In recognition of the lengthy association between the University of Oxford and the University of Canterbury that dates back to the design of the University of Canterbury's town site, the donation of books to College House, and a series of distinguished Oxford visitors to Canterbury over the years, a reciprocal visitor exchange programme between the two universities was established in 2002. The first visits under the Oxford/Canterbury Academic Exchange occured in 2003.
The goal of the Oxford/Canterbury Exchange Programme, which is primarily administered by the University of Canterbury, is to build on the academic links that have already been developed and to benefit the students and staff of both universities by funding the regular visits of academic staff members.
As of 2016 the staff exchange programme initiated between the universities in 2002 continues, under different terms. While visiting the exchange university, staff members will participate in teaching, seminars and academic meetings, as agreed with the hosting department, in order to facilitate the sharing of ideas and expertise with staff and students at the exchange university. The exchange also creates opportunities for joint research and encourages the exchange of publications and academic materials.
The purpose of Oxford Fellowships at Oxford (Grants) are to enable University of Canterbury staff members to increase their knowledge in their academic disciplines so as to better enable them to teach such subjects to UC students.
Nominations for 2020 visits close on 10 May 2019 and application forms are available on the UC Staff Intranet.
All regulations and criteria as well as Cant - Oxford Exchange Programme - Info for Staff 2019-20 is available on the UC Staff Intranet.