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UC celebrates staff excellence

09 November 2023

Each year Te Kaunihera o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University Council holds the prestigious Pō Whakamānawa | Celebrating Excellence event to recognise staff for their outstanding achievements and dedication in research, teaching and innovation.

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Yesterday evening the 2023 UC medallists and recently appointed Emeritus Professors were celebrated in front of colleagues, whānau and friends.  

Kaiārahi Corban Te Aika lead a mihi whakatau to open the event and was followed by Tumu Kaunihera| Chancellor Hon Amy Adams who extended a warm welcome to the UC Council, the medallists, Emeritus Professors and their friends and whānau. During her welcome the Chancellor said: “It is critical we stop and reflect on people that do outstanding work.”

Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey announced the UC Teaching Medal while Acting Tumu Tuarua Rangahau | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Peter Gostomski announced the UC Research and Innovation Medals.

Our 2023 medallists are: Dr Phillip Borell, Professor Brendon Bradley and the Better Start Literacy Approach teamincluding Professor Gail Gillon, Professor Brigid McNeill, Associate Professor Alison Arrow, and Dr Amy Scott, from the Child Well-being Institute and Faculty of Education. 

Professor De la Rey also congratulated the most recently appointed Emeritus Professors, Jarg Pettinga and Letitia Fickel, for their long-serving and outstanding contributions to their fields and the University.

A very warm congratulations to all our medallists who are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for inspiring your students, your colleagues, and your communities with your expertise, dedication, and passion for your work.

Read more about this year’s Pō Whakamānawa| Celebrating Excellence, medallists and Emeritus Professors here

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