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Professor Megan McAuliffe as Dean of Postgraduate Research | Te Amo Rangahau

Tenā katou,

I am very pleased to advise the new appointment of Professor Megan McAuliffe as Dean of Postgraduate Research | Te Amo Rangahau, replacing Professor Bryce Williamson who is retiring from this role at year-end.

Professor McAuliffe will be seconded to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and lead the Postgraduate Research Office from her position in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing for a period of two years, with effect from mid-January 2020.

Professor McAuliffe will be responsible for leading the strategic development of postgraduate research at UC, and ongoing oversight of progressing our Doctoral students through their studies. As outlined in UC’s new institutional strategy, we have particular aspirations in ensuring our Doctoral students contribute to the agenda of UC being an internationally recognised research intensive university, and progressively growing our Doctoral student numbers to over 1300 over the next 4-5 years. Megan’s leadership will be integral to crystallizing these objectives. I know Megan looks forward to working across the Colleges, interacting with staff, and will bring new perspectives to our postgraduate research programmes.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bryce for his sustained contributions to the Postgraduate Research Office over a number of years, including his prior role as Associate Dean Postgraduate Research (Scholarships), and more recently as the Dean. He has advanced a number of complex and largely unseen initiatives, and his deep and sincere support of UC’s Doctoral students is to be commended.

Ngā mihi

Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua

Waterways Post Graduate Symposium reveals depth of student talent

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management hosted its annual Post Graduate Student Symposium at Lincoln University on 19 November. Students from both Lincoln and Canterbury universities presented topics from a wide array of disciplines including human and physical geography, genetics, fresh water invertebrates and fish, groundwater, climatology.

Issie Barrett from the UC Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) group won the first prize for her oral presentation on her research into negative resistance and resilience in freshwater communities. For the first time in the history of the symposium three UC students tied for the second place in the oral presentations competition (Alice West – FERG, Bridget White – FERG, and Rasool Porhammat – Geography). Deborah Paull (UC Biology) won the Water New Zealand People’s Choice for best presentation on the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in surface drinking waters.

The quality of presentations (both oral and posters) improve with every year and new categories of prizes may be required to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work students put into their presentations. Numbers of attendants (some flew in from all over New Zealand) also set a new record, reinforcing the fact that interest from the wider community in multi-disciplinary research into freshwater management issues continues to be strong, and that the symposium is an excellent product which meets this demand.

Deborah Paull, winner of Water New Zealand’s People’s Choice Award for Oral Presentation

Appointment of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategic Projects

While it was decided in August that the proposed Lincoln University UC partnership proposal would not proceed, the University is moving forward with a new and exciting partnership with Lincoln – a joint postgraduate and research institute.

Also involving relevant Crown Research Institutes, the initiative had been proposed as part of the initial partnership proposal but is something both parties have committed to moving forward.

Professor Wendy Lawson will lead UC’s role in the establishment of the initiative, accepting a temporary secondment into the new position of Assistant Vice-Chancellor Strategic Projects from 14 October 2019 until 30 June 2020.

In this role, Professor Lawson will also assist Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wright with Research and Innovation related projects.

Dean of Science Professor Janet Carter will step into the role of Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Science, and member of the Senior Management Team, for the duration of Professor Lawson’s secondment.

Congratulations to Professors Lawson and Carter on their appointments.

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Scholarships

Ngāi Tahu Research Centre, University of Canterbury postgraduate and doctoral scholarships

Three NTRC scholarships are offered annually to Doctoral students which are worth $21,000, plus fees, for three years.

The NTRC also offers five scholarships annually for Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Master’s students. These scholarships are valued at $12,000 plus fees, for one year.

Scholarship recipients may be studying any discipline at the University of Canterbury, but preference will be given to applicants whose projects promote mātauranga Māori within the sciences, commerce, law or engineering and are linked to the mission and current research foci of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre.

Subject matters of particular interest to the centre are:

  • Environmental sciences
  • Indigenous and tribal economies
  • 19th Century textual translations of rare South Island manuscripts

Applications are currently open and close at 4pm on 31 October.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Postgraduate Scholarship

Description

This scholarship supports postgraduate diploma, honours, and master’s students at the University of Canterbury whose research is facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. Up to three scholarships are available annually for applicants of Ngāi Tahu descent. A further two scholarships are available annually to all students undertaking studies facilitated by the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre. The scholarship provides financial assistance to a value of $16,000 per 120 points of enrolment for scholarships reserved for those of Ngāi Tahu descent, and to a value of $12,000 per 120 points of enrolment for an open scholarship. The scholarship also covers full tuition fees for the specified programme of study, at the New Zealand domestic rate, and the Student Services Levy for the term of the scholarship.

Ngai Tahu Research Centre Doctoral Scholarship

Description

These scholarships support PhD students whose study is facilitated through the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury. The University will make available up to three scholarships annually. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu will make available up to two scholarships every third year.

To download a copy of the scholarship regulations and to apply online please visit

https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ntrc/scholarships/

To enquire please contact the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre Administrator, phone: +64 3 369 5527 or email: ntrc@canterbury.ac.nz

Advanced Data Analysis Workshop

The UC Statistical Consulting Unit is offering a two-day data analysis workshop over 4-5 September from 10am to 3pm (location: TBA).
The workshop extends concepts covered in our Introductory Data Analysis Workshop to include mixed-effects models (useful for repeated measures), and generalised linear models (GLMs, useful for analysing counts and binary responses).
This two-day workshop consists of seminars and computer labs using the statistical software R. The workshop is open to staff and students.
All participants are expected to have good working knowledge of linear models, and a basic understanding of using the statistical software R.
For an introduction to data analysis with R, we highly recommend attending our Introductory Data Analysis Workshop in the next semester before participating in the advanced workshop.

Registration: