Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre

At the centre of UC’s Science Precinct, the new Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC) creates a hub for Canterbury's science and innovation network.

Stage 1 of the $220 million RRSIC, the Ernest Rutherford building was opened in early 2018. Named for renowned UC alumnus Ernest, Lord Rutherford, it includes specialist teaching and research laboratories for physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, geography and biological sciences.

The centre has been purposefully designed to encourage innovation and support flexible learning and teaching methods, with key features including:

  • state-of-the-art laboratories
  • UAV/drone room
  • 3D medical imaging
  • cloud chamber
  • radioactivity lab
  • superconduction magnet lab
  • herbarium
  • informal social and study spaces.

The building’s design enables easy interactions between departments, and supports face-to-face teaching methods, individual and small group investigative laboratory work, online research, and learning either individually or in groups.

Ernest Rutherford Opening

Watch as the new Ernest Rutherford building is officially opened by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.