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UC welcomes new Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

Professor Cheryl de la Rey will begin her term as the new UC Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae on Monday, 4 February.

Professor de la Rey said she is delighted and honoured to begin her term, and she looks forward to furthering the progress made by her predecessor.

“I’m honoured to be selected for this position and thank the University of Canterbury Council for its vote of confidence. I look forward to using my skills and experience and to build on the good work of my predecessor,” Professor de la Rey said following her appointment in June of 2018.

Staff members will be introduced to the new Vice-Chancellor at the upcoming Staff Forum on Wednesday, 13 February at 11am. The Staff Forum will be immediately followed by a BBQ lunch, at which time all staff members will have the opportunity to talk to both Professor de la Rey and new Chancellor, Sue McCormack.

In addition to hearing from our new Vice-Chancellor, Chancellor and UCSA President, the first staff forum for 2019 will discuss enrolment numbers, start-of-year activities, updates on recent campus improvements, an upcoming cyber security campaign and more.

Professor de la Rey visited UC in early July 2018 for the UC Open Day | Rā Tōmene, when she took the opportunity to familiarise herself with the city of Christchurch and the campus. She also had the opportunity to meet with the UC Council, SMT and Academic Board during her visit.

About Vice-Chancellor designate Cheryl de la Rey 
Professor de la Rey has served as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, South Africa’s largest university, since November 2009. After working her way up the academic ranks within South Africa’s university sector, she took up her first executive position at a relatively young age when she became Executive Director at the National Research Foundation. Thereafter she was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. She also served as the CEO of the Council on Higher Education. In total she has eighteen years’ experience as an executive in higher education in South Africa. She has a reputation for visionary, strategic thinking accompanied by strong management ability.

Reminder – Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr farewell event

Please join us in celebrating Dr Rod Carr’s time as Vice-Chancellor Tumu Whakarae.

When: Friday 1 February from 4pm – 6pm
Where: Ilam Homestead 

This will be an informal function for staff to enjoy in beautiful surrounds. There will be a grazing table and a cash bar. 

Please RSVP to rsvp@canterbury.ac.nz by 5pm Friday 18 January.

If you would like to leave a farewell message for Rod, a book is currently available at the reception desk on Level 6 of the Matariki building.

VC Report November 2018

In the latest Vice-Chancellor report:

  • Applications to enrol for 2019 show significant
    increase across all five colleges
  • Applications to enrol by full-fee International students were up 26% compared to the budget of 17% growth
  • A blessing ceremony will be held for the rebuilt Rehua building next month.
  • We are budgeting on a small operating surplus from business as
    usual in 2019, the first time since 2010.

… and more.

Read the VC Report November 2018 here>

VC Report October 2018

In the latest Vice-Chancellor report:

  • Early enrolment indicators remain positive, with increases on previous years
  • Major upgrades to hardware and software to support our IT network should be rolled out in time for the new year
  • Work continues on the realisation of Kia Tōpū as a strategic development across UC
  • The Minister of Education has congratulated the University for its significant recovery process since the earthquakes

… and more.

Read the VC Report October 2018 here>

VC Report September 2018

In the latest Vice-Chancellor report:

  • Applications to halls of residence are up 7% on this time last year
  • Reviews undertaken to ensure all bachelor degrees include curriculum content supporting the UC graduate attributes will be complete by the end of 2018
  • The College of Engineering (CETF) redevelopment project has been settled with the receiver/liquidator of Hawkins Construction
  • The Kia Tōpū business case to support research teaching in the sustainable production, efficient processing and secure distribution of healthy foods, was raised to the UC Council

… and more.

Read the VC Report September 2018 here>