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UC commercial director appointed to MBIE Science Board

Research and Innovation Commercial Director Elizabeth Hopkins is one of two new appointments to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) Science Board, announced today by Minister of Research, Science and Innovation Hon Dr Megan Woods.

The Science Board is responsible for making independent investment decisions for research funds administered by MBIE.

Hon Dr Megan Woods said she was pleased with the wealth of knowledge and experience across the new board, which positions it well to make funding decisions that support the vital work our New Zealand researchers do.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wright has congratulated Elizabeth on the new appointment which will see her splitting her time between UC and the ministry.

“Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge and strategic thinking capability to this important role. Her 25 years’ experience in successfully transitioning biological research into commercial products provides the background needed to see research opportunities that will economically, socially and environmentally benefit New Zealand,” he says.

Elizabeth trained as a research biologist at Oxford University. She is a member of the Investment Committee of Kiwinet and has previously been a Senior Advisor to MBIE and other government agencies.

See the full announcement here>

UC recipients in 2018 Queens Birthday Honours

Please join us in congratulating those staff, alumni and alumnae who exemplify our vision of tangata tu tangata ora, people prepared to make a difference, and have been appointed to The New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Mr Nigel Hampton
For services to the Law
Alumnus: 1965 LLB

Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Mrs Gillian Gemming
For services to Hockey
Alumna: 1972 BA Geography

Mr Gordon Hosking
For services to conservation
Alumnus:1968 BSc Science

Mr Peter Lorimer
For services to the State
Alumnus: 1968 BA Economics
1969 LLB
1969 MA Economics

Mr Michael O’Brien
For services to social policy and education
Alumnus: 1974 BA Sociology

Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit 
Professor Elisabeth McDonald

For services to the law and education
Staff: UC School of Law

Mr Andrew Dellaca
For services to children and sports governance
Alumnus: 1977 Bcom

Miss Andrea Hewitt
For services to triathlon
Alumna:2004 Bcom/Athlete

Ms Gabrielle Huria
For services to Māori and governance
Alumna: 1986 BA Sociology

Ms Margaret Jefferies
For services to the community
Alumna: 1966 BA Geography
1968 MA Geography
1968 Teachers College Diploma

Ms Tracy Phillips
For services to the New Zealand Police and the community
Alumna: 1989 BA Psychology

Dr Katherine Saville-Smith
For services to seniors and housing
Alumna: 1978 BA History
1980 GradDipJ Journalism
1982 MA (Hons) Sociology

The Very Reverend Pamela Tankersley
For services to the Presbyterian Church and the community
Alumna: 1970 Teachers College Diploma

Mrs Julie Wylie
For services to musical play therapy
Alumna: 1980 CertLibStud Liberal Studies
1985 BA Music
1986 DipT Secondary
2003 MusB(Hons) Music

Queen’s Service Medal
Ms Alison Ross
For services to conservation
Alumna: 1975 MZ (Hons) Religious Studies

Ms Rosemarie Searle
For services to the community and sport
Alumna: 1989 DipT Primary (Education)

Art award – congratulations Emma Fitts

Congratulations to SoFA lecturer in Sculpture Emma Fitts whose work, Unknown Cloak, has won the premier award at the recent Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards, presented by the Ashburton Art Gallery and Zonta Club of Ashburton.

This award highlights the work of female visual artists in Canterbury, and acknowledges excellence in emerging and mid-career female artists.

Johanna Zellmer, who presented the premier award on behalf of the judges, said “We all had felt its ability to push and pull the viewer into different directions, sitting in a space between the intimate, domestic and the wider colonial experience located within the Pacific. It is also performing different aspects when being seen from a distance versus being up close with it; it holds its space in both encounters. As a panel we agreed that the chosen artist’s engagement with architecture, biographies and alternative histories in a broader social context contributed to our desire to see a larger group of works driven by these ideas as a solo show.”    

Winners with the panel of judges for Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award 2018. From left to right Johanna Zellmer, Emma Mealings, Emma Fitts, Felicity Milburn and Cara Fitzgerald.

Congratulations Rachel Collins

We congratulate another staff member on their graduation – Team Leader UC Logistics Rachel Collins, who is graduating with a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership.

We ask Rachel why she chose to embark on study at UC.

Q: What motivated you to embark on this? 
A: Initially I was encouraged to take a couple of papers for professional development but I quickly decided that the completing the whole certificate would be much more fun. 

Q: Why are you interested in this area of study?
A: These courses were so relevant to my professional life and the knowledge I have gained is proving invaluable on a daily basis.

Q: What is your advice for anyone else juggling work and study?A: You need to be organised. Don’t leave assignments until the last minute and read a little every day. Never be afraid to ask for help or talk through any issues with your tutors – they are all willing to help and want  you to succeed.

Q: What does it mean to you to graduate?
A: I feel proud of my achievement and have chosen to attend graduation in person to celebrate finishing and passing. I’m looking forward to seeing others from my classes again.

I have realised it’s never too late to further one’s education. I’m grateful to the University for offering this opportunity and supporting me through my study.  As general staff it was interesting to see the University from a student perspective too and I learnt much that I brought back to the team.

Congratulations Shanee Barraclough

Graduation is a time of celebration around campus for UC’s students – some of whom are also members of staff.

We congratulate Lecturer / Coordinator of Counsellor Education Shanee Barraclough, who is graduating with her PhD (Education), why she chose to embark on study at UC.

Q: What motivated you to embark on this course of study?
I had previously worked as a Psychologist for fifteen years before becoming interested in Counsellor Education at UC.

I initially worked as a Clinical Educator in both the Master of Counselling programme and the Child and Family Psychology programme, before gaining a permanent position as a Lecturer in Counselling.  At the same time I embarked on my PhD, in order to both further contribute to knowledge in the field of counsellor education as well as to obtain the requisite qualification for my position.

Q: Why are you interested in this area of study?
A: Coming into the role of Counsellor Educator I recognised that, while in my professional work as a Psychologist and Counsellor I had developed expertise in therapeutic models of change with clients, a different kind of knowledge base was required for educating counsellors.

In addition, because the taught model of therapeutic change in the Counselling Programme was underpinned by social constructionist principles, I recognised the need for the philosophy of counsellor education to align with this. Thus, I embarked on a PhD to further develop knowledge around identity and education for counsellors-in-training.    

Q: What is your advice for anyone else juggling work and study? 
A: Juggling work, study and family over the previous five years has been a challenge! Having support from both colleagues and family members to enable me to prioritise time to focus on my PhD has been essential.  Deadlines and excellent PhD supervisors have been helpful as has a lot of yoga!

Q: What does it mean to you to graduate?
A:
Graduation is an opportunity to mark and celebrate an important achievement, for myself and with those who have supported me in making this achievement possible. I am especially pleased to be able to have my parents in the audience who worked hard to enable both myself and my brother to be the first to achieve University degrees in our family, as well as to have my daughter there so she too can begin to imagine what might be possible for her.