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Erskine Fellow Kevin Norton

Associate Professor Kevin Norton is being hosted by Professor Jamie Shulmeister in the School of Earth and Environment.

Kevin has come from Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington where he teaches Geomorphology in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Science. Prior to arriving at VUW, Kevin studied and taught in the USA, Germany, and Switzerland.

Kevin’s area of interest is geomorphology. and geochronology.

“Mountain growth and erosion has always fascinated me (perhaps because I grew up in central Ohio where the highest point on the landscape was the corn silo). I approach this topic from a chemical and physical perspective, to study how rocks weather into soils and how landscape evolve through time. I try to combine my fascination for the Earth with a sound fundamental science approach in my teaching”.

During his Visiting Erskine Fellowship Kevin has been helping teach GEOL246 and sharing his expertise with postgraduate students and colleagues.

Kevin learnt of the Erskine Programme through his contact with Erskine Fellows at his school in Wellington. When the Erskine Programme opened the doors to Erskine Fellows from within New Zealand Kevin saw an opportunity  to make connections with colleagues in the School of Earth and Environment.

“In addition to bringing exceptional teachers and researchers to UC, the programme provides a source for high calibre research talks at other universities. In this sense, the programme benefits science across the country. I agree with Jack Erskine’s view of cross-pollination as a means to improve our teaching and research”.

Continuation of Visiting Fellowships from within New Zealand Scheme for Semester 1 2022

As the University remains unable to welcome visiting fellows from overseas, the Visiting Fellowships from within New Zealand scheme will continue during semester one, 2022.

This means that Erskine-eligible Schools and Departments are able to nominate academics based at New Zealand institutions for fellowships to take place in semester one, 2022.

There is a specific nomination form for Schools/Departments to fill in for Visiting Erskine Fellowships from within New Zealand titled ‘Visiting Erskine Fellowship from within New Zealand – nomination’. This nomination form has an extra requirement asking Schools/Departments to provide evidence of the nominee’s international experience, reputation or impact by way of a letter from the nominee’s UC host. Departments do not need to submit a travel quote with the nomination.

The nomination process for Visiting Fellows from within NZ will be the same as the usual process, the details of which are available here.
The nomination form is available for download from the intranet.

If you have any questions about hosting a New Zealand-based Erskine Fellow or wish to submit a nomination, please get in touch with the Erskine Programme Office at 

Erskine Fellow

Associate Professor Claire Davies              is hosted by Dr Debbie Munro in the Department of Mechanical Engineering this semester.


Claire comes to UC from Queen’s University in Kingston where she has been for the past six years after being a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland from 2009-2015.  Claire is a kiwi citizen (as well as South African, British, and Canadian) which has allowed her and her family to travel here for her sabbatical during COVID.

Claire’s area of interests are: biomedical, biomechanics, human factors, universal design, co-design, interdisciplinary teaching and design. She teaches biomedical engineering design and is working with Debbie Munro.

At UC, the design project in my third-year class is linked to the Christchurch Heart Institute.  Our client has defined a problem and the class is working to design a solution.  Additionally, I’ve been making connections with people with whom I am familiar through their work but have never met.

Claire learned about the Erskine Programme twenty years ago while visiting Canterbury for the first time and seized the opportunity to return to New Zealand.

Erskine Fellow

Associate Professor Mary Tate is hosted by Annette Mills in the Department of Accounting & Information Systems this semester.


Mary’s area of interest is new and innovative approaches to the design, management and delivery of digital channels and services using new technologies. Whilst at UC Mary is teaching information systems research and emerging IS for business and interacting with great students and staff.

“This is a tremendous time to be in the technology area as there are so many exciting things happening and some things that are a bit scary”.

Mary is visiting from Victoria University of Wellington where she teaches IT management, digital transformation, information systems theory and research methods, and user experience design.

She heard about the Visiting Erskine Fellowship through international Erskine Fellows who have visited Victoria University on side trips in the past. When the Erskine Fellowship programme opened to visitors from within New Zealand, Mary asked to be considered and was delighted to be invited.

Mary is loving the UC campus, Hagley Park and the gardens, Riverside Market, and is hoping to get up to Arthur’s pass.

Enrolments are now open for Summer School

Do you know any students who could benefit from getting ahead over summer? Enrolments are now open for all UC’s Summer school courses, including the courses starting in January 2022.

Summer study is a great way for students to shorten the time it takes to complete their degree, retake a course they failed during the year, spread their workload or pick up a prerequisite course. Students can enrol now through myUC.

This year UC has over 100 summer courses for students to choose from. Click here to view the 2021/2022 Summer Brochure