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Engagement Australia Excellence Awards 2020: apply here

The Engagement Australia Excellence Awards identify and celebrate the most exciting and impactful engagement activities undertaken by Australian and New Zealand universities. 

At UC we have a commitment to engagement within our community and encourage applications across the seven Award categories:

  • Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
    Recognising outstanding collaborations between communities, higher education and industry for societal benefit. 
  • Award for Excellence in Community Engagement: Closing the Gap
    Recognising outstanding collaborations between communities, higher education and industry that directly reduce disadvantage.
  • Award for Excellence in Industry Engagement
    Recognising outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education by members of tertiary education institutions, community and industry partners.
  • Award for Outstanding Engagement for Research Impact
    Recognising excellence in research and development activity, that makes a substantial difference to the community, undertaken jointly by researchers in tertiary education institutes and partners in the community, business and industry.
  • Award for Excellence in Student Engagement
    Recognising outstanding contributions that improve student engagement on campus, with industry and/or in community.
  • Award for Excellence in Alumni Engagement
    Recognising outstanding contributions to enhancing the quality alumni engagement and support in higher education.
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership in Engagement
    Recognising an individual who has made notable contributions to engagement above and beyond that expected for their role, resulting in sustained and impactful partnerships.

Download the Applicant Guidelines>
Visit the Awards Portal to make a submission. Applications close 7pm NZST 31 July 2020.

Award recipients will be announced at the Engagement Australia Awards dinner held in conjunction with the Engagement Australia Annual Symposium in November 2020. More information>

IT’S UC’S 147TH BIRTHDAY! LET’S CELEBRATE OUR LEGEND TĀ APIRANA NGATA

Today marks 147 years of UC history. As we celebrate our Foundation Day, we’re spending this week reflecting on the triumphs of some of our legends.

“E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tō ao.
Ko tō ringa ki ngā rāakau a te Pākehā, hei ora mō te tinana.
Ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga a ō tīpuna Māori, hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga.
Ko tō wairua ki tō Atua, nāna nei ngā mea katoa.”

Born into the Ngāti Porou iwi, Tā Apirana Ngata’s early years were strongly influenced by his father Paratene, and his great-uncle Rapata, who imbued him with a strong sense of loyalty to the Crown. As native speakers of te reo Māori, they both insisted he also learnt Pākehā knowledge and skills as they believed this could help him to improve life and conditions for the Māori people.

At Te Aute College, Ngata learnt the classics, was prepared for matriculation, university and the professions – and, along with all Māori students, was strongly encouraged to have pride in Māori and instilled with the mission of saving their people from social disintegration.

By 1893, when he graduated from UC with a BA in political science, followed by an MA and an LLB in 1896, Ngata was the first Māori to graduate from any University in New Zealand. He then dedicated his life to reforming the social and economic conditions of the Māori people.

Through his life, he became a renowned leader, land reformer and politician. Elected as a member of Parliament in 1905, he remained until 1943. As Minister of Māori Affairs, his Māori Land Development Scheme, inaugurated in 1931, was one of the greatest achievements of his Parliamentary career.

In 1949 Apirana Ngata wrote in the autograph book of schoolgirl, Rangi Bennett,

“E tipu, e rea, mō ngā rā o tō ao. Ko tō ringa ki ngā rāakau a te Pākehā, hei ora mō te tinana. Ko tō ngākau ki ngā taonga a ō tīpuna Māori, hei tikitiki mō tō māhunga. Ko tō wairua ki tō Atua, nāna nei ngā mea katoa.”

“Thrive and grow for the days destined for you.  Your hands to the tools of the Pākehā, to provide physical sustenance.  Your heart to the treasures of your ancestors as adornments for your head. Your soul to God to whom all things belong.” This became much quoted as a vision for Māori youth.

Ngata was knighted in 1927 in recognition of his services to Māori communities and for his efforts as Chief Recruiting Officer during the First World War. Throughout his life, he contributed profoundly to the revival of the Māori race spiritually, culturally, and economically.

New Zealand paid tribute to this remarkable man in 1999 by embedding his portrait on the New Zealand $50 note alongside the Porourangi Meeting house of his iwi and the Kōkako bird.

Interested to learn more? Check out the rest of our legends here>

IT’S UC’S BIRTH-WEEK, LET’S CELEBRATE OUR LEGEND BEATRICE TINSLEY

Tomorrow, Tuesday 16 June marks 147 years of UC history. As we celebrate our Foundation Day, let’s spend this week reflecting on the triumphs of some of our legends.

One of the most creative and significant theoreticians in modern astronomy.


Whakanuia tō tātou whetū tārake o te whare kōkōrangi! Known as “Queen of the Cosmos” Beatrice Tinsley’s work has had a profound influence on what scientists know about stars, the galaxy and the Universe itself.

Deciding by the age of 14 that she wanted to be an astrophysicist, she graduated from UC with an MSc in Physics with First Class Honours in 1961. She then completed her PhD on the evolution of universes at the University of Texas in just two years, receiving marks of 99% and 100%.

In 1974, she left Texas for a one year fellowship at the Lick Observatory of the University of California, before gaining an assistant professorship at Yale University. She became Professor of Astronomy at Yale in 1978, the same year she was diagnosed with melanoma.

She continued to publish until shortly before her death in 1981, producing over 100 scientific papers in her short 14 year academic career. She received a number of honours and accolades for her work. In 1986 the American Astronomical Society established the Beatrice M Tinsley Prize for outstanding creative contributions to astronomy or astrophysics and the University of Texas created a visiting professorship in astronomy in her honour.

The immense importance of her work was finally recognised in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2010 when Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa | New Zealand Geographic Board named a mountain in her honour. Mt Tinsley stands at a proud 1,537 metres in the Kepler Mountains of Te Whakataka-kārehua-ā-Tamatea Fiordland, 15 kilometres west of Te Ana-au.

Now UC Science precinct’s impressive timber framed building, is also named for her. Interested to learn more? Check out the rest of our legends here>