News archive 2020


EM Bird

21 December 2020

A Kiwi research team has, for the first time ever, used a fixed wing aircraft to measure the thickness of a huge area of sea ice in Antarctica.


Hay King

19 December 2020

Even when they can’t speak te reo Māori, New Zealanders have a surprisingly sophisticated knowledge of the language, newly published University of Canterbury research shows.


Music School

18 December 2020

The University of Canterbury’s School of Music’s public-facing and performance activities moved in 2017 to UC’s original campus, now the Christchurch Arts Centre, when the old Chemistry Building came up for lease.


AlexJamesMichaelPlank

18 December 2020

University of Canterbury academics Michael Plank and Alex James say with the summer holidays about to begin, we need to remain vigilant to keep COVID-19 at bay in The Conversation.


Environmental Science with Hons UC

18 December 2020

In a first for Aotearoa New Zealand, the University of Canterbury (UC) is offering a new four-year degree to upskill environmental scientists during a time of rising concern about climate change.


Flynn Doherty

17 December 2020

An award-winning project into the 3D visualisation of an aerospace launch vehicle has launched University of Canterbury (UC) graduate Flynn Doherty’s career with leading aerospace manufacturer and satellite launch company Rocket Lab.


UC Graduate Rebecca McLeod

17 December 2020

UC graduate Rebecca Mcleod has landed one of the few full-time art teaching roles in Ōtautahi Christchurch in a highly competitive employment market.


UC Graduate Hinerangi Curtis

17 December 2020

At the age of 18, Hinerangi Curtis embarked on a five-year journey to achieve an ambitious goal: to complete a double degree - BSc/BA – majoring in Astronomy and Māori studies/te reo Māori at the University of Canterbury.


Roy Kerr

16 December 2020

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is awarding the Oskar Klein Medal to the University of Canterbury’s renowned Canterbury Distinguished Professor Roy Kerr.


PM Kate Sheppard house

15 December 2020

The Ilam house where pioneering suffragist Kate Sheppard lived and worked during her years of activism has been officially opened by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today.


UC Graduate Charlie Kavanagh

15 December 2020

Opportunity is everywhere if you are willing to grab it. For University of Canterbury (UC) student Charlie Kavanagh, who is graduating this week, UC has provided a number of opportunities for him to flex his entrepreneurial muscle and broaden his horizons with international travel.


UC Graduate Exequiel Bahamonde

14 December 2020

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) student Exequiel Bahamonde Cárcamo says UC’s full-year projects and internship opportunities were invaluable in teaching him how software engineers work in industry.


2019 UC Graduation procession

11 December 2020

Thousands of University of Canterbury (UC) students will fill central Christchurch for graduation processions, ceremonies and celebrations next week.


UC Bachelor Youth

11 December 2020

What a few years it has been for young people demonstrating leadership on a global scale. Issues such as gun violence (March for Our Lives), climate change (Strike 4 Climate), and social justice (Black Lives Matter) have all profiled youth taking action for a more just future. From an intergenerational perspective this begs the question: how can we support our students and young people who want to become leaders of much-needed social and environmental change?


UC Graduate Victoria Watt

11 December 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) is hosting two special Graduation Celebrations on Monday 14 December for hundreds of graduates who missed graduating in person in April and again in September.


UC Hon Doc

11 December 2020

Prolific author, editor and curator Dr Peter Simpson, who has written and edited over 20 books celebrating this country’s art, literature and cultural history, will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Canterbury (UC) at a graduation ceremony on 18 December.


UC Graduate Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll

11 December 2020

Studying at UC is a family affair for Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll and her two eldest sons. Annabel (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kauwhata, Rangitāne, Ngāti Kahungunu) has balanced lecturing in Māori Health at UC, studying, training as a body builder, and parenting three sons – two of whom are also UC students.


UC Music Graduate John Emeleus

11 December 2020

An 82-year-old composer will cap off a career of making and sharing music by graduating with a rare postgraduate degree from the University of Canterbury (UC).


Dr Jonathan Tonkin

10 December 2020

Dr Jonathan Tonkin, from the University of Canterbury (UC)’s School of Biological Sciences, has won the University’s 2020 Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award in recognition of his outstanding research contribution over the past decade.


Te Hurinui Karaka-Clarke

09 December 2020

The University of Canterbury’s (UC) first Doctor of Education graduate will receive his qualification in his home town of Rotorua today.


BB CM

08 December 2020

The University of Canterbury’s Ursula Bethell Writers in Residence for 2021 have been announced.


Jane Comeau with Heather Wolffram and Jonathan Le Cocq

03 December 2020

Female saints who were not supposed to be role models are the subject of surprising research that earned History Master’s student Jane Comeau three prizes at the recent University of Canterbury History Awards.


NCUK

03 December 2020

ENZ and New Zealand’s eight universities have announced a partnership with UK-based qualifications provider the University Consortium (NCUK) that will allow students from more than 30 countries to begin a New Zealand university qualification without leaving home. The pathways initiative enables international students to begin study in their home countries towards Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at any of New Zealand’s eight universities, including the University of Canterbury.


Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury Celebrating Staff

03 December 2020

The Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury Celebrating Staff Event was held on Wednesday 2 December to present various awards from across the University.


Dr Leighton Watson

02 December 2020

Alpine avalanches, viewed from afar, are spectacular but can be extremely hazardous for anyone in their vicinity. Funded by a 2020 Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Canterbury (UC) researcher Dr Leighton Watson hopes to build a better understanding not just of avalanches but also of their volcanic cousins, lahars and pyroclastic flows.


Claire Dong

01 December 2020

Dozens of the University of Canterbury’s best and brightest students have been awarded Aho Hīnātore | Accelerator scholarships in a new scheme worth more than $1.5 million in its first year.


Select '20

01 December 2020

Once a year, the Ilam School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury (UC) opens the doors of its studios, inviting the public to roam the buildings and spaces, enjoying a rich variety of artworks displayed tantalisingly for less than a week in November.


Food fibre challenge UCE

30 November 2020

The need for transformative innovation in the food, fibre and agritech sector is at the core of the latest Supernode Challenge which is now open to applications.


Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University 2020 graduates.

27 November 2020

A record number of tamariki have graduated from Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University over two nights of celebrations recognising their achievements in 2020.


Catherine Moran

26 November 2020

A mentoring collaboration programme is enabling a smooth transition for students to tertiary education at Ōtautahi Christchurch’s Linwood College.


Ruth McManus

26 November 2020

As the shift towards sustainability continues, it is causing us to reflect not only on how we live but also how we dispose of our dead.


Professor Gail Gillon

25 November 2020

Decades of work aimed at improving children’s learning success and wellbeing has earned Professor Gail Gillon the University of Canterbury’s (UC) highest research honour.


Aukaha Tau 10

24 November 2020

A record number of taiohi (young) Māori from schools across Ōtautahi Christchurch took part in science experiments, tested their Law knowledge and played Arts bingo in an interactive day designed to inspire students to further their study.


Engineering Core

23 November 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) has announced two new Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) programmes for postgraduate students from 2021.


Aisling O’Sullivan

19 November 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC) Kaipūhanga Rauropi | Ecological Engineer has $3 million and three years to help reverse water pollution with innovative sustainable treatment technologies, such as 3D-printed water filters made from biomaterials


Food Transitions 2050

19 November 2020

A new postgraduate school focusing on food sustainability has launched in Canterbury. The University of Canterbury (UC), Lincoln University (LU), Plant & Food Research, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, and AgResearch have jointly announced the school; the result of a multilateral partnership dedicated to supporting the transition of our regional, national and international food systems – the first for postgraduate research in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Cara Swit

18 November 2020

Parenting can be a demanding and stressful job at any time, however parenting through a pandemic can pile additional pressure on parents, according to new research.


Woodchip bioreactor trial

18 November 2020

Reducing nitrates in waterways is the focus of a new trial in Waitaha Canterbury that’s being backed by DoC and Fonterra through their 10-year Living Water partnership, with support from the University of Canterbury.


Scott Base Antartica

17 November 2020

A group of New Zealand scientists, including Professor Adrian McDonald from UC’s Gateway Antarctica, will fly to Antarctica this week, but only after completing 14 days in managed isolation – ensuring the last COVID-free place on Earth, remains that way.


Mauritian wood pigeon illustration

16 November 2020

Tammana Begum from The Natural History Museum reports on international research, led by UC Science graduate Dr Jo Carpenter and University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Don Drake, exploring how the impact of colonisation has resulted in the disappearance of endemic birds in Hawaii, the Mascarenes and Aotearoa New Zealand, affecting unique island flora.


UC climate researcher comments on new research

16 November 2020

Climate researcher Dr Laura Revell of UC’s School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, has cast doubt on new, apocalyptic research that suggests we’ll miss our goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius saying, “It’s just one model and it’s a very simple model.”


Mt Taranaki

16 November 2020

Given the time that has passed since its last eruption, Professor Tom Wilson of UC’s School of Earth and Environment believes the next one could be “on the bigger side of what Taranaki can produce”.


Steven Ratuva

16 November 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC) Professor has won recognition from the Royal Society Te Apārangi for his passion for equality and outstanding research into ethnicity and racism.


Jack Copeland

16 November 2020

Groundbreaking research exploring the early history of computers and artificial intelligence has won a University of Canterbury (UC) Professor recognition from the Royal Society Te Apārangi.


ACTIV

16 November 2020

Innovative medical technology that could help thousands of Covid-19 patients recover is being offered to hospitals around the world for free by University of Canterbury researchers.


Literacy studies in children

14 November 2020

The UC study, led by Director of the Child Well-being Research Institute Professor Gail Gillon, is part of the Better Start Literacy project, which aims to both boost vocabulary and help children distinguish the individual sounds within words (phonemes).


Leighton Watson

12 November 2020

Congratulations to Dr Leighton Watson from Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment, who has been awarded a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for his research in snow avalanches and particle-laden gravity currents.


UC Law Grad Emma Higgins

10 November 2020

University of Canterbury Law graduate Emma Higgins tells NZ Herald's David Hill about how she traded corporate clients for working in agriculture.


Forestry_NWS

10 November 2020

Professor Bruce Manley and UC alum Adrian Loo have been named as two of Aotearoa New Zealand’s 2020 forestry heroes.


Michael Plank

09 November 2020

UC's Professor Michael Plank discusses NZ's COVID-19 contact tracing system, potential travel bubbles and pre-departure quarantines with RNZ.


Patiti Point erosion

06 November 2020

A study by UC's Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment undergrad students has revealed that the coastline at Patiti Point has experienced accelerated erosion over a three-year period, but the effects seem to have stalled in the last 12 months.


children

04 November 2020

Three University of Canterbury academics have won grants of over $80,000 to research autism, sleep problems, brain injuries and their impact on children and parents.


David Faitaua

04 November 2020

Studying at the University of Canterbury (UC) opened TV reporter Daniel Faitaua’s mind to the world around him and helped spark his dream of living and working overseas.


US Election 2020 postal votes

04 November 2020

In an article for The Conversation, UC Associate Professor Peter Field looks at how the role of the Electoral College, key swing states and postal votes could decide the 2020 US presidential election.


Alice Hyun Min Kim

04 November 2020

New Zealand schools can do more to bridge cultural and language barriers and improve academic outcomes for Pacific children, a University of Canterbury (UC) researcher says.


Grimshaw

03 November 2020

Even if American President Donald Trump loses this week’s election, the damage he has done to politics is something the United States – and the world - will have to reconcile in the years to come, says University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor of Sociology Mike Grimshaw.


Hope Foundation Scholarship

03 November 2020

Earlier this year, UC PhD students Petra Williamson, Logan Chatfield and Jessica Fitzjohn each received a one-year HOPE Foundation Scholarship for their research aimed at improving quality of life for the ageing population. The support could not have come at a better time, enabling them to continue their theses as the country went into lockdown due to COVID-19.


Dr Michele Bannister

03 November 2020

Receiving a 2020 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship has capped a stellar year of success for University of Canterbury (UC) planetary astronomer, Dr Michele Bannister.


Daniel Watt

02 November 2020

For the fourth time in five years, a University of Canterbury (UC) student has received the prestigious Sir Frank Holmes Prize for economics.


A Long Time Coming

29 October 2020

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Treaty settlement process is starting to be recognised as one of the world’s more successful frameworks for reconciliation, despite the challenges for those who have been, and continue to be, involved in the process.


Lucy Gray

28 October 2020

For anyone feeling powerless about climate change, Lucy Gray has a solution. The 13 year-old student had just started a climate action group in her school, so when international protests reached Aotearoa she made sure Christchurch was involved, organising the ChCh School Strike for Climate (SS4C) group.


Pouyan Jahanbin

28 October 2020

Traditionally, consumers seek cheaper products at higher value, but now people are more aware of social and moral considerations. Concerns like child labour, sustainability and animal welfare mean the consumer’s need for transparency has increased, and so University of Canterbury (UC) PhD student Pouyan Jahanbin is developing a tool to give people real-time information on products at the point of sale.


Brianne West

27 October 2020

In a new article for Stuff.co.nz, Ethique founder and University of Canterbury graduate Brianne West shares why cardboard straws and paper bags may not be as eco-friendly as we think.


David Tikao

27 October 2020

As the father of a nine-year-old daughter, David Tikao feels personally invested in how well his iwi organisation – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu – is distributing wealth to beneficiaries and investing for future generations.


Sunita Gautam

23 October 2020

“It is the people” says the newly elected representative for the Christchurch Central Ward of the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board when asked what inspired her to run for election again in 2020.


Dr Deb Munro

23 October 2020

Several University of Canterbury (UC) innovators and their health technology solutions are among the inaugural winners of the first HealthTech Supernode Challenge, a national innovation challenge, announced at an awards ceremony in Christchurch last night.


Bannister

22 October 2020

University of Canterbury, Dr Michele Bannister, is one of the ten early-to-mid-career researchers to be awarded a 2020 Royal Society Te Apārangi Rutherford Discovery Fellowship. “How planetary systems form and change is crucial to understanding our place in the Universe.”


Adrienne Paul, UC

22 October 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Law Lecturer Adrienne Paul (Ngāti Awa, Ngāi Tuhoe) has only been with the University of Canterbury (UC) since January but is already changing how bicultural lessons are woven into the Bachelor of Laws programme.


Sacha McMeeking

21 October 2020

Powerhouse change agent and head of the University of Canterbury Aotahi School of Māori & Indigenous Studies, Sacha McMeeking (Kāi Tahu) talks to Stuff's Philip Matthews about the gap between knowing and doing, and UC’s role in Māori employability and community engagement.


BenKen_NWS

21 October 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) is joining global online learning platform edX to offer free, short courses to the world.


Core_NWS_block

20 October 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) affirms its support for “the freedom of academic staff and students, within the law, to question and test received wisdom, to put forward new ideas, and to state controversial or unpopular opinions,” as specified in the Education Act.


Chloe Swarbrick

19 October 2020

There is much to digest in New Zealand's election results and the likely shape of the next parliament. UC’s Professor Bronwyn Hayward & Dr Lindsey Te Ata o Tau MacDonald deliver their initial responses and predictions alongside other political experts in an article on The Conversation.


Assoc Prof Aaron Marshall

16 October 2020

Two University of Canterbury engineering innovations were among the 12 finalists selected for the eighth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards held last night.


Minor party leaders at pre-election debate

16 October 2020

After a long and COVID-delayed campaign, New Zealand’s general election is just a day away. For the fourth and final time, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins met last night for a televised debate. University of Canterbury Professor Bronwyn Hayward offers her concluding thoughts alongside four other political experts in article on The Conversation.


Covid responses

15 October 2020

"It shows that New Zealanders need to have a conversation about what things we would give up to stop the impact of the lockdown," disaster expert, Professor John Hopkins, tells RNZ in response to our ‘old fashioned’ COVID19 methods.


Annual global greenhouse gas emissions

15 October 2020

“It is time to stop saying New Zealand is a small contributor to climate change, and start getting serious about it… If we’re more honest about it, getting serious about climate change is not about protecting the planet. It’s about keeping the planet habitable for humans.” This sobering new opinion piece on Stuff NZ from Dr Laura Revell and Associate Professor Ann Brower from UC’s College of Science, is a must read for all New Zealanders. 


Pink Shirt in the College of Engineering

15 October 2020

Anti-bullying expert Dr Cara Swit is delighted to see University of Canterbury (UC) students supporting the annual Pink Shirt Day tomorrow, but would like people to feel empowered to confront bullying every day.


COMNAP UC MOU

15 October 2020

A renewed agreement between the University of Canterbury (UC) and the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) will see the international Antarctic headquarters housed at UC until 2027.


Team creating event for students to meet political candidates

15 October 2020

Students at the University of Canterbury (UC) have organised a number of events to connect young voters with political candidates in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.


Professor John Hopkins

14 October 2020

New report on foreign bribery describes New Zealand as having ‘limited enforcement’. UC Law Professor John Hopkins is the author of the New Zealand report as part of Exporting Corruption 2020: Assessing Enforcement of the OCED Anti-Bribery Convention.


UC Grad Corban Tupou

13 October 2020

With his passion of filmmaking and music UC Business graduate Corban Tupou created an entire online music community - Sounds of the Local.


Tourism and Earthquakes

13 October 2020

New book Tourism and Earthquakes, edited by Professor C. Michael Hall and Professor Girish Prayag explores the relationship between tourism and earthquakes through the different stages of a disaster.


UC Law Professor Karen Scott

13 October 2020

You might think as a nation New Zealand would actively protect an environment that contributed over $7 billion to the economy, but University of Canterbury (UC) Law Professor Karen Scott says we aren’t doing enough to protect New Zealand’s maritime zone – something that could be addressed, in part, with an oceans policy.


Grace Steinmetz

12 October 2020

University of Canterbury Law and Business student Grace Steinmetz is keeping her career options open. As a force to be reckoned with on a rugby seven’s field she’s eyeing the 2024 Olympics in Paris too.


UC Graduate Daryl Gibson

12 October 2020

University of Canterbury graduate & ex-All Blacks rugby midfielder Daryl Gibson has written a thesis on how to break a losing streak after leaving his coaching position with the Waratahs, NZ Stuff reports.


Michael Plank

12 October 2020

A new article from the New York Times discusses how New Zealand has stamped out the COVID19 virus for a second time. They spoke to University of Canterbury Engineering Professor Michael Plank who said, “We need to be really careful not to let our guard down. We think we’ve got a high chance now that we’ve eliminated community transmission of the virus. But that doesn’t mean it won’t come back.”


Presidents

12 October 2020

In an upcoming free UC Connect | Tauhere public talk, University of Canterbury Political Science and International Relations academic Associate Professor Amy Fletcher will discuss the 2020 Presidential Election in a Divided United States.


Period

09 October 2020

UC students are fighting Aotearoa's period poverty crisis by donating sanitary products to Te Puna Oranga and Aviva Families.


Lake Tasman, New Zealand

09 October 2020

Meltwater lakes that form at glacier margins cause ice to recede much further and faster compared to glaciers that terminate on land, according to a new study. But the effects of these glacial lakes are not represented in current ice loss models, warn the study authors.


UC Grad Shawn Thomas

08 October 2020

With a passion for making positive change to family life in Aotearoa New Zealand, University of Canterbury (UC) graduate Shawn Thomas believes “dance can change the world”.


Student Volunteer Army

08 October 2020

The SVA is searching for the extraordinary New Zealand secondary school student who has completed the most volunteering hours this year.


Climate explained

07 October 2020

In the latest Climate Explained article for The Conversation, UC's Professor Simon Kingham considers the real impact of building and expanding motorways when it comes to the reduction of congestion and emissions.


'Labour's conscience'

06 October 2020

University of Canterbury's Professor Bronwyn Hayward, Geoffrey Ford and Associate Professor Kevin Watson discuss Hipkins' recent suggestion that Green policies help keep Labour honest on environmental and social issues in article on The Conversation. They explore the significance of language and words as vehicles for articulating new ideas and provoking transformative action, and how the Greens have been influential in Labour's use of language.


Student

05 October 2020

E-learning specialist Associate Professor Cheryl Brown said that internet access needs to be available to all students to avoid creating systemic inequities in NZ Herald article, which showed evidence that the student internet rollout was too slow for most in need.


Ledger Art

05 October 2020

A cohort of First Nations students from the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics in British Columbia, Canada, and students from the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand, have been studying Indigenous Economics together virtually, in a pilot course.


UC Connect skinheads

05 October 2020

In an upcoming UC Connect public lecture, University of Canterbury sociologists will explore right-wing extremism from the perspective of the 1990s and the modern resurgence.


Pam Kilmartin and Alan Gilmore

05 October 2020

From moonbows and asteroids to everything between and beyond – the astronomical half-century adventures of University of Canterbury Adjunct Fellows Alan Gilmore and Pam Kilmartin have been profiled in an excellent new Stuff.co.nz article from Education reporter, Lee Kenny.


Elisabeth_McDonald_NWS

05 October 2020

University of Canterbury Professor Elisabeth McDonald talks to RNZ's Jesse Mulligan about the historic killing of David McNee and the partial ‘provocation defence’ the killer used.


Chch night gallery

04 October 2020

University of Canterbury graduate, Reuben Woods, of art company Watch This Space, led transformative project - turning the streets of Christchurch into a night gallery by illuminating 11 murals across the city with solar-powered lights.


Jason Long & Jack Copeland

01 October 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland is delighted his work on the restoration of the earliest known recording of computer-generated music – created 70 years ago using note-playing routines devised by Alan Turing – has been selected for the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) virtual exhibition on Artificial Intelligence, which opened a few days ago.


Richard Green

01 October 2020

Announced today, a group of international scientists from New Zealand and Singapore is collaborating on a three-year project, funded by MBIE, to use data science and remote sensing to automatically model and analyse tree species and their interactions with environment.


Elena Moltchanova, Christoph Bartneck

01 October 2020

Would you trust your life to an autonomous vehicle? Do you understand how it will respond in dangerous situations? Are you willing to get in without knowing the risks?


Mark Menzies

01 October 2020

Beethoven would be proud. Celebrating 250 years since the great German composer’s birth, the University of Canterbury’s (UC) next gala concert features a fortepiano, or early piano, replicating the exact sounds of Ludwig van Beethoven’s early work.


UC Glaciologist Heather Purdie

30 September 2020

What do we do when our glaciers are on a constant retreat, but people still flock to them? “We need to work with nature not against it. As things get warmer, people will have to adapt their expectations.” Stuff.co.nz caught up with Dr Heather Purdie from UC’s School of Earth and Environment to discuss the state of Aotearoa New Zealand’s glacier tourism.


Richard Lobb

30 September 2020

A Computer Science lecturer who developed an innovative open-source teaching tool that has taken off around the world has won the University of Canterbury’s highest award for tertiary teaching excellence.


Vxt

30 September 2020

Christchurch startup Vxt is tackling the pet hate of many — having to check voicemail messages — announcing on Tuesday it raised $600,000 in its first ever capital raise to help it on its mission.


Design for the cover of the Group Shoe Catelogue

30 September 2020

Ilam Campus Gallery’s upcoming exhibition celebrates the five-decade career of graphic artist, painter and publisher Leo Bensemann (1912–1986) and connects current students to an inspiring University of Canterbury’s (UC) Fine Arts alumni.


Sonia Yee

29 September 2020

Award-winning Podcast and Series Producer at Radio New Zealand, Sonia Yee, reflects on how her experience at UC helped to build her foundations as a passionate storyteller.


Alessandro Palermo, Cain Stratford, UC Engineering

29 September 2020

Surrounded by ocean, most of New Zealand’s reinforced-concrete infrastructure lies close to the coast, making it susceptible to corrosion. Could new glass-based reinforcing hold the answer?


Staff of the Year

29 September 2020

Some of the most inspiring and dedicated staff from the University of Canterbury have received awards in the UCSA’s 2020 Staff of the Year Awards celebration. Students from all over campus voted on their most enthusiastic and dedicated lecturers, as well as non-academic staff who have also gone above and beyond their role as they support students.


McNoe

29 September 2020

One of the women leading Canterbury into the future, the University of Canterbury Students’ Association President Tori McNoe has been shortlisted for the Women of Influence Young Leader award.


SDG

24 September 2020

Aotearoa New Zealand’s third SDG Summit Series, which was announced in Ōtautahi Christchurch on 25 September to mark five years since the world committed to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), will stimulate sustainability action across Aotearoa New Zealand, according to the summit’s chairperson.


Minister Eugenie Sage and Dr Michael Jackson

24 September 2020

A long-term, novel solution to help New Zealand achieve its predator free ambitions is a step closer, thanks to $1.4 million in Department of Conservation (DOC) funding for University of Canterbury (UC) research.


Bronwyn Hayward

23 September 2020

Prime Minister and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Judith Collins have met for the first televised debate of the 2020 election campaign. UC's Professor Bronwyn Hayward was one of five experts watching the debate closely for what it revealed about policy, performance and the likely tone of the campaign to come.


Damage on Auckland Harbour Bridge

22 September 2020

University of Canterbury structural engineering Professor Alessandro Palermo talked to RNZ’s Kathryn Ryan about repairing the damage to the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the long term viability of the bridge.


Dr Lukas Marek

22 September 2020

Family wealth and geography are major factors determining childhood vaccination rates around New Zealand, according to new research. University of Canterbury (UC) GeoHealth Laboratory Post-Doctoral Fellow Lukas Marek has investigated immunisation trends around the country from 2006 to 2017 using millions of records from the National Immunisation Register (NIR) and census data.


US Supreme Court

22 September 2020

University of Canterbury Politics Professor Amy Fletcher talks to Bryan Crump on RNZ National Nights about the impact of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing, on the supreme court and the upcoming US elections.


Surrogacy

21 September 2020

Passionate surrogacy researcher and campaigner UC Law Associate Professor Debra Wilson expresses her excitement in RNZ article now that surrogacy law is on the Law Commission’s work programme.


Covid-19 testing

21 September 2020

Experts Alex James (UC) and Shaun Hendy (UoA) say preventing major outbreaks requires a significant change in public behaviour. They recommend the use of masks on public transport and suggest that restrictions on large gatherings, particularly indoors, may need to be kept in place in the longer term to protect Aotearoa.


Flynn Adcock

18 September 2020

A three-minute ‘elevator pitch’ on converting methane waste to bioplastics has taken out the top prize at UC’s Three Minute Thesis competition for Biological Sciences postgraduate student Flynn Adcock.


Jenny Clarke

18 September 2020

Croquet may bring to mind lazy summer afternoons on the lawn or Alice in Wonderland’s flamingo mallets, however University of Canterbury (UC) Sport Coaching academic Dr Jenny Clarke takes it far more seriously. The world’s top-ranked female player and New Zealand’s 2019 Player of the Year, she is also one of the top international researchers on croquet coaching and performance techniques.


Yutika Rangari TaxCOOP competition winner

17 September 2020

A plan to introduce a unique eco-tax on waste has won a University of Canterbury (UC) Business student a virtual place at an international conference.


Neville Watson

16 September 2020

University of Canterbury Engineering Professor Neville Watson is leading a seven-year project to ensure modern renewable energy can be integrated into the country’s century-old electrical grid to future-proof the power supply and benefit every New Zealander.


Ventilators

16 September 2020

A simple, low-cost, open source, 3D-printed solution developed by University of Canterbury engineers could save thousands of patients’ lives around the world.


Climate explained

16 September 2020

The tropics are expected to experience rising temperatures and changes to rainfall. The question is: could this make the region uninhabitable? UC's Professor James Shulmeister explains the likelihood of this and the impact to the 3.3B people living across the Equator, in article on The Conversation.


Dr Adam Forbes

15 September 2020

More landowners will get access to expert advice on planting native trees with the expansion of a Restoration Ambassadors programme led by the University of Canterbury (UC).


UC Aerospace club

11 September 2020

UC Aerospace, one of the largest academic clubs at the University of Canterbury is aiming to make Canterbury a hub for aerospace talent by building career pathways for students. The club runs multiple outreach programmes at both primary and high-school levels to grow student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and rocketry.


Education Minister Chris Hipkins: streaming is incompatible with Treaty of Waita

11 September 2020

The research is clear - academic streaming in NZ schools is disadvantaging many children, write UC Education experts David Pomeroy, Kay-Lee Jones, Mahdis Azarmandi & Sara Tolbert in this excellent, collaborative piece for The Conversation.


Word2020

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.


Biology Field Trip

09 September 2020

A significant bequest by the late Emeritus Professor Peter Holland has paved the way to an exciting new postgraduate scholarship at the University of Canterbury (UC) for Māori and/or Pasifika students in Ecology or Environmental Science.


Cybele Freitas

09 September 2020

New Zealand should be wary of making a leap into electronic voting in the future, despite hopes it could boost voter turnout and speed up results, a University of Canterbury (UC) Masters student says.


Matt Hobbs

08 September 2020

The 6-7% of children and adults who use natural toothpaste may not realise that using these fluoride-free products is contributing to NZ’s ‘neglected epidemic’ of tooth decay, says UC's Dr Matt Hobbs in The Conversation.


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.


Seismic Safety

08 September 2020

UC's Dr Toni Collins has worked with EQC and Resilient Organisations to find new research which will help businesses better protect their their staff and customers in future earthquakes.


Michael Plank

07 September 2020

"Our results show that if COVID-19 were allowed to become more widespread in New Zealand, it would have a devastating impact on Māori and Pacific communities."


Gabriele Chiaro

07 September 2020

Led by a University of Canterbury engineer, researchers are drilling deep into Marlborough land to gain new understanding of liquefaction in gravelly soils, and the impact of their findings will reach beyond our shores.


Emeritus Professor Neville Blampied

07 September 2020

Emeritus Professor Neville Blampied has retired from UC's School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing following an academic career spanning 50 years.


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 Teaching Awards 2020

07 September 2020

The University of Canterbury are pleased to announce the 2020 UC Teaching Award winners.


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.


SVA 2010

04 September 2020

In the decade since 4 September 2010, the SVA has grown from a University of Canterbury student club into a nationwide movement of young people ‘getting off the couch’ and helping others.


UC Engineering Masters’ student Jonathan Ring and UC Associate Professor Aaron M

03 September 2020

Congratulations to Zincovery co-founders Associate Professor Aaron Marshall and Jonathan Ring, who have won Callaghan Innovation’s prestigious C-Prize.


UC Connect Resiliance

03 September 2020

A decade after the September 2010 earthquake, 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.


MBA

01 September 2020

Moves to see the University of Canterbury (UC) deliver the most advanced, smart cities focused MBA programme are under way as the University becomes the first university globally to sign as a Research and Knowledge Partner with the Smart Cities Council.


Tait

31 August 2020

Scholarships enabling aspiring young students from Timaru Boys’ High School to pursue tertiary studies at the University of Canterbury have been made possible through the generosity of Philippa, Lady Tait.


Engineering Tongan water challenge

31 August 2020

A remote village in Tonga needs clean drinking water but there is limited electricity to run a processing plant – can you design a solution?


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.


Plugged In Hihiko webinar series

31 August 2020

Sponsorship from Asia New Zealand Foundation is enabling the University of Canterbury (UC) Business School to deliver four online panel discussions to support the business community.


UC Science Summer Camp 2020

31 August 2020

The University of Canterbury’s Summer Science Camp puts the world of science at your fingertips.


Aaron Marshall

27 August 2020

Two University of Canterbury innovations are among the 12 finalists selected for the eighth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities, Crown research institutes and other research organisations.


UC College of Engineering, Volker Nock, Rebecca Soffe

26 August 2020

Studying how tiny amounts of liquid move through precisely engineered soft plastic chips is an exciting new field for scientists, particularly when applied to molecular and cell biology. In a science-meets-art twist, University of Canterbury researchers are now also unlocking the aesthetic potential of microfluidics, turning petite research aides into micro masterpieces.


Elsamari Botha

26 August 2020

In an article on Brainstorm Magazine, Dr Elsamari Botha explores who holds the power in online shopping, what happens when consumer expectations aren’t met and what businesses should be focusing on in the COVID-19 consumer landscape.


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.


Quakebox

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.


Cara Swit

24 August 2020

Some parents are not coping with their young children’s challenging behaviour, and even experienced teachers are struggling, according to Dr Cara Swit from the University of Canterbury’s (UC) School of Health Sciences.


Mask wearers

24 August 2020

In a recent article for Stuff.co.nz, Dr Andrew Vonasch of UC’s School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing discussed the social norms some kiwis may require to feel comfortable wearing a mask when they were out and about in our communities.


Gail Gillon

20 August 2020

A new research project involving nearly 600 pre-schoolers from Canterbury and Central Otago is aiming to improve Kiwi kids’ early literacy development.


Diverse view of science

19 August 2020

An international team of academics, including Associate Professor Sarah Masters of UC’s School of Physical and Chemical Sciences, have collaborated on an excellent new paper from Nature Chemistry, ‘A diverse view of science to catalyse change’.


ThincLab Canterbury

18 August 2020

New business incubator ThincLab Canterbury has been launched through a partnership with the University of Adelaide, joining five other ThincLab incubators around the world.


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.


Tracy Ahern UC MBA

17 August 2020

If your job has been impacted by COVID-19 and you’re thinking about next steps, now is the perfect time to apply for an MBA at the University of Canterbury (UC). Assistance with tuition fees is available in the form of a UC FutureU study grant, providing up to $7500 per person.


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.


Antarctica Crabeater seal

13 August 2020

A New Zealand-led international study of the crabeater seal population in Antarctica aims to understand environmental impacts on one of the southern-most mammals in the world.


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 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 MBA 2IC

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.


Behrouz

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.


Maths Craft program

31 July 2020

University of Canterbury mathematicians are promoting the playful side of mathematics teaching and learning through public outreach.


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.


WiE CAN

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.


Behrouz

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.


Child playing game

22 July 2020

We’re back in level one and counting our blessings, but what effect has the lockdown period had on our children? What do they need from us now?


Aotearoa Rockstars

22 July 2020

A passion for normalising te reo is driving two researchers from University of Canterbury (UC), whose next project with school children at Burnside Primary School will take te reo out of the school and into the west Christchurch community.


Good Nights

22 July 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have made a major step forward in treatment of sleep problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in new research recently published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


UC Connect game

21 July 2020

Computer games are not just for entertainment – they’re seriously powerful tools to solve complex problems, according to a University of Canterbury expert on applied immersive games.


Tracy Clelland

17 July 2020

The Keep It Real Online campaign aimed at encouraging parents to talk to their children about pornography has gone viral, but it's still hard to know where to start. UC sexuality educator Tracy Clelland provides further advice on how to best tackle this complicated topic in The Conversation.


Hooker River

16 July 2020

Insights from bicultural research can enhance practical applications from a palaeotsunami database to land-use decisions, according to a new review in Earth Surface Dynamics


Climate-Minister-announcement

15 July 2020

The University of Canterbury’s (UC) goal of becoming carbon net neutral by 2030 has received a $6.24 million boost with the announcement of Government funding towards new energy infrastructure at UC’s Ilam campus.


2020 EQC grants

15 July 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) research will receive nearly half of the Earthquake Commission’s (EQC) revamped $3 million University Research Programme to support EQC’s aim of building New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazards.


Geoff Chase Lui Holder Pearson

14 July 2020

A simple, low-cost piece of technology developed by UC engineers could save the lives of thousands of Covid-19 patients around the world by doubling the capacity of ventilators in hospital intensive care units.


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.


RUFIT

09 July 2020

Professional rugby players are not the only ones who have been working up a sweat in the Crusaders’ high performance gym. Local rugby fans have been training there, too, as participants in a healthy lifestyles initiative called RUFIT-NZ. The University of Canterbury (UC) is working alongside the Crusaders to investigate the programme’s impact, with UC Sport Science students making a positive contribution.


Headgear

09 July 2020

ABC News talk with UC Health Professor Nick Draper about his research into the effectiveness of headgear in contact sport. He told ABC News how the research stemmed from his personal interest in the safety of his own children playing contact sports like rugby.


Feeding the mind

09 July 2020

UC Professor Julia Rucklidge and Master’s student Taryn Hale have collaborated on a new paper for The ACU Review which explores the link between nutrition and mental health and asks, could a Māori philosophy of wellbeing hold some clues?


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.


Law Courts

08 July 2020

The fact that [media] might not be able to report something does not impact on their general right to be there,” Professor Cheer, UC School of Law, comments on the Mama Hooch sexual assault allegation court proceedings for Stuff.


Recent research shows that west Antarctica is now melting

08 July 2020

UC Professor James Shulmeister answers the question "what was the climate and sea level like at times in Earth's history when carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was at 400ppm?"


Chris Boniface

07 July 2020

Robotic doctors and other artificial intelligence tools are coming to New Zealand’s healthcare system and we need to be ready for the ethical and legal challenges they will bring, warns a University of Canterbury (UC) PhD student.


Data Informed Strategy

06 July 2020

In a post-COVID business environment, the use of data to drive decisions will be key to making a greater impact. A new core course, Data informed Strategy, which is part of the University of Canterbury (UC) Connected MBA programme has been officially opened by New South Wales Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello, via video link from Australia.


UC Grad Sheila Hailstone

06 July 2020

Sheila Hailstone, UC graduate and award-winning Christchurch author, has launched her book, Dancing Around Cancer. Her book is a celebration of her successful fight with cancer and a form of encouragement for those fighting the disease. Her hope is the book will contribute towards progressing research into breast cancer. “I’m only here because of breast cancer research,”


Kate Sheppard

03 July 2020

The family of pioneering New Zealand suffragist Kate Sheppard kept an important secret – one that possibly explains a lot about her life, her beliefs and her motivation.


UC building

02 July 2020

Imagine an organisation that performs thousands of transactions, but has no governing structure, no board, no chief executive and no middle managers.


Dr Matt Hobbs

01 July 2020

Research from the University of Canterbury (UC) GeoHealth Laboratory shows that children in our most deprived areas benefit from better dental health if water is fluoridated.


Brain

30 June 2020

University of Canterbury-led research that could help Parkinson’s disease patients learn more about their risk of dementia has received a million-dollar funding boost.


Kea

30 June 2020

Can animals experience joy? Thanks to a US$600,000 (almost NZ$1m) funding grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation an international team of researchers, including University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor Ximena Nelson, hope to find out.


Young New Zealander of the Year

29 June 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) Young New Zealander of the Year Award Te Mātātahi o te Tau recognises a young person brimming with the potential to produce a bright future for Aotearoa, striving across the last year to improve not only themselves but their whole community.


UC image

29 June 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) economists Associate Head of Economics and Finance Stephen Hickson and Associate Professor Alfred Guender discuss the role of the Reserve Bank amid the pandemic’s economic upheaval.


HealthTech Supernode

29 June 2020

The HealthTech Supernode Challenge, delivered by UCE and the Ministry of Awesome with support from ChristchurchNZ, KiwiNet, and Ryman Healthcare aims to position Christchurch as NZ’s centre of health innovation.


Mofreh Saleh

26 June 2020

An improved testing system for road materials could make our state highways safer and more robust to withstand years of heavy traffic. A new, modified “wheel tracker” device developed by University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Mofreh Saleh is a more accurate way of testing the strength and durability of the materials used to construct new roads.


Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau - Forestry Scholarships

25 June 2020

Being awarded a scholarship to study forestry at the University of Canterbury (UC) has brought more than financial benefits for first year student Anna Manning.


Geoff Rodgers

25 June 2020

A "magic bullet" from Professor Geoffrey Rodgers of UC's College of Engineering provided the key for leading US engineer David Mar to demonstrate that more resilient buildings in earthquake zones do not need to cost more than conventional buildings.


Climate explained

24 June 2020

UC Environmental Physics lecturer Laura Revell contributes to new article series Climate Explained on The Conversation. Revell answers two similar questions; if humans had not contributed to greenhouses gases in any way at all, what would the global temperature be today, compared to the 1800s before industrialisation? and, what happens when all the greenhouse gases are eliminated? What keeps the planet from cooling past a point that is good?


Flax

24 June 2020

Human impacts on the environment are changing many biological responses, with effects on rare species and human health, but predicting such responses is complicated, according to a new paper by a University of Canterbury ecologist.


The press bench in court room one

24 June 2020

UC Law Professor Ursula Cheer joins Katheryn Ryan on RNZ to talk about upcoming changes to New Zealand contempt law and what it means for media and the public.


Sandy Richardson

23 June 2020

UC health lecturer and Chair of the College of Emergency Nurses New Zealand, Sandy Richardson, is warning that we cannot get complacent about Covid-19. Richardson told TVNZ’s Breakfast programme that emergency nurses are worried about a second wave and that New Zealanders are no longer practising Covid-19 measures such as social distancing and washing their hands regularly.


Whale

23 June 2020

A new international study led by a University of Canterbury scientist has discovered paikea humpback whales stick to old migration routes despite ocean changes associated with climate change.


Kelly Phillips and Luz Guevara

22 June 2020

Community minded UC Law student has opened up her home to two struggling migrants workers who were made redundant during Covid-19 fallout.


I stood by

22 June 2020

How do male academics become allies in fighting sexism in the #metoo era, without ‘mansplaining’ or ‘white knighting’? Three University of Canterbury (UC) academics have looked into the necessary steps behind championing inclusivity and diversity in academia.


Headgear

19 June 2020

While concussion is a recognised problem in contact sports like rugby, it is generally accepted that wearing padded headgear does little to mitigate the risk. Collaborative research at the University of Canterbury is now putting that to the test, with an innovative prototype set to be trialled by young rugby players next year.


Jenny & Trevor Agnew

19 June 2020

A timely new book provides insight into a lesser known chapter of New Zealand history, including the impact of anti-Chinese legislation, through the life and times of an extraordinary man.


Lily Doak

18 June 2020

Young gun musician Lily Doak has earned a soloist spot in two prestigious classical music concerts, where she is keen to show what her favourite instrument, the recorder, can do.


Ancient forest discovery

18 June 2020

Christchurch City Council contractors have uncovered standing kahikatea stumps, which will be subject to radiocarbon dating to establish their age. UC students – led by fossil plant specialist Dr Matiu Prebble – plan to explore the site to understand what has caused the demise of the buried forest.


students on lawn

18 June 2020

A new system at the University of Canterbury (UC) has proven effective at identifying and contacting first-year students who may need support.


Probability of Covid-19 elimination

17 June 2020

UC's Professor Michael Plank and Associate Professor Alex James join four academics in co-authoring article on The Conversation discussing how Covid-19 elimination is not the end, rather it's the start of the next phase, and we can't let our guard down.


Tom Logan

17 June 2020

UC lecturer Tom Logan discusses his research in response to the 11 projects announced as the first tranche of infrastructure developments to kickstart New Zealand's economic recovery. His research makes the case that communities become more resilient to future crises when people have access to basic services such as supermarkets, hospitals and schools in article on The Conversation.


Trees

17 June 2020

UC Postdoctoral fellow Warwick Allen co-authors article on The Conversation discussing his research relating to the ongoing debate about whether to prioritise native or non-native plants to fight climate change.


UC Graduates

16 June 2020

The founders of the University of Canterbury 147 years ago were progressive, but could never have imagined the diverse, multi-cultural, gender-balanced leadership of today’s university. UC is the first, and remains the only, Aotearoa New Zealand university to be led by four women; in the Vice-Chancellor, Chancellor, student association President and Vice-President roles.


Marketing in the new normal

16 June 2020

Join a panel of local experts to discuss business marketing post-COVID-19 in the next University of Canterbury (UC) Business School Hihiko Webinar event, Marketing in the New Normal.


Kali Zygmant

12 June 2020

Internships with professional sporting organisations are helping bridge the gap between study and work for UC Sport Coaching students. A strong relationship has developed between the University of Canterbury and the Crusaders in recent years, with UC interns learning on the job and making a valuable contribution.


James Titterington

11 June 2020

Campylobacter jejuni is a common cause of food poisoning in New Zealand. Yet the biomolecular interactions at play when this bacterial infection strikes are poorly understood. With the support of a Fast-Start grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, University of Canterbury (UC) researcher Dr Timothy Allison is taking a closer look at this human pathogen in order to expose the complex interactions of its membrane-bound machinery.


SVA volunteer

10 June 2020

Under lockdown, the University of Canterbury's Student Volunteer Army has mobilised to assist vulnerable people in the community.


Chris Chen and Crusaders

05 June 2020

Growing ties between the Crusaders and the University of Canterbury (UC) College of Business and Law are bringing invaluable real-world experiences for marketing and sports management students, as well as collaborative research ventures and conference opportunities.


Lardelli art

04 June 2020

Two pioneering University of Canterbury academics, a new Dame who champions Māori women, a new Knight who champions Māori art, a Pasifika poet, a former All Blacks captain, and many other alumni and friends of the University have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2020.


Matavai Bay Nina Oberg Humphries

04 June 2020

Nina Oberg Humphries has been announced as the 2020 Pacific Artist in Residence at the University of Canterbury’s Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies.


Paige Newnham-Shaw

03 June 2020

UC PACE intern, Paige Newnham-Shaw supported the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project from February to May this year by helping them tap into the insights of young people when it comes to the Cathedral. According to the team, her "amazing" contributions helped to fine tune their strategy in order to build strong relationships between younger audiences and the Cathedral.


Scholarships open up world of possibilities for Canterbury graduates

02 June 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) graduate Maui Brennan is looking forward to eating pizza and gelato while studying economics in Milan, Italy next year after being awarded a $90,000 academic scholarship.


Ekant Veer

01 June 2020

Will we see a rise in gambling post Covid-19 In New Zealand? Professor Ekant Veer suggests people experiencing hardship are more likely to gamble.


Tiromoana Bush

27 May 2020

Students from UC's Te Kura Ngahere | School of Forestry visit North Canterbury's Tiromoana Bush to measure tree growth and regeneration as a result of the restoration project, which began 15 years ago.


Jake Galasso

27 May 2020

Canadian students have been coming to the University of Canterbury (UC) to complete their teaching qualifications for some 15 years. This year the experience was quite different, but the Canadians chose to stay at UC through lockdown say they’re glad they did.


Arindam Basu

26 May 2020

Associate Professor Arindam Basu tells NZ Herald that it's an opportune time for rules to relax, but he says that people need to be completely up front and honest about their health to maintain strict contact-tracing mechanisms.


Chase ventilator

20 May 2020

A simple, low-cost technology developed by University of Canterbury (UC) engineers could save thousands of patients’ lives around the world by doubling the capacity of ventilators in hospital intensive care units, boosting their capacity to treat surges of Covid-19 patients during outbreaks.


Tasman Pulp and Paper Mill

19 May 2020

Charles Finny's work as part of the SSANSE Project at the University of Canterbury features on The Spinoff covering trade opportunities for New Zealand in a Post-Covid Future.


Health Pod

19 May 2020

Imagining a HealthPod located in the community, where patients with chronic illnesses could more easily monitor their symptoms, has won a team of health students the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) Digital Doctors Disrupt Challenge for 2020.


Sally Gaw

18 May 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) has launched a new science podcast series to meet public demand for answers to the big issues facing our world.


Bannister

15 May 2020

Internationally renowned University of Canterbury astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister will take us on a journey to explore interstellar worlds in her upcoming free UC Connect public talk at the University of Canterbury.


Julia Rucklidge

14 May 2020

According to government reporting, increasing numbers of New Zealand adolescents struggle with mental health issues. In response, a new University of Canterbury study will test whether better nutrition can help ease the burden of mental illness for youth aged 12 to 18.


Conan Fee

14 May 2020

When New Zealand went into COVID-19 lockdown, University of Canterbury staff had to quickly find new ways to teach and support students remotely. This was a particular challenge for lab based courses. However, unique solutions have enabled students to carry on learning in lockdown.


Daniel Foley

13 May 2020

Discoveries made by a University of Canterbury (UC) organic chemist could be a springboard to new treatments for cancers and antibiotic resistant infections.


HIT Lab VR conference

12 May 2020

The world’s largest and most prestigious virtual reality conference will be held in Ōtautahi Christchurch in 2022.


Dr Antonio Herrera Martin

11 May 2020

Astronomers at the University of Canterbury (UC) have found an incredibly rare new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy. The planet is one of only a handful that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of Earth.


FutureU

11 May 2020

People facing redundancy, suspension or significant reductions in work hours as a result of the economic impact of COVID-19 can now upskill or change careers with the help of a University of Canterbury Study Grant. Called FutureU, the UC initiative will provide grants of up to $7500 per person to subsidise tuition fees.


Virtually Together

08 May 2020

A recent two-week Challenge for students called ‘Virtually Together – Creating Social Connections in an Increasingly Isolated World’ produced some exciting new ideas on how to reduce loneliness and enhance community wellbeing.


Human-Robot Interaction

08 May 2020

An expert international consortium, including University of Canterbury researchers, has written the first textbook on Human-Robot Interaction to be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2020.


Engineering Core - UC Logo

07 May 2020

New fund launched by the UC Foundation to support students suffering hardship or challenges that make it difficult for them to continue or return to their studies in the COVID-19 environment.


Professor Peter Holland

07 May 2020

The late Emeritus Professor Peter Holland, who was a leading expert in biogeography and environmental change, has left a significant bequest that will benefit science research at the University of Canterbury for generations to come. Starting next year, the bequest will fund scholarship support for two full-time Māori or Pasifika postgraduate students in Ecology or Environmental Science at UC.


Dr Amy Osbourne

06 May 2020

Heavy cannabis use has an impact on human DNA but the effect is stronger in people who smoke tobacco as well, according to new University of Canterbury (UC) research.


Shayne Gooch

05 May 2020

The University of Canterbury’s College of Engineering is offering a new opportunity that fast-tracks entry into a professional engineering degree, especially tailored for technically skilled workers whose jobs may have been impacted by the pandemic.


Steven Gieseg

04 May 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC) research team has found that measuring antioxidant chemicals generated by white blood cells is important for monitoring inflammation and free radical damage during diseases such as heart disease or SARS.


Min-Young

01 May 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) 2019 Fine Arts graduate Min-Young Her starts this week with a $15,000 gift and a new mentor to support her next stage of innovative creative output, thanks to an Arts Foundation Springboard Award.


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01 May 2020

University of Canterbury Mechanical Engineering experts are among the Kiwi innovators battling against COVID-19.


Arindam Basu

01 May 2020

UC Associate Professor Arindam Basu discusses how new clusters of COVID-19 cases can emerge, and what New Zealand can do to prevent large clusters and eliminate outbreaks after lockdown.


Chronicle

30 April 2020

From the maths behind the lockdown, to advice on leading staff through the pandemic – UC staff and students are providing important research and advice about COVID-19.


Zhang

30 April 2020

High speed, accurate 3D printing is becoming a reality thanks to new technology being developed by a University of Canterbury (UC) mechanical engineer.


Whakaari

29 April 2020

Cracked rocks on Whakaari (White Island) act like valves allowing gas to escape and releasing the build-up of pressure that triggers volcanic eruptions, new University of Canterbury research has found.


Great Nebula of Carina

23 April 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) astronomers are part of an international team that has revealed how explosions on the surface of a white dwarf star can increase its brightness by thousands or millions of times making it look like a new star.


Rob Lindeman

22 April 2020

Director of UC’s HIT Lab NZ, Professor Rob Lindeman, is part of an ACM Presidential Task Force formed to provide advice to conference organisers on navigating the virtual conference landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Cheryl de la Rey

18 April 2020

Just as the country was moving into lockdown, Professor Cheryl de la Rey spoke with Stuff reporter Lee Kenny, reflecting on her first year as the Vice-Chancellor of UC, and the unique challenges the community has faced in that time.


Jeff Field

15 April 2020

Change and evolution has transformed the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) over the past three decades. UC Registrar Jeff Field has actively led and managed much of this change, through times of both growth and adversity. Now he is preparing to retire, bringing to a close a remarkable career of distinguished service to the University.


Horrocks

09 April 2020

Until quite recently, University of Canterbury graduate and Kiwi entrepreneur Guy Horrocks was living in New York helping launch a new data management company, Solve. But, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the city climbed, cafes closed and business meetings were cancelled, he realised it was time to go.


Arindam Basu

09 April 2020

New Zealanders returning to the country will be placed into mandatory quarantine, and the Ministry of Health is developing a contact tracing app. University of Canterbury epidemiologist Associate Professor Arindam Basu said it was an accurate assessment by the Government to say that loosening restrictions now, after two weeks, would allow the virus to spread rapidly again. At least another two weeks of Level 4 lockdown was required to maintain momentum.


Malcolm Campbell

07 April 2020

Contact tracing technology has entered the discussion about COVID-19 – a health and medical geography expert at the University of Canterbury looks at the possibilities and why contact tracing is vital for combating the virus.


SVA pharmacy

06 April 2020

The University of Canterbury's largest student club, the Student Volunteer Army, has launched a national volunteer response to support people impacted by COVID-19.


Rucklidge

03 April 2020

We asked University of Canterbury psychology academics Associate Professor Gini McIntosh and Professor Julia Rucklidge, who specialises in mental health and nutrition and is giving a livestreamed talk today, for some advice about staying on track during a time of uncertainty and stress.


UC core

02 April 2020

The University of Canterbury aims to support people’s wellbeing during the Covid-19 lockdown, livestreaming a weekly speaker series, on a different topic each Friday.


Team Kayem

02 April 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) students challenged to create a “non-contact” event for the Covid-19 environment have come up with an online careers hub that uses leading-edge gaming technology.


John Hopkins

02 April 2020

UC Law Professor John Hopkins will be advising the Select Committee, chaired by Simon Bridges on 2 April. Professor Hopkins is an expert in Disaster Law and will be advising the Committee on the unique situation the level 4 lockdown has brought about.


UC Logo Black

01 April 2020

In line with Government advice, the University of Canterbury (UC) campus is now in lockdown and closed to students, visitors and staff (with the exception of staff providing essential services). UC remains committed to the safety of our community during the current level 4 alert for COVID-19.


CUCP

31 March 2020

Children’s University Canterbury Partnership (CUCP) is adapting to these constrained times by offering members a range of fun learning activities via their new Online Portal.


AlexJamesMichaelPlank

30 March 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Mathematicians Associate Professor Alex James and Professor Michael Plank (pictured), and UC BSc Hons graduate Nic Steyn are part of a research team that has been working on building SEIR-type models for Covid-19 for several weeks; one of several groups providing statistical modelling of Covid-19 for the government.


Arindam Basu

27 March 2020

Epidemiologist, Associate Professor Arindam Basu, explains why the number of New Zealanders testing positive for COVID-19 will continue to rise, despite the strict conditions of the four-week lockdown that began this week. As of today, there are 368 cases in New Zealand, up from 39 recorded a week ago, and just over three weeks after the first case was reported on March 3.


JodieJohnston

23 March 2020

A team of New Zealand researchers led by a University of Canterbury (UC) scientist has discovered a novel mechanism of controlling vitamin K2 production in the bacterial pathogen that causes tuberculosis (known as TB or the white plague).


UC icon

20 March 2020

The University of Canterbury is reorganising its teaching timetable in order to reduce class sizes, and to offer many larger lectures online, to further encourage physical distancing and health safety.


BYCL_NWS

20 March 2020

How does today’s education system prepare young people for a world that is rapidly changing in ways we may not yet fully comprehend? From COVID-19’s community implications to climate change to technology-driven disruption to work, modern challenges have global and local consequences, and solving them requires collaboration and new models of leadership.


Young Lives NWS

18 March 2020

How can we live well in cities so young people can flourish but not stress the planet? Research teams in seven cities around the world, including Ōtautahi Christchurch, are exploring this question.


Tracy_Clelland_NWS

17 March 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) Health Lecturer Tracy Clelland is bringing an innovative sexuality education theatre show to the campus, giving educators and parents an insight into new and highly effective approaches to better help teenagers to navigate sexuality.


Debra Wilson

16 March 2020

Surprising results from a University of Canterbury (UC) study into public perceptions of surrogacy in New Zealand is being used to inform law changes in the United Kingdom, and may potentially impact on a private member’s bill here in New Zealand.


Sandy Richardson

13 March 2020

The University of Canterbury is leading research into the psychological wellbeing and support of health workers who were among the first responders after the mosque attacks on 15 March 2019.


CUCPgrad2019

13 March 2020

Children’s University Canterbury Partnership (CUCP) programme is expanding to include hundreds more young learners thanks to Rātā Foundation and Riccarton Rotary Youth Trust donations of $25,000 each.


AriNicholson

12 March 2020

The University of Canterbury's rainbow coordinator Ari Nicholson advocates for the institute's LGBTQIA+ community to make sure no-one feels alone, especially during Pride Week, which runs for 10 days from Thursday.


Andrew Cockburn Zhe Chen

11 March 2020

As computing systems become integral to our modern world, interfaces are growing more ‘intelligent’. A University of Canterbury-led, international research project, supported with a $530,000 grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, seeks to better understand both positive and negative factors in our experience of these interactive interfaces permeating our work, play and social lives.


Ngārie_Scartozzi_NWS

11 March 2020

A desire to preserve waterways as taonga for future generations has motivated a University of Canterbury (UC) student to develop an innovative, low cost and effective device to remove pollution from our streams, lakes and rivers.


Emily Syne

11 March 2020

Diversity is part of campus life and rainbow communities are becoming even more visible at the University of Canterbury (UC) this year, an advocate says.


Sentiment Index

11 March 2020

University of Canterbury’s (UC) Professor Jedrzej Bialkowski and Dr Moritz Wagner have partnered with The New Zealand Shareholders Association to provide a retail investor sentiment index to measure sentiment of the New Zealand Stock Market, New Zealand Sectors and International Markets.


MadsThomsen+DavidSchiel20203004

10 March 2020

UC marine biologist Dr Mads Thomsen and Distinguished Professor David Schiel are part of a research team that has carried out a detailed comparison between how the Kaikōura habitats are today, and how they were over the decades before the 7.8 quake of 2016.


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09 March 2020

On Friday 6 March the University of Canterbury (UC) held an event for students and staff to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 and the University’s commitment to gender pay parity.


Lianne_Woodward_NWS

09 March 2020

There is a need for the health and education system to adopt a more proactive approach in addressing the developmental needs of children born very pre-term, a University of Canterbury (UC) child health development expert says.


McNoe

06 March 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) is the first and remains the only New Zealand university to be led by women.


Tessa_Malcolm_NWS

06 March 2020

New Zealand Suffragist Kate Sheppard is a national feminist heroine and it’s the right time for a new biography telling her story, says University of Canterbury (UC) historian Professor Katie Pickles.


Ableism

06 March 2020

“A community that excludes even one member is no community at all.” In this upcoming free UC Connect public lecture, Ableism – Same Struggle, Different Differences, visiting American activists, authors and compelling storytellers Janice Fialka and Rich Feldman will share what it takes to create a journey of inclusion and community for all.


Sarah_Whitcombe-Dobbs_NWS

06 March 2020

How do we talk to our children about coronavirus to keep them informed, but not alarmed? How much do they need to know and how much do our reactions affect them?


Dr Sarah Flanagan

05 March 2020

Why does the colourful peacock look so splendid compared to the drab peahen? Charles Darwin came up with sexual selection as a way to explain the difference, yet the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. A University of Canterbury (UC)-led research study of pipefish, supported with a three-year Fast-Start grant of $300,000 from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, aims to finally resolve the factors underpinning Darwin’s greatest puzzle.


Pay_parity_NWS

05 March 2020

The University of Canterbury (UC) is investigating gender pay parity for academics following recent findings by UC researchers Associate Professor Ann Brower and Associate Professor Alex James showing that female academics in New Zealand are likely to earn $200,000 less than male counterparts over their career, despite equivalent research performance.


Sophie_Chappell_NWS

03 March 2020

Acclaimed Oxford philosopher Professor Sophie Grace Chappell, who is currently an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury (UC), makes a case for allowing ourselves to be transformed by beauty in order to better respond to the climate crisis.


Ren Dobson

02 March 2020

A University of Canterbury (UC)-led study taking a close-up look at how bacteria import essential nutrients, aims to provide new insights on harmful bacteria and the processes that enable them to thrive. Its findings could support the future development of new antibiotics. The leading-edge biomolecular research has won a three–year $890,000 grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden.


Dr Matt Hobbs

02 March 2020

What type of toothpaste are you using? A new paper from award-winning University of Canterbury (UC) researcher Dr Matt Hobbs may have those of us preferring a ‘fluoride-free’ or ‘natural’ approach to oral health, questioning that choice.


SVA

27 February 2020

The University of Canterbury Student Volunteer Army (UC SVA) is returning to the Red Zone on Saturday 29 February for the fourth annual Big Give event in what will be the largest student volunteer presence in the area since the Christchurch earthquakes.


track_and_trace_NWS

27 February 2020

What happens to artists’ proofs and archives? In this glimpse into the secret world of art creation, Ilam School of Fine Arts lecturers at University of Canterbury (UC) share their highly individual art practice in this first exhibition for 2020, at the Ilam campus gallery.


Elisabeth_McDonald_NWS

26 February 2020

Cross-examination strategies in rape trials remain resistant to reforms, which continues to negatively impact on complainants despite initiatives to improve the legal process, a University of Canterbury (UC) expert says.


Dr Vanessa Morris

26 February 2020

Current treatments for Alzheimer’s disease can help manage symptoms but are unable to slow the progression of this devastating disease. With the assistance of a $300,000 Fast-Start grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, UC biochemist and lecturer Dr Vanessa Morris is seeking to unravel the molecular interactions driving Alzheimer’s disease. Her work could pave the way to new and more effective therapies.


UC building

25 February 2020

Vodafone New Zealand has announced a partnership with University of Canterbury (UC) to deliver a digital innovation speaker series aiming to showcase the latest technology and drive innovation for New Zealand businesses.


Radius Robotics

24 February 2020

Robots could soon be helping farmers manage arable land in a cleaner, greener way if a prize-winning project comes to fruition.


Paula Brooksby

24 February 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) chemistry researcher Dr Paula Brooksby is at the forefront of research to refine fast-advancing solar cell technology. Together with Dr Noel Duffy from CSIRO in Australia, she is exploring the potential of a carbon-based material to revolutionise photovoltaic technology and performance.


Matthew Cowan

20 February 2020

Many raw materials used in everyday consumer goods are produced using industrial separation and purification processes that are incredibly energy-intensive. With the support of a $300,000 Fast-Start grant from the Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, UC researcher Dr Matthew Cowan is leading a project to develop innovative energy saving alternatives.


UC Connect public talk: A cross-examination of rape myths

20 February 2020

Despite more than 40 years of law reform aimed at improving the experience of giving evidence for adult rape complainants, Ministry of Justice research in 2018 re-confirmed that the process remains distressing and re-traumatising.


Toby Macrae

19 February 2020

A unique, new app that analyses speech patterns could provide a leap forward in the assessment and treatment of children with speech difficulties.


SVA1

17 February 2020

The University of Canterbury is expanding its near decade-long partnership with New Zealand’s largest student club, the Student Volunteer Army, to help spread its culture of meaningful volunteering to schools throughout the country with a new Service Award.


Seeds

11 February 2020

Climate change is negatively affecting tree reproduction by throwing seed production systems out of synchronisation, according to a new international study co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist.


Haha Retallick Brown

10 February 2020

Findings from a new study offer a way forward for women seeking choice in how they safely manage premenstrual syndrome (PMS).


NathanJoe

07 February 2020

This year the University of Canterbury’s annual Ursula Bethell Writer’s Residency is being split between two award-winning Christchurch writers, author Amy Head and playwright Nathan Joe, who will each take up residence for six months.


Assoc. Prof Amy Fletcher

05 February 2020

First there was gunpowder, then nuclear weapons. Now another revolution in warfighting is underway with the rise of algorithmic warfare using robots and precision targeting technology. Their use is highly controversial but to date there has been no systematic attempt made to map the debate unfolding in academic, intergovernmental, corporate and social media domains.


Catherine Theys

31 January 2020

There is no known cure for stuttering and other speech disorders such as dysarthria and apraxia of speech, but new research by a University of Canterbury (UC) academic involves scanning the brain to find out what causes speech production problems.


UC Engineering Masters’ student Jonathan Ring and UC Associate Professor Aaron M

30 January 2020

An industrial prototype to recycle acid waste from Christchurch’s galvanized steel industries is just the beginning for researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) who have a global vision for their eco innovation. Called Zincovery, their exciting project is a finalist for Callaghan Innovation’s prestigious C-Prize.


Summer Startup 1

29 January 2020

Budding University of Canterbury (UC) student entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas live on stage during a Dragons’ Den-style competition at The Piano next week.


Bella Franks

23 January 2020

Being a young woman in a male-dominated field hasn’t stopped Bella Franks carving out a successful international career as an engineer.


Ann Brower

23 January 2020

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have found two types of gender disparities in New Zealand universities – a gender pay gap, and a gender performance pay gap.


Jeanette_King_NWS

21 January 2020

New Zealand adults who don’t speak te reo Māori nevertheless grow up hearing and seeing Māori words throughout their lives. With the support of a $660,000 grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, a University of Canterbury-led research team will explore whether adult language acquisition can be facilitated by awakening this latently acquired knowledge called ‘a proto-lexicon’.


Riccarton_Garden_NWS

16 January 2020

Police, firefighters and other emergency personnel from Utah, United States of America, are visiting the University of Canterbury (UC) this week to learn from academics who have transformed their experiences during Canterbury’s earthquakes into valuable lessons to share with others.


Robin_Palmer_NWS

16 January 2020

An innovative research project that detects brain activity revealing individuals’ knowledge of criminal behaviour is delivering positive results for a University of Canterbury (UC) led research team.


Annelies_Kamp_NWS

15 January 2020

New Zealand is conducting its most wide-ranging review of education in 30 years. Coinciding with this moment in history, current and former University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have collaborated to explore education from different disciplines, and shed light on challenging contemporary issues such as the benefits and risks of digital technologies in education, the development of ‘innovative’ learning environments, working with diversity and teacher education.


Butlers

15 January 2020

The MARS Scanner, invented by UC Professor Phil Butler and his son, University of Otago Professor Anthony Butler, is the world's first colour 3-D x-ray and will one day replace many of the medical scanners being used today, including PET and MRI.


Laura Revell

15 January 2020

Could microplastics in the atmosphere play a role in climate change? UC atmospheric chemist Dr Laura Revell is leading an investigation into this important question, with the support of a $300,000 Fast-Start grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden.


Fergus_Simpson_NWS

10 January 2020

Fergus Simpson, 22, from UC’s School of Forestry planned to spend his summer in Australia on a forestry internship but instead found himself among fire fighters battling the blaze to help the community of rural town Tumut.