Category Archives: Research & Innovation

Research Lifecycle portal

Research & Innovation and the Library have teamed up to create a portal. The portal brings together resources to support you through your research journey. No matter what stage you’re in of the research lifecycle, there’s now a curated list of links to the people, resources, and information. Check it out here: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/research-lifecycle.
If you notice something that we’ve missed or have any feedback, please contact kiera.tauro@canterbury.ac.nz. There might even be a chocolate fish in it for you!

Professorial Lecture Series

Celebrating Fresh Thinking
Professorial Lecture Series

Join me in celebrating the very substantive contribution to academe made by Professor Elena Moltchanova and Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza in the next presentation in the Professorial Lecture Series for 2020.

Date:               Thursday, 13 August, from 4.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Location:        E14 – Engineering Core

I encourage all staff and postgraduate students to attend this lecture, to actively support our new Professors, and take the opportunity to appreciate the fantastic research being undertaken in parts of the university we may be less familiar with.

Presentation details:

 “Serial Killers, Epidemics and Control” – Presented by Professor Elena Moltchanova, School of Mathematics and Statistics.

How many patients can a doctor kill before someone notices? What about a statistician? (Hint: significantly more!) Could it have been stopped? When to declare an epidemic and what to do once it has been declared? When is it worth it to gamble? Is learning worth the wait? In this talk, I will discuss the underlying principles of the control chart theory which can help answer all these questions. I will also introduce a novel dynamic control chart and explain how, together with reinforcement learning, it can help us make better decisions in the future.

“Climate of Arid Environments: From central Iran to Dry Valleys of Antarctica” – Presented by Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza, School of Earth and Environment.

 In this talk I will give an overview of our research on the very hot and the very cold places on Earth. Arid environments – mainly defined by a distinct lack of surface water – might seem bland or unforgiving in a meteorological sense, but they provide some of the most interesting ‘wild’ temperature fluctuations of the atmosphere near the ground. For example, in the Dry Valleys, air temperature can increase by 30 degrees in just a couple of hours in the middle of winter and the absence of the sun.

Professor Ian Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research | Tumu Tuarua Rangahau

Join the ACU at the UN High-Level Political Forum 2020

Dear Colleague,

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is delighted to invite you to participate in this year’s UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) – the yearly conference of the United Nations reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The HLPF is where governments, UN Agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year the HLPF, taking place from 7-16 July, is dedicated to “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

As a global university association advocating for the key role that higher education plays in achieving sustainable development, the ACU will take an active part in the debates again this year and is co-organising a series of virtual events, together with our partners and Members.

Click on the links below to learn about each event and register to attend. The following events are free and open to all ACU Members.

ACU at the HLPF 2020 in brief:

On all HLPF days the ACU will share a virtual exhibition space with IAU and AUF titled ‘Higher Education mobilises for the SDGs’.  

Learn more about the UN HLPF 2020 here and access the full HLPF 2020 programme here.

We hope you can join us in championing sustainable development in higher education.

Kind regards, The ACU.

Latest news from the ACU – The Association of Commonwealth Universities

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ACU member introduction: International collaboration by Professor (Dr) C Raj KumarFounding Vice-Chancellor at ACU member OP Jindal Global University, India.

The future of the world will depend upon our ability and capacity to deal with adversities and challenges. From responding to COVID-19, to protecting the environment and building peaceful, pluralistic communities, our fragile planet will continue to face challenges – most of which will concern the sustainability of our future. Addressing such global challenges requires collective imagination and thoughtful action.

It is against this backdrop that the work of the ACU, including bringing together young minds across the Commonwealth, becomes increasingly important and significant. The future of our planet will depend upon our commitment to developing resilience and this work begins at the universities of the world.

Earlier this year, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) partnered with the ACU, British Council, Commonwealth Secretariat, UNESCO-Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, PRIA Youth Foundation and UNESCO-MGIEP to host youth leaders from 15 Commonwealth countries for the second Commonwealth Futures workshop on ‘Inspiring global citizens’. Marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the workshop examined multidisciplinary themes relating to the concept of global citizenship such as participatory democracy, community engagement, peace, non-violence, and prevention of violent extremism.

Universities have a critical role to play in preparing young minds to go on and create sustainable futures. Key focus areas include developing curricula and pedagogies oriented towards sustainable development, fostering global networks and communities of knowledge, and building close networks with local communities.

At JGU, we are striving to work on a pan-university, multidisciplinary strategy to explore innovative and sensitive ways to teach, learn, work, and live. As a demographically diverse university, in a semi-rural region in northern India that still faces enormous social and economic developmental challenges, we are particularly conscious about creating a transformative institutional model in higher education.

Given the current global health emergency, the need to innovate within higher education is more pertinent than ever. Universities across the world are demonstrating agility and an openness to change as they adapt to new ways of teaching and working. At JGU we seek to do justice to the goals and aspirations of our students, even in times of such crisis, while ensuring the safety and wellness of our students, faculty and staff. Therefore, JGU was prepared to handle the unanticipated and complete immersion into virtual learning and online teaching, and a strong academic and digital infrastructure enabled us to smoothly transition to the online world to deliver over 400 courses online this summer.

We are delighted to have been able to be part of the Commonwealth Futures and ACU Digital Now events, and we look forward to further opportunities to collaborate with the ACU’s extensive network.

With warm regards,

Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar
Founding Vice-Chancellor
OP Jindal Global University

Association of Commonwealth Universities – series of free virtual events

Kia ora colleagues I have received the following through our membership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Please promote – the topics are wide, covering:

  • Teaching and learning
  • Research management
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Library
  • HR, and more.

Given the time zone differences, these times are unlikely to suit you. I note from their website that the sessions will be recorded and I can get copies so let me know if you are interested in that. I hope everyone is staying well, Karen

“International collaboration remains at the heart of the ACU and its work.  We are committed to ensuring that our extensive global network continues to engage and collaborate during this challenging time and beyond.

COVID-19 continues to heavily impact higher education across the globe. To support member universities as they adapt to this changing world, we are offering a free series of virtual events to share best practice and guidance. Featuring webinars and Q&As, the events will touch on a variety of topics relating to HR, teaching and learning, research management, the SDGs, and more.

Stay connected with colleagues across the Commonwealth. Register online to attend one or more of the following webinars:

Moving assessments online – lessons learned | 12 May, 15:00 BST

Managing a research office in lockdown | 20 May, 14:00 BST 

HR in HE responding to the COVID-19 crisis | 27 May, 12:00 BST

University libraries beyond the campus walls | 3 June, 14:00 BST

Please feel free to share this email with colleagues who might be interested in these topics. You can keep informed of future events by checking our events page.   If you have any questions about our events, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at events@acu.ac.uk

We send our best wishes and support to all of you.  Kindest regards, The ACU.”