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VC runs to raise funds for UCSA building – donations welcome

On 17 November 2018 the Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae is running the Queenstown Marathon to raise funds for the new students’ association building.

Following the completion of 20 full marathons, including one of every continent, Dr Rod Carr retired from running full marathons, however he has recently decided to come out of his self-imposed running retirement to enter the 2018 Queenstown International Marathon in November, with the aim of raising funds for the UCSA Building.

Please consider donating to him here>

A message from Dr Rod Carr

For the last decade I have had the privilege to play my part in leading an extraordinary institution in extraordinary times. I have been motivated by the impact education has on people, especially younger people taking a first degree. I have been inspired by the students, their community, their clubs, their self-motivation and leadership.

In supporting the student body to own and control their own place, we recognise their responsibility and reward their contribution while enabling and empowering generations of future students.

The funds will go towards the $5m fundraising campaign being organised by the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) for their new building, the old home was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquake.

VC Report July 2018

In the latest Vice-Chancellor report:

  • A great turn out for Open Day | Rā Tōmene on July 12
  • A major recovery milestone reached with the handover of Kirkwood and Dovedale academic villages
  • The Beatrice Tinsley building is rising from the repurposed foundations of the Von Haast building
  • Disability Resource Services have seen a 6% increase in registrations since last month
  • The Erskine Programme has welcomed 24 visiting fellows and their families for Term 3

… and more.

Read the VC Report July 2018 here>

Thanks for a great start to 2018!

I would like to take a moment to thank all of the staff who worked so hard to set the University up for success with Orientation Day and opening of the Ernest Rutherford Building last week.

Orientation Day on 16 February was a great success. There was a 29% increase in registrations compared to last year and more than 3,500 people attended – up more than 1,000 on last year. There were more than 2,715 attendees at College sessions – well up on last year’s 1,598. Almost 1,200 students took a campus tour.

The opening of Ernest Rutherford, the centrepiece of the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC) by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, was another highlight in a week of highlights. The opening was attended by more than 300 of the University’s key stakeholders, most of whom were clearly impressed when they toured the building once the formalities were completed.

Staff have worked hard to have the Ernest Rutherford building and the redeveloped Engineering wings ready for teaching in 2018 and I thank staff for completing that significant achievement. With the return of students to campus this week, we are set for a terrific 2018.

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae

VC search process

As you’re aware, the recruitment of a new VC is under way to replace Dr Rod Carr when his term expires on 31 January 2019.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Employment Committee (VCEC), a sub-committee of the University Council is overseeing the recruitment process, and has been expanded from its usual four members, to seven, to form an ad hoc VC Appointment Committee (VCAC) to consider applications and make recommendations to the University Council, which has responsibility for the appointment.

On the recommendation of the VCAC, Council appointed the executive search agency Odgers Berndtson to assist with recruitment and Managing Director Julie Steiner and her team are working closely with us. Advertisements have been placed around the world in various print media and online fora and an active search is under way in parallel. Applications close on 7 March and shortlisting will be undertaken in April with a view to interviews in May. The aim is to make an appointment by mid-year.

The position description and person specification can be found here along with a short video. The Committee is open to the views of the University community, which should be provided via the Registrar and Council Secretary, Mr Jeff Field. 

Dr John Wood                                                                Ms Sue McCormack
Chancellor                                                                       Pro-Chancellor


VCEC membership:

  • Ms Sue McCormack, pro-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Dr John Wood, Chancellor
  • Mr Peter Ballantyne, Chair Audit and Risk Committee
  • Ms Jo Appleyard, external co-option, a partner at Chapman Tripp

VCAC membership:

  • As above plus:
  • Dr Rosemary Banks, Ministerial appointee to Council
  • Mr Shayne Te Aika, Ngai Tahu member of Council
  • Professor Roger Nokes, academic member of Council