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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.

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>

$10,000 opportunity for writers

Applications are now open for NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship 2018.

This annual Fellowship is awarded each year to a mid-career or senior writer to work on a project that shows a high level of literary merit and national significance.

In 2017 the fellowship was awarded to Central Otago writer Jillian Sullivan, enabling her to work on a collection of creative non-fiction essays (including poetry) set in Central Otago and with a strong conservation base.

Deadline for applications: 4pm Friday 17 August 2018.

To apply for the fellowship you need to be a member of the NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc). Membership is open to all developing and established writers.

For more information or to apply, click here.

Congratulations to Jennifer Brown

Congratulations to Jennifer Brown who has been awarded the prestigious Senior Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.

We asked Jennifer to share her response to receiving the good news.

Q: What is the Fellowship and why is it important?
A: The Fellowship is to a UK-based organisation called the Higher Education Academy that operates around the world. Their goal is to champion teaching excellence and their focus is on the contribution of teaching to student’s learning experience, a view that is very much in line with our School’s values.

Q: How did it come about?
A: I was awarded Senior Fellowship; this level is for fellows who can demonstrate “a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning”. For me it is a bit more personal than that! It recognises the great work we have done in the School in placing teaching, and more importantly, student learning, at the centre of what we do.

Q: What does it mean to you to receive this?
A: Our School has a really big impact on student experience at UC – our student numbers alone are the reason for this (about half the UC students are taught by our School at some stage in their time at UC). Our School understands the responsibility we have to the UC community, and we want all students to have a really positive learning experience. What a positive learning experience means will be different for each student and probably if I asked the staff I would get 45 different answers too.  I think I can capture all their views in two words – student success. Student success means more than passing courses while at UC, it means success for life ahead, and equipping students with the knowledge and skills to contribute fully in whatever they do.

Bringing it back to what does this mean for me and why was I recognised – I see my role as the facilitator of a very positive, adaptive and committed School. My role is to communicate the vision we have as a School, to staff in the School and to others outside.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: I was invited to apply for the Senior Fellowship and very pleased to have been awarded it. It did involve a lot of hard work in pulling together my portfolio but there was a great team at UC to help (big shout out to Erik Brogt and Eleri Nugent). On reflection, the hard work paid off, and there is a certain sweetness about success after hard work. If success came too easily how would you recognise it?

LATL-lab welcomes visiting Professor

The Learning and Teaching Languages Research lab was delighted to welcome UC Visiting Canterbury Fellow Professor Monica Axelsson from Stockholm University with an informal morning tea on Friday 6 January.

Axelsson morning tea

Pictured from the left: Muneir Gwasmeh; Linda Edwards; SM Akramul Kabir; Thinh Le; Shaista Rashid; Novia Bin; Sara Farshad-Nia; Jin Kim; Professor Jeanette King, Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Studies; Vera Leier, Global, Cultural and Language Studies – School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Dr Kevin Watson, Linguistics -School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Professor Monica Axelsson, Stockholm University; Associate Professor Una Cunningham, School of Teacher Education.

Professor Axelsson will be visiting the School of Teacher Education until 21 February at the invitation of the LATL-lab director, Associate Professor Una Cunningham.

Professor Axelsson’s expertise is focused on the learning conditions of newly-arrived refugee and migrant children, and on language across the curriculum. She has been recruited to the National Science Challenge E Tipu E Rea Better Start braid ‘Emerging bilinguals growing up in their digital world’ as an international advisor.

Monica and Una

Picture shows Jin Kim and Professor Monica Axelsson

Doctoral students and researchers in the LATL-lab are very much looking forward to discussing their work with Professor Axelsson, and she will be contributing to postgraduate courses in Learning and Teaching Languages while she is with us. She will also give a public lecture in early February (details to be confirmed), as well as a research seminar at the New Zealand Institute of Language Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB).

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