics will help to design additional methods to diagnose impending Dysfunction of Osteo-Mechanics (DOOM) and potentially improve hip replacement implant designs.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Professor Ian Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

University Community Engagement: Lessons from the US

How can universities use their resources, knowledge, and student skill and passion to address real-world issues and challenges in their communities?

World-wide, academic service-learning and other forms of university-community engagement help students learn academic content, develop civic and professional skills, and apply their knowledge to real-world problems. In this Prestige Lecture, Visiting Canterbury Fellow Dr Paul Matthews (University of Georgia, USA) shares the key components, best practices, and research around academic service-learning, with examples from a range of disciplines and partnerships.

This lecture will be of interest to anyone involved in delivering courses, programmes and activities that encourage and support students’ engagement within their communities.


When: Tuesday 6 August, 4pm – 6pm
Where: Community Engagement Hub, Rehua 108
Find out more at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/events/active/uc-events/university-community-engagement-lessons-from-the-us.html