News archive 2020

Childrens University

14 August 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) and Lincoln University (LU) have been working together to deliver Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University in the Canterbury region. The universities are collaborating with local stakeholders and iwi to offer children learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

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.

UC Engineering building

12 August 2020

According to UC and AoU experts, if we do the right things now, there’s a good chance we will be able to contain this COVID-19 community outbreak before it spreads too much further.

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.

College of Engineering

11 August 2020

UC mathematicians Professor Michael Plank and Associate Professor Alex James are two of the experts behind The Conversation article that says a new community case of COVID-19 in New Zealand is a matter of when, not if. The authors ask, is the country prepared for it?

Pop up penguins

10 August 2020

Pop Up Penguins are arriving to Christchurch schools as part of the PUP Learning Programme. Stuff journalist, Lee Kenny delves into the programme that provides opportunity for children to explore, learn and celebrate in the citywide art event.

UC Connect: Earthquakes + Innovation = Resilience

10 August 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering technology is being used to quake-proof buildings, build the “Ferrari of bridges”, and predict the future in order to save lives in these shaky isles and around the world.


10 August 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Masters students showed off their skills in a competition that challenged them to use data to solve problems and develop business savvy strategies.

UCE ThincLab Canterbury

10 August 2020

Christchurch is already seeing the benefits of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Canterbury (UC) and ChristchurchNZ, through an additional agreement with UC’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) to deliver various programmes, including ThincLab Canterbury.

Cheryl de la Rey

07 August 2020

"Connections with our communities give us a foundation from which we will recover together from the fallout of the global pandemic, as we have recovered from other significant challenges"

Matthew Cowan, Parliament

07 August 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr Matthew Cowan was at the Beehive last week presenting to MPs as part of the Speaker’s Science Forum 2020.

Computer science tech week

05 August 2020

Children became ‘pixel maniacs’ at Tūranga Central Library when University of Canterbury (UC) students explained how photos are made on a digital device.

Fullbright Recipients 2020

05 August 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) graduates Robbie Morrison and Milena Petrovic are two of 49 students, scholars, artists and professionals to be honoured tonight at the Fulbright New Zealand Awards, held at Parliament.

SVA Founder Sam Johnson briefing volunteers

05 August 2020

Humble beginnings have evolved into a nationwide youth volunteering movement for the University of Canterbury (UC)’s Student Volunteer Army (SVA), which is best known for the impressive response initiated by students during following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

Tūtaepatu Lagoon at Tūhaitara Coastal Park.

05 August 2020

Wildlife translocations will have better results if they are led, or genuinely co-led, by Indigenous peoples. That’s the premise of a recently published paper by researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) and South Island environmental practitioners.

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.

Ibrahim Abdelhalim

30 July 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) has announced the appointment of Ibrahim Abdelhalim as its first Muslim Chaplain.

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.

Levi Collier-Robinson

30 July 2020

In a new article for Te Karaka, UC doctoral student Levi Collier-Robinson shares how he is using genomics to understand the kōwaro, an endangered taonga species.


28 July 2020

In January next year, 60 Year 13 students from across Aotearoa New Zealand will discover the career opportunities engineering has to offer women when they attend a hands-on programme run by the University of Canterbury (UC).

Matt Hobbs fluoride

28 July 2020

Kiwi kids are suffering unnecessarily from severe tooth decay that could be prevented, according to research published today in JAMA Paediatrics, the highest-ranking journal of Paediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health in the world.

Firdaus Shairi

27 July 2020

Malaysian-born UC student Firdaus Shairi earned the right to represent New Zealand in a global esports tournament centred around the football video game, FIFA 20, where competitors play each other by each taking control of a virtual team.

Is robot abuse immoral

27 July 2020

In a new study, University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have found that participants considered abusive behaviour towards a robot just as immoral as abusive behaviour towards a human.

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.

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