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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2020 Academic Exchange Schemes

The Erskine Programme is pleased to announce the following Oxford, Cambridge and Canterbury Fellowships and Grants to and from UC in 2020.

Canterbury Fellowship (coming to UC): Semester 2, 2020

  • Professor Catriona Pennell from the Department of Humanities at the University of Exeter, UK. Professor Pennell will visit the School of Humanities and Creative Arts and the School of Languages, Social and Political Sciences.
  • Professor Pamela Jane Schwikkard from the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Professor Schwikkard will visit the School of Law.

Visiting Cambridge Fellowship: Semester 1, 2020

  • Dr Edwin Dalmaijer from the MRC Cognition and Brian Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr Dalmaijer will visit the Department of Psychology.
  • Professor Ben Gripaios from the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, UK. Professor Gripaios will visit the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Dr Sinead Moylett from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr Moylett will visit the School of Health Sciences.

Visiting Oxford Fellowship

  • Associate Professor Katharine Burn from the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 2 2020. Associate Professor Burn will visit the School of Teacher Education.
  • Professor Martin Castell from the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 1 2020. Professor Castell will visit the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences.
  • Professor Stephen Harrison from Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 1 2020. Professor Harrison will visit the School of Humanities and Creative Arts.

Visiting Māori and Indigenous Studies Fellowship

  • Dr Kerekere from Tīwhanawhana Trust in Gisborne will visit Aotahi – the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies in Semester 1 2020.

Oxford Grant

  • Professor Gail Gillon from the Child Wellbeing Research Institute will be visiting the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 1 2020.
  • Dr Shea Elizabeth Esterling from the School of Law will be visiting the Faculty of Law and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 2 2020.
  • Associate Professor Patrick O’Sullivan from the School of Humanities and Creative Arts will be visiting the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford, UK in Semester 1 2020.

Cambridge Grant

  • Dr Toni Collins from the School of Law will be visiting the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge, UK in Semester 1 2020.

Congratulations to all the successful recipients.  We look forward to welcoming the visiting fellows to UC next year.

Erskine Programme Visitor Profile: Professor Sungdeok Cha


Sungdeok and his wife Christine in Kaikōura

Where have you come from, and what do you teach?
I am a professor in Computer Science and Engineering at Korea University in Seoul, Korea. Prior to joining Korea University, I was a professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) from 1994 through 2008.

I usually teach courses on software engineering, and my research topics have been on software safety and computer security. At UC, I teach courses on computer security and computer network.

I am on 6-months sabbatical leave from Korea University.

What interested you in the Erskine Programme/why did you want to come to UC?
I had a chance to visit New Zealand for the first time in 2015 when I came to attend Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference (APSEC) held in Hamilton. I had a chance to stop by Christchurch and met Prof. DongSeong Kim who informed me of the Erskine program. DongSeong is an outstanding and active researcher on computer security, and I am very interested in exploring collaborative research opportunities with him.

Opportunity to spend some time exploring New Zealand, as is probably the case with most Erskine fellows, is another attraction.

What have you been doing at UC?
Although I have been doing computer security-related research, this is the first time I actually offered a semester-long course on the subject. Course preparation has taken a lot of my time in Korea in preparation of my Erskine stay, and it continues to require preparation throughout the semester. The other class I teach during the fourth term is an introduction to computer network. Lecture preparation for both classes is keeping me really busy.

What have you most enjoyed about your time here at UC/Christchurch?
Life in New Zealand is quite different from that of crowded and hectic one I live in Seoul. What a pleasant break even though it is only for a few months.

Occasionally, my wife and I take a short trip to nearby attractions to places like Castle Hill, Akaroa, and Lake Tekapo. Once the semester is over, we plan to take an extended trip in New Zealand. A trip to Milford Sound during the term break was so nice, and I got to take a lot of photos. New Zealand is a perfect place to enjoy two of my favourite hobbies, photography and golf. That is why New Zealand is a paradise to me, and I am thankful for an opportunity to serve UC as an Erskine fellow.

Distinguished Visiting Fellow: Professor Tim McCormack

New Zealand Law Foundation’s Distinguished Visting Fellow for 2018, Professor Tim McCormack will be visiting UC from Wednesday 2 – Monday 6 August.

Professor McCormack is Dean of the University of Tasmania Law School and a Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Law School. He is also the Special Adviser on International Humanitarian Law to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague and a Director of World Vision Australia.

Next Monday, Professor McCormack is holding an event for UC staff: ‘The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations’,

An international group of experts met under the auspices of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in the Estonian capital and drafted two Tallinn Manuals on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations.

The initiative was a proactive attempt to identify applicable law before there is a major cyber-attack on critical infrastructure with potentially devastating consequences.

Professor McCormack was a member of the international group of experts to draft the 2nd Tallinn Manual and he will discuss the drafting process, some of the most important findings in the Manual and the future significance of the Manual.