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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Academic Exchange Schemes

The Erskine Programme is pleased to announce the following Oxford, Cambridge and Canterbury Fellowships and Grants to and from UC in 2020.

Canterbury Fellowship (coming to UC): Semester 2, 2020

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

Visiting Cambridge Fellowship: Semester 1, 2020

  • Dr Edwin Dalmaijer from the MRC Cognition and Brian Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr Dalmaijer will visit the Department of Psychology.
  • Professor Ben Gripaios from the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, UK. Professor Gripaios will visit the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Dr Sinead Moylett from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr Moylett will visit the School of Health Sciences.

Visiting Oxford Fellowship

  • Associate Professor Katharine Burn from the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 2 2020. Associate Professor Burn will visit the School of Teacher Education.
  • Professor Martin Castell from the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 1 2020. Professor Castell will visit the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Stephen Harrison from Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 1 2020. Professor Harrison will visit the School of Humanities and Creative Arts.

Visiting Māori and Indigenous Studies Fellowship

  • Dr Kerekere from Tīwhanawhana Trust in Gisborne will visit Aotahi – the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies in Semester 1 2020.

Oxford Grant

  • Professor Gail Gillon from the Child Wellbeing Research Institute will be visiting the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 1 2020.
  • Dr Shea Elizabeth Esterling from the School of Law will be visiting the Faculty of Law and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 2 2020.
  • Associate Professor Patrick O’Sullivan from the School of Humanities and Creative Arts will be visiting the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 1 2020.

Cambridge Grant

  • Dr Toni Collins from the School of Law will be visiting the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, UK in Semester 1 2020.

Congratulations to all the successful recipients.  We look forward to welcoming the visiting fellows to UC next year.

CANTERBURY, CAMBRIDGE AND OXFORD FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS NOW OPEN FOR 2020

A reminder that nominations for the 2020 Canterbury, Cambridge and Oxford Fellowships and Grants are now open.

Nominations for visits to UC (fellowships) and visits by UC academics (grants) are due into the Erskine Programme Office by 10 May 2019.  Visits will take place during 2020.

Further information and the nomination forms can be found here>

Canterbury Fellowships and Grants are available for non-Erskine Schools/Departments being:

  • the College of Arts (excluding the Departments of Philosophy, Linguistics and NCRE);
  • The College of Education, Health and Human Development (exuding the School of Health Sciences); and
  • The School of Law.

All Schools and Departments can apply for a Cambridge and Oxford Fellowship or Grant.

If you have any questions, please contact the Erskine Programme Office at erskine@canterbury.ac.nz.

Q&A with Cambridge Fellow Thomas Forster

Thomas Forster from the University of Cambridge, UK – Semester 2 2016.

Where you have come from and what do you teach?

I have come from the University of Cambridge, UK, where I am a Director of Studies in Mathematics and Computer Science and a lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.  My teaching focuses on Mathematical Logic.  When I return to Cambridge I shall be lecturing courses on Set Theory and Logic for the Maths faculty and Logic-for-Linguistics for the Linguistics Faculty.

Thomas Forster group

Dr Forster (middle row, second from the right)

What interested you in being a Cambridge Fellow/Why did you want to come to UC?

I actually have dual British and New Zealand citizenship and I spend most British summers in New Zealand to escape Cambridge which is full of tourists and can be rather hot.  I have been coming to UC for a number of years where I’ve predominately worked with the Department of Philosophy (I’m actually an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Department of Philosophy).

Having previously been to UC as an Erskine Fellow I was delighted to be welcomed back as a Cambridge Fellow.

What have you been doing at UC?

I have been teaching MATH336 Foundations of Mathematics to undergraduates in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.  The course is an introduction to the philosophy of mathematics, classical and intuitionistic logic, set theory and Gödel’s theorems.  This is a 15 point course which I will teach for 9 weeks.  I’ve personally benefited from teaching this course as I will be lecturing a similar course at Cambridge in a few weeks so it’s been a good opportunity to test the material on UC’s students.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?

The chance to catch up with friends again both at UC and across New Zealand.  I’ve made the most of my weekends visiting friends elsewhere in the country and also hosting people in the campus house provided by UC.

I have greatly enjoyed the reading group we have had in the maths departments on Nonstandard Analysis (don’t ask) something I have always wanted to get on top of, and for which there is a body of expertise here at UC.  My final weekend I shall actually be spending at a Philosophy department retreat at Cass, a place where I have been on retreats before, and had a photograph taken of me posing in front of the railway station that Rita Angus* made famous.

*Rita Angus painted a famous picture of Cass Railway Station titled ‘Cass’ in 1936.

Thomas Forster

Dr Forster (front row, third from the left) pictured at the Philosophy Department retreat at Cass in September 2016