News archive 2021


David Wells

15 September 2021

New Zealand’s “most innovative lecturer” in Japanese has his heart and soul in the Japanese community and is a great role model, according to the judges for a national award.


Park & Lin

13 September 2021

Biodegradable plastics are supposed to be good for the environment but, rather paradoxically, because they are designed to degrade quickly, they can’t be recycled. Offering a potential solution, New Zealand researchers have found that compostable plastic can be turned into a foam that functions as building insulation as a way of recycling the material.


Family

10 September 2021

Associate Professor Debra Wilson, Professor Annick Masselot, and researcher Martha Ceballos explain why Aotearoa New Zealand's surrogacy laws are due for a major reform in a recent article published on The Conversation.


PALS (peer assisted learning sessions)

09 September 2021

After a semester of piloting a new peer-to-peer learning programme at the University of Canterbury, results have shown that on average students who attended at least two sessions achieved a whole grade point higher than other students in the class.


MichelleLaRue Weddell Seal

08 September 2021

A University of Canterbury-led international study, published today in Global Change Biology, reveals how climate change may impact seals in one of the world’s most remote ocean regions, Antarctica’s Weddell Sea.


UAV research

07 September 2021

Ten University of Canterbury research projects tackling the big issues have been green-lit with funding worth $23 million.


Auckland

07 September 2021

In an article on The Conversation, University of Canterbury Professor Michael Plank and University of Auckland Professor Shaun Hendy take a look on the latest Covid-19 community case numbers and the related R number, and explain what it takes to move Auckland down to Alert Level 3.


UCMeXL programme

07 September 2021

A growing number of Pacific students from Canterbury high schools are signing up for a free tutoring programme giving them extra support with NCEA.


Julia Rucklidge

06 September 2021

Free, online courses offered by the University of Canterbury are proving popular, with more than 19,000 enrolments so far for a paper exploring mental health and nutrition.


SDG Summit Word Cloud

03 September 2021

Aotearoa SDG Summit co-hosts, the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, have led the way in committing to action on the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals by signing the Aotearoa SDG Declaration yesterday.


Tarāpuka | Black-billed gulls

03 September 2021

University of Canterbury's School of Earth and Environment lecturer Lindsey Conrow discusses the Tarāpuka | Black-billed gulls and their contention with urban developers over an Armagh Street site in Ōtautahi Christchurch.


Simon_sees from Australia, Wikimedia Commons

02 September 2021

The University of Canterbury and University of the South Pacific, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are partnering on a unique research project to help Pacific countries and the global community understand how climate change will impact the Pacific, and how indigenous knowledge can help Pacific communities to adapt.


Maddi Williams

01 September 2021

A new book by University of Canterbury historian Madi Williams offers a fresh perspective on the history of Polynesia during the medieval period, focusing on Aotearoa New Zealand, Chatham Islands (Rēkohu) and Easter Island (Rapanui).


ER Nobel

27 August 2021

The University of Canterbury is commemorating 150 years since the birth of one of its most famous scientists, academics and alumni, despite the postponement of some of the planned celebratory events due to the Covid-19 lockdown.


Covid-19 lockdown

26 August 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC's Professor Michael Plank, UoA's Professor Shaun Hendy, Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles and Manaaki Whenua researcher Rachelle Binny explain we must stay the course to ensure we can eliminate the Covid-19 outbreak.


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26 August 2021

Students at the University of Canterbury are getting valuable, real-life experience working for one of the country’s leading rugby teams, the Crusaders.


Richard Lobb Ako award winner

24 August 2021

A Canterbury lecturer who fell in love with computers almost 60 years ago and has been riding the technology wave ever since, has won a national teaching excellence award.


Austin Mitchell 2016

19 August 2021

The Hon Dr Austin Mitchell ONZM, a former academic member and friend of the University of Canterbury’s Political Science and International Relations department has died at the age of 86 in Grimsby, England, a city he served as a Member of Parliament for 38 years.


Autonomous weapons

19 August 2021

University of Canterbury's Associate Professor Jeremy Moses, Dr Geoffrey Ford and Dr Sian Troath explore NZ's political and economic barriers to regulating autonomous weapons in a new article on The Conversation.


Covid-19

18 August 2021

New Zealanders are back in their bubbles after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a three day alert level 4 lockdown for the entire country, and a seven day period for Auckland, following the confirmation of a community case — most likely infected with the Delta variant.


Masha: Galadriel by way of Gwyneth Paltrow. Amazon Prime

18 August 2021

This review contains minor spoilers for the first six episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers. Nine Perfect Strangers is a polished take on wellness culture that is less “eat the rich” than “pass the Kool-Aid”. Adapted from Liane Moriarty’s bestselling 2018 novel, it takes place at a secretive, high-end wellness retreat called Tranquillum, an on-trend Scandi dream of bare light wood and open spaces overseen by a mysterious Russian woman, Masha (Nicole Kidman).


Shaun Ogilvie

17 August 2021

The Ngāi Tahu Research Centre has appointed its first Professor, Dr Shaun Ogilvie, Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakahemo), Ngāti Awa (Ngāti Pūkeko) and Pākehā, as Professor of Ecology and the Environment, a co-appointment with the College of Science, at the University of Canterbury.


School Strike for Climate 2019

16 August 2021

Business leaders are welcoming Aotearoa New Zealand’s first undergraduate sustainability degree, saying the sector is crying out for more expertise as it faces new targets and competing goals.


Plane landing

12 August 2021

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has released a “roadmap” for a phased process of border reopenings that could begin during the first quarter of next year — as long as New Zealand completes its vaccination rollout by the end of this year.


SDG Summit

10 August 2021

What would it take to achieve the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) In Ōtautahi Christchurch and across the country? Is it individual action, community advocacy, more robust legislation, or broader systemic social and economic change?


Ambrose Ledbrook

09 August 2021

Eagerly using his software engineering skills to keep the snow on the mountains, a University of Canterbury graduate is developing a new app that helps people live more sustainably.


Covid UC Connect

05 August 2021

What do a mathematician, a chemist, an epidemiologist and a law expert have in common? These University of Canterbury academics are all involved in vital aspects of the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.


Takere scholarship

05 August 2021

A unique scholarship supporting Māori and Pacific students to navigate their first year at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury is returning bigger and better in 2022.


Teaching Awards

05 August 2021

Bringing gaming technology and real-world examples into the classroom are some of the strategies used by award-winning University of Canterbury teachers to engage their students.


Justin DeHart

03 August 2021

The latest release from international, Christchurch-based, percussionist Justin DeHart, Landfall, is a deep dive into the possibilities of percussion, inviting listeners to soak up the creative ideas of nine innovative New Zealand composers.


Professor Renwick Dobson

02 August 2021

A joint University of Canterbury and ESR research team is investigating whether a new enzyme treatment could help solve the global problem of antibiotic resistance.


Three UC students on campus

02 August 2021

The University of Canterbury’s innovative system for identifying and contacting first-year students who may need support has won the 2021 CAUDIT award for Improving Student Success.


Luke Campbell

02 August 2021

Two innovative University of Canterbury students have been named as finalists in the KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2021, competing for the Momentum Student Entrepreneur prize.


health

30 July 2021

University of Canterbury researchers are leading innovative studies to research and improve child health in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Better Brain

30 July 2021

In an upcoming UC Connect public lecture, a world-leading scientist will share her knowledge of how nutrition can help overcome stress, ADHD, and depression.


LaRue

28 July 2021

A first-of-its-kind research project will use data collected from high-resolution satellite images to help scientists gain insights into Weddell Seal populations in Antarctica’s Ross Sea region.


Ben and Penny Gough

28 July 2021

A new scholarship providing financial support and leadership coaching is being offered to outstanding University of Canterbury business students, thanks to the generosity of a high-profile Christchurch family.


UC Arts Gala Concert

27 July 2021

Over 50 students and University of Canterbury music staff, including singer/songwriter LA Mitchell, perform music from the 16th century to today at the university’s second annual Gala Concert at The Piano: Centre for Music & the Arts on 2 August at 7pm.


Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson

26 July 2021

A future-focused research project co-led by University of Canterbury researcher Associate Professor Elizabeth Macpherson is considering what legal and policy options might exist to protect our oceans for generations to come.


Tom Cochrane and Aisling O'Sullivan

26 July 2021

Waste mussel shells could become a low-tech, natural tool to filter pollutants from New Zealand waterways if field testing by University of Canterbury engineers proves successful.


Campus Drone Shot

26 July 2021

Te Kura Umanga | University of Canterbury Business School is proud to partner with Taylor’s University, Malaysia to launch the new Bachelor in Accounting (Fintech) (Honours) degree.


Wild pig soil

23 July 2021

Assessing the threat of invasive species is an important tool to reducing carbon emissions, as researchers from the University of Canterbury, the University of Queensland and University of Canberra explain on The Conversation.


EU Brexit

22 July 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.


Nick Draper and sons

21 July 2021

A new field trial investigating whether headgear can help prevent collision-related injuries in junior rugby players will kick off next year amid growing concern about health and safety in the sport.


Nanoscience KidsFest

21 July 2021

The University of Canterbury (UC) was proud to once again partner with the Christchurch City Council and Tūranga for KidsFest 2021.


New entrants at St Mary's School, Mosgiel, Dunedin, learning to read using the B

20 July 2021

An innovative research-based approach to how New Zealand children are taught to read is to be extended across the country with a $10 million Ministry of Education contract awarded to the University of Canterbury (UC).


University of Canterbury doctoral student Jana Wold and Associate Professor Tamm

20 July 2021

Research using DNA in a new way could help Aotearoa New Zealand’s kākāpo – one of the country’s most critically endangered native birds – hatch chicks more successfully.


Wild Pigs carbon

20 July 2021

By uprooting carbon trapped in soil, wild pigs are releasing around 4.9 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually across the globe, the equivalent of 1.1 million cars.


Jazz Thornton

19 July 2021

In a world facing complex challenges, the University of Canterbury is proud to support an award that empowers young leaders to thrive, succeed and make a positive difference.


Nanoscribe Cathedral

16 July 2021

Housed in a custom-made box under protective yellow light at the University of Canterbury’s Nanolab is a new world-leading Nanoscribe 3D printer.


UC Connect public talk: Left to their own devices

16 July 2021

Our ability to connect and communicate helps us to thrive and contribute to society in meaningful ways. What can parents do today to ensure a bright future for our tamariki in a fast-changing digital world?


Microplastics

16 July 2021

For Plastic Free July, we sat down with two of Aotearoa New Zealand's leading microplastics researchers to discuss the impact microplastics are having on our environment.


Professor Brett Robinson

14 July 2021

Waste products from New Zealand’s food processing industry – such as potato scraps and grape skins – could be transformed into high-value soil conditioners and animal feed, according to new University of Canterbury-led research.


Jenni Adams being presented with the Dan Walls medal

14 July 2021

Detecting tiny particles that are “messengers from space” using a giant detector buried under Antarctic ice has helped a University of Canterbury (UC) professor become the first woman to win a prestigious physics award.


Base isolation system

13 July 2021

A new, affordable building system to make New Zealand homes much safer in an earthquake, avoiding costly repairs and stressful insurance claims, is being tested at the University of Canterbury.


Professor Pavel Castka

13 July 2021

A research team led by University of Canterbury Professor Pavel Castka is developing a system to make audits easier for New Zealand businesses.


Crushing waves

09 July 2021

University of Canterbury Dr Tom Logan's call for action asks for governments to prepare better for uninsurable properties related to rising sea levels in a new article on The Conversation.


Start Me Up

09 July 2021

University of Canterbury Business School’s incubator ThincLab played a vital role in the recent successful graduation of 25 entrepreneurs.


Word 2021

09 July 2021

The University of Canterbury is a proud principal partner of the WORD Christchurch Festival 2021, which is set to spring forth with stories, histories, ideas, poetry and song, 25-29 August.


Shusheng Pang, Alex Yip

08 July 2021

University of Canterbury engineering researchers are developing a carbon-neutral – even carbon-negative – way to create clean ‘green’ hydrogen to power our world more sustainably.


R4MBS

08 July 2021

New Zealand engineering researchers are working on an innovative modular system to revolutionise the way we construct buildings; not just more rapidly, but also more environment-friendly, quake-resilient and recyclable.


Celebrating the humans of Otautahi

07 July 2021

A project that created 1,500 images, taken by University of Canterbury student photographers over five years, has resulted in a new exhibition that captures and celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary.


Richard Green, Dan Zhao, Kelvin Barnside

06 July 2021

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) aka drones are revolutionising surveying and inspection tasks that once required manned aircraft. Two University of Canterbury academics are working to take this capability to the next level, to enable drones to use tools with high precision in mid-air in difficult changeable settings.


Gender pay gap

06 July 2021

Politicians of the European Union try to fight gender pay gap of 14.1% by making pay more transparent. Professor of Law Annick Masselot, from the University of Canterbury, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of pay transparency with other professors in an article on The Conversation.


Covid 19 young people vaccinated

05 July 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC's Associate Professor Bernard Walker says the government may have to intervene if the Canterbury vaccination programme continues to fall behind.


UC Connect 2021

05 July 2021

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers are tackling the knock-on effects of playing rugby by engineering a better way to protect young players’ brains from concussion.


Sabina Piras

02 July 2021

After the Canterbury and Kaikōura earthquakes, there has been increased interest in creating more earthquake-resilient bridge infrastructure in Aotearoa New Zealand. In response, researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) have developed a low-damage solution for bridges that would yield little to no damage if hit by a strong earthquake.


David Schiel and Mike Hickford

02 July 2021

New research into whitebait fishing will address whether whitebait are in decline and assess the impact of commercial and recreational whitebaiting on the long-term sustainability of the species.


Covid-19 vaccination

30 June 2021

UC's Professor Michael Plank, UoA's Professor Shaun Hendy and UoA's Nicholas Steyn argue that Aotearoa New Zealand needs to reach population immunity before any blanket border reopening. Find out more in their new article on The Conversation.


Ben Scales and William Murrell

30 June 2021

Sustainable materials made from cabbage tree leaves and flax could soon be used to build high-performance skis and skateboards in Christchurch.


Kiliona and Lilly

30 June 2021

Lilly Eckhold is breaking through barriers as a student from a kura kaupapa Māori background and the first of her whānau to go to university.


Laurie McLay

30 June 2021

A University of Canterbury (UC) study has found that a reduction in sleep problems for children on the autism spectrum vastly improves those children’s behaviour and their parent’s wellbeing.


Covid test

30 June 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC's Associate Professor Arindam Basu examines how Aotearoa New Zealand has so far avoided a Covid-19 community outbreak.


Covid-19 Briefing

29 June 2021

With the trans-Tasman travel bubble burst, now is the time to upgrade our Covid response against the threat of a Delta variant outbreak. Read more from University of Canterbury's Dr Matt Hobbs in a new article on The Conversation.


policing in Australia and New Zealand

25 June 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, University of Canterbury's Dr James Mehigan writes that now is the time to reform our criminal justice system and move beyond the history of colonial policing.


New tool helps computer workers upgrade their people skills

25 June 2021

An innovative training tool being developed at the University of Canterbury will help software developers brush up on their communication, teamwork and social skills.


Bill Heffernan

24 June 2021

New Zealand’s dairy factories could be the big winners from a proposed new electromagnetic detection and imaging method aimed at boosting food safety systems. Working to develop the super-sensing method is a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Canterbury, Lincoln Agritech, University of Auckland and FoodSouth, along with international collaborators in Australia and the UK.


Covid-19

23 June 2021

A culture of complacency, new variants and vulnerability at the border - we are more susceptible to a Covid-19 outbreak than ever before. Less than an hour after Wellington's precautionary move to alert level 2, University of Canterbury academics Matthew Hobbs, Malcolm Campbell and University of Otago's Lesley Gray published an article to The Conversation, explaining the current risks to our community.


Deb Munro

23 June 2021

University of Canterbury (UC) innovators and their health technology solutions are the winners of 2021 HealthTech awards announced at a ceremony in Auckland last night.


Covid 19 young people vaccinated

22 June 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC's Professor Michael Plank writes that vaccinating young people is key to ensuring our community is protected from Covid-19.


Professor Peter Gostomski

22 June 2021

University of Canterbury research into making biofilters more efficient could be key to New Zealand meeting its climate change targets, and improving cattle farming long-term.


Sacha McMeeking

18 June 2021

Māori community leaders from across Aotearoa will join students and academics in Ōtautahi Christchurch this weekend to explore how knowledge from the past can be harnessed to transform the future.


Philip Sueltrop

17 June 2021

Launching in 2022, the University of Canterbury (UC) is offering a minor degree in Aerospace Engineering* as part of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree.


Sarah Kessans

17 June 2021

Dr Sarah Kessans, a lecturer in the University of Canterbury’s School of Product Design, is passionate about growing stuff in space, ultimately food, fuel and pharmaceuticals to benefit society.


Jamie Collins

17 June 2021

Business owners around the world are keen to learn from the way New Zealand has handled the Covid-19 crisis, a University of Canterbury (UC) academic says.


Francis Pooke

16 June 2021

Designing a new medical device with the potential to save lives has won a University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering student a spot as a national award finalist.


Professor Cheryl de la Rey

15 June 2021

New Zealand’s first annual hui on countering terrorism and violent extremism, He Whenua Taurikura, is being held in Christchurch this week.


Mohammad Sagor Hosen and Mark Staiger

14 June 2021

Laboratory testing to find out whether masks and other protective gear used against Covid-19 can be safely disinfected and potentially reused is under way at the University of Canterbury (UC).


Tupuānuku

11 June 2021

Prioritising best-practice student care, a strong partnership with mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri, and sustainable design, the University of Canterbury’s (UC) new student accommodation building, Tupuānuku offered much to celebrate at the official opening held yesterday to coincide with Matariki.


Catherine Bishop

11 June 2021

Cutting-edge research into obtaining tech-critical metals from mixed oxides could play an important role in helping Aotearoa New Zealand transition to a zero-carbon country.


Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane

09 June 2021

Congratulations to all the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021 recipients, including several University of Canterbury academics, staff, graduates and friends of the university.


Aaron Marshall

09 June 2021

Research into the electrodes used in flow batteries at the University of Canterbury (UC) has the potential to help create cheaper, longer-life batteries for more renewable energy storage.


Sarah Wiki-Bennett and Tipene Merritt

09 June 2021

Research that benefits Māori helps all New Zealanders, say two Senior Kaiārahi Māori Research Advisors newly appointed at the University of Canterbury (UC).


University of Canterbury

09 June 2021

The University of Canterbury (UC) has improved its global rank among the world’s universities, rising 12 places in the latest QS World University Rankings released today.


Mona Yaghoubi and Jedrzej Bialkowski

08 June 2021

Investors in Muslim countries gain higher returns from the share market during Ramadan in a quirk that could be linked to a lift in mood during the religious festival, University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have found.


Trial plantation maple syrup test

08 June 2021

New Zealand’s potential as a maple syrup or birch syrup producer is being tested by researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC). A trial plantation has been established near Hanmer Springs, with more planned for Canterbury, Waikato and Rangitīkei. The UC team is also seeking to identify native tree extracts that could have uses in food or rongoā (medicine).


Queen's Birthday Honours

04 June 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC History Professor Katie Pickles writes that in an age of individualism and celebrity, these regular rewards for service to community and nation are generally seen as a welcome tonic and well worth toasting.


Dr Steve Pawson and Dr Graeme Woodward

04 June 2021

New technology being developed by a research team at the University of Canterbury could lead to deeper understanding of New Zealand’s threatened and endangered insects, paving the way to more effective conservation management.


Whakaari White Island

03 June 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC's Dr David Dempsey and UoA's Professor Shane Cronin explain that forecasting different levels of eruption risk requires advances in our basic science, as well as automated systems that can judge risk and raise concerns. Even with this, the way we measure and interpret this natural system means it will never be completely safe.


BBVM

03 June 2021

How does the language we speak shape us? Define us? Empower us? Limit us? What kinds of privilege and domination does it possess? Does our own language suppress or marginalise other languages, other voices?


Mike Maslin

31 May 2021

A new study will explore for the first time whether babies with hearing loss could also benefit from being tested for balance problems at an early age.


John-Paul Lay

28 May 2021

An impressive student: John-Paul Lay finished high school only last year, received a prestigious award and has now fast tracked his study by jumping straight into the second year of Engineering at the University of Canterbury.


Plank

27 May 2021

University of Canterbury Professor Michael Plank, who has co-led essential Covid-19 modelling work in New Zealand, has won an Australasian award for outstanding research, expertise and distinguished service in the field of Applied Mathematics.


Sophie Horsfall and Tracey Hatton

26 May 2021

New research has revealed that many New Zealand businesses are left in the dark around how to make their workplaces earthquake safe.


Francesca Howard

24 May 2021

She is friends with Kiwi Olympian Sir Mark Todd and once trained the champion horse Charisma, but now Francesca Howard is taking the reins as the oldest student currently enrolled at the University of Canterbury (UC).


Antarctic Resolution

21 May 2021

Giulia Foscari / UNLESS have launched Antarctic Resolution, a multidisciplinary project co-authored by the world’s leading experts on the Antarctic, including five University of Canterbury academics, at the Biennale Architettura 2021.


Emperor Penguins

20 May 2021

The 2021 Budget held some great news for Antarctic scientists and researchers at the University of Canterbury, with $344 million committed to rebuilding Scott Base in Antarctica.


Study and Career Expo

19 May 2021

Members of the Waitaha community will have an opportunity to talk with industry experts, discover what employers are looking for, and find out how to upskill for the future at a new study and careers expo in Ōtautahi Christchurch.


Pandemic

19 May 2021

University of Canterbury mathematical modeller Professor Michael Plank looks at what the Government’s upcoming Budget announcement may mean for future pandemic response.


Karben fibre

12 May 2021

A range of radical solutions are now a step closer to boosting the agricultural sector thanks to the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge. Prize winners were named at the Showcase on 11 May.


Jacdina Arden, Grant Robertson

12 May 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, Associate Professor Laura Meriluoto explains that the underlying productivity of the economy could be compromised if workers decide to leave the public sector.


Travel post Covid-19

10 May 2021

On The Conversation, UC's Professor Michael Plank and UoA's Dr Andrew Chen explain that temporary travel pauses show the challenges of tracking potential Covid-19 outbreaks.


Maths Craft Day

07 May 2021

Chaos theory and crochet collide in Christchurch this month. University of Canterbury mathematicians are playfully promoting the art and craft of mathematics through a free public event on Sunday, 23 May. The Christchurch Maths Craft Day is free and open to everyone: experts and amateurs, maths-fans and maths-phobes, the crafty and the curious.


FENZ Ilam opening

06 May 2021

In a first for Australasia, two of Fire and Emergency New Zealand’s newest facilities are located on a University campus, in Christchurch.


Haipeng Li and Ramakrishnan Mukundan

05 May 2021

A University of Canterbury (UC) student has come up with a new computerised method of reading mammograms that could help radiologists detect warning signs of breast cancer.


India Covid-19

05 May 2021

UC's Dr Kaaren Mathias writes about the lack of investment in India's public sector, which has led to an unaffordable, failing healthcare system, in a new article on The Conversation.


Spot the Dog

04 May 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, International Relations Associate Professor Jeremy Moses and Dr Geoffrey Ford write that we should remain wary of developers shaping our sentiment on quadrupeds.


Happy Cow Milk

04 May 2021

Imagine a world where a farmer can tell the difference between every sheep by just looking at them. Thanks to new sheep facial recognition technology employing AI this could soon be a reality. Genesmith is just one of the big ideas named today as a finalist in the Food, Fibre and Agritech Supernode Challenge.


Building a Better Brain

01 May 2021

This UC Connect public lecture is postponed.


Energy Academy UC Business School

30 April 2021

The University of Canterbury Business School has signed an agreement with Energy Academy to develop a new model for the delivery of academic content.


College of Fine Arts & Music

29 April 2021

Explore the nooks and crannies of Jack, James, Ernest, Beatrice and parts of the original city campus including the new ‘Old Chemistry’, as the 147-year-old University of Canterbury (UC) opens its architecturally designed doors for Open Christchurch weekend, 15-16 May. Open Christchurch is a one-weekend-only festival of exceptional architecture. It’s for everyone to experience great building design from the inside, for free.


Steven Ratuva

27 April 2021

Knowledge should be a common inheritance for the growth and sustainability of humanity, not a market commodity for the benefit of the few, writes Professor Steven Ratuva, Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury.


Harrington_NWS_block

23 April 2021

University of Canterbury's Dr Erin Harrington writes in The Conversation that though The Handmaid's Tale is horrrifying, the show's gleeful approach to violence feels exploitative.


Gretchen Perry

22 April 2021

Grandparents often play an important role in childcare, but some are more involved than others, University of Canterbury Social Work Associate Professor Gretchen Perry has found.


Arindam Basu

21 April 2021

The government has announced sweeping changes to the health system. University of Canterbury public health expert, epidemiologist Associate Professor Arindam Basu comments on this major shake-up.


MIQ Covid-19

21 April 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC's Professor Michael Plank and UoA's Nicholas Steyn write that we need to constantly evalaute and improve our border systems to minimise the risk of Covid-19 to Aotearoa New Zealand.


Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey 2020

21 April 2021

In a year full of extraordinary challenges, the University of Canterbury (UC) found opportunities, fast-forwarding plans to provide a more accessible, flexible education and contributing innovative research to help protect New Zealand from Covid-19.


Huong Dang, Jedrzej Bialkowski, Xiaopeng Wei

20 April 2021

Three University of Canterbury (UC) financial economists have shed light on a puzzling relationship between economic policy uncertainty and the Volatility Index (VIX) - fear gauge of the stock market, and how the quality of political signals impacts on this relationship in a new research paper.


Moeraki

16 April 2021

From European studies and Russian language to a Whakapapa Studentship at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Ereni Pūtere has had an interesting journey of discovery at the University of Canterbury, leading to her graduation with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) with First Class Honours in History today (Friday 16 April).


Iveren Abiem

15 April 2021

After graduating with a doctorate in Ecology, Iveren Abiem will return home to Nigeria, where she will share her knowledge and expertise with students at the University of Jos.


Events Discovery Day

15 April 2021

Over 1600 year 12 students from across Waitaha Canterbury seized the opportunity to explore their study options, discover career pathways and get a feel for uni life in an interactive day at the University of Canterbury (UC) on Tuesday 13 April.


Suntia Gautam PhD graduate

14 April 2021

Community Board Member Sunita Gautam will be donning a cap and gown this week as she graduates with a PhD from the University of Canterbury (UC).


Kiwi illustration

14 April 2021

A new article on The Conversation from Adjunct Professor Paul Schofield and UC Fellow Vanesa De Pietri sheds light on the 200 year old mystery surrounding where the first kiwi specimen was collected, and the repercussions this could have for kiwi conservation.


Covid-19

13 April 2021

A national research team, including several University of Canterbury (UC) researchers, has won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize 2020 for their mathematical simulation of Covid-19 infection modelling and their communication work.


Nina Pernus

12 April 2021

Her first encounter with biomechanics was training humanoid robots to perform human-like motion – and since then Nina Pernus hasn’t looked back. The University of Canterbury (UC) Biomechanics in Sports Coaching teaching assistant, and Bioengineering PhD student, now wants to show young people - and especially young women - the many opportunities available in the multidisciplinary field of biomechanics.


learning generic photo

08 April 2021

The scope of education has expanded beyond focusing on academic progress to include children’s social and emotional development. Researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) are going one step further, however, to develop a framework for socio-emotional well-being that is culturally and linguistically responsive and fosters children’s sense of belonging.


Climate change cloud

07 April 2021

In the latest 'Climate Explained' piece for The Conversation, Dr Laura Revell writes that while rising carbon emissions won’t make Earth uninhabitable, it’s difficult to predict what the climate will do if a runaway greenhouse effect takes over.


Travel post Covid-19

07 April 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC’s Professor Michael Plank and UoA’s Professor Shaun Hendy examine how New Zealand and Australia will manage the trans-Tasman bubble.


Professor Gail Gillon

07 April 2021

From quality sleep to developing language, experts will share their expertise on many aspects of child well-being at a symposium at the University of Canterbury (UC) this week.


Darryn Russell and Jazz Thornton

01 April 2021

Congratulations to Jazz Thornton, an impressive young New Zealander who passionately advocates for mental health nationally, and around the world. After overcoming many personal battles of her own, Jazz has shown us just how life can turn around for the best.


Associate Professor Laurie McKay

30 March 2021

One in four children on the autism spectrum in Aotearoa New Zealand are given melatonin to help them sleep, a new University of Canterbury (UC) study has found.


UC logo on building

30 March 2021

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) has chosen University of Canterbury (UC) PhD student Fatma Abdelaal as a rising-star researcher of the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort.


WiECAN 2021

26 March 2021

A University of Canterbury (UC) residential programme is encouraging more women into Engineering and providing a valuable link between study and career options for secondary school students.


Digital Learning

25 March 2021

Can children develop a love of reading by sitting alone with an e-book? In a new article on The Conversation, Associate Professor Kathryn MacCallum argues that real books are more engaging.


UC student Charlie Ikosi

25 March 2021

A goal of giving back to his developing home country, Papua New Guinea, has motivated Charlie Ikosi to study at the University of Canterbury (UC).


UC Core

23 March 2021

Last year’s Covid-19 lockdown could affect New Zealanders’ mental health for years to come and current demand for talking-based therapies is already overwhelming services, a University of Canterbury Psychologist says.


Keller

23 March 2021

More used to handling rare antiquities thousands of years old, the curator of the University of Canterbury’s Teece Museum and James Logie Memorial Collection describes a recent discovery as a “thrilling moment of wonder”.


Dotterel chick

23 March 2021

A new article on The Conversation from UC's Professor Angus McIntosh and UoA's Associate Professor Cate Macinnis-Ng shows how climate change accelerates biodiversity decline on islands by exacerbating existing conservation threats.


Tūmahana - Manu Lee Syme-Hepi

18 March 2021

Dance, circus and Māori martial arts are woven together with music performed by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in a new show telling a distinctly South Island creation story.


“Daybreak at Christchurch, New Zealand, 19 April 2007” by In Memoriam: PhillipC

17 March 2021

New research led by the University of Canterbury (UC) takes a closer look at Aotearoa New Zealand’s COVID-19 response to determine whether our one-size-fits-all ‘lockdown’ policy is fit for purpose.


Green hydrogen

16 March 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, Adjunct Professor Susan Krumdieck looks at whether Aotearoa New Zealand could achieve low-carbon transport via direct electrification, rather than green hydrogen.


Mitch Hollows

12 March 2021

A final-year engineering project on the automation of vegetable handling equipment has kickstarted the career of a UC graduate, as well as the development of a new innovation for a locally based global manufacturer.


Dr Zhiyan Basharati

12 March 2021

After spending her childhood in a Kurdish refugee camp, Dr Zhiyan Basharati arrived in New Zealand with her family at age 11, not speaking a word of English. Now, this UC graduate has a PhD in forensic psychology, is a dedicated advocate for refugees and migrants, and award finalist.


Ratuva

11 March 2021

Warm congratulations to University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Gail Gillon FRSNZ and Professor Steven Ratuva FRSNZ on being elected Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows of the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.


Crittenden

11 March 2021

Anyone who’s experienced a sharp swab up the nose and a tense, isolated wait for results will surely be interested in a pain-free COVID test with a speedy result delivered in minutes, not days.


Oceana Olsen and Ezra Samy are first-year students at UC in 2021.

11 March 2021

Hundreds of new Māori and Pacific students are enrolling at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) this year, in a sharp increase from 2020.


Culbert self portrait detail

10 March 2021

The Head of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury (UC) Aaron Kreisler is delighted to return to central Christchurch with exhibitions by UC staff, students and alumni at the the Centre of Contemporary Art Toi Moroki (CoCA).


Adjunct Associate Professor Shaun Ogilvie

10 March 2021

Having dual access to both traditional Māori knowledge and Western science can lead to better environmental outcomes, says a University of Canterbury (UC) ecologist.


Orientation 2021

10 March 2021

A huge 21% increase in new students at the University of Canterbury (UC) this year will help boost the Canterbury economy.


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.


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.


Takere students UC

10 February 2021

A sense of belonging, resilience and self-reliance are some of the benefits gained by a group of Māori and Pacific students through an inaugural live-in scholarship programme at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC).


Cass Field Station

09 February 2021

The University of Canterbury (UC) is proud to welcome hundreds of snow and ice researchers to campus this week, as hosts of a special combined event from Antarctica New Zealand and the Snow and Ice Research Group (SIRG).


Travel post Covid-19

05 February 2021

COVID-19 is more prevalent now than ever. According to UC and UoA researchers on The Conversation, we need to do everything we can to reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 into the community.


Aisling O’Sullivan

04 February 2021

UC researchers have $3 million and three years to come up with new ways to clean up wastewater.


Moana

02 February 2021

Over the summer, Cantabrians have seen painted penguins ‘popping up’ around the streets and public spaces of Christchurch, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula. However, one small penguin has a special solo mission – to help fund penguin research.


UC Engineering Core building

02 February 2021

The UC Business School has cemented its place in the top one percent of business schools worldwide accredited with the triple crown after confirmation of reaccreditation by AACSB.


Summer Startup mentoring

01 February 2021

Student entrepreneurs will pitch their innovative business and social enterprise ideas to industry experts in a lively competition in central Christchurch this week.


UC Dr Lynnette Brice

29 January 2021

University of Canterbury (UC) Doctor of Education graduate, and previous Fulbright Distinguished Teacher, Lynnette Brice has collected and analysed stories from her career working in teen parent education, alternative education and education in Corrections facilities to better understand the powerful role that emotions can play in learning and in transforming lives.


CBishop

28 January 2021

From transducers to ultrasonic motors, ferroelectric ceramics are at the heart of today’s consumer electronics yet what causes these versatile materials to age and degrade is poorly understood. With most containing toxic lead, cleaner alternatives are also urgently needed.


Covid test

28 January 2021

In an article on The Conversation, UC Associate Professor Bernard Walker explains why leaders need to constantly adapt their approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than simply going into 'maintenance mode". If leaders fail to act, public support for the government's health measures will be seriously weakened.


Pan Zheng

27 January 2021

How is a Canterbury Business School lecturer with a background in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) helping to speed up the development of medicines?


Magela Creek Floodplain

26 January 2021

Ancient food scraps found at Australia’s earliest site of human occupation, in the Kakadu region, are helping researchers generate rainfall records dating back 65,000 years.


Michael Plank

22 January 2021

In a new article on The Conversation, UC and UoA researchers warn that with new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected at New Zealand’s border, the risk of further level 3 or 4 lockdowns is increased if those viruses get into the community.


UC Mike Streel Charles Semple

21 January 2021

Two University of Canterbury (UC) mathematicians have been granted $710,000 from Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund, to investigate mathematical models for extinction events in the tree of life. Using a mathematical and algorithmic framework, Distinguished Professor Mike Steel and Professor Charles Semple hope to address some fundamental questions in biodiversity theory and conservation.


TomWilson

20 January 2021

University of Canterbury scientists unleashing volcanic ballistics onto Kiwi roofs hope to help Aucklanders understand and manage their volcanic hazards.


beach

18 January 2021

A new study has found that two-thirds of people who could spot a rip current in photographs could not pick one out in real life.


UC campus

15 January 2021

People who lost their job because of COVID-19 are offered a chance to kick-start their new business idea as part of an innovative new Christchurch programme.


Alex Tan

15 January 2021

UC Head of Political Science Professor Alex Tan comments on the impeachment of Donald Trump.


QS Star rating

15 January 2021

UC has retained its 5 Star rating in the latest star-rating release by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).


NZILBB

14 January 2021

In a first of its kind study, two University of Canterbury (UC) research institutes - the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) and Child Well-being Research Institute – will be investigating these fascinating shifts in accent from age 5.


Bronwyn Hayward

14 January 2021

Years of internationally-recognised work in politics, climate change and youth engagement have been honoured in Aotearoa New Zealand’s 2021 New Year’s Honours list for University of Canterbury (UC) Professor of Political Science Bronwyn Hayward.


Teece Museum, Fantastic Feasts

07 January 2021

Following the Ministry of Education's recent decision to remove Classics from NCEA Level 1, UC Associate Professor Patrick O'Sullivan discusses why this change will take away an opportunity for students to be challenged while learning valuable interdisciplinary skills, which can help produce the kind of global citizens the world is crying out for now.


Cheryl Brown, Kathryn MacCallum

06 January 2021

University of Canterbury Associate Professors Kathryn MacCallum & Cheryl Brown, Co-Directors of Te Puna Rangahau i-Ako | Digital Education Futures Lab discuss the pros and cons of our children’s increasing screen time, and how to deal with it this summer.