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All staff forum with Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard

The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ is visiting UC on Friday 20 July.

You are invited to participate in an All Staff Forum where Professor Gerrard will present and invite questions. The forum will be hosted by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science | Amorangi Pūtaiao Wendy Lawson.

  • Date:  Friday 20 July
  • Time: 11.30pm – 12.30pm
  • Venue: John Britten 102 Conference Foyer.
  • RSVP: julie.hicks@canterbury.ac.nz by 5pm Friday 13 July.

Professor Gerrard’s experience, expertise and leadership was highly respected during her tenure at UC.

At the time of her appointment Professor Gerrard was the Associate Dean (Research) at the School of Biological Sciences and School of Chemical Sciences, Auckland University. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said at the time:

“Professor Gerrard has had a distinguished career, specialising in a range of disciplines including biochemical engineering. She was also the past Chair, Royal Society Te Apārangi Marsden Council giving her wide exposure to other science disciplines.”

She also said that she was pleased to appoint the first woman to the role.

The role is intended to provide the Government with high quality scientific advice to support good robust decision making, and plays a vital role in promoting science and technology, explaining its contribution to society and the economy, and promoting the sector to young people as a career opportunity.

Professor Gerrard started her new role on 1 July.

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>

UC Policy Library: Protected Disclosures Act – Internal Procedures and Code of Conduct

UC has a policy on how staff are to report ‘serious wrong-doing’  (as defined by the Protected Disclosures Act 2000) and how those handling a disclosure are to behave. 

A protected disclosure offers employees some protection, in certain circumstances, from detrimental actions or consequences of reporting serious wrong-doing .  Our policy on this is called Protected Disclosures Act -Internal Procedures and Code of Conduct, which is available via the UC Policy Library.

This policy is currently under review, but staff should still note its existence.

Any enquiries on the policy are to be directed to the Acting Registrar, Bruce White.

UC Policy Library search pages now available on the website

The UC Policy Unit has worked on improving the search function of the policy library and to enable a better search result when looking for policies, the search pages have been migrated on to the website. 

An A-Z search function will be added to the search pages shortly, so policies can be browsed in alphabetical order.

If you are looking for other sources of policy information such as regulations, UC plans or related UC webpages, please use the main search function on the UC website instead.

Links to some of the other webpages holding  policy information are also available via the UC Policy Library homepage here>

The Policy Unit would like your thoughts on how easy it is to find what you are looking for in the UC Policy Library, or if things you would expect to see are not coming up after your search. To provide feedback, please contact ucpolicy@canterbury.ac.nz with your thoughts.