Research proposals are invited for a funded 1-year MA in History. The project will explore aspects of the history of environmental-conservation leadership and heritage in Canterbury using an oral history approach. Besides their supervisors, the successful candidate will work closely with contract partners Colleen Philip and Diana Shand at Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch and the ECO Canterbury Environment Network, and with Lyndon Fraser at the UC Oral History Centre. This unique public history opportunity allows the successful candidate to develop new skills in community network engagement alongside their academic work. An understanding of, and passion for, environmental-conservation activism and issues might be advantageous.
An essential outcome of the project is the recording, transcribing and archiving of between five and eight oral history interviews with local environmental leaders we have identified. The candidate will undertake and complete UC Human Ethics Committee and Māori Research Consultation applications in February 2020 and carry out the recordings by June 2020. They will work with sector partners and present their initial findings at a public forum in 2020.
Thesis topic proposals may address any aspect of environmental and conservation leadership in Canterbury which incorporates elements of oral history. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- A particular organisation or campaign (e.g. the Clean Air Society).
- The role and methods of environmental and/or conservation leaders and activists, or a particular individual’s impact in this area.
- A broad analysis of the environmental or conservation movement in the region.
- Bicultural approaches to environmental and/or conservation activism.
A research proposal of no more than 1000 words, including a project outline and brief bibliography, should be submitted by Monday 20 January 2020 at 5pm.
Eligible candidates will have a first-class or 2:1 Honours degree in History or a related discipline, and are also encouraged to apply for a UC Masters Scholarship, alongside this award of $8,000. Students are welcome to contact Associate-Professor Lyndon Fraser (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further advice about the application.
An opportunity is available for a doctoral student to work on sexual selection and evolution in pipefish in the School of Biological Sciences.
The student will be fully funded for three years, and will have the opportunity to conduct field, laboratory, and computational research.
My group studies how and why complex traits and behaviours evolve, with a focus on sexually selected traits. We use a number of different methods to address these broad questions: studies of relevant traits and selection on those traits; genomic studies of signatures of selection; and theoretical simulation studies.
The immediate focus of the lab concerns uncovering the evolutionary processes that have shaped the sexually dimorphic traits in the wide-bodied pipefish, a native species to New Zealand.
This position offers the flexibility for the doctoral student to decide on the direction of their studies within the framework of my research programme.
See here for more information.
Dr Sarah Flanagan, PhD
Lecturer School of Biological Sciences
Student Katherine Pearse was part of the Summer Startup Programme 2016/17 and highly recommends other students sign up this year. Applications are open until Monday 18 September. Find out more>
Last summer, I was one of 36 students to take part in the UC Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) Summer Startup Programme. It was a full-on but totally inspiring 10 weeks. For me, it was all about giving it a shot and trying something different. Applications for the programme are welcome whether or not you have an idea for a business or social enterprise.
Over the 10 week programme you are guided through the stages of bringing a business or social enterprise to life. Some people (including me) had just an idea at the start of the programme, while others already had a fully fledged business or social enterprise, and used the programme to gain further help and expertise. An example of students and their businesses on the programme included; a student developing the idea of a technology based virtual reality system for health and safety in the workplace. While other students were more focussed on the concept of a social enterprise and had businesses ranging from a successful public art exhibition project to one that creates fair-trade and ethical street wear (Mallu). Other ideas were by students who had really successful home storage systems (Tom from Pegboard Co. and Laura from Rad Home). It was really fun to be in such a diverse environment with people who were so passionate about their ideas!
Working at UCE over the summer and having that time solely focussed on a business idea was key – not to mention all the support from UCE. Each week has a different focus that is applied to your business/social enterprise, from intellectual property to marketing to investment – you name it, it was covered! A highlight for me was the countless speakers (almost everyday) who gave presentations on their own entrepreneurial journey and businesses. Think serial entrepreneurs, at the top of their field from all over New Zealand. Mentorship is another big focus of the programme. We had numerous ‘speed networking’ sessions with those in the business/entrepreneurial/social enterprise scene in Christchurch who helped to validate and give feedback on our work. Moreover, we were able to really capitalise on the connections and mentors provided by UCE.
The unique learnings from the programme, business connections, chance to meet new people in an inspiring environment and a $5k scholarship are all worth it – you are basically paid to give your entrepreneurial streak a chance over the summer! I’d highly recommend you apply!
More information about the Summer Startup Programme can be found here. Applications close 12pm, Monday 18 September – apply now!
Applications are now open for the First Nations’ Futures Programme 2017. The First Nations’ Futures Programme provides an unrivalled opportunity for high achieving Ngāi Tahu and other Māori postgraduate students to gain access to leading international research and thinking within a uniquely indigenous context. This programme is designed for aspiring leaders with established long term community relationships and a solid cultural background.
Applications are also invited from Ngāi Tahu and other Māori undergraduate students who are close to completion of their degree and who intend to apply for postgraduate study in 2017-2018. The closing date for applications is 19 May 2017.
The First Nations’ Futures Programme includes the First Nations’ Futures Institute held at Stanford University for two weeks in October/November 2017.
The programme has a strong theoretical basis with an emphasis on indigenous economies, science and environmental management. The course is designed to take our best scholars who have a record of community participation and expose them to new development theories that they may to choose to implement within their communities and whānau.
To see full details and download an application form, go to the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre website.
Want to find out more about the range of qualifications, scholarships, and career pathways and hear about the part-time and full-time study options?
Then come along to UC’s Postgraduate Options Evening to find out more.
On the night you will be able to meet staff and talk to student advisers about your options for Postgraduate study and also attend a range of presentations (see below).
Wednesday 21 September 2016
Time: 5.15pm – 7pm
Location: Undercroft Common Area, Puaka-James Hight
The evening will commence at 5.15pm with a formal welcome from Deputy Vice-Chancellors’ Academic and Research.
|TIME||PRESENTATIONS HELD ACROSS THE EVENING|
|5.30pm||Research Masters and PHD|
|6pm||Lifestyle and support|
|6.15pm||Financing my studies|
|6.30pm||Carve out a career from postgraduate studies|
|6.45pm||Graduate pathways to careers in teaching and nursing|
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