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UC success in national art awards

UC’s School of Fine Arts is pleased to confirm the winner of this year’s Fulbright-Wallace Trust Award, a significant national art award, is lecturer in sculpture, Emma Fitts.

The award entitles Emma to undertake a ten week residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.

There was consensus from the selection panel that Emma Fitts was the best fit for the Headlands residency: she is very open to the artistic process and where it could take her project, ‘The Ideal Museum’. They agreed her project would be fully inspired by the Headlands environment and she would truly take advantage of the experimental aspect of the Headland’s space.”

For more on this prestigious award, follow this link>

Emma’s work is currently on show at The National (249 Moorhouse Avenue).

Titled ‘In the Rough: Part 1’ the exhibition will be on view until 29 September.

Alumni picnic in the gardens 2018

The University of Canterbury Alumni & UC Foundation would like to invite you to our alumni picnic at Ilam Homestead.

Come along and join fellow alumni for a relaxing morning, bring your picnic mat, and something to eat, we will provide a sausage sizzle and some snacks.

Bring a friend, or bring your family. There will be a bouncy castle (for kids), face painting and fun games to keep children entertained. So pack some sunblock and join us for a fun morning out. 

Date: Saturday 24 February 2018
Time: 10.30am – 1.00pm
Venue: Ilam Homestead, 87 Ilam Road
Cost: Free* 

RSVP please by Tuesday 20 February to alumni@canterbury.ac.nz with the number of guests attending (adults and children) so we can order the sausages.

In event of wet weather this event will be cancelled. Please check our alumni Facebook page here on the morning of the event.

*Please note that only soft drinks or alcoholic beverages purchased at the venue may be consumed at the event. Water and juice will be available free of charge at the venue.

RRSIC Stage 2 is named for UC Alumna Beatrice Tinsley

Beatrice Tinsley is one of the most creative and significant theoreticians in modern astronomy.

Known as “Queen of the Cosmos” Beatrice Tinsley’s work has had a profound influence on what scientists know about stars, the galaxy and the Universe itself.

Deciding by the age of 14 that she wanted to be an astrophysicist, she graduated from UC with an MSc in Physics with First Class Honours in 1961. She then completed her PhD on the evolution of universes at the University of Texas in just two years, receiving marks of 99% and 100%.

In 1974, she left Texas for a one year fellowship at the Lick Observatory of the University of California, before gaining an assistant professorship at Yale University. She became Professor of Astronomy at Yale in 1978, the same year she was diagnosed with melanoma.

She continued to publish until shortly before her death in 1981, producing over 100 scientific papers in her short 14 year academic career. She received a number of honours and accolades for her work. In 1986 the American Astronomical Society established the Beatrice M Tinsley Prize for outstanding creative contributions to astronomy or astrophysics and the University of Texas created a visiting professorship in astronomy in her honour.

The immense importance of her work was finally recognised in New Zealand in 2001 when the New Zealand Geographic Board named a mountain in her honour. Mt Tinsley stands at a proud 1,537 metres in the Kepler Mountains of Fiordland, 15 kilometres west of Te Anau.

Stage 2 of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRISC), the building that will replace von Haast (currently being demolished), will be named for Beatrice Tinsley.

Learn more about Beatrice Tinsley’s life and work.

Sir John Key officially opens UC Trading Room

Former Prime Minister and University of Canterbury alumnus, the Rt Hon Sir John Key officially opened the new Trading Room in the UC Business School on Monday.

The UC Trading Room simulates a financial trading environment, providing business and finance students with experiential learning and skills in fund management.

The 12-seat facility includes a live stock ticker display, access to business news feeds and a range of electronic business databases including Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters DataStream, Global Financial Data and SIRCA. It will be used primarily for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in finance across three programmes – the Bachelor of Commerce, the Master’s degree in Applied Finance and Economics, and the Master’s degree in Financial Management.

Read the news story to find out more.

Check out the coverage on 1 News.

Sir John Key opens the Trading Room in the Business and Law building, 16.10.17 Sir John Key, Rod Carr, Sonya Mazey, Darren Russell, Jadrzej Bialkowski and many others. Client, Lyn Larsen, Exec Assistant Learning Resources. Hannah Seeley SSAC.
Sir John Key officially opened the UC Trading Room in the Business and Law building on Monday. Left to right: Dr John Wood – Chancellor, Dr Rod Carr – Vice-Chancellor, Sir John Key, Professor Sonia Mazey – Pro-Vice-Chancellor College of Business and Law. 


Sir John Key opens the Trading Room in the Business and Law building, 16.10.17 Sir John Key, Rod Carr, Sonya Mazey, Darren Russell, Jadrzej Bialkowski and many others. Client, Lyn Larsen, Exec Assistant Learning Resources. Hannah Seeley SSAC.
Sir John Key tries out some of the new technology in the UC Trading Room.