The Research Medal is awarded annually by the University Council. Excellence is most likely to be demonstrated by a sustained record of research of the highest quality or by research of outstanding merit produced over a more limited timeframe.
Recipients can be either a full or part-time member of staff at UC or have been a member of UC staff and who have retired no longer than 12 months.
The Research Medal is presented at a special function and recipients deliver a public lecture.
For staff wishing to view the application process for the Research Medal please click here (staff only).
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.
University of Canterbury (UC) Ecology Professor Jason Tylianakis has received the 2019 UC Research Medal, one of the highest awards the University Council can bestow.
Professor Ratuva is a prolific, and internationally ranked researcher, working at the nexus of sociology, anthropology, politics, history, cultural studies, and post-colonial and development studies with particular research interests in ethno-nationalism and democracy, and the geopolitical setting and tension in the Pacific.
“Professor Millane is recognised as an outstanding researcher, educator and educational leader. His skills are diverse and his work is interdisciplinary,” Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua, and chair of the Selection Committee, Professor Ian Wright says.
"Professor Chase has initiated, developed and successfully applied a novel area of Bio-Engineering research with a very strong clinical-applications focus."
"I enjoy interacting with and learning from all of the incredibly smart, generous and fun people I work with - doctoral students, postdocs and collaborators from around the world."
Distinguished Professor Mike Steel, Mathematics and Statistics, and Professor C. Michael Hall, Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
"I was naturally delighted to be awarded the Research Medal. It reflects positively on the research depth of the Law School, so I am very pleased. It is certainly one of the highlights of my career."
"This theory is absolutely our baby and I think it is the most significant thing I've done in the last 10 years."
The Innovation Medal is for the proactive transformation of academic knowledge and ideas leading to their adoption by the wider community.
A maximum of one Innovation Medal is awarded each year. The award is open to all continuing staff or staff who have relinquished a continuing position within the past three years.
For staff wishing to view the application process for the Innovation Medal please click here (staff only).
Leaders in the field of earthquake mitigation devices, Professors Chase and Rodgers have developed their research to design a low-cost suite of energy dissipation and seismic damping devices. These devices have enabled major changes in how structures are designed and built to create economically resilient cities and communities following an earthquake.
Internationally respected Physics Professor Phil Butler has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the University of Canterbury (UC) Innovation Medal, the highest award the University can bestow to an outstanding innovator.
"I am very grateful to the University for this recognition of the applied side of my work, and to the teams at ARANZ Geo and ARANZ Medical for the opportunity to collaborate on so many fascinating real world problems."
"It is an honour to receive this award but I see it not so much as an award for me, but for me and all the clinicians and hospitals who I have worked with, including postgraduate students. The research programme was a group effort."
"When people think about computer science they often equate it with programming, but it's a lot more than that, and it's how to communicate this that got me thinking..."
"I made a pump system for getting gold out of rivers. I liked doing that stuff - although I only found enough gold for a filling, I think."
Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award
The Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award is awarded annually by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation. The Award recognises emerging researchers and their contributions to research.
The nominee must hold a continuing position at UC as Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (including Senior Lecturer above the bar). Nominees must be within 8 years of academic or research employment.
Recipients are invited to deliver a public lecture.
For staff wishing to view the application process for the Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award please click here (staff only).
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.
Associate Professor Justin Morgenroth, from the University of Canterbury’s School of Forestry, has won the 2019 University of Canterbury (UC) Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award. The award recognises outstanding contributions to research made by a UC academic in the first decade of their career.
Dr Laurie McLay, School of Health Sciences, won the Early and Emerging Career Researcher Award for her research on the efficacy of behavioural interventions for children and young people with autism spectrum disorder, with particular emphasis on sleep disturbance.
"We believe this multiple sensor approach and associated modelling - the missing link - will lead to significant new insights into implant mechanics and could significantly improve patient care"
The KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards is New Zealand’s premier event celebrating the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations actively commercialising publicly funded research.
Research commercialisation is about turning scientific discoveries made at New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research Institutes and Entities into innovative products and services that will grow our economy.
The KiwiNet awards celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of those who strive to bridge the gap between research excellence and outstanding business leadership.
KiwiNet BNZ Supreme Award Winner 2015 - Professor Andy Buchanan: Leading a Vision of Multi-story Buildings from Renewable Resources
KiwiNet Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award Winner 2016 - Dr Daniel Holland, Mathematics Plus Measurements Equals Economic Benefit
KiwiNet People’s Choice Award Winner 2015 - Professor Andy Buchanan: Leading a Vision of Multi-story Buildings from Renewable Resources
KiwiNet BNZ Supreme Award Winner 2015 - Wireless Research Centre/Tait, Wireless Network Partnership.
KiwiNet Researcher Entrepreneur Award Finalist 2015 - Professor Phil Butler, Creating a Colour CT Imaging Industry for NZ
KiwiNet Researcher Entrepreneur Award Finalist 2013 - Professor John Abrahamson, ArcActive