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ERSKINE PROGRAMME GRANT PROFILE – ANNICK MASSELOT

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Annick Masselot in Cambridge

What Department/School have you come from and what do you teach?
I come from the School of Law. I teach Employment Law and Advanced Employment Law, Contract Law, Gender and the Law, European Union Law and Legal Research Methods.  I also do some teaching in the Executive Development Programme where I teach Business Law for the MBA and the MBM degrees.

What interested you in the Grant opportunity?
One of my present line of research is concerned with the gender impact of Brexit. People wrongly think that Brexit and, what are considered to be the most relevant issues: Trade and migration, are gender neutral topics.  In reality, the most adversely impacted people are likely to be the least visible people: women and people from minority backgrounds.

The Cambridge Grant provided me with the opportunity to be based and do research in the United Kingdom at a time when political and legal developments around this theme were at their peak. The Grant further offered me the opportunity to be at Cambridge University where I could interact with experts in the field of constitutional and European Union law and political as well as gender studies scholars. As Cambridge is central to the UK, I knew I was also going to be able to do research in London, in particular at the British Parliament. I was also able to work with NGO and think tanks.

Being in the UK also provided a chance for me to disseminate my work in the country and also in other European Countries.

The grant is generous enough that I was able to do research without  worrying about where to live and I could take my family with me, which was a real bonus.

Where did you visit (i.e which institutions)?
I was a recipient of the Cambridge Grant so I spent most of my time at Cambridge University, where I was based in the Centre for European Legal Studies in the Faculty of Law.  During my time at Cambridge, I was also invited to deliver talks in other institutions.

  • ‘Gendertrouble while approaching the cliff edge Brexit?’ Queen’s University Belfast, The Centre for European and Transnational Studies, Belfast, 7 October 2019
  • ‘Jacinda Ardern and the development of a model of feminist foreign policy?’ feminist foreign policy in the EU context, Quaker Council for European Affairs, Brussels, 26 September 2019
  • ‘The gender impact of Brexit – Unpacking the ideology of socio-political institutions’, School of Law, Reading University, 16 October 2019 (with Roberta Guerrina UoBristol).

How will your time overseas benefit your teaching at UC?
The Cambridge Grant is mostly a research grant, as such it does not really consider teaching. However, I was also invited as a guest lecturer in the Jean Monnet Summer School on Gender and Brexit: Processes and Strategies for Gender Mainstreaming in the Process of Exiting the EU, University of Surrey (UK), 3-8 July 2019.

I delivered two lectures to a range of students and practitioners on (1) EU as a Gender Actor from Internal to External Affairs and (2) Gendering External Affairs – How is Trade gendered?

This experience together with the ability to share experience on European Union practices and on Brexit with practitioners provides unique experience which can be translated into vivid lectures at the University of Canterbury. Having first hand expertise in a topic makes us better teacher because we know what is going on on the ground.  

 Do you have any advice for potential future Grant applicants?
Don’t be shy, go forth and meet people outside UC.

 

ERSKINE PROGRAMME VISITOR PROFILE – TIM ATKINS

Tim Atkins visited us from TriVector Services in the USA.

Tim Atkins with his host and students

Where have you come from, and what do you teach?
I work at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.  I develop avionics requirements, testing, and analyses for key components of NASA’s Artemis Program; and communicate NASA’s vision of space exploration to students in the US and NZ.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/why did you want to come to UC?
My wife and I regularly visit our daughter, who lives in Christchurch with her husband and young daughter.  When I visited in early 2018, I contacted UC and offered to present information about NASA; Margaret Agnew enlisted me to present at the UC Connect forum then; afterwards, Dr. Chris Hann recommended me for an Erskine Fellowship to support the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering senior-level rocket design course.

What have you been doing at UC?
I lectured 3 hours weekly to an excellent group of young engineering students on rocket design parameters and trade-offs; NASA Systems Engineering approaches; and publicly-available Space Launch System technical information.  I also provided input to the UC Rocketry safety protocols for their launches, and participated in a test launch that served to train students on processes and safety checkpoints for a future Milly launch.  I also investigated future collaborations with some of my US colleagues and others here at UC.  Apart from UC, I communicated NASA’s vision to several primary, intermediate and secondary schools in Christchurch and Dunedin; I expect many of those students will pursue studies in Math and Science, that many of those will end up at UC, and – who knows? – perhaps some will work at NASA one day.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
Time with family.
Beautiful New Zealand Spring weather.
Rugby – the local Canterbury team and the World Cup on TV.
Working with Dr. Hann, his brilliant students, and amazing support staff in the CoE, the UC Communications Office, and Erskine Office.

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2020 CANTERBURY, CAMBRIDGE, AND OXFORD EXCHANGE SCHEMES

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.

ERSKINE PROGRAMME VISITOR PROFILE- TIM WEIL

 Dr Tim Weil joins us from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

Tim and Laura enjoying the sights on the road to Milford Sound

Where have you come from, and what do you teach?
I’m a member of the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge. There I predominately teach cell and developmental biology to all year groups. My training in genetics, biochemistry, and microscopy enables me to highlight how cells are regulated, patterned, and organised during the construction of an organism. I grew up outside of Chicago (IL), then completing my undergraduate degree in St. Louis (MO) and PhD in Princeton (NJ). As a postdoc in Oxford (UK), I was fortunate to also spend time living in Edinburgh (UK) and Utrecht (NL), before starting my group in 2013 in Cambridge (UK).

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/why did you want to come to UC?
It was the opportunity to experience a different culture, meet new people, and learn how the academic courses are delivered. UC came highly recommended by my Cambridge colleagues, and I viewed the visit as a great chance to make connections with the students and staff here.

What have you been doing at UC?
At UC I have been lecturing is the SBS, attending practicals, delivering seminars, and meeting with different group leaders. The rest of the time I café-hop around campus and work on manuscripts, talks, grants, and lectures. My wife and I have also become regular visitors to the Rec Centre, where we enjoy the friendly group fitness classes and pick-up basketball games.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
Everything! But if I were forced to list a few I have to start with the curiosity of the students and their willingness to engage in both scientific and general discussions. The members of the department have been extremely friendly and keen to interact with me. I have had a superb academic host, Ashley Garrill, who has been an inspiration to watch teach and introduced me to many people at UC. The teaching spaces, with the open atriums, cafes, study areas and social spaces, have also made teaching and working on campus very enjoyable.

My wife and I have found the campus atmosphere vibrant and welcoming. The relaxed ethos, highlighted in the number of skateboards and barefoot pedestrians around, coupled with a sense of harmony with the environment, has been refreshing. 

It goes without saying that the spectacular landscape and outdoor life have also been a highlight. As is the ease of travel, especially the Christchurch Airport, and welcoming of visitors has made the adventures all the more pleasurable.

ERSKINE NEW ARRIVALS – SEPTEMBER

The Erskine Programme would like to welcome the following Visiting Erskine Fellows to the University:

  • Professor Roberto Langella from University of Campania, Italy, arrived 29 August and is teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professors David Hill & Kendra Sharp from Baylor University, USA, arrived 30 August and are teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Assistant Professor Rosanna Veneziano from University of Campania, Italy, arrived 1 September and is teaching in the School of Product Design
  • Associate professor Michel Lavrauw from Sabanci University, Turkey, arrived 5 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Associate Professor Regina Burachik from University of South Australia arrived 6 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Professor John Hinde from University of Galway, Ireland, arrived 7 September and is teaching in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mr Timothy Atkins from TriVector Services arrived 8 September and is teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr Bradford Wilson from Princeton University, USA, arrived 8 September and is teaching in the School of Humanities & Creative Arts (History)
  • Dr Timothy Weil from University of Cambridge, UK, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Biological Sciences
  • Professor Robert Hackett from Simon Fraser University, Canada, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the Department of Media & Communication
  • Emeritus Professor Tom Laue from University of New Hampshire, USA, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Biological Sciences
  • Dr Markus Puschenreiter from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, arrived 9 September and is teaching in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
  • Sir Colin Humphreys from Queen Mary University of London, UK, arrives 13 September and will be teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dr David Baska from Terracon, USA, arrives 15 September and will be teaching in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

We wish all our visitors and their families a wonderful stay at UC!