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First 150th Jubilee planning meeting this Friday

As the 150th Jubilee approaches in 2023 the University has identified that we need to have a co-ordinated strategic plan to realise the best outcomes for this celebration.  Initial discussion has been held with the Chancellor, SMT and representatives of UC Foundation.  A number of staff representatives have been put forward by colleges and service units.

Executive Director Student Services and Communications | Kaihautū Matua Ākonga me te Whakapā Lynn McClelland and I have asked Jo Dowling, Director of Alumni & UC Foundation to Chair the Steering Committee and approved a 0.2 FTE post to support the development of the 150 Jubilee Plan and co-ordination of activities.

  • The first meeting of the Steering Committee is taking place on 31 August 2018, 12:30pm in Okeover Room 101.  Interested staff in addition to the existing representatives are welcome to attend this initial meeting.

The initial timeline is to undertake consultation with various stakeholders within UC and also with the City (ChristchurchNZ, City Council, The Arts Centre for example) and to have developed a Strategic Plan with the key objectives of the Jubilee, a timeline and any resourcing requirements to be confirmed by the end of Q1, 2019.

There will be brief regular reporting to Council and within Intercom on progress.

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Lincoln and Canterbury universities sign MOU

The University of Canterbury (UC) has a strong relationship with Lincoln University and a long history of working closely together and I welcome today’s joint announcement of a memorandum of understanding between the two universities designed to deliver benefits to both universities and to New Zealand as a whole.

Since Lincoln College became independent from the University of Canterbury in 1990, Lincoln University can be rightly proud of its academic history and integrity – in the latest QS international rankings it moved ahead of Massey University.

UC has sought to differentiate its focus, be transparent about its intentions in terms of scope, scale and timing, and build capability through collaboration rather than competition. UC’s ambition is to expand the number of students staying in Canterbury and coming to Canterbury, to increase research efforts and academic and technical job opportunities, and to collaborate with institutions already physically present in the region.

Strong, high quality, regional teaching and research is in the national interest, especially building on established complementary capabilities, such as in Science, Engineering and Business. We aim to continue to collaborate with enthusiasm on current and future endeavours with Lincoln University.

I will be forming a working group to collaborate with Lincoln University on furthering this initiative, with the ultimate goal of encouraging more people to study and research in Canterbury, increasing productivity and developing solutions to present and future technological, social and environmental challenges.

In tandem with this increased collaboration, we will continue to work on the new Kia Tōpū programme. Kia Tōpū is the University’s bold vision for an increased focus on research and teaching relevant to the future of food – with the ultimate goal of increasing UC’s contribution to feeding people in a sustainable way. This initiative will add significant value to healthy foods related research and teaching at a time when the future of food and new food sources are becoming increasingly relevant.

To view the joint statement, follow this link>

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>