11 September 2020

The WORD Christchurch Spring Festival is about to burst forth with stories, ideas, poetry and song. The recently announced festival line-up features many University of Canterbury scholars and writers, including Canterbury University Press authors, and is selling out fast.

Arts lifts

10 September 2020

Refurbishments of the College of Arts’ Elsie Locke and James Logie buildings on the University of Canterbury (UC) campus have been completed, with the star of the project, showcased at a small event last Friday 25 September, was definitely the artistic lifts.

Figure viewing Mt Fuji, 1943-1945, colour on wood. Courtesy Featherston Heritage

08 September 2020

Life for Japanese prisoners of war in Australia and New Zealand was not easy, and as new research from Flinders University and UC shows, some of them turned to art as a distraction.

UC Connect Cannabis

07 September 2020

In a live, online, UC Connect panel discussion on Wednesday 9 September, University of Canterbury experts from a range of disciplines will discuss the Cannabis legislation and control referendum, due to take place in the 2020 general election.

UC Core

04 September 2020

Over the last decade, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | the University of Canterbury has moved and evolved to respond to a rapidly changing world.

Professor Steven Ratuva

31 August 2020

Indigenous knowledge has always been interdisciplinary, UC’s Professor Steven Ratuva explains in this insightful piece by Dale Husband for E Tangata, the online Māori and Pacific media platform.

Barry Cleavin artwork

25 August 2020

The University of Canterbury’s (UC) School of Fine Arts (SoFA) welcomed back printmaking artist Barry Cleavin with an exhibition in the Ilam Campus Gallery and an artist talk. UC students, staff and members of the local arts community heard anecdotes about Cleavin’s practice and life experience, from developing his skills in the SoFA from 1963 to 1966 to his life as a practising artist.


25 August 2020

Detailed memories of the Canterbury earthquakes, captured in video interviews of some 750 Canterbury residents, are safely preserved in the University of Canterbury (UC)’s QuakeBox archive and publicly available.

UC graduate Java Katzur

18 August 2020

UC socialogy and anthropology graduate Java Katzur talked to Stuff about the vibrant community she created when she introduced Yo, Vocal in 2019 - a print magazine for young people.

UC business

13 August 2020

Lesson‐Drawing from New Zealand and Covid‐19: The Need for Anticipatory Policy Making

Aaron Kong

13 August 2020

Drawing on influences as diverse as K-Pop, Orientalism and queer politics, University of Canterbury (UC) Fine Arts student Aaron Kong wowed judges to win the 2020 Iris Fisher scholarship.

Joe Biden Kamala Harris

12 August 2020

UC Associate Professor of American History Peter Field discusses Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden's selection of running mate for Vice President, names senator and former state prosecutor Kamala Harris on The Panel on RNZ National.

UC Linguistics Lecturer Dr Jonathan Dunn and UC Computer Science Senior Lecturer

11 August 2020

Two UC academics have developed a unique multilingual data set, based on World Wide Web and Twitter traffic. “It’s probably the biggest multilingual data set available in the world and we’re making it available for free for other people to use,” says Linguistics Lecturer Dr Jonathan Dunn.

Alex van den Broek, UC Music graduate, performer, composer

10 August 2020

A new music work exploring post-war PTSD is one of the unexpected offerings in a programme of premieres on Sunday 16 August at 2pm when the University of Canterbury (UC) School of Music presents Arts Centre Chamber Series - cLoud Collective in the Great Hall of the Arts Centre.

Professor Mark Menzies

07 August 2020

Upcoming concerts keep the flame of exciting, new and original contemporary music burning brightly at the University of Canterbury’s (UC) School of Music.


04 August 2020

“One legacy of the March 15 attack should be that political campaigns are conducted carefully on any issues that relate to race, religion, immigration and refugees.” Dr Jeremy Moses writes in a gripping piece for The Conversation.

UC Connect talk: Why anti-racism and black lives matter in Aotearoa

31 July 2020

A panel of University of Canterbury experts will discuss why anti-racism and black lives matter in Aotearoa, in a special extended public lecture on Wednesday evening, 5 August.

PACE interns

30 July 2020

Honing professional skills before even graduating and trying out career options were a couple of the benefits of an internship, according to the co-winners of the inaugural PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) internship Excellence Prize.

John Newton

27 July 2020

In the introduction to this warm and informative book about the life and the practice of Christchurch’s beloved sculptor Llew Summers, published by Canterbury University Press, author John Newton urges us to reconsider the artist’s legacy - and to let go of our preconceptions. Then he takes us on a journey to help us do just that.


24 July 2020

Award-winning author Behrouz Boochani has been granted refugee status by Immigration New Zealand and is to become a Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

Bronwyn Hayward

23 July 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC) expert on sustainability, youth, climate and democracy is the only New Zealander appointed to the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Core Writing Team of thirty world experts.

Hamish Oliver at the piano

23 July 2020

Music for gaming has grown up and found its place in the world of music composition. Unlike music composed for film or theatre, music for gaming presents unique challenges, says University of Canterbury (UC) Music Lecturer Hamish Oliver.

Korari study II

16 July 2020

Eleven years after graduating with a Masters in Fine Arts (Printmaking) with distinction from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts Kim Lowe returns for The Silence of the Brush, an exhibition of brushwork created during her 2019 Olivia Spencer Bower Award year.

Graduation Dec 2019

10 July 2020

The University of Canterbury is hosting two special Graduation Celebrations in September for hundreds of graduates who missed out on graduating in person in April due to the pandemic lockdown.

Dr Rosemarie Martin

09 July 2020

A new study is seeking feedback from Australasian food banks on how they are coping with growing demand in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The survey, led by University of Canterbury (UC) researchers, aims to find out more about the economic and social impacts of the virus.

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