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Remembering Professor Kathleen Quinlivan

Kia hora te marino
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana
Kia tere te kārohirohi I mua I tōu huarahi

May the calm be widespread
May the ocean glisten as greenstone
May the shimmer of lights ever dance across your pathway

Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development staff and students are deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Kathleen Quinlivan.

Kathleen was an alumna of the Christchurch Teachers College, and Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), where she completed both her Masters and PhD.

She was an engaged and engaging English teacher for many years, who sought to instill in her students a critical mind and self-assurance of their capability to make a difference in the world.

She joined UC after completing her doctorate and had a distinguished twenty-year career as an internationally-recognised researcher in sexuality education, and an enthusiastic member of the School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

The culmination of her career was her 2018 sole-authored book, Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Education with Young People: Theories in Practice, published by Palgrave McMillan. This built on the foundation of her previous two coedited collections in the field, as well multiple book chapters and journal articles.

Moreover, she was a highly respected and sought after post-graduate supervisor, and a dynamic and inspiring lecture across multiple programmes. Throughout her career at UC, Kathleen made substantive contributions to programme quality enhancement and university committees through her varied academic leadership roles.

We feel very proud to have hosted a Festschrift celebration for Kathleen earlier in January, celebrating her academic contributions to the international community of sexuality scholars.
To read about this event, click here.

Professor Quinlivan was a taonga, a gift to us as scholar, teacher, friend and colleague. We will miss her deeply.

Professor Letitia Hochstrasser Fickel, Ed.D
Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor||Amorangi Taupua
College of Education, Health & Human Development||Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

Remembering Emeritus Professor Kenneth Strongman

Many staff and alumni of the University of Canterbury will be saddened to hear of the death of Emeritus Professor Kenneth Strongman on 29 December 2019. After completing his PhD at University College London in 1964, and taking up positions as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, he was appointed as Professor of Psychology at the University of Canterbury in 1979, where he remained for 41 years. He was Head of the Department of Psychology from 1982 to 1997, and subsequently Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Arts and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Government & Community Relations). He became Professor Emeritus on his retirement in 2010 but continued to contribute actively to academic life, including seeing the humanities included within the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Ken achieved wide recognition for his extensive academic research, teaching and service. His research was principally in the field of emotions. His text “The Psychology of Emotion” ran through five editions and was widely cited. Ken also edited the first international collection of essays (1991) in a field that was only just emerging. His undergraduate students remember him for his clear and easy lecturing style. The many PhD students he successfully supervised remember him for his insight, his endless encouragement and patience, and the genuine pleasure he took in their achievements. As a psychologist he always insisted on the discipline’s historic dual place as both a science and an art, and its application to everyday life.

A lifelong believer in the role of academics in society more broadly, Ken took on numerous roles outside the university. He was active in the university teachers’ union. His activities in Christchurch included chairing the Arts Centre management board and extensive writing for The Press, especially as a television and book reviewer. He regularly gave public lectures to audiences on a wide variety of topics. An avid squash player for much of his academic life, he will be missed by colleagues and friends from across the University, New Zealand, and the world.

Emeritus Professor Brian Haig, Professor Simon Kemp, Nathan Consedine 


Remembering Maura Minnock

We are sad to advise of the recent passing of Maura Minnock, who worked in UC’s Health and Safety (H&S) team from 2013 to 2017.

H&S Manager from 2015 to 2017, Maura left us to travel (adding to her already impressive travel portfolio), and spend time with her family in Ireland.

Upon her return to Ōtautahi Christchurch, Maura worked with the Christchurch City Council’s Health & Safety team.

Maura recently returned to Galway to be with her family. Condolences will soon be sent to them, on behalf of the University.

Karen Mather and Steve Hunter on behalf of
Paul O’Flaherty
Executive Director – Human Resources | Kaihautū Matua Pūmanawa Tangata


Renowned academic made colossal contributions to the Māori world

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha acknowledges the loss of Te Wharehuia Milroy, a bastion of te reo Māori and a beacon for the people of Tūhoe.

Professor Milroy had connections with tertiary institutions across Aotearoa, and around the world.

Some of UC’s lecturing staff had been influenced by Professor Milroy’s teachings in Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (The National Institute of Māori Language), which was highlighted in a recent UC Māori Research Hui presentation by senior lecturer Dr Matiu Ratima.

As he prepared to attend the tangihanga at Mataatua Marae in Rotorua, UC Professor of Māori Research, Dr Angus Macfarlane stated, “Wharehuia Milroy’s work had enormous reach given he was a māngai (spokesperson) and an authority of all things Māori.”

Wharehuia Milroy was a Professor at the University of Waikato, a trustee of the Kōhanga Reo National Trust, and a member of Te Taura Whiri, the Māori Language Commission in addition to serving as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal.

He Mihi ki te Rangatira

Kua hinga te totara o te wā nui ā Tane
A giant tree has fallen in the great forest of Tane

E te rangatira, Te Wharehuia, e noho mokemoke mātou i raro i te kapua pouri
We salute you Te Wharehiuia, as we assemble beneath a dark cloud

Nā tōu wehenga kua pōhara te ao Māori
Your passing has the Māori world in a state of bereftess

Kua ea ai tō rahi tō ihi, tē taea te wareware
Your great contributions will not be forgotten

Nā reirā, takoto mai
Rest now, in the eternal sleep

Remembering Professor Robin Clark 1935-2018

Professor Robin Clark, an enthusiastic and passionate UC alumni and supporter, passed away recently.

Born in Rangiora in 1935, Robin earned a BSc (1955) and MSc with first-class honours (1957) at UC, then known as the Canterbury University College, before becoming a national and senior national Fellow.

Robin went on to the University of Otago in 1958, where he was a research and teaching fellow before moving to University College London that year to undertake a PhD in Chemistry.  He remained at UCL throughout his academic career starting as an assistant lecturer in 1962, before gaining his DSc in 1969.

By 1988 Robin was the Dean of Science and the following year was named Head of the Chemistry Department. Robin had been the Sir William Ramsay Professor since that time.

From 1965 Robin held many visiting professorships, giving five named lectures throughout the world. He authored or co-authored around 520 publications, gave 138 lectures at conferences, co-authored around 80 posters, attended more than 300 academic conferences and seminars, and lectured in 36 countries.

He received 13 honours from the scientific and academic communities, including honours from the Royal Society of London (elected Fellow in 1990), Royal Society of Chemistry, Academia Europaea, the Royal Society of Arts, and the Czech Spectroscopy Society.

Robin’s chief appointments included Chairman of the XI International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (1988) and Chairman of XI International’s International Steering Committee (1992 – 1994). He was deeply involved with the Royal Society, the Royal Institution, the University of London, and University College London. He was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 2004.

In 2001, UC recognised Robin’s contributions to his field, awarding him an Honorary Doctorate (honoris causa) of Science.

In his oration at the April 2001 ceremony, Professor Jim Coxon (Chemistry) presented Robin as a “man of eminence and creativity in the scientific and chemical community.”

Pictured: Robin receiving his Honorary Doctorate from UC Chancellor, Dame Phyllis Guthardt.

Robin was named Chairman of the New Zealand University of Canterbury Trust, UK in 2004, a position he held for 12 years. In his 2016 farewell address Robin shared that while he had spent the majority of his adult life in the UK, his heart firmly remained in Aotearoa New Zealand.

“My children both still have New Zealand passports. All four grandchildren have visited New Zealand at least twice already. I remain a New Zealander at heart, and I have always been keen to help UC.”

A service of thanksgiving will be held for Robin next Wednesday and Alene Wilton, Chair of the UC New Zealand Trust/Alumni Group, will attend on behalf of the University.

Wednesday 19 December from 12.30pm
Christ Church & St Johns
Watling Street