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Acting VC Report 18 April

In the latest Acting Vice – Chancellor report:

  • a review of benchmarking work now that the Ernest Rutherford building and Engineering Precinct are complete
  • the PhD academic writing series which is a pilot collaboration between the Academic Skills Centre, the Student Experience Team and the Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Law
  • several UC Foundation campaigns are due to launch

…and more.

Read the Acting VC Report 18 April here>

SoFA’s Steve Carr wins international photobook award

Congratulations to Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Steve Carr who has won the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards 2017 with his publication ‘Variations for Troubled Hands’.

Steve Carr is a visual artist and senior lecturer in Film at School of Fine Arts. We caught up with Steve following his win.

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Q: Tell us briefly about your work
A: My work has always been about moments of magical transformation and the interrelations between performance and the lens.

Q: What does it mean to you to win this award? 
A: With about 90 publications accepted into the AUS/NZ award, it was a great honour to win the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards. The selection panel and judges are all highly regarded in the field, so it felt extra special to have that kind of acknowledgment.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the book?
A: The book presents a serial composition of a Royal NZ Ballet prodigy named Cadence in 12 parts, choreographed and performed by fingers, forearms, tendons, palms, wrists and thumbs. At once an interactive object and a performance space.

Q: How has the book been received?
A: Here is the judge’s comment: An original concept that combines performance, dance, photography and film, into a beautifully executed photo book. An emotive and meditative object that draws you in as a participant rather than just an observer.

UC Annual Result for 2017

Tēnā koe,

The University of Canterbury’s annual result proves that 2017 was a year where the University’s transformation and growth has gained significant momentum.

The University is on target to be operating within its means by 2019 without the additional Government support provided after the Canterbury earthquakes. I am also confident UC can cater for any increase in student numbers over and above normal growth that may result from the Government’s fees-free policy.

The University’s audited result for the year ended 31 December 2017 was a $5.3 million deficit. This is after recording significant costs in occupying its new Science and Engineering facilities and continuing building demolition and write-off costs as the University continues its post-earthquake transformation. These costs have been offset by additional tuition fee, research and sundry revenue.  The result compares to the 2016 deficit of $1.8 million, and a budgeted operating deficit for 2017 of $9.1 million. 

UC is an exciting place to be with so many new buildings, state-of-the-art labs and facilities open for teaching and learning.

We can celebrate the University’s performance in many areas where activity has surpassed pre-2010 levels. In 2017 UC welcomed more than 1000 full-time equivalent students in masters’ programmes and record numbers of doctoral students. International University rankings are highly competitive, and UC is proud to have held its 214th position in the QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top one percent of universities worldwide.

Enrolment numbers have seen steady growth with the number of full-fee paying international students exceeding 2010 levels, a record number of students enrolled in the College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha, a record number of students who identify as Māori and record numbers of students in halls of residence.

The University still has work to do to return to sustainable operating surpluses but significant progress has been made in maximising revenues and reducing and containing operating costs.

The University has put considerable effort into increasing student numbers, with an indication of continued improvements in 2018 enrolments to date.

The University has adopted a budget for 2018 that shows an operating deficit of $7.9 million, which includes the one-off costs of moving staff and activities around the campus while refurbishment and new building is completed, with consequent short-term rental costs. The University continues to be confident that it can absorb this loss as it rebuilds student numbers and associated tuition revenue in 2018 and 2019.

Ngā mihi

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

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