Real world relevance
We use the Arts to better understand contemporary issues such as global politics, the human impact of technology, climate change and global energy issues, gender and sexuality — and more.
World leading research
Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward is the only New Zealander among world experts appointed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) to author an investigation on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above preindustrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. Assoc Prof Hayward will be using her expertise in the field of sustainable development, poverty eradication, and reducing inequalities. 'We need interdisciplinary thinking to address complex issues. Arts and humanities training is vital to helping us understand some of the world’s most serious problems,' she says.
Innovation and collaboration
The College hosts a number of research centres. Among them is the National Centre for Research on Europe, UC CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive, New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour and the NZ Centre for Human-Animal Studies. UC’s research centres collaborate innovatively with research partners, including many businesses and community organisations involved in the Waitaha Canterbury rebuild.
'There are a world of problems to solve that depend on understanding human relationships and how humans relate to each other and the cultural solutions that are needed to effect change'
Associate Professor Peter Field.
‘With an Arts degree you’re not just learning in a classroom. I’ve had real-life work experience in another country, which has helped to shape the career I want to move into. It amazes me when I hear people say BA students don’t get jobs! I’m learning so many transferable skills, going out into the workforce and travelling as part of my degree. I think real-world experience is the best education tool you can get. Employers are looking for so much more than a piece of paper now. They want to hear about what you’ve done. I’ve learned so much by travelling and interning. It’s made me more open minded and helped me focus on what I’m truly passionate about.’