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Sustainable Futures – where nature and knowledge collide

Where nature and knowledge collide, University of Canterbury researchers are building Sustainable Futures. Throughout July, we are sharing some of the innovative research University of Canterbury academics are creating to grow society’s understanding of the natural world and shape a sustainable future for generations to come. In cultivating a spirit of curiosity, we contribute to the pool of diverse knowledge to pass on to the next generation and inspire and empower future researchers to overcome the challenges of the changing world. Through tiakitanga we will enhance and nurture our resources – He kaitiaki tatou katoa. See University of Canterbury research building towards Sustainable Futures.

Global rankings released recently spotlight Civil Engineering

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2021 by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy were released recently and included some pleasing results for a number of subject areas.

Civil Engineering has maintained its ranking of 9th overall and first in New Zealand. See the recent story on PhD student Fatma Abdelaal and her invitation to join the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort.

The subject of Environmental Science and Engineering was also ranked first in New Zealand. Read Dr Laura Revell’s Conversation piece Climate Explained: rising carbon emissions (probably) won’t make the Earth uninhabitable.

Next week we will receive the QS World University Rankings – keep an eye out for UC’s result.

Notable subject results for UC:

  • Civil Engineering: Ranked 9 and, first in New Zealand
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management: Ranked 34 and second in New Zealand
  • Transportation Science & Technology: Ranked 151-200 and first first in New Zealand
  • Ecology: Ranked 151-200 and first in New Zealand
  • Earth Sciences: Ranked 201-300
  • Environmental Science & Engineering: Ranked first in New Zealand

About the rankings
ShanghaiRanking started publishing Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) by academic subjects in 2009. The GRAS system ranks universities in 54 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences and in total, more than 4000 universities were ranked. Explore the rankings on the Shanghai Ranking website

In memorial of Jane Pearce

It is with great sadness I advise that Jane Pearce, our recent Contact Centre Team Leader has passed away.  Jane started with UC in the Disability Resources Centre in February 2011, and also worked as a Geography Teaching Assistant during 2011.  Jane was employed as a Contact Centre Advisor in September 2012 and in May 2018 was seconded into the position of Acting Contact Centre Team Leader. Jane was also one of our alumni, obtaining a PhD in Geography in 2016 and continued her studies afterwards taking a course in Te Reo.

Jane was well-respected across the university with her gift for building networks and being a pragmatic, solution-based person.  She will be sadly missed by her team and the wider Student Services team as someone who always put her team first and always ensured their well-being was a priority.  At times, this was when she was going through very difficult times herself.

We will remember Jane fondly for her laughter, good humour and her ability to quickly get to the heart of a matter!

Written by Trish Laurenson

UC Conferencing pop up expo – join us for coffee

Conferencing Pop Up Expo
Wednesday 9 June, 10.00am – 11.30am
Rehua 226, Te Moana nui a Kiwa
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Meet the team supporting UC academics to bid for and bring conferences to Ōtautahi Christchurch – Tourism New Zealand, ChristchurchNZ, and Te Pae (Christchurch Convention Centre). Join us for a coffee at the Conferencing Pop Up Expo and get all your conferencing questions answered. You’ll also be able to take a sneak peek at Te Pae through a virtual reality (VR) head set.

Quick fire talks will outline how to bid and what support the team offers and Professional Conference Organisers will be there to meet you and answer any questions you have.

Conferences create invaluable opportunities for UC to further grow global connections and networks. They are an opportunity for our leading academics to showcase their knowledge and profile their sector, department and the university. Conferences are shown to increase citations, networking opportunities and global university rankings far beyond the conference itself.

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UCMe and Believe U Can campaigns launch next week

A new ‘Believe U Can’ brand campaign and a refreshed version of the popular UCMe marketing campaign will launch nationwide on Monday, promoting UC by celebrating some of our star students (and staff in the UCWe).  This is an extension of our awareness campaign launched in 2020, and this phase deepens the meaning of Believe U Can through emotional engagement with our student’s stories.

UC students are inspiring, enterprising and courageous and the campaign aims to showcase the many faces of our student community.

Believe U Can weaves the story of UC and what differentiates us through each student’s personal journey. The campaign draws inspiration from our students and brings to life the idea that belief in yourself and others can take you anywhere.

The narrator is Wairaamia Tikao Taratoa-Bannister (Ngāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Raukawa) and the others featured in the video are all UCMe students.

As in previous years, the nationwide UCMe billboard, poster, bus stops and online campaign tells the stories of students who have taken everything UC has to offer and transformed it into their own unique experience. This year we have the biggest ever cohort – 31 students – and for the first time some are accompanied by siblings, academics and support staff who have contributed to their UC experience.

Find the Believe U Can page here

Check out this year’s UCMe students

Charlie Ikosi, from Papua New Guinea, is one of the students featured in the Believe U Can and UCMe campaigns. He is the recipient of a New Zealand Manaaki Scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and offered to take part to encourage other people to make a difference.

“I want to inspire people back home who have a dream of coming out into the world and getting a world-class education and taking it back home to help improve their communities.

“I feel very privileged to be here and I want to give back, by being an example. Reading about it and hearing about it is one thing but I wanted to put a face to it. When the campaign comes out I really want to share it with my friends so I can inspire them to be inquisitive about the environment and to think more widely than just what they see at home.”

Read Charlie’s story