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Big community reaction to Eleanor Hurton’s story

Communications received a number of emails this week from young people with disabilities who were inspired by the story of Eleanor Hurton, reported in The Star newspaper recently.

Communications put Star reporter Jess Gibson in touch with Eleanor because she’d won two Blues awards and seemed an ideal fit for the newspaper’s new ‘Young & Successful’ column.

Eleanor is an amazing disability advocate as well as a Master’s of Sociology student who has an auditory processing disability herself.

The young people who emailed us had disabilities themselves or were looking for more information for siblings with disabilities. Many of them had been told they wouldn’t succeed at university – even those at the top of their class! – due to their disabilities. They had never seen a positive representation of someone ‘like them’ and were so excited and inspired that is was quite humbling. Many of our email writers are now applying to UC!

Communications replied to the emails and shared our equity and disability webpage links for further information. Eleanor is already part of the UCMe campaign launching at the start of 2020, so that also is very inspiring for young people with disabilities.

Takeaways from this experience:
One news story can make a huge difference to someone’s life.
Young people with disabilities don’t often see successful examples of people like them.
There may be some misinformation out there about who can succeed at university.

Westpac Champion Business Awards: Winners Announced

There was plenty of success for UC alumni at last night’s Westpac Champion Business Awards, run by Champion Canterbury Ltd.

The annual awards ceremony has been running since 2003 and has evolved into one of the largest business awards ceremonies in Aotearoa New Zealand. The awards recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation and success of businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Canterbury.

Congratulations to all the winners, including the following UC alumni:

  • Medsalv – Oliver Hunt
  • Christchurch Engine Centre – Jonas Aust and Ben Bainbury
  • Taska Prosthetic – Jamie Carins
  • Ethique – Brianne West
  • The New Zealand Merino Company Limited – John Brackenridge
  • Canterbury District Health Board – John Wood and David Meates
  • Anton Matthews (Fush) – Anton Matthews
  • Special Commendation – Bruce Irvine

We would also like to acknowledge our UC alumni who were chosen as finalists:

  • ENGEO – Greg Martin
  • Berkano Foods – Britteny Bryan
  • Totalspan North Canterbury – operated by Jamie and Ellen Petersen under Petersen Construction Ltd
  • Jeuneora – Meg Falconer
  • Trees for Canterbury – Tim Jenkins
  • Can Do Canterbury – Kathryn Jones

 

Staff of the Year Award 2019 Nominees

The Staff of the Year Award 2019 nomination/voting ended on Friday 6 September, at 5pm.  A total of 672 students participated in this year’s voting!

The top nominees of each category are (in alphabetical order):

Lecturer of the Year – Arts:

Sergio Redondo

Karen Saunders

Professor Alex Tan

Dr Michael-John Turp

 

Lecturer of the Year – Business & Law:

Dr Steve Agnew

Dr Matthew Barber

Associate Professor Herb de Vries

Stephen Hickson

Dr Russell Wordsworth

 

Lecturer of the Year – Education:

Dr Jenny Clarke

Tracy Clelland

Dr Brad Miles

Dr Valerie Sotardi

 

Lecturer of the Year – Engineering:

Dr Chris Hann

Professor Pedro Lee

Adjunct Senior Fellow Richard Lobb

Professor Alessandro Palermo

 

Lecturer of the Year – Science:

Associate Professor Ashley Garrill

Professor Adrian McDonald

Professor Ian Shaw

Dr Dean Sutherland

 

Supervisor of the Year:

Associate Professor Rebecca Kelly-Campbell (College of Science)

Dr Virginia McIntosh (College of Science)

Professor Ian Shaw (College of Science)

Associate Professor Tammy Steeves (College of Science)

 

Administrator of the Year:

Sharon Chapman-Stead (School of Health Sciences)

Heather Couch (School of Law)

Pieta Gray (Department of English, Cultural Studies & Digital Humanities)

Nicki Judson (School of Biological Sciences)

 

Technical Staff of the Year:

Gavin Blackwell (School of Health Sciences: Sport Coaching and Physical Education)

Julian Murphy (College of Engineering: Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering)

Craig Galilee (School of Biological Sciences)

Randall Grenfell (School of Product Design)

 

Superstar of the Year:

Jo Carter (Student Experience)

Kirsty Fraser (Postgraduate Office)

Luis Lau Bii Wei (College of Engineering)

Ben Meng (UC Business School)

Phillipa Gourdie (School of Mathematics and Statistics)

Riki Welsh (Pacific Development Team)

 

Great Character of the Year Award:

Dr Steve Agnew (UC Business School))

Dr Chris Hann (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Dr Richard Lobb (Computer Science and Software Engineering)

Professor Alessandro Palermo (Civil and Natural Resources Engineering)

Sergio Redondo (Global, Cultural and Language Studies)

 

Make Your Own Award (Titles of awards will be revealed on the night):

Professor Philip Armstrong

Cameron Bell

Heather Couch

Associate Professor Stratford Douglas

Dr Alex James

Professor Clemency Montelle

Associate Professor Ken Morison

Dr Heather Purdie

Dr Karyn Stewart

 

Now that the students have nominated (and voted), please join us at the Staff of the Year Awards 2019 event to celebrate those who have been nominated.

Friday 27 September at 6:30pm

Location: Haere-roa

Dress code: Smart Casual

There are limited tickets available for UC staff members not on the nomination list, offered on a first come first serve basis.

Ticket includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, nibbles and cash bar.

Nominees, please reserve your free tickets for yourself and 1 guest by Friday 20 September, via email at events@ucsa.org.nz.

We have also released 50 General Admission tickets – these are on a first come first serve basis.  Please reserve these your free ticket at https://soty2019.eventbrite.co.nz

Over 1000 years – UC Length of service celebrations

At recent ceremonies in August and September over 60 staff were presented with length of service certificates over celebratory morning teas, held in the John Britten Conference Foyer.

Vice-Chancellor Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Executive Director Human Resources Paul O’Flaherty made the presentations.

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Awards were made to recognise 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service at UC – a total of over 1000 years of service! Professor de la Rey spoke appreciatively of people’s service, the value of people’s institutional memory, and the contribution this makes to future direction choices.

Additional ceremonies will be held in 2020 in order to continue celebrating staff from across UC some of whom are due for as many as 45 years’ service!

UC Admin Plus are working with HR on these ceremonies and a separate ceremony for academic staff is also planned.

If you would like more information about UC Admin Plus please refer to the Sharepoint site here> or email Catherine Woods to be given access.

Last chance to nominate your sustainability hero!

 

Get those nominations in quick…  Because today is the last day to nominate your sustainability superhero for a UC Sustainability Award! There are awards for individuals and teams across 6 categories, with the awards being presented by UC Vice Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae Professor Cheryl de la Rey.

What are the UC Sustainability Awards?

The Sustainability Awards are all about the recognition and celebration of all things sustainability – both on and off campus. This is a great chance to acknowledge the hard work, innovation and imagination of many of our students and staff who are working hard to make our world a better (and greener) place.

Maybe it’s a sustainable student-led project, academic or post-graduate research, or a green department, team or a staff project? An eco-warrior changing the world?

Get nominating!

Tell us all about them (or yourself) by finding the nomination form and all the info you need here. Nominations close at 5pm Monday 9 September, with the awards ceremony to be held on Wednesday 2 October in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, Rehua.

For a recap on the previous UC Sustainability Awards, have a read of this blog here, or check out our Sustainability Champions for some more inspiration.

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