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UC Marine Scientist awarded prestigious fellowship

UC Distinguished Professor David Schiel was elected a Fellow at the annual meeting of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) of the United Kingdom earlier this year.

Prof. Schiel is the only New Zealand scientist to have been awarded the title of FMBA, which came at the behest and support of Professor Stephen Hawkins, a former Director of the Marine Biological Association, and a visiting Erskine Fellow at Canterbury University in 2017.

Professor Hawkins noted Prof. Schiel’s scientific contributions as one of the most prolific and internationally regarded rocky shore ecologists (for example, his work in Kaikōura following the 2016 earthquake), and was delighted that his achievements were recognised by the MBA.

Prof. Schiel visited the MBA in 2018 as part of an Erskine Fellowship, and was hosted there by Prof Hawkins.

Established in 1884, the MBA is one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific associations in marine science worldwide, it has a rich history, and has seen many highly significant scientific discoveries at its Citadel Hill laboratory in Plymouth England.

Today, MBA scientists deliver an internationally-renowned programme of scientific research.  

Find more information on the Marine Biological Association here>

UC Certified Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace

The Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service recently awarded the University of Canterbury (UC) Breastfeeding-Friendly status.

This award recognises that as an employer, UC supports workers to continue breastfeeding  once they have returned to work.

We do this by having policies in place that ensure spaces and time will be made available to staff in the working environment to breastfeed and/or express breastmilk for their infants. 


Photo caption: Tim Turnbull (Manager Human Resources UC) and Gemma Keren (Human Resources Advisor UC) receive their Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace Certificate from Kelly Dorgan (Breastfeeding Health Promoter, Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service).

Nominations for UC Innovation medal open

Nominations are invited for the award of the University of Canterbury Innovation Medal for 2018.

The Innovation Medal is defined as “the proactive transformation of academic knowledge and ideas leading to their adoption by the wider community”.

The Medal shall be for excellence in transforming knowledge or ideas so they are adopted by the wider community in ways that contribute beneficial value.  The beneficial value need not be just economic or commercial, but includes environmental, social, and health value.

The Innovation Medal is of similar prestige to the University’s Research and Teaching medals, and a maximum of one award is made each year. The award is open to all continuing staff – or staff who have relinquished a continuing position within the past three years.

Nominations are to be prepared and submitted by Heads of Department/School via their Pro-Vice-Chancellor/SMT member. If a Head of Department/School is nominated then the Pro-Vice-Chancellor/SMT member should lead the process.  Full details of the criteria and selection process are available on the staff intranet.

As part of the nomination process the Head of Department/School should notify eligible nominees of their nomination with an invitation to provide a portfolio of their achievements. A timeframe of four weeks should be given to nominees for preparation of the portfolio.

A Selection Committee chosen by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor will consider all nominations and a recommendation will be forwarded to the University Council for its consideration.

Nominations are due by Friday, 3 August 2018 and should be sent to:

Deborah Wekking
Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Level 6, Matariki Building

(Email: deborah.wekking@canterbury.ac.nz)

Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua