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UC Staff of The Year Awards 2020

The UCSA is excited to announce the nominees for the 2020 UC Staff of The Year Awards! A total of 510 students participated, shining a light on the staff who inspired them.

The top nominees of each category are (in randomised order):

Lecturer of The Year – Arts:

A/P Donald Matheson

Nancy Chu

Dr Lindsey MacDonald

Sergio Redondo


Lecturer of The Year – Business & Law:

A/P Laura Meriluoto

A/P Herb DeVries

Dr Steve Agnew

Ruth Ballantyne


Lecturer of The Year – Education:

Tracy Clelland

Nicki Dabner

Dr Valerie Sotardi


Lecturer of The Year – Engineering:

Dr Tom Logan

Prof Alessandro Palermo

A/P Sid Becker


Lecturer of The Year – Science:

A/P Pieter Pelser

Prof Ian Shaw

A/P Ashley Garrill

Prof Adrian McDonald


Best Online

Nancy Chu

A/P Herb De Vries

Dr Craig McConnochie


Supervisor of The Year:

Prof Annie Potts

A/P Michael Grimshaw

Dr Craig McConnochie


Administrator of The Year:

Edmund Smith

Heather Couch

Phillipa Gourdie


Technical Staff of The Year:

Patrick Branje

Edsel Villa

Garry Cotton

Randall Grenfell


Superstar of The Year:

Gary Gin

Desmond Breeze

Storm Geldenhuis

Garry Cotton


Great Character of The Year Award:

Dr Steve Agnew

A/P Sid Becker

Prof Ian Shaw


Make Your Own Award (Titles of awards will be revealed on the night):

Hamish Oliver

Jan Jakob Bornheim

Rachael Tappenden

Richard Bullen

Tham Piumsomboon


UCSA Exec Awards

Jonie Chang

Nicole Anfang

Anne Scott

Riki Welsh


Now that students have nominated (and voted), please join us at the Staff of the Year Awards ceremony to celebrate.

Friday 28th September at 6:30pm

Location: Haere-roa

Dress code: Smart Casual.

There are limited tickets available for UC staff members not on the nomination list, offered on a first come first serve basis.

Ticket includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, nibbles and cash bar.

We have  released 30 General Admission tickets – these are on a first come first serve basis.  Please reserve these online here.

Nominees, please reserve your free tickets for yourself and one guest by Friday 20th September, via email at

Nominations are open for the 2020 Blues Awards

Blues Awards 2020

Nominations for the 2020 University of Canterbury Blues Awards close on the 31st of August!

I would like to invite all Staff to circulate the following information, and nominate anyone who they deem fit to receive a Blues award in the Sport, Community Engagement and the Arts categories.

Receiving an award at our Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in these areas.

Individual Blues awards will be given out for each discipline. Winners will then be eligible for the following major awards:

  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding contribution to University Sport
  • Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • Outstanding achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding contribution to University Arts
  • Outstanding achievement in Community Engagement
  • Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding contribution to the Māori community
  • Outstanding contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Outstanding contribution to Sustainability

We have also introduced a limited number of University of Canterbury Sport recognition and Art recognition awards. These awards recognise students those who have performed exceptionally, however are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual. For example coaches, managers, directors, producers, administrators, executives etc.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the USCA website, with all sections completed
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of the nominations date.
  • Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.
  • Nominees must have reached the required level of achievement during the nomination period

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 10am, Monday the 31st of August

The Blues Awards will be held at the Haere-roa on Saturday the 10th of October

Boss Coffee Comedy Club tickets are on sale now!

The Boss Coffee Comedy Club: Wednesday 15 July 2020, 7PM to 10PM at Haere-roa.

BOSS Coffee presents Comedy Club, a fun-filled night out featuring some of New Zealand’s funniest comedians live in the Ngaio Marsh Theatre! The event is part of UCSA’s Re-Orientation lineup.

Public tickets (‘no mates’) are now on sale, and UC staff are very welcome.


About our lineup

Eli Matthewson: In 2017, Eli was nominated for New Zealand’s top comedy honour The Fred Award. He’s also head writer of Have You Been Paying Attention?

James Roque: Nominated for the Fred Award for Best Show in 2019 NZ Comedy Fest.  James boasts a heap of television credits, including appearances on 7 Days.

Georgie Sivier: Winner of The South Island Raw final in her first year of comedy, Georgie’s been the the queen of sharp absurdity ever since.

James Mustapic: James’s satirical dry style and cutting observations have landed him roles on the Spinoff and made him a two-time Billy T nominee.

Liv McKenzie: Liv was crowned the Best Newcomer at the 2019 NZ Comedy Festival (plus she’s a Christchurch local).

Venue Update: The Shilling Club


The Shilling Club is now available exclusively as a venue for your events and gatherings, with catering and bar services provided by OnCampus.

We’ve updated our catering menus to include some of the items formerly provided by The Shilling Club and we’ll have their famous scones available daily from The Foundry.

The central campus location makes The Shilling Club the perfect venue for your next meeting, conference or event. Fully licenced and with barista coffee facilities. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and package to suit you.

A message from the UCSA’s OnCampus Team.