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Official Ernest Rutherford building opening

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has officially opened the new Ernest Rutherford building.

Stage 1 of the $220 million Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC), the Ernest Rutherford building  was opened with fanfare and fireworks, in front of hundreds of invited guests, including Professor Mary Fowler, great-granddaughter of Lord Rutherford, UC’s famous alumnus. Professor Fowler, a geophysicist, has been Master of Darwin College, Cambridge, UK, since October 2012, and was guest of honour. 

See below for a gallery of photos. (Check out volcanologist Ben Kennedy’s volcano hat!)

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Appointment of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Academic | Amokapua Akoranga

Following an international recruitment campaign, I am very pleased to advise that Professor Catherine Moran has accepted the continuing position of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Academic | Amokapua Akoranga. Catherine will report to Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua Professor Ian Wright and will continue to participate as a member of the Senior Management Team | Te Ohu Whakahaere.

Catherine will have oversight of Timetabling, Academic Services, the Graduate Profile programme, and our Erskine Programme.

She will lead the continued development and delivery of UC’s Learning and Teaching strategy and its application to the Graduate Profile and Biculturalism at UC, while continuing to build national and international academic linkages.

Catherine has played an integral leadership and academic role within UC since 2001, more recently as the Acting Assistant Vice-Chancellor Academic | Amokapua Akoranga Taupua. Prior to this she provided oversight and coordination of the Graduate Profile programme and other key Academic Strategic Projects. During her time in the College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao she held numerous positions, most notably as the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor | Amorangi Tuarua, Dean and Head of the Department of Communications Disorders. Catherine’s experience and background as well as her enthusiasm and energy will ensure her continued success in this position and the advancement of learning and teaching at UC.

Ngā mihi,

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Implications and likely policy changes under Labour-led Government

Since the Labour-led Government was established UC has been considering the implications and preparing for likely policy changes.

Among other actions we:

  • Have engaged with other universities and the TEC regarding the implementation of the proposed fees-free policy
  • Are preparing a briefing for incoming Ministers on the specific circumstances pertaining to the University of Canterbury following the earthquakes and our recovery and transformation plans
  • Have invited Ministers to key events and to visit campus
  • Are considering the implications of emerging policy positions such as regional development, research and immigration

As the fees-free policy is the most prominent of these in the public arena, I thought it worthwhile sharing with you our current messaging, in case you are receiving inquiries from students, friends or family – see below.

We will be continuing to monitor and engage with the new Government and to ensure that UC is well positioned to leverage opportunities that will arise.

Ngā mihi

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae


Now that a Labour-led Government has taken office, Labour’s pre-election policy of a tuition fees-free first year of tertiary study is likely to take effect from 2018.

If you are an intending first year student, you may be wondering how this will work, and how it will impact on the financial side of your plans for University study in 2018.

The short answer is that we do not yet know for sure; the new Government has yet to confirm implementation of the policy, including exactly who would be eligible for tuition fees-free first year support, what exactly that support would cover (tuition fees, student services levies, field work course costs), and how (there are various possible options) the fees-free system would operate.

At this stage, we anticipate that the majority of domestic (i.e. non-International) students who are enrolling for their first year of tertiary study at University of Canterbury would be covered by any tuition fees-free policy if it came into effect. We expect that the fees that such a policy would cover are the tuition fees (course fees). We do not expect that fees-free would cover such things as accommodation or other living costs (i.e., Halls fees, student services levy).

One thing we do know for sure is that if tuition fees-free is coming into effect for 2018, Government ministers and their advisors are focussed on confirming the details as soon as possible over the next few weeks. We will be doing our bit to keep you up to date with this.

In the meantime, we suggest that you continue with your plans for study in the usual way, including, if applicable, accepting offers of places in colleges and scholarship offers, and commencing the application process for loans and/or allowance support via Studylink.

We look forward to welcoming you to University of Canterbury in 2018.

CPI for the year to 30 September 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa

The CPI for the year to 30 September 2017 is 1.9%>

This is therefore the 2018 across-the-board increase that those staff on our collective employment agreements, or on individual agreements that mirror the collectives, will receive.

Managers and Heads may find that this information provides useful context as they consider their GSRR recommendations.

Ngā mihi,
Paul O’Flaherty

Executive Director – Human Resources | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata

VC announcement

Tēnā koe,

I would like to let you know that I have advised the University Council that I will not be seeking a further term as VC when my current term expires on 1 February 2019.

This will initiate the search for a new VC by the University Council. It will not be my part to advocate for a new VC but I remain responsible for the delivery of our strategies and initiatives.

This is not the time to acknowledge those who have supported me but rather to encourage behaviours that promote the long-term interests of our community. We should be remembered not for our legacies but our trajectories.

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae