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“The Dawn Raids – Educate to liberate” Exhibition official launch

Warmest Pasifika Greetings,

The University of Canterbury is proud to be hosting “The Dawn Raids – Education to liberate” Exhibition in our Matariki Gallery from the 27 September for a number of weeks. More information on the exhibition, public seminars, and lectures that will be available at this time will be sent out soon, however in the meantime, we would like to warmly welcome you to the official launch of the Exhibition being held:

Date: Friday 27 September 2019

Time: 5.15pm

Venue: University of Canterbury – Undercroft Seminar Room 101

Refreshments provided

The event will include a formal welcome to UC, followed by the producer of the exhibition and other speakers sharing about the exhibition.

If you would like to attend this event, please rsvp to pasifika@canterbury.ac.nz by Friday 13 September, however please note that numbers are limited so spaces may go quickly. Once you have RSVP’d, you will receive a calendar invite to confirm you attendance. 

Research Futures Symposium

The UC Research Futures Symposium is on August 29-30.  The symposium includes a range of presentations on the changing nature of research and the tools available to support research.

Researchers are invited to discuss their changing research support needs during the “salon” sessions.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Daniel Hook, CEO Digital Science, co-founder of Symplectic and a theoretical physicist
  • Professor Ginny Barbour, QUT, Director of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group,
  • Sarah Townsend, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

There will also be presentations from UC researchers and research support staff as well as speakers from industry and other organisations.

See https://canterbury.libguides.com/research-futures for more information about the symposium, including the programme.

We welcome you to participate however spaces are limited, so please register for the event to save your seat.

This event is being organised by Research & Innovation, the Library, and IT Services, with the support of our sponsors: Dell, Digital Science, Clarivate, Dropbox, Figshare, Altmetric, Research Professional and Catalyst.

Fair Trade Fair next week!

Come and meet the suppliers who make our Fair Trade University possible!

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight (Aotearoa’s biggest fair trade campaign) the UC Sustainability Community is holding a Fair Trade Fair on Wednesday 14 August, so you can meet our campus fair trade suppliers (and most importantly, try their yummy fairly traded treats!).

What can you expect?

  • Common Good Coffee Roasters providing free fair trade filter coffee to sip on while you chat, and a chance to WIN a bag of their coffee beans to take home
  • Karma Cola will be there handing out tasters of their delicious, fair trade, feel good fizz
  • We’ll be cranking the smoothie bike thanks to fair trade banana company, All Good Organics (plus your chance to win a box of bananas!)
  • Trade Aid will have your chocolate cravings covered, with a chance to try their whole fair trade, organic chocolate range
  • The Native Loom will be showing off their ethically made, organic produce bags and textiles
  • And Office Max will be there teaming up with Robert Harris to bring you some fair trade cold brew coffee samples, as well as surprising you with their huge range of fair trade goodies available to order through Unimarket.

What: Fair Trade Fair
When: Wednesday 14 August, 11am – 1pm
Where: Haere-roa
What to bring: a cup for your coffee and/or banana smoothie!

For more information, check out the Facebook event here.

See you there!

This message was brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on FacebookInstagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This is part of our contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight, where we encourage our UC community to get involved and support the empowerment of producers overseas. For more information on the fair trade movement, see the Fairtrade NZ website.

Postgraduate and Professional Development Evening

Come along to the expo and learn about UC’s flexible study options and how you can get ahead in your career.

What: Postgraduate & Professional Development Evening – University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

When: Wednesday 7 August, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Where: Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, 57 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

UC offer a number of flexible professional development courses, block courses and part-time study options so you can upskill, continue to work and directly apply what is being taught to the work environment. Join the UC Postgraduate & Professional Development Evening and find a flexible study option that works for you.

On the evening, find out about different courses of study, ask questions and chat one-to-one with staff from different Colleges and support services about specific study options and how to balance study, lifestyle and other commitments.

This is a drop-in expo running from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Visit the website to find more information and to register>

The 2019 Postgraduate Prospectus is coming soon, in the meantime see what it is like to be a postgraduate student at UC>

We look forward to seeing you at the evening.


Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Richard Watt and Professor Jędrzej Białkowski in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2019.

Date:               Thursday 1 August from 4.30 – 6.00pm

Location:        E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

“The Economics of Music and the Music of Economics” – Presented by Professor Richard Watt, Department of Economics & Finance

Economics, in one way or another, is concerned with decision making – choosing the optimal course of action from among those available. As such, one of the principal applications of economics is to study decision making along the value chain of goods and services in an economy, or more generally, decision making in “markets”. A study of a market begins with the entrepreneurial actions of bringing together inputs (raw materials, labour, capital, etc.) to create something useful, then the resulting goods and services must be made available to the consuming public (decisions around transportation, and retailing), and finally the consumers themselves decide which of them to consume (depending on their income, their preferences, and the prices of the goods and services that are available). Of all of the goods and services that circulate in an economy, “music” is one of the most fascinating, with a series of particular circumstances that have tested standard economic theory in many ways. In this talk, Professor Watt will outline the economics of the “music market”, touching on its special characteristics and the economic institutions that have evolved, and that continue to evolve, to contribute to the music market being functional, profitable, and welfare enhancing.

“Greener than a Greenback: Might the idea of socially responsible investing change the finance industry?” – Presented by Professor Jedrzej Bialkowski, Department of Economics and Finance. 

Since the beginning of the 21st century, the idea of socially responsible (or sustainable and responsible) investing (SRI) has become increasingly popular, attracting a substantial amount of investors’ money and moving from a niche investing strategy to a mainstream one. SRI market participants typically seek to achieve financial returns combined with consideration of some aspect of firms’ environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) profiles. Given the rapid proliferation of green financial products, the increasing assets under management and the differences across the products, it is important to understand this growth and the investor demand behind it.

Professor Jedrzej Bialkowski will discuss the past, current trends and the challenges faced by so-called green finance. In particular, he will focus on the behaviour of SRI investors and the performance of different types of assets in terms of risk/return profile and exposure to ESG values. Light will be shed on the importance of regulations for the development of socially responsible investing.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua