ACU News and Funding Opportunities

Make the most of our membership of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Included this in this month’s newsletter:

  • Catch up on The Internationalist  (podcast)
  • Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships – close on 18 Jan 2021
  • New Commonwealth Peace & Reconciliation Challenge Grant applications now open – close on 15 Jan 2021
  • Future of Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges virtual summit – 4 December
  • Going Global 2021 call for proposals – close 15 Jan 2021
  • What’s the place for reparations at universities?
  • Belonging at university – an equal future?
  • Making digital higher education a reality for all.

Plus, sector news:

  • UNESCO ‘World in 2030’ Public Survey: climate change and biodiversity loss biggest concern by far, multilateralism and education most important solutions [UNESCO]
  • COVID-19 crisis accentuating the need to bridge digital divides [OECD]
  • OECD and UNDP launch a plan to align global finance with sustainable development [UNDP]

Karen Mather, People and Culture (formerly HR)

Record numbers for Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University Graduation 2020

A record number of tamariki have graduated from Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University (CU) in 2020. Over the 25 and 26 November, 362 children aged from 7 to 14 crossed the stage of the James Hay Theatre in the Christchurch Town Hall to accept their graduation certificates.

With the challenges of 2020, an incredible 65% of CU tamariki graduated in front of their proud whānau, teachers and peers. IN 2020, tamariki completed 3,466 activities on the online portal, and a total 19,537 hours of CU learning.

The CU team would like to thank all the UC students and staff who contributed to the programme over the course of 2020. It would not have been a success without your valuable support.

Be aware of scams at this time of year

UC has detected on-going scam attempts by email. If someone contacts you out of the blue – whether over the phone or by email or on social media – always consider the possibility that it may be a scam. Scams eventually lead to a request for money or personal information.

With the Christmas holiday approaching, fraudsters may use the gift card scam: the scammer may impersonate UC staff, a colleague or your manager, and demand that you buy gift cards.

If you think you have received an email scam:
1. Do not engage with it – do not open it or click on any links.
2. Report it to
3. Delete it.

Thanks for your time,
ITS team.

The University Pharmacy Christmas closing dates

The University Pharmacy in the Undercroft will be closing for Christmas at 1pm on Wednesday the 23rd of December 2020 and will re-open at 9am on Thursday the 14th of January 2021.

If you have any repeats or a new prescription you will need whilst we are closed please come in before the 23rd of December and we will be happy to supply these to you early. (please note you won’t be able to collect repeats from another Pharmacy whilst we are closed).

We would like to thank everyone for the fantastic support during the year and would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a great New Year.

David & Lisa Erdman
University Pharmacy

Tangata Tū Tangata Ora | Celebrating Excellence event

On Wednesday 25 November, outstanding achievements of the University’s academics were celebrated by the University of Canterbury Council | Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha at the Tangata Tū Tangata Ora | Celebrating Excellence event.

The event observed the world-class teaching, learning and research taking place at UC, and the impact our researchers and students are having in our local community, within Aotearoa New Zealand and around.

Panels showcasing this year’s award recipients are on display at the entrance of Puaka-James Hight Central Library. 

Congratulations to all those who received an award.

Keeping UC staff informed