News archive 2021


Sacha McMeeking

08 March 2021

Ngāi Tahu and the University of Canterbury have today committed to establishing a centre for indigenous social innovation led by Tokona Te Raki Māori Futures Collective.


Natacha Wisstt New Zealand Defence Force legal officer

08 March 2021

Taking part in counter-piracy operations at sea isn’t run-of-the-mill for a lawyer but it’s the kind of challenge that attracted Natacha Wisstt to joining the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) as a legal officer.


Sue McCormack

08 March 2021

A University of Canterbury (UC) graduate, Sue McCormack has been Chancellor | Tumu Kaunihera of UC since 2018. With her tenure coming to an end, Sue reflected on her UC education, her career and what leading her alma mater has meant to her.


Valerie Sotardi

05 March 2021

Young New Zealanders who are experiencing stress are more likely to seek help from friends and families than from counsellors or other specialists, according to a new study published in Stress and Health journal, raising questions about how effective the help they receive may be.


Young New Zealander of the Year Finalists

04 March 2021

The Young New Zealander of the Year Award finalists for 2021 are Brianna Fruean, Jazz Thornton and Dr. Zhiyan Basharati. This award celebrates young people who are working hard to make a positive impact within our community.


Stephanie Post

03 March 2021

University of Canterbury (UC) student Stephanie Post has been selected in the Team Universities of New Zealand (TUNZ) team to represent New Zealand, competing in the Global Case Competition 2021.


Magma chamber

03 March 2021

A collaborative study from an international team of researchers has determined the conditions needed for an earthquake to trigger a volcanic eruption.


Dr Christian Walsh speaking to secondary school teachers in 2020

03 March 2021

Learning through experience is at the heart of University of Canterbury (UC) lecturer Dr Christian Walsh’s award-winning teaching philosophy – preparing students to easily enter and apply what they have learned in a business setting.


Michael Plank

01 March 2021

Professor Michael Plank, and Shaun Hendy and Siouxsie Wiles (UoA) comment on the change of alert levels in @ConversationEDU – saying that the “go hard and go early” approach puts us in the best position to track any epidemiological links to the new case, and prevent a large undetected outbreak.


Plato and Aristotle, detail of a Luca Della Robbia sculpture. Wikimedia Commons.

26 February 2021

In the US today, a fundamentally ill-informed public produces inferior laws & weak administration, writes Professor Peter Field for The Conversation, in an article that claims compares the ‘fake news’ of today with Athens 26 centuries ago.


A new startup is helping seniors join the digital age.

25 February 2021

Helping older people use technology to connect with their friends and family is the goal of a new business venture set up by three University of Canterbury (UC) graduates.


University of Canterbury Professor Karen Scott

25 February 2021

Who is legally responsible for protecting our ice caps? Could a Polar approach to climate change strengthen political and legal responses to climate change and other human activities in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions?


Bethany Kaye-Blake is going on a BLAKE Expedition to the Kermadec Islands

24 February 2021

An 18-year-old with a passion for conservation is about to jump on board an ocean adventure to the subtropical Kermadec Islands.


Rebecca Lindsay

24 February 2021

A University of Canterbury engineering project has helped to develop the first prototype of a portable power unit to help deploy more effective mobile radio transmitters into emergency situations for the Red Cross.


Professor Simon Brown

24 February 2021

Nanotechnology is poised to transform today’s conventional information processing systems. University of Canterbury (UC) researchers are leading the way in developing such technology, using nanoparticle networks. Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund, has granted $889,000 for an exciting new study at UC to test the power of these next generation ‘neuromorphic’ computer chips. Professor Simon Brown of UC's School of Physical and Chemical Sciences is heading the research team.


EU Brexit

23 February 2021

This upcoming UC Connect public lecture looks at how New Zealand’s relationship with the EU and the potential impact of Britain leaving the EU on New Zealand.


Changing flows of the Waimakariri river

23 February 2021

Professor James Brasington, Director of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, a joint partnership between the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, has joined colleagues from Auckland University, NIWA and Massey for an article on The Conversation NZ, discussing this very topic.


Unicycleway

22 February 2021

In memory of those lost in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, the University of Canterbury’s Tumu Whakarae Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey and Tumu Tuarua Kaunihera Pro-Chancellor Steve Wakefield laid a puapua whakamahara (wreath) and held a minute’s silence with staff and students at the Roimata memorial sculpture at the Ilam campus.


Topped statue John Robert Godley

22 February 2021

UC's Professor Katie Pickles reflects on how ten years on, the earthquake still casts its shadow over Christchurch’s past, present and future, in article on The Conversation.


Misko Cubrinovski

18 February 2021

A range of world-leading experts from the University of Canterbury have featured in podcasts discussing their earthquake research on the RNZ science programme Our Changing World with journalist Alison Ballance.


Philippines course

18 February 2021

Teachers in the Philippines are benefiting from the knowledge and experience of expert educators from the University of Canterbury (UC) this year.


New students UC

15 February 2021

The start of term is fast approaching, and new students are preparing to begin their journey at UC.


Associate Professor Allan Scott, Civil Engineering, UC Engineering

15 February 2021

A team of international researchers led by a University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering academic, believe they have discovered a potentially revolutionary key to reducing climate change impacts.


Covid test

15 February 2021

In an article on The Conversation, academics from UC and UoA explain that moving Auckland to Alert Level 3 is the right thing to do. They examine why close contact test results will be crucial to whether Auckland’s Level 3 lockdown is extended beyond three days.


Christoph Bartneck and robots

11 February 2021

How people interact with robots and virtual characters will be the hot topic at an international conference booked for Christchurch next year.


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